Friday, December 19, 2008

Our books for 2009 (January - August)

January - Eat, Pray, Love
February - The Appeal
March - Infidel

Here are the five books we selected that will pick up after March and take us through August:

The Senator's Wife by Sue Miller
Wonderful Tonight by Patty Boyd
Out Stealing Horses by Per Patterson
Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen by Susan Gregg Gilmore
A Three Dog Life by Abigail Thomas

We'll figure out the order in which we'll read these five books at Carolyn's in January. Thanks everyone for making such great suggestions and ultimately, tough choices.
Happy reading!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

What were your faves in 2008?

What were your favorite books read this past year? Book club picks and/or books you read on your own.

This may help us as we select our books for 2009.

Here's what we read in '08:

  • A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • There’s a Slight Chance I May be Going to Hell
  • Friday Night Knitting Club
  • Kabul Beauty School
  • Water for Elephants
  • Age of Innocence
  • The Lace Reader
  • Three Cups of Tea
  • The Diving Bell and the Butterfly


Sunday, December 7, 2008

It's not going to be easy

Here's a preview of the list we'll use a week from today to select our next five books. Click on the title for information about that book:

A Three Dog Life by Abigail Thomas

Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen by Susan Gregg Gilmore

Marley and Me by John Grogan

Matrimony by Joshua Henkin

Modoc: The True Story of the Greatest Elephant That Ever Lived by Ralph Helfer

No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July

Out Stealing Horses by Per Patterson

Run by Ann Patchett

The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

The Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

The Secret Lives of the Kudzu Debutantes by Cathy Holton

The Senator’s Wife by Sue Miller

White Oleander by Janet Fitch

Wonderful Tonight by Patty Boyd

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Elizabeth Gilbert discusses Eat, Pray Love

Well, ladies, I think this is as close as we're going to come to Elizabeth Gilbert joining us at our January book club gathering.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Books = Gifts

Give Books as Gifts

Why a book is the best gift for this holiday season!

  • It comes fully charged.
  • It costs less than a bottle of champagne (the real stuff).
  • You can buy 10 hardcover books for the price of an iphone.
  • It costs less than a movie (with popcorn).
  • It's around the same price as a DVD, but the experience lasts longer.
  • It can change someone's life.
  • It can make someone laugh.
  • Batteries are not required.
  • It's a thoughtful gift.
  • It's a personal gift.
  • You get one-stop shopping—your bookstore has the right gift for everyone on your list.
  • It weighs much less than a fruitcake.
  • It's more original than a tie or a sweater.
  • It's a gift of escape, fun, romance, adventure.
  • It's easy to find.
  • It's easy to wrap.
  • And you can never have too many!
via Reading Group Choices