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|BOOK GROUP BUZZ||February 2012|
|Dear Friends, |
Update on WORLD BOOK NIGHT, April 23rd, You should have received your confirmation as a book giver. (If you have not heard, WBN sends apologies. Some titles were spoken for early on and they ran out!) Within the next week, you will be notified as to which of your selected titles will be sent and ask you to choose your pick up point. Choose us! Choose us! Pick up your books on Saturday afternoon, April 21st, 2-4pm. We'll have a reception so you can meet your fellow givers.
And next week, March 1, 7-9pm, our first No Guilt Book Club with book maven Liz Egan. Reserve your spot now!
Um, er, uh . . . Sims Wyeth will be here TONIGHT
at 7pm, to prep you for your next public speaking gig, with his new book A Zen Monk Had Sweaty Palms.
Always, Margot, Nicole, Carolyn, Marina, Marisela, and Liane
|These Dreams of You
Can't quite believe that so much story fit into this paperback. Loved the little girls voice right off, but then it got better and better. Erickson has moments of saying just the perfect thing. The bizarre combination of "famous" people in the story are such a great touch - couldn't put it down. Paperback
|Ten Thousand Saints|
A staff favorite, Ten Thousand Saints is a sweeping debut novel that is a heart-aching tale of the son of diehard hippies and his strange odyssey through the extremes of late 20th century youth culture. Poignant and complex, it brilliantly evokes the grittiness of 1980s NYC. Paperback and Google eBook.
|The Empty Family|
The Empty Family cements Toibin's status as "his generation's most gifted writer of love's complicated, contradictory power." (Los Angeles Times). Stories set in Ireland, Spain and the US, showcase Toibin's great understanding of human longing. Paperback and Google eBook.
|Blood, Bones and Butter|
One of our favorite memoirs now out in paperback. Hamilton writes so honestly about her life -- an untraditional childhood, the rough adolescence and the searching for the rhythm and meaning in life. She brings us into the foodie world of NYC from the catering mills to her triumph as chef/owner of Prune.
Paperback and Google eBook.
|The Patrick Melrose Novels|
Edward St. Aubyn
The rave reviews for St. Aubyn's At Last have brought renewed interest to his earlier novels, now all together in this volume dissecting the English upper class. "Parental death, heroin, childhood rape, emotional frigidity, suicide, alcoholism...nothing about the plots can prepare you for the rich, acerbic comedy of St. Aubyn's world---or more surprising---its philosophical density."---Zadie Smith, Harper's Magazine
and Google eBook.
Funny, compassionate, and surprising stories about sex and secrets - about who we are and who we pretend to be - from the author of our favorite The Uncommon Reader. A delightful romp. Paperback
"Hot Art creeps up on you. Wickedly entertaining.... Joshua Knelman's in-depth investigation of the international trade in stolen art may read like a TV crime novel, but it delves deeper than that, deftly allowing art theft to serve as an extended metaphor for exploitive, unregulated, free-for-all global capitalism."
-Literary Review of Canada Paperback
|The Story of Beautiful Girl|
1968. A developmentally disabled white woman and a deaf black man escape from an institution and ring the doorbell of a farmhouse. They hand over their newborn child to the elderly widow. "Hide her." A 40-year love story unfolds, and more, a story about freedom, respect, shelter, education and beauty. Paperback and Google eBook.
In-House Book Groups
All are welcome. 7:00pm
No registration required for the adult book groups If the book appeals to you, and you've read it, come and join us.
Great Writers with Marina Cramer
History Book Club with Joe Paranac.
Salon Espanol with Marisela Santiago Fri, March 30, Marina, Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Mental Health Book Club with Joel Wechsler
Tues, March 20, Crazy Like Me, Kessler
Tues, April 17, I Never Promised You a Rose Garden, Joanne Greenberg
What are Book Groups Around Town Reading?