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Book Club: March '13
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield Reclusive author Vida Winter, famous for her collection of twelve enchanting stories, has spent the past six decades penning a series of alternate lives for herself. Now old and ailing, she is ready to reveal the truth about her extraordinary existence and the violent and tragic past she has kept secret for so long. Calling on Margaret Lea, a young biographer troubled by her own painful history, Vida disinters the life she meant to bury for good. Margaret is mesmerized by the author's tale of gothic strangeness -featuring the beautiful and willful Isabelle, the feral twins Adeline and Emmeline, a ghost, a governess,a topiary garden and a devastating fire. Together, Margaret and Vida confront the ghosts that have haunted them while becoming, finally, transformed by the truth themselves.

When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris (because I'm a fanboy now) Trying to make coffee when the water is shut off, David considers using the water in a vase of flowers and his chain of associations takes him from the French countryside to a hilariously uncomfortable memory of buying drugs in a mobile home in rural North Carolina. In essay after essay, Sedaris proceeds from bizarre conundrums of daily life-having a lozenge fall from your mouth into the lap of a fellow passenger on a plane or armoring the windows with LP covers to protect the house from neurotic songbirds-to the most deeply resonant human truths. Culminating in a brilliant account of his venture to Tokyo in order to quit smoking.

The Godfather by Mario Puzo (solely because I never even thought about the fact that this was a book) The story of organized crime in the 1940's which revolves around the Corleone family.

The Outsiders by SE Hinton (It's short, I know, but I never read it) Ponyboy can count on his brothers and his friends, but not on much else besides trouble with the Socs, a vicious gang of rich kids who get away with everything, including beating up greasers like Ponyboy. At least he knows what to expect--until the night someone takes things too far.

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison  Pecola Breedlove, a young black girl, prays every day for beauty. Mocked by other children for the dark skin, curly hair, and brown eyes that set her apart, she yearns for normalcy, for the blond hair and blue eyes that she believes will allow her to finally fit in.Yet as her dream grows more fervent, her life slowly starts to disintegrate in the face of adversity and strife. A powerful examination of our obsession with beauty and conformity, Toni Morrison’s virtuosic first novel asks powerful questions about race, class, and gender with the subtlety and grace that have always characterized her writing.



*If you aren't reading, no point in voting but suggest away...
| Closed on 03/05/13 at 07:45PM
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0%a. The Thirteenth Tale
29%b. When You Are Engulfed in Flames
29%c. The Godfather
0%d. The Outsiders
43%e. The Bluest Eye

  
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#1 | 571 days ago

Saving my spot.
When You Are Engulfed in Flames  
#2 | 571 days ago

(Edited by AlwaysSunshine)
I've read The Outsiders several times (I still own the book that I bought in 6th grade) and The Bluest Eye, which I read pretty quickly.
When You Are Engulfed in Flames  
#3 | 570 days ago

i've read three of the five listed, so i'll go with majority (as long as it is something i want to read)
The Bluest Eye  
#4 | 570 days ago

JenX63 wrote:
i've read three of the five listed, so i'll go with majority (as long as it is something i want to read)
which 3 and how did you like them
The Bluest Eye  
#5 | 570 days ago

I've read The Outsiders (outstanding) and The Godfather. I'm open to whatever, as usual. I'm voting for the one that even if it isn't picked I'll probably DL it anyway.
When You Are Engulfed in Flames  
#6 | 570 days ago

kobe_lova wrote:
which 3 and how did you like them
Sedaris of course, Outsiders, and  Godfather. I didn't care much for the Godfather. I agree with Jess, The Outsiders is very good. Sedaris book(s) make me laugh and tear up.
The Bluest Eye  
#7 | 568 days ago

(Edited by kobe_lova)
JenX63 wrote:
Sedaris of course, Outsiders, and  Godfather. I didn't care much for the Godfather. I agree with Jess, The Outsiders is very good. Sedaris book(s) make me laugh and tear up.
Oh, okay. Still vote though.

Oh, The Thirteenth Tale has ghosts in it apparently so I want to read that, but I think I own a copy of The Bluest Eye and I'm really poor right now so I'm voting for that.
The Bluest Eye  
#8 | 568 days ago

kobe_lova wrote:
Oh, okay. Still vote though.

Oh, The Thirteenth Tale has ghosts in it apparently so I want to read that, but I think I own a copy of The Bluest Eye and I'm really poor right now so I'm voting for that.
I have The Bluest Eye, so I voted for that (obviously) I started it, but for whatever reason I stopped reading it. If this book makes me cry, I am going to sock you (in my mind)
The Bluest Eye  
#9 | 568 days ago

JenX63 wrote:
I have The Bluest Eye, so I voted for that (obviously) I started it, but for whatever reason I stopped reading it. If this book makes me cry, I am going to sock you (in my mind)
Well, I wouldn't want that. lol. I'm pretty sure I didn't cry, but I was a like 19, now I cry whenever Andy leaves Woody, soooo, we may cry together :|
The Bluest Eye  
#10 | 567 days ago

Beats Pony Boy every time
The Godfather  
#11 | 565 days ago

The Bluest Eye it is.

:)
The Bluest Eye  
#12 | 554 days ago

I finished this Saturday morning, and I still haven't stopped thinking about the characters :S. I don't remember it ending like that, either. I'm thinking I can't ever go to therapy because I'm realizing that I'm clearly one of those people who repress sh**. I remember enough bad crap in my life, gawd only knows what I've suppressed. Anyway, it was good, relatable (idk if this will be a race factor, I mean I didn't live during that period but I thought of my grandmas a lot.. and The Help) and quite vivid, but I felt.......sad after. (I didn't cry though, Jen)
The Bluest Eye  
#13 | 554 days ago

kobe_lova wrote:
I finished this Saturday morning, and I still haven't stopped thinking about the characters :S. I don't remember it ending like that, either. I'm thinking I can't ever go to therapy because I'm realizing that I'm clearly one of those people who repress sh**. I remember enough bad crap in my life, gawd only knows what I've suppressed. Anyway, it was good, relatable (idk if this will be a race factor, I mean I didn't live during that period but I thought of my grandmas a lot.. and The Help) and quite vivid, but I felt.......sad after. (I didn't cry though, Jen)
indecision YOU're done? I'm so far behind. I'll have to catch up soon.
When You Are Engulfed in Flames  
#14 | 554 days ago

Jess wrote:
indecision YOU're done? I'm so far behind. I'll have to catch up soon.
It took me 3 non-sick days, you'll be done in 1. lol
The Bluest Eye  
#15 | 554 days ago

kobe_lova wrote:
I finished this Saturday morning, and I still haven't stopped thinking about the characters :S. I don't remember it ending like that, either. I'm thinking I can't ever go to therapy because I'm realizing that I'm clearly one of those people who repress sh**. I remember enough bad crap in my life, gawd only knows what I've suppressed. Anyway, it was good, relatable (idk if this will be a race factor, I mean I didn't live during that period but I thought of my grandmas a lot.. and The Help) and quite vivid, but I felt.......sad after. (I didn't cry though, Jen)
This book is so very sad.
April needs to be an "up" month.
The Bluest Eye  
#16 | 554 days ago

JenX63 wrote:
This book is so very sad.
April needs to be an "up" month.
Yes. You just volunteered to pick April's choices. Gracias.
The Bluest Eye  
#17 | 554 days ago

kobe_lova wrote:
Yes. You just volunteered to pick April's choices. Gracias.
ooohhh k......indecision


you're sneaky
The Bluest Eye  
#18 | 554 days ago

I just placed a request at the library.  I'm reading some of the follow-ups to books we've read in the past, plus the 2nd in a series that was suggested by a friend.  I haven't been able to put this book down.  I may have to include it in the selections next time I'm up.
When You Are Engulfed in Flames  
#19 | 554 days ago

AlwaysSunshine wrote:
I just placed a request at the library.  I'm reading some of the follow-ups to books we've read in the past, plus the 2nd in a series that was suggested by a friend.  I haven't been able to put this book down.  I may have to include it in the selections next time I'm up.
If you don't, let me know what it is...I'm always up for starting new series'
When You Are Engulfed in Flames  
#20 | 554 days ago

I'll go ahead and put it out there.  The first book is called Divergent by Veronica Roth.  The second is called Insurgent.  I'm having a hard time putting it down.  Convergent, the third book, is due out 10/22.  It's going to be hard for me to wait.
When You Are Engulfed in Flames  
#21 | 554 days ago

AlwaysSunshine wrote:
I'll go ahead and put it out there.  The first book is called Divergent by Veronica Roth.  The second is called Insurgent.  I'm having a hard time putting it down.  Convergent, the third book, is due out 10/22.  It's going to be hard for me to wait.
Divergent has been up before, I think. I don't remember what it was about ?
The Bluest Eye  
#22 | 554 days ago

(Edited by AlwaysSunshine)
It's basically about a society that has been divided into factions.  As children reach a certain age, they are to choose a faction based on an assessment of their personality.  Sometimes the tests are inconclusive, as they are with the lead character.  She is called Divergent.  She ends up joining a faction and does well, until one of the factions attempts to take over all the others. 

I am a little excited for the movie to come out.  I hope Hollywood doesn't ruin it.
When You Are Engulfed in Flames  
#23 | 554 days ago

AlwaysSunshine wrote:
It's basically about a society that has been divided into factions.  As children reach a certain age, they are to choose a faction based on an assessment of their personality.  Sometimes the tests are inconclusive, as they are with the lead character.  She is called Divergent.  She ends up joining a faction and does well, until one of the factions attempts to take over all the others. 

I am a little excited for the movie to come out.  I hope Hollywood doesn't ruin it.
That's right. If it comes up again, I may read it.
The Bluest Eye  
#24 | 554 days ago

Oh yea, I read Divergent and Insurgent (actually so did Trever, which is a huge deal for him). It is really good. I don't like it as much as the Hunger Games series but it's enjoyable.
When You Are Engulfed in Flames  
#25 | 554 days ago

well it won't be coming up in April......just saying...
The Bluest Eye  
#26 | 554 days ago

JenX63 wrote:
well it won't be coming up in April......just saying...
Do we get comedians in April? I love Christopher Moore, so him or anyone like him will do it for me cheeky
When You Are Engulfed in Flames  
#27 | 554 days ago

Jess wrote:
Do we get comedians in April? I love Christopher Moore, so him or anyone like him will do it for me cheeky
Why yes we do and Yes he is one!
The Bluest Eye  
#28 | 554 days ago

AlwaysSunshine wrote:
I'll go ahead and put it out there.  The first book is called Divergent by Veronica Roth.  The second is called Insurgent.  I'm having a hard time putting it down.  Convergent, the third book, is due out 10/22.  It's going to be hard for me to wait.
I've read the first 2 as well (after seeing Divergent on a previous poll.  Was drawn into the 2nd quite easily.  Can't wait for Convergent.  

I hope it does better than the Hunger Games' 3rd book.  I was swept away by the first 2 as well and eagerly jumped into the last one, only to be disappointed as the story fell flat.

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