Monday, July 29, 2013

Temporary hiatus

We're moving the current two items on the agenda to later in the year, and hopefully adding a few more books.  Hope to get a schedule going by Fall.  This summer turned out to be busy!

Please make any new book suggestions in comments!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Les Miserables [2012 movie version]

Les Miserables was suggested by PK after she saw the movie a few months ago.  Being a very very long book, a decision was made to discuss the 2012 movie version. 

It does not appear to be available on Netflix. Amazon offers a 2-day streaming "rental" for $4.99, or you can purchase rights to view anytime, however many times, for $12.99. Should be available at video stores, or even for free at your local library. Feel free to join in if you saw this, or read the book!

I am still working my way through the movie, but please feel free to begin discussion.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Remarkable Creatures by Tracey Chevalier

My church book group selected this book (And it featured Congregationalists - yay!) a few years ago.  Although, I never seem to make book group, I often read what they select and this story has stayed with me over the years. When I first read this, I consulted the internet to see the cliffs of Dorset, see actual "ichies" and "plessies" and tried to learn more about the real life women who inspired the novel - Mary Anning and Elizabeth Philpot.  I enjoyed it only slightly less this time around.

What did you think?  

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Sandcastle Girls, by Chris Bohjalian

Not such a happy, feel-good book, huh? But there are pieces that were redemptive, I think.

I'm fascinated in particular by the encounters (not just the romantic ones) between people of different cultures, both abroad and in the U.S. itself.

I will admit it was The Slaughter You Know Next to Nothing About, though I had heard of it and knew the general time frame and situation.

And I'm interested that this author, though male, writes complex and plausible female characters. I've read others of his books and found the same thing.

What were your thoughts?

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Coming Up Next: Sandcastle Girls

I'm checking Sandcastle Girls back out from my local library, or I think it should be available in paperback now.

We'll start discussing on May 22.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Native Tongue by Suzette Haden Elgin POSTPONED TO JULY 31!!


Due to life getting in the way for many participants, we'll revisit Native Tongue later.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Next up!

5/1/13 - Native Tongue, by Suzette Haden Elgin (Liz)