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09 January 2008 @ 07:19 pm
Sorry to see Brian and Mimi move away. We will miss you!

The next book is

My Father's Hidden Life — A Story of Race and Family Secrets.
By Bliss Broyard.



We do not have a location or date for our next meeting.  Any volunteers?
04 August 2007 @ 07:00 pm
Black Like Me
by John Howard Griffin

Hosts: Brian and Sherlyn (zengargoyle and [info]sherlynhouk)
Assistant Hosts: Roger and Bugsy

Attending:  Mike and April, Brian and Mimi, Matt and Allison, Anupam and Carolina, Jen and Jon, Greg and Katia, Kim, and special guest-star Maria

Rising Action: A rare, nearly hour long discussion of the book.

Climax: Homemade Ice Cream ala Brian! (Peach and Pina Colada!)

Next Book: A Canticle for Leibowitz
15 May 2007 @ 08:01 pm
Since Brian is no doubt busy selling his soul to the Devil in Tucson, Dallas, Ypsilanti or somewhere similarly exotic, I'll report on the latest gathering of Le Club de Book.

Who was there? Well there was Allison and me, Brian and Mimi, Jon and Jen, our wonderful hosts Age and David, and newcomer Jamie. Oh, and Shaggy the dog.

What did we eat? Great food! Stuffed cabbage leaves Ukrainian style, aloo gobi David style, and other stuff I've forgotten.

What did we drink? Wine and beer!

Did we talk about the book? Yes! We actually talked about the book! In detail! For, gosh, perhaps getting on for a whole hour! Feel free to make specific comments below, if you wish, but overall I think it's fair to say we all enjoyed the book, finding it moving, depressing, well told, and necessary. Thumbs up.

Next up? Not sure yet. But no doubt there'll be a book, and a venue, and some hosts announced sometime soon...
18 April 2007 @ 08:29 am
Sher and I got the new book yesterday. She is starting to read it first. I looked at the jacket, but the summary said that the book is hard to describe, and you are better off not knowing anything about it before reading. Oh, and there is a fence. Looks like a good, quick read.

On the audiobook front, thanks again to Metafilter. Here is the 2007 Hugo Award Short Story nominee "How To Talk To Girls At Parties" by Neil Gaiman. (text audio) Neil has also linked to the text of the other nominees on this page. Enjoy!
12 April 2007 @ 03:54 pm
ThoughtAudio has some free offerings on their site as well. It looks like if you pay the $10, though, you can get to them a whole lot easier. Enjoy! (I'm looking at you, Brian)
05 March 2007 @ 10:56 am
Knowing the predilection some of us have for books on tape, er... magnetic disc, optical disc or perhaps solid-state flash drives, here is a site with some classics such as Huck Finn and Heart of Darkness. Also, a good collection of Poe short stories. It appears items are added only once in a while, but maybe there's a few things you'll like there.

27 January 2007 @ 07:00 pm
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, by Michael Chabon

Hosted by Jen and Jon, at their place on Peninsula Drive (for perhaps the last time?? Will they ever move?)
Others: Matt & Allison, Sherlyn & Brian, Caroline, Kim, and myself & Mimi

A great turnout and evening.  Lots of wine, and as a clear-the-house-out-before-moving bonus, champagne!  Looks like Brian ([info]zengargoyle) blogged his thoughts here.  It was a long night, too, as some of us stayed until 12:30!  (Sorry Jen and Jon!)

Everyone seemed to have enjoyed the book, despite its epic length.  Sure, some had issues with the ending, some with Rosa's complacence, and most with the acceptance of Joe's return.  (I, of course, realized that these are critical and fascinating elements of the overall thematic construction.)

And for next time, another restaurant book!  (We read Kitchen Confidential maybe 2 years ago.)  I suppose that's proper with all the foodies and Rachel Ray watchers in the club.  So, we'll be reading Heat by Bill Buford.  And this time the AADL library has the UN-abridged version on CD.  Yahoo!
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28 January 2007 @ 09:51 pm
I meant to post these before Saturday’s book club, but I forgot. Oh well. They’re still worth a listen if you’re interested.

Two radio programmes I heard recently that are relevant to "Kavalier & Clay":

- Bookworm: great, in-depth interview with Michael Chabon about AAKC. (Bookworm’s a great show that sadly we don’t get on any of our local public radio stations (as far as I know). Well worth digging around in the archives and available as a podcast.)

- Studio 360 on Superman: mostly interesting for background and context, lots of stuff on the Jewish roots of comic superheroes, and there’s a short interview with Chabon in there somewhere.
06 November 2006 @ 10:24 am
Meeting Location: Sherlyn and Brian's

Attending: Brian and Sherlyn, Mimi and her Brian, Matt and Alison, Kim, Caroline, and in her bookclub debut....Beth Bremer (who I pay to torture me)

Salient Events: Scott McW politely called to say he would not make it due to Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra duties. Jen Fike was in NYC carbo-loading before her Sunday morning marathon (hope she set her alarm). April and Mike declined to come due to family in town. Caroline kindly accepted to be God Mother to Roger and Bugsy. Bugsy showed off his scar and his new-found energy. Our 1/2 completed bathroom project was on display. Kim loves cucumber but roasted red pepper, not so much. Kyra (sp?) survived a small tumor removal from her cute doggie lip. Most bookclub members have never had a professional pedicure, myself excluded. I ended up with twice the wine I had before bookclub. My very adorable personal trainer came to check out our bookclub. I didn't leave my purse anywhere since I was home. *whew*. Oh...and...we ACTUALLY talked about the book. Not only did we talk about the current book, we talked about the PREVIOUS book. (or was that two books ago?)

Anyway. Thanks for coming!
Current Mood: impressedimpressed
24 October 2006 @ 03:46 pm
This is Brian posting as Sherlyn, because I'm either way too busy, or way too lazy to get my own livejournal account. Anyhow, we are excited to host the next book club. I have already finished Captain Alatriste (which I liked) and Sher is halfway through it. And for bonus points, I read The Sparrow as well, so if anybody wants to talk about that, I've got plenty to say on that book as well. Hopefully by the time November fourth rolls around, we will have a new bathroom to show off, and a puppy without a gaping wound in his belly (I'm sure you've heard about Bugsy's surgery).

So I'm just throwing this out there, but the next time book club rolls around will probably be after Christmas since the holidays get so busy. So we were considering choosing a longer than average book, at least longer than average according to our book club standards. Does anybody have any thoughts on this? Do you think we will meet in early December? Or after the holidays? What if we pick a book with a great plot? Some people may have already read it, right? If you answer in the comments, will your answer be in the form of a question?
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