Book Club and anyone who wants to join: we need a title for Feb.

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by kholmes, Jan 21, 2007.

  1. kholmes

    kholmes New Member

    Hey; we need suggestions for a February title. I'll post a separate voting thread in a few days with all of the suggested titles.

    I'll throw in a couple of titles for your consideration:

    1. THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE THUNDERBOLT KID, by Bill Bryson. Bill Bryson is one of the funniest writers alive, in my opinion. This book is his latest, and it's about growing up in Des Moines, Iowa, in the 1950s. Here's a kudo: "Bill Bryson's laugh-out-loud pigrimage through his fifties childhood in heartland America is a national treasure." --Tom Brokaw

    2. THE SHAPE SHIFTER, by Tony Hillerman. This is Hillerman's latest detective novel, set on the Navajo Nation in Arizona and New Mexico. It deals with semi-retired detective Seargent Joe Leaphorn's attempts to solve a mystery surrounding a valuable Navajo rug, a robbery of a trading post, and a mysterious millionaire from Flagstaff. I think Hillerman combines clever mysteries with great insight into Navajo culture.

    In a few days, I'll be posting a thread on this month's book, THE MONK DOWNSTAIRS. I'm about halfway through and greatly enjoying it.

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  2. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    It all vanished. Just like the Wicked Witch of the West.

    Ok, try again. I read two books by Bill Bryson last year. Am certainly agreeable to reading another.

    Have read a couple books by Tony Hillerman. He's ok but not a favorite. Actually Gordon likes his books better than I.

    We might expand our scope a bit, something other than a novel. "Connections" by James Burke would be good for those who have trouble reading a whole book. Each chapter is complete by itself.

    Or we might look at the thee-ah-tur. "You Can't Take it With you" was a hit comedy in the mid 30s. Won the Pulitzer Prize. Made into a movie it won an Oscar for best movie. Starred James Stewart and Lionel Barrymore.

    Just got the home town paper from LeRoy, the village where my brother lives back in Minnesota. Their book club is reading our old friend Fanny Flagg, "Fried Green Tomatoes".
  3. Cromwell

    Cromwell New Member

    Ken I have to nominate Fannie Flagg's newest book gosh I forgot the title (brain fog) Can't Wait to Get to Heaven? or something similar. It is very funny.

    I have to go pick up January's book, the Monk Downstairs yet, I am way behind.

    Love Annie Cromwell
  4. kholmes

    kholmes New Member

    How neat that the book club in Leroy, Minnesota, is reading Fried Green Tomatoes.

    I like the idea of switching to nonfiction for a change. James Burke's Connections would be excellent.

    I've seen the film adaptation of "You Can't Take it With You" before, at the University of Iowa on a 16mm print. But I haven't read the play. It's a great movie, indeed, with superb dialogue and acting. Since February is the month of the Academy Awards, maybe this should be film adaptation month. We could all read the play and then watch the Oscar-winning film.
  5. kholmes

    kholmes New Member

    Thanks. I'll throw Can't Wait to Get to Heaven into the vote as well. I thought her Standing in the Rainbow was one of the best novels I read last year.

    I think you'll like The Monk Downstairs.

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  6. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Another good reason for "You Can't Take it W/ You" is that folks who have trouble reading might be able to watch it.

    "Can't Wait to get to Heaven" is Fanny's sequel to "Standing in the Rainbow". It's good; all her books are good. I think "Standing in the Rainbow" is her best.

    Gordon's going to the library tonight to see which books we put on hold have come in. Real adventures are often uncomfortable, sometimes dangerous. I like the vicarious kind.

    Taken any pics recently?

  7. paulmack

    paulmack New Member

    Howabout some old Scottish Books such as The Broons or Oor Wullie.Only kidding,they are comic-strip annuals & that's just about my limit as far as reading goes these days.Don't have the concentration really to read books.
    Check out their website at thatsbraw,at least it will give you a bit of a giggle.
    PS These suggestions are not to be taken as serious contenders for Feb's book of the month,lol.
  8. Marta608

    Marta608 Member

    I'm eagerly awaiting a choice since I've found nothing good all month.

    I'm making notes.

  9. kholmes

    kholmes New Member

    I like the movie option idea on "You Can't Take it With You."

    Can't believe how many great films Frank Capra directed, besides the above:

    It Happened One Night
    Lost Horizon (ever read Hilton's novel or seen this adaptation?)
    Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
    Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
    Meet John Doe
    It's a Wonderful Life
    Arsenic and Old Lace

    Haven't done much photography lately. It's been very cold here, and I haven't gotten out much. I'm about halfway through Crichton's State of Fear.

    Got any fruit that isn't frozen in southern Ca?
  10. kholmes

    kholmes New Member

    PaulMack: I have to say, I've never read a Scottish comic book. What on earth are "The Broons" and "Oor Willie" about? :)

    Molly: Glad you're joining us!
  11. Cromwell

    Cromwell New Member

    You know, I think all her books recently are linked as some of the characters from Rainbow and Baby girl appear in Can't Wait to Get to Heaven.

    She really makes me LOL for sure.

    Can we get a hold of You Can't Take it With You?
    Love Annie
  12. JLH

    JLH New Member

    Note: this book was recommended by Annie Cromwell of the Fibro Message Board. I looked it up on and here is the info on it:


    This book is available from

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  13. kholmes

    kholmes New Member

    I will put it in the voting thread. I know we could all use a lot less pain.
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