Book Club Members: Please vote on title for February book.

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by kholmes, Jan 24, 2007.

  1. kholmes

    kholmes New Member

    This club is open to anybody! We all read the same book and then discuss it on a thread I'll post during the last week of the month. If you want to join us, just cast your vote.

    1. The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid--A Memoir, by Bill Bryson. (Bryson's latest; his comic memoirs of growing up in 1950s Des Moines)

    2. The Shape Shifter, by Tony Hillerman (Hillerman's latest mystery, set on the Navajo Nation in Arizona and New Mexico).

    3. Connections, by James Burke (nonfiction companion volume to fascinating BBC TV series on history, inventions, ideas, and coincidences).

    4. You Can't Take it With You (classic play by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman & 1938 Frank Capra film that won Oscar for best picture).

    5. Can't Wait to Get to Heaven, by Fannie Flagg. (Fannie's latest, a comic novel about an octagenarian who dies and goes to heaven, and how her death and life affect the townspeople of Elmwood Springs, Missouri).

    6. Healing Pain: The Innovative, Breakthrough Plan to Overcome Your Physical Pain and Emotional Suffering, by Ann Berger and C. B. deSwaan (informative, compassionate guide by one of the foremost pain management specialist in the nation).

    Let's close the voting Sunday night.

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  2. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    I'm ready to do my part by stepping up to the ballot box to wallop the ball of indecision over the fence of achievement and participate in the grand old tradition of telling Mr. Negativity where he can....

    Ah, excuse me a minute. I seem to have wandered afar from the right field of proper discourse into a course of confusion and...

    I believe this is all due to the fact that I seem have to got some buttons on my union suit into the wrong holes. Causes pulling and a sense of tension. A sorry state of the union indeed.

    At any rate, I wish to cast my vote for the cast of "The Devil Wears Prada" (Should be interesting as I have never been to Prada) and Leonardo DiCaprio.

    I was a little confusiated at first because I thought "Little Miss Sunshine" was a film by Shirley Temple. On looking into the matter more thoroughly, I find Shirley did indeed make several

    films with titles that contained the words "Little" or "Miss". Cannot find any of her film titles containing the word "Sunshine".

    There was, of course, the seminal "Sunnybrook Farm", the riveting story of a peg-legged sea captain who chases a white whale through the black sea until he is overcome by a serious case of the blues.

    (This causes his face to turn red and he feels faint whereupon Jim Nabors tells him, "Now don't feel peckish, Captain. Many consider this to be Jim's finest cinematic moment.)

    And so, dear friends, and I know you are my friends, I vote for "Connections", "You Can't Take it with You", and "The Beekeeper's Daughter".

    And now, remembering the advice my good friend Whompert Alonzo Golfbait gave me just before my first address to this honorable group:

    Be prepared, be brief, and be seated.

    (He sits down to thunderous applause. The waiters enter w/ a dessert conceived by Wolfgang Puck: Jello and Cool Whip.)

  3. kholmes

    kholmes New Member

    Molly: Extra points only if you get your twin sister to join us.

    Rock: That was priceless. I almost spit out my veggie juice again.
  4. llama

    llama New Member

    Hey everybody,

    As usual Rockgor has left me simply speechless!! Your clever ramblings remind me of either Tom Robbins or Christopher Moore...hope you're acquainted with these two comedy writers. I'm actually giving you a compliment of the highest order, as I adore those two authors.

    I've been tempted to suggest one of their books, but have been afraid that they may offend some club members. I just finished The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore and found it to be hilarious.

    Sorry for the vote is for Fannie Flagg's book. I've all ready read it, but would enjoy discussing it later.
  5. Marta608

    Marta608 Member

    I choose #5, the Fannie Flagg book. I'm always up for a chuckle and not very keen on more self-help books.

  6. cma331

    cma331 New Member

    I just saw this posting........Would love to join....

    I'll vote for #2.......Cause i just ordered the book......hopefully it comes soon.....

    Thanks for the invite. Carole
  7. kholmes

    kholmes New Member

    I just got my copy of #2 from the library, but had to wait on the hold list a while.
  8. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Ken. Glad you enjoyed my little bit of humor. You know how it is. Anytime you try and say something funny, somebody somewhere is sure to be offended.

    I tried Tom Robinson. Didn't care for his books. Not sure about Christopher Moore. Well, there are so many Moores including the one murdered in the cathedral. Anyway I put one on reserve at the library.

    Which reminds, about 2 or 3 decades ago I was playing bridge w/ my partner Laszlo (Les) and a guy named Sam Moore showed up w/o a partner. So I took turns playing w/ them.

    All night long I played with Moore or Les.

    Welcome to the club Carole. We always like members who are intelligent and articulate. (They let me join anyway.)


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  9. mollystwin

    mollystwin New Member

    The number 2 mystery sounds good. Or Fannie Flagg number 5 sounds good too. I love her books and don't think I've read that one yet.

    I think that Rockgor should write a book and that we should read that book for our club! He writes the most clever stuff!

  10. mezombie

    mezombie Member

    This book club is clearly more my speed than my face-to-face one has become!

    Kholmes, it's really nice of you to arrange this.

    As to voting for a February book, I'm torn between the Tony Hillerman and the Fannie Flagg.
  11. cma331

    cma331 New Member

    And I must ask Rockgor.......

    How do you know I am intelligent and articulate?????


  12. kholmes

    kholmes New Member

    You're welcome. Very glad you're joining us. What have you been reading in your face-to-face book club?
  13. mezombie

    mezombie Member

    The books we chose really varied.

    Most recently we discussed The Moviegoer, by Walker Percy. It was well-received, but some of us thought it was a bit dated. If you've read it, you know it's a very existential novel.

    Prior to that, we read The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho. This book brought out reactions ranging from "I hate it" to "What a lovely parable". I'm afraid I wasn't a big fan. I didn't hate it, but I can think of many other books that make the same point Coelho does in a better way.

    American Pastoral, by Philip Roth, was our choice for September. It provoked an interesting discussion.

    Then there was the classic Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen. Now there's a book that does not require an explanation!

    Some books that come to mind that were popular choices in the past include The Kite Runner, by Khaled Housseini, Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides, East of Eden, by John Steinbeck, and Girl with a Pearl Earring, by Tracy Chevalier. We also dicussed Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway and Michael Cunningham's The Hours together at one meeting, which went over quite nicely.

    I'm currently reading Running With Scissors, by Augusten Burroughs. My mother handed me a copy as I was about to return home from my Christmas visit to her. I'm about half-way through and am enjoying it immensely!

    I've handed over the coordination of my face-to-face book club and am taking a (possibly permanent) break from it.

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  14. kholmes

    kholmes New Member

    Glad Dar is joining us as well!

  15. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Some things are intuitively obvious to the most casual observer.
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  16. Marta608

    Marta608 Member

    I've been staring at your last post trying to figure out what you could have edited?

    It takes very little to entertain me but I enjoy you anyway.

  17. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Da trut ah da matter is dis. I left out da "e" in intuitively. Und dat's all der is to it. Uff-da!

    (Read the above in your best Norwegian accent.)

    This teaches us that sometimes things are more than they seem. And sometimes they are less.