Book Club: Please vote on May book.

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by kholmes, Apr 29, 2008.

  1. kholmes

    kholmes New Member

    Here are our choices for May. Please choose one. For descriptions, check the previous nomination post or check them out on

    The Book Thief, Markus Zusak
    The Best of MGM, The Golden Years: 1928-1959
    Martin Eden, Jack London
    The Memory Keeper's Daughter, Kim Edwards
    Between, Georgia, Joshilyn Jackson
    West With the Night, Beryl Markham
    Eat Cake, Jeanne Ray
    The Audacity of Hope, Barack Obama

    You guys are great! Wonderful suggestions this time around. I'm putting almost all of these on hold at the library. And hey, I finished War and Peace finally. It took me 40 days, and am I ever glad to be done with it. It was actually an extraordinary book, though, and I'm glad to have read it.


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  2. Rosiebud

    Rosiebud New Member

    that is some accomplishment, finishing War & Peace.

    I fancy The Memory Keepers Daughter though like you think I will see which of these my library has, a great selection this month.

  3. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Now that you've read War and Peace, do you think it will be a hit?

    The Met did the opera War and Peace for the first time last year. As bad as Wagner; takes over 4 hours. Hundreds of people on stage, plus animals.

    Well, you could be pretty sure there would be animals as it's the same composer as Peter and the Wolf.

    That title "Between Georgia" irritated me. You can't have "between" w/o listing two things. Then I looked it up and found out it's "Between, Georgia", a hamlet in a Southern state. This teaches us that education can sometimes be a good thing.

    During one of my stays in a mental health ward, I met a patient from Gunflint, Tennessee. Just tried to look it up. Couldn't find it. But found lots of entries regarding the Gunflint Trail.

    Also found a lake in MN named Gunflint. You ever hear of that?

    Are you going to vote or just ramble on and on?

    Well, actually, I hadn't thought about it.

    Never heard that UCLA joke, Annie. I will incorporate it into my joke repertoire.

    I would vote for the MGM book, but I already read it, so I vote for Eat Cake.

    Happy Trails, All


  4. Cromwell

    Cromwell New Member

    Just because it is so funny and will bring smiles and is short and easy to read, I have to vote Eat Cake also-need something lighthearted and this one is.

    Love Annie
  5. Marta608

    Marta608 Member

    I said I wasn't going to read May's book - except I may already have it from the library and have ordered Rock's MGM pick. I got Eat Cake on Annie's recommendation but suspect I've already read it. If this is the case I'll be ahead of everyone but only if it's the book of the month.

    Ken, you must have had a remission if you read War and Peace from "civver to civver"! I have trouble holding up a book that big, let alone reading it. Congrats to you.

    Is there a club somewhere of War and Peace readers? Members of our government have obviously only read the first part of the book.


  6. mollystwin

    mollystwin New Member

    1st choice Eat Cake

    2nd choice The best of MGM
  7. Cromwell

    Cromwell New Member

    Are what used to be small terraced homes for the poor, but they were gentrified into small apartments and fancied up and are now called The Mews. Sometimes they even build little clusters of housing now called The Mews.

    Semi if what you would call a side by side duplex here only you only own one side of it

    Lorry truck

    biscuits cookies

    bangers sausages or an old car

    titfer hat

    gormless clueless and looking it

    up the pole mad

    round the bend mad

    don't get your knickers in a twist don't lose your cool

    To name but a few.

    Love Annie
  8. kholmes

    kholmes New Member

    It's May already!

    Let's close the voting tomorrow night.


    Annie, I liked those.
  9. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    produced Eat Cake very quickly. I am half way thru. There has been no humor yet, but it's an interesting family drama.

    The narrator's obsession w/ cake is starting to get tedious. I'm going to skip over such passages from now on.

    Gordon got a library book called "Hollywood Divas". The cover features a photo of a reel of film.

    Some of the subjects, however, have never been in a movie. Or they've been in one or two. People like: Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, Roseanne Barr, Joan Rivers, Brett Butler.

    What has happened to integrity in publishing? Bad as those publishers who try to disguise their books of short stories to make you think you're buying a novel.


  10. Cromwell

    Cromwell New Member

    It is called Eat cake for that reason!!! You are cute.

    I thought just the drama itself was funny just visualising the whole scenes. Don't want to say too much, but the husband appeared very funny to me, just due to the predicament.

    Maybe women see it differently...... hope you enjoy the rest of it and Gordon makes the cakes at the end.

    Love Annie

    a few more UK sayings:

    Gawd lummy charlie (curse words) all fur coat and no knickers (mutton dressed as lamb)
    gobsmacked (shocked) wicked (good) gutted (really sad)
    perished to death (very very cold)hanging (awful)
    butty (sandwich) ecky thump (goodness me)crackers (mad)
  11. foggyfroggy

    foggyfroggy Guest

    I've always loved 'gobsmacked'.
    I also always thought mews were stables!

    I vote the Book Thief

    Ken, you inspire me - I had a hard time with the thing back when I was whole. Maybe I'll have a go now and see if I do better ;-)
  12. findmind

    findmind New Member

    I haven't joined in here, don't know why...

    Just read the most relevant and disturbing of my 8 books a month....

    Nineteen Minutes, author Picoult.

    Had me on pins and needles the whole 500 pages...everyone with a kid or kid next door should read it!

  13. bct

    bct Active Member

    Eat Cake. My library branch will get it in next week. Just hope I can get to the **** library to pick it up; I have to plan my town trip carefully to coincide with the libs. limited hours due to slashed budgets at every county level. What a country!

    Well, I'm starting to feel grouchy -- can you tell?-- so I'll sign off now and fume for a bit while I eat my Weetabix.