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Old 03-03-2005, 01:06 PM   #1
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Book Club Suggested Reading List?

Does anyone know of a list for books that are good for book clubs? I just joined a club, and we are looking for some good books. Thanks.
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Old 03-03-2005, 01:48 PM   #2
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I am reading a great book right now for my book club. It's called Strapless, John Singer Sangent and the fall of Madame X by Deborah Davis. It's about a famous painting and I am finding it utterly fasinating. I love non-fiction though. The person presenting this book has an art history minor and she has a very interesting take on art which I love.

Another great book that I think would be good for a book club is The Great Fire by Shirley Hazzard. It's about an American in Japan after WWII. Danacara recommended it, this book is written so beautifully.

I also liked Devil in the White City by Erik Larson. He also wrote Isaac's Storm which I think I liked better than Devil in the White City. Devil in the White City is about a serial killer in the backdrop of the Chicago World's Fair. Isaac's Storm is about a deadly Hurricane in Galveston. Really topical with the tsumani in the Pacific.

My Sister's Keeper was also a book that would generate a lot of conversation.
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Old 03-03-2005, 02:16 PM   #3
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I am reading a great book right now for my book club. It's called Strapless, John Singer Sangent and the fall of Madame X by Deborah Davis. It's about a famous painting and I am finding it utterly fasinating. I love non-fiction though. The person presenting this book has an art history minor and she has a very interesting take on art which I love.

Another great book that I think would be good for a book club is The Great Fire by Shirley Hazzard. It's about an American in Japan after WWII. Danacara recommended it, this book is written so beautifully.

I also liked Devil in the White City by Erik Larson. He also wrote Isaac's Storm which I think I liked better than Devil in the White City. Devil in the White City is about a serial killer in the backdrop of the Chicago World's Fair. Isaac's Storm is about a deadly Hurricane in Galveston. Really topical with the tsumani in the Pacific.

My Sister's Keeper was also a book that would generate a lot of conversation.
We just read My Sister's Keeper. We are reading Memoirs of A Geisha now and Good In Bed next.
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Old 03-03-2005, 02:18 PM   #4
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Madi100 - I'll be glad to share some of the things my book club has read or will be reading this year.

The Life of Pi
The Secret Life of Bees
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime
The Time Travellor's Wife
Girl with a Pearl Earring and Falling Angels
The Kite Runner
Reading Lolita in Tehran
What Was She Thinking? Notes on a Scandal
lots of good British contemporary fiction - we have an English member and she is always making good suggestions - read some descriptions of Booker prize winners
The Pact by Jodi Picoult (Her Sister's Keeper in the previous post is also by this author)
several Elizabeth Bergs, Sue Millers, Anita Shreves, Anna Quindlens, etc - popular novelists but books with a little meat to them - not Danielle Steel or what we call beach books


I love book club - it forces me to read good books that I otherwise might never pick up
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Old 03-03-2005, 02:33 PM   #5
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OH, the Time Traveller's Wife. I loved that. It is a little screwy at first, but then you get used to it.
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Old 03-03-2005, 02:45 PM   #6
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mrssmh - I'm glad to hear it - I have to read it this weekend and I am the reviewer next week!! All my friends who have read it have loved it, so I'm looking forward to it.
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Old 03-03-2005, 03:01 PM   #7
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Hi Madi,

I read Good in Bed. It wasn't bad but did have some slow parts. I did feel better about myself after reading it though coincedentally.Hope you enjoy it.
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Old 03-03-2005, 03:16 PM   #8
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Read "The Lost German Slave Girl".

It's a non-fiction book set in mid 1800's. I did a post abt it a couple of weeks ago. Just do a search.
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Old 03-03-2005, 09:38 PM   #9
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Thanks for all of the suggestions. I'm hoping I can recommend something next time. I usually read the pointless books that are good but don't require much thought. I enjoyed My Sister's keeper, and I wouldn't have normally read it. Maybe I'll have to broaden my reading a little bit more.
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Old 03-03-2005, 09:46 PM   #10
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If you go on Amazon, they have book club lists. I find that the books I enjoy are often on these lists.

Oprah's list is pretty good.
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I'm reading A Prayer For Owen Meany. It's got some lanuage, and some weird stuff, and it's sort of funny in an odd way. But my lit teacher recomended it to me, so it must be a good book. I heard it ends sad. I have 100 pages left
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I'm reading A Prayer For Owen Meany. It's got some lanuage, and some weird stuff, and it's sort of funny in an odd way. But my lit teacher recomended it to me, so it must be a good book. I heard it ends sad. I have 100 pages left

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OH, the Time Traveller's Wife. I loved that. It is a little screwy at first, but then you get used to it.

I agree...if you get a chance, read this book.
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Old 03-04-2005, 12:02 AM   #14
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A Prayer for Owen Meany is another really great one. I love John Irving anyway and this is one of his best. You'll have to let us know what you think of it.

You too, DVCLiz-I'd love to hear what you think of The Time Traveller's Wife.

Another one I loved was I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb.
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I would recommend Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom if you haven't already read it.

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