Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Front Runner Is...

So far, the front runner book for May is The Paris Wife.  Just to give you some insight into what the book is about, here's a synopsis from BN.com:



A deeply evocative story of ambition and betrayal, The Paris Wife captures a remarkable period of time and a love affair between two unforgettable people: Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley.
Chicago, 1920: Hadley Richardson is a quiet twenty-eight-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness—until she meets Ernest Hemingway and her life changes forever. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris, where they become the golden couple in a lively and volatile group—the fabled “Lost Generation”—that includes Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.
Though deeply in love, the Hemingways are ill prepared for the hard-drinking and fast-living life of Jazz Age Paris, which hardly values traditional notions of family and monogamy. Surrounded by beautiful women and competing egos, Ernest struggles to find the voice that will earn him a place in history, pouring all the richness and intensity of his life with Hadley and their circle of friends into the novel that will become The Sun Also Rises. Hadley, meanwhile, strives to hold on to her sense of self as the demands of life with Ernest grow costly and her roles as wife, friend, and muse become more challenging. Despite their extraordinary bond, they eventually find themselves facing the ultimate crisis of their marriage—a deception that will lead to the unraveling of everything they’ve fought so hard for.
A heartbreaking portrayal of love and torn loyalty, The Paris Wife is all the more poignant because we know that, in the end, Hemingway wrote that he would rather have died than fallen in love with anyone but Hadley.

Still sound good?  Anyone have any other suggestions?  The Red Leather Diary also looks good as another pick--perhaps for June?  Anyone have a book they're just itching to read, and think it would make a good selection?  Give me a shout out!

Also--there is no limit to this book club.  Anyone who wants to participate is welcome.  

Monday, March 28, 2011

Welcome!

I'm so excited to start this blogger reading club!  My goal is pretty simple:  pick a book for the month, post questions throughout the month, and then let everyone comment on the book.  The more comments, the better.  This book club will evolve as we get moving, so I'm looking forward to seeing how it grows and changes in the coming months.


What are we going to read?  Whatever you pick--fiction or non-fiction.  I'll post a list of potential titles, and you get to vote.  Whatever title gets the most votes is the title we'll read.  For the sake of keeping it simple for everyone, I'd like to pick 3 months at a time, so if you can't read a particular title, you know what we're reading next.  Sound good?


Here is a list of titles to get us started.  Please post a comment as to what you would like to read--pick three.  I will post the first three titles mid-month; this will give everyone some time to check them out and vote for your choices.  We'll start reading the first title May 1st.
If anyone has any other title to suggest, please feel free to enter it into the mix!   I welcome any and all book suggestions.  Without further ado, here are some titles I thought we could pick from for the first three months:


Fiction:
When We Were Strangers by Pam Schoenewaldt
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
Great House by Nicole Krauss
Postmistress by Sarah Blake
West of Here by Jonathan Evison
The Sea Captain's Wife by Beth Powning
Swamplandia by Karen Russell
The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
The Three Weissmanns of Westport by Cathleen Schine


Non-Fiction:
Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff
Dead End Gene Pool by Wendy Burden
The Bucolic Plague by Josh Kilmer-Purcell
The Red Leather Diary by Lily Koppel
The Hemingses of Monticello by Annette Gordon-Reed


These are just a few titles I thought of.  If you've got other suggestions, please feel free to comment!