Book Club Nominees

30 Jan

It’s time to pick books again, at least for one of my book clubs!  Everyone in the group had a chance to submit nominations, now we vote using a somewhat unusual method.

We’ll choose 6 of these, more or less. I’m curious what you would pick.  Have you read any of these?  Discussed them with your book club?  Leave a comment and let me know!

  1. Feed by M. T. Anderson
  2. Day After Night by Anita Diamant
  3. Room: A Novel by Emma Donoghue
  4. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  5. The Year of Living Biblically by AJ Jacobs
  6. The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson
  7. Broken Birds, The Story of My Momila by Jeannette Katzir
  8. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
  9. Every Last One by Anna Quindlen
  10. Beneath a Marble Sky by John Shors
  11. A Regular Guy by Mona Simpson
  12. Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays by Zadie Smith

Posted by on January 30, 2011 in Book Club, M



13 responses to “Book Club Nominees

  1. Sheila (Book Journey)

    January 30, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    Fantastic! Definitely ROOM, I bet it would, no, I KNOW it would be a great discussion book. The Year Of Living Biblically is on my bookshelf… unread. In fact I was considering today when I was going to get to read it – I bet that one would make for great discussion too. The Every Last One and Beneath a Marble Sky – wo books I want to read and John Shors is amazing.

    Cant wait to see what you pick!

  2. diana mack

    January 31, 2011 at 7:03 am

    animal vegetable miracle, while interesting at first, turned into an unfinished snoozefest
    middlesex..everyone but me loved it
    beneath a marble sky…disliked it so much i won’t read another of his books…character was so self-involved and vain!
    while i haven’t read those particular titles of anita diamant or anna quindlen but they never disappoint
    i also have year of living biblically and don’t know why i keep bumping it since it is supposed to be so funny!
    have fun picking!

  3. Nora Avery Ottaviano

    January 31, 2011 at 8:35 am

    I have read two of the books on the list. Beneath a marble sky- I read this before traveling to India with my friends. The book made seeing the Taj more fun. But I think of this book as an airplane read (or bath tub read).
    A better book club selection is Broken Birds. The discussions your group can have with this book will be heart felt and vocal. Life and death adventure and family rivalry. There were also some very funny scenarios. The two future in-laws having a get to know you dinner made me laugh till I cried.

  4. Ms. Dawn

    January 31, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Our book club read Anna Quindlen’s Every Last One. Made for good conversation….and I really liked the book.

  5. Ruth @ Bookish Ruth

    January 31, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    I would pick Room. I’ve heard good things and really want to read it. From what I know about the book, I think it would spawn a lot of interesting discussion.

    • Laura

      February 2, 2011 at 1:03 pm

      I’m definitely voting for Room– I’ve had it on my shelf for a while yet. It isn’t even my nomination :-).

      I’m not sure what else I’m going choose, there are a lot of great choices!

  6. Abi

    January 31, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    Broken Birds provides excellent material for book club discussion. It’s loaded with issues . . . sibling rivalry, the experience of first and second generation survivors, tons of discussion about how much our parents shape who we become and the point at which we take our lives into our own hands.

  7. Jesse Kornbluth

    January 31, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    In 6 years, I’ve never reviewed a self-published book. BROKEN BIRDS was the first. I got tons of mail, sold many copies, moved the review to Huffington Post, got the same response. Why? the unsparing honesty in these pages. You don’t have to be related to Holocaust survivors to understand — and relate to — this dysfunctional family.

  8. Bella

    January 31, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    I would choose Broken Birds , The Story of My Momila. A must read. It speaks to many human emotiins ,some which we as a society and as individuals are uncomfortable facing up to, let alone articulating. Katzir boldly tells her story of courage ,love, pain, heartache and triumph. I guarantee it will foster many interesting discussiins for your bookclub and help you gain I sight into your own trials and tribulations. An adventure in mny ways for sure !

  9. Harrias

    January 31, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    Broken Birds is at first glance a story of 2 people surviving a modern day tragedy-the grand scale that was the Jewish Holocaust. They leave war ravaged Europe and start a new hopefully better life here in the mythic America with its promise of new beginnings. But it seems from the book that baggage not in the hand but in the mind came to New York City with 2 rather young people. They meet fall in love and create a family to replace the ones who didn’t make it. Financially they seem to make it but the parents seem have emotional scars that don’t seem to heal and these afflictions are passed on to the next generation . This book goes into how what should have been a loving and supportive environment went away. And since the author says it is a true story it is that more compelling . At least it was to me. and would be to anyone who would value a thought provoking tale.

  10. Laura

    January 31, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    Could some of you Broken Birds fans let me know where you are coming from, and how you found this post on my blog? I appreciate the comments, but it’s getting a little weird!

  11. Samantha

    January 31, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    Broken Birds – a very interesting story about a modern day family which begins in the holocaust and ends up in a legal battle in California! I agree with “Abi” above: “Broken Birds provides excellent material for book club discussion. It’s loaded with issues . . . sibling rivalry, the experience of first and second generation survivors, tons of discussion about how much our parents shape who we become and the point at which we take our lives into our own hands.” I couldn’t say it any better! Great psychological stuff to dissect and analyze by a book group!

  12. nanscorner

    February 2, 2011 at 8:13 am

    I loved Room and Middlesex. Those are both great choices for discussion.


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