Monday, September 13, 2010

the book I read

last week my bookgroup had its annual book selection meeting. this year we returned to having a theme for our upcoming year of reading. unlike some of the past themes such as, "food" or "war" or "africa" - this year our theme was almost like having no theme. the theme we went is "award winning books" - once we started checking out book awards, we discovered there are literally thousands of different types of awards, so really almost any book could fit. no, not really!

my bookgroup is often fueled by recommendations and learning what other bookgroups are reading, with this in mind I'd once more like to share our reading list maybe some other bookgroup will see a title that will pique interest!

the cleveland bookwomen year of reading 2010 -2011:

october death with interruptions by josé saramago
this book didn't win an award but it is by saramago who won a nobel prize for literature in 1998

november still alice by lisa genova
winner of the 2008 bronte prize

december silver lies by ann parker
the first of a series, silver lies won the willa award for historical fiction and the colorado gold award

january out stealing horses by per petterson
won the norwegian booksellers prize, the critics award for best novel, and the independent foreign fiction prize.

february wolf hall by hilary mantel
won both the man booker prize and the national book critics circle award

march the brief wondrous life of oscar wao by junot diaz
winner of numerous awards including the 2008 pulitzer prize for fiction and the national book critics circle award

april march by geraldine brooks
won the 2006 pulitzer prize for fiction not to mention is included in the 2006 richard and judy best read book list

may cod: a biography of the fish that changed the world by mark kurlansky
winner of the james beard award, the glenfiddich food writing award, the new york public library best books of the year award

june half broke horses by jeanette walls
author walls has received numerous honors including the christopher award for helping to "affirm the highest values of the human spirit

july zeitoun by eave eggers
in august eggers won the american book award for zeitoun and this year san francisco picked the book for its 2010 one city one book read

august left hand of darkness by ursula leguin
the small band of sci-fi fans of the group lobbied hard to include a sci-fi/fantasy selection; we chose leguin, who is the grand dame of genre. what was difficult was choosing which of her many award winning books to go with. we settled on the classic left hand of darkness which both of the sci-fi'd biggest awards the nebula and hugo, in 1969 and 1970 respectively

the book I read was on the talking heads 1977 debut album. don't you just love david bryne? I do -- the guy's a genius. I read the new movie wallstreet: money never sleeps (like the original wallstreet) will feature a bunch of bryne tunes. this fact alone puts the film on my must see list.

photo: maya lin's fountain and reflecting pool in the cleveland public library's reading garden


California Girl said...

Byrne is a genius. I love the Baby song. I don't know the title but it's my favorite..."Little fingers, Little toes"

Currently reading John Irviing's new book "Night on Twisted River" and it's a return to form for him. Wonderful.

Also raced through the first two of Steig Larssen's (SP) "Girl With..." books. Suspense/Murder mysteries written with insight, intelligence and knowledge. Page turners. Also read "That Old Cape Magic" by Richard Russo. I liked it tho' not as much as the others I've mentioned.

Next stop: Johnathan Franzen's new book "Freedom". I heard him interviewed on NPR and it sounds like my kinda book. Plus, I never read "The Corrections". Perhaps I'll remedy that.

Bee said...

I was relieved to get to February, because I hadn't heard of the first four books on your list. On the other hand, though, what book lover can resist MORE tempting and worthy reads?

I'm so envious of your book group. I don't have one here, and it's something that I really miss.

Roy said...

Good choice on the LeGuin; I'd be hard pressed to choose between The Left Hand of Darkness and The Dispossessed - both share the #1 spot in my estimation of her best work.

Per Petterson has a new one out, by the way - I Curse the River of Time. I heard an interview with hime recently and it sounds like another good one.

Coffee Messiah said...

Those are some interesting sounding books.

I'm on a different jag these days:

Just finished "Breakfast Of Champions" by Vonnegut (one of the few writers tat has me laughing out loud and shaking my head at feeling the same we he did)

Now in the middle of: "Travels With Charley: by Hemingray. Those were some days for road trips.

Next on the list is: "Letters From Hawaii" by Twain, from his trip in the latter 1800s. Having been to a few islands years ago, I look forward to reading what he saw and thought.

Hmmmmm, there's a little known Bryne piece he did for stage that I have on cd. All his work is good though.


Meri said...

Hi Kim -- thanks for the list; I forwarded it to my book club organizer in case we need ideas. The hostess each month has been choosing, but some of the books recommended haven't been that wonderful. And Bee -- wish you could join in my group.

e said...

That's an impressive list. Enjoy!

Kate Hanley said...

Great list. It gives me food for thought. I recently went on my Facebook page and asked for book suggestions and got some good ones. One of my favorites would fit your category: Wallace Stegner won the Pulizter but I'm not sure for which book. Anyway, I read "Crossing to Safety" by him and loved it.

Gary said...

Which one did you enjoy the most?

Megan said...

You are going to LOVE Oscar I think. The only other one I've read is Out Stealing Horses. I enjoyed it very much. Let me know if you want me to send on my copy? It's already been all around the family and I've read it twice. :)

mouse (aka kimy) said...

cg - the baby baby song is called 'stay up late' have to make sure ms t doesn't listen to the song as she's expecting a new baby brother in a few months. she might get some ideas. ha ha.

i'm so excited that irving has a new book! i adore most of his books - he's the kind of writer who can have me laughing and crying at the same time - a quality i love.

i'm so hoping they discover a 4th larssen book - read all three - the 3rd in some record time as i started it on the train to nyc from cleveland and by the time i arrived at penn station i was already on p 465! seems as if we have the same taste - not too surprising - i've enjoyed the 2 russo books i've read: empire falls & that old cape magic - still on my list is bridge of sighs.

definitely check out the corrections - deserved all the praise. i may have heard that same interview on npr (they actually probably had a few) was it on studio 360... freedom is on the list for sure!

bee - no book group. too sad. any chance you can get one started! I too wasn't familiar with the first four books either, then ironically i've read all of the next four (along with the last book) - i'm happy that i've read wolf hall as it's a big book (on so many levels) and since i already read it i can do a quick re-read to refresh myself with the plot, story and favorite bits.

roy - definitely two of leguins bests - though i did enjoy the earth sea books - looking forward to reading per. hope to read his first (u.s. release)sooner than bookgroup now that he's on my radar

coffee - nice to redo the some classics! steinbeck is always inspiring, haven't thought of travels in eons! maybe next year i can suggest that american classics as a possible theme. yeah kurt!!

meri - it's interesting to learn how different groups choose their books!

e - we do!! book groups is always a highlight of each month!! for the books and friendships!

kate - too bad we didn't think of stegner! it's great how book talk can generate so much more book talk!!

gary - this list is our upcoming list. ironically, i have already read 5....and they were all winners. cod is my suggestion and although i read it in 1998 when it first came out it remains in my top 10 faves to this day. something about that humble fish's story really gets to me!!

megan - oscar does rock!! thanks for the offer. it will be a fast reread for me - our library has beaucoup copies as diaz was here on a tour not very long ago.

California Girl said...

just read a bunch of the comments. Thanks for the response Kimy. I am looking forward to Franzen's work. I was in a book club at the time of "The Corrections" and we heard it depressing and we'd just been through some Oprah picks (talk about depressing, most of them) so we avoided it. After hearing him interviewed, I thought the new one sounded super interesting and right up my sarcastic dysfunctional alley although he doesn't like the word "dysfunctional" hahahahaha!

Coffee: LOVE "TRAVELS" First read it in high school. Love Vonnegut, first read him in college. I just unpacked a few of our books and found Twain's "Innocents Abroad", which I've never read. Love everything I have read. He was so damn funny and sarcastic.