Sunday Salon

I love Sundays, but I especially love the 2nd Sunday of each month, because that’s when my book club meets.  This afternoon I’ll be at my friend Sara’s house, wine glass in hand, no kids in sight, eating good food and having adult conversations, ahhhhhhh.  Today we’ll be discussing 3 Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson, and while it wasn’t my favorite book of the year, I know others liked it, and we’ll have plenty to talk about.  We will also vote on our winter selections (December, January, and February).  I’m going to be suggesting the following (if you’ve read any of these, I’d love to hear your thoughts):

Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Chez Moi by Agnes Desarthe

This week I’ve been reading Capote in Kansas: A Ghost Story by Kim Powers, which will be on tour for TLC in October (because who doesn’t like a good ghost story in October?)  It’s about the haunting of Truman Capote (In Cold Blood) and Harper Lee (To Kill a Mocking Bird) by members of the murdered Cutter family, immortalized in Capote’s book.  I’m also reading the dreamlike Oystercatchers by Susan Fletcher, which I received from the publisher, W.W. Norton.  This one is about sisters Amy and Moira.  Amy lies in a coma after an accident, and Moira is at her bedside spilling out her life story.  After the first few chapters I’m getting the impression that Moira had something to do with the accident, but it’s not clear yet exactly what happened, so I will have to keep reading… 

Tomorrow is the kick off for Book Blogger Appreciation Week, organized by My Friend Amy! To celebrate, I’ll be giving away a signed paperback copy of Matrimony by Josh Henkin- the hardest working author/book promoter in town.  His book is everywhere, but you’ll have a chance to win your copy here (assuming you haven’t already won a copy elsewhere!) beginning tomorrow.  In addition to that, there will be a ridiculous amount of giveaways all over the place!  RIDICULOUS!  I’m not kidding!  What, you don’t believe me???  Ok, fine.  I’ll have to prove it.  I was just going to put the link here and ask you to take my word for it, but I guess I’ll have to copy the whole thing (and it’s just a coincidence that by posting it, I get extra entries in the raffle).  Take a look:

 

Daily Raffles:
Monday–Books and Chocolate sponsored by My Friend Amy and Hey Lady! Whatcha’ Readin?
Tuesday–Books and Going Green sponsored by My Friend Amy
Wednesday–Books and Coffee sponsored by My Friend Amy
Thursday–Books and Charity sponsored by My Friend Amy and Fashionista Piranha
Friday–Books and Movies sponsored by My Friend Amy

 
Win a Book Club Girl Hostess Survival Kit!
Do you find it’s your turn to host book club and not only do you not know what to serve but you don’t know what books to offer up for the next month’s selection?! Let Book Club Girl come to your rescue with the Book Club Girl Hostess Survival Kit.

One lucky winner of the kit will receive:

* A basket of cheese, crackers, cookies and wine for up to 12 people
* 5 great book group books to vote on for your group’s next pick. And Book Club Girl will then donate 12 copies whichever book is chosen for your entire group to read.
* 12 Book Club Girl mousepads to give out as party favors that night
* 12 Book Club Girl bookmarks to mark everyone’s favorite passages
* 12 Book Club Girl coasters to protect your coffee table from all those wine glasses!

TWO SORMAG Goody Bags containing books and more!

A Special Pamper Me Basket from Cafe of Dreams!
From Avon Foot Works
~ Inflatable watermelon shaped foot tub
~ 3.4 FL oz Watermelon Cooling Foot Lotion
~ 3.4 FL oz Watermelon Exfoliating Foot Scrub
~ 12 count Watermelon Effervescent Foot Tablets
~ An ARC of So Long At The Fair by Christina Schwarz
~ A variety of Hot Chocolate and Tea mixes

A pre-made blog template from SNSDesign!

A Subscription to Poetry Magazine from Savvy Verse and Wit!

BOOKS
Mistress of the Revolution by Catherine Delors
The Moon in the Mango Tree by Pamela Binnings Ewen
The Spanish Bow by Andromeda Romano-Lax
John’s Quest by Cecelia Dowdy
Confessions of a Contractor by Richard Murphy
Acedia & Me by Kathleen Norris
The Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell
The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks
The Book of Lies by Brad Meltzer
Supreme Courtship by Christopher Buckley
A Tale Out of Luck by Willie Nelson with Mike Blakely
The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent
When Will There Be Good News by Kate Atkinson
An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination by Elizabeth McCracken
Exit Music by Ian Rankin
The Smart One and the Pretty One by Claire LaZebnik
Gunmetal Black by Daniel Serrano
Isolation by Travis Thrasher
The Miracle Girls by Anne Dayton and May Vanderbilt
Every Freaking! Day With Rachell Ray by Elizabeth Hilts
Dewey by Vicki Myron
The Shiniest Jewel by Marian Henley
Keep the Faith by Faith Evans
The Book of Calamities by Peter Trachtenberg
A is for Atticus by Lorilee Craker
After the Fire by Robin Gaby Fisher
Mike’s Election Guide by Michael Moore
War as They Knew It by Michael Rosenberg
Fixing Hell By Col. (ret.) Larry C. James 
Wild Boy: My Life with Duran Duran by Andy Taylor
The Last Under-Cover: The True Story of an FBI Agent’s Dangerous Dance with Evil By Bob Hamer
Border Lass by Amanda Scott
Insatiable Desire by Rita Heron
Hungry for More by Diana Holquist
Free Food for Millionaires by Min Jin Lee
Trespassers Will Be Baptized by Elizabeth Emerson Hancock
He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not by Trish Ryan
Never Surrender by General Jerry Boykin
Dream in Color by Congresswoman Linda Sánchez, Congresswoman Loretta Sánchez
Beyond Belief by Josh Hamilton
Cobain Unseen by Charles R. Cross
Doing Business in 21st Century India by Gunjan Bagla
Branding Only Works on Cattle by Jonathan Salem Baskin
Launching a Leadership Revolution by Chris Brady, Orrin Woodward
How to Hear from God by Joyce Meyer
Knowing Right from Wrong by Thomas D. Williams
Pope John Paul II: An Intimate Life by Caroline Pigozzi
Pure by Rebecca St. James
He Loves Me! by Wayne Jacobson
So You Don’t Want to Go to Church Anymore by Wayne Jacobson and Dave Coleman
Move On, Move Up by Paula White
The Rosary by Gary Jansen
Shoot the Moon by Billie Letts
The Choice by Nicholas Sparks
Right Livelihoods by Rick Moody
by George by Wesley Stace
The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold
Trunk Music by Michael Connelly
Hollywood Crows by Joseph Wambaugh
Dead Boys by Richard Lange
The Gifted Gabaldon Sisters by Lorraine Lopez
Sisterchicks Go Brit! by Robin Jones Gunn
Beyond the Night by Marlo Schalesky
With Endless Sight by Allison Pittman
Harlequin Titles: To Be Announced

Many other blogs are giving away books and prizes for BBAW as well! You can see the links to all of these giveaways here.

I told you it was RIDICULOUS!!  Happy BBAW to all the bloggers out there!  And to everybody, have a great week!

15 Responses

  1. My book group is discussing Three Cups of Tea next month. I’ve heard that the story is wonderful but the writing is lacking.

    I loved Never Let Me Go — I think it would be a good book group choice as it would evoke a lot of ethical discussion. I think Ishiguro is a brilliant writer.

    Enjoy BBAW !!

  2. Enjoy your book club get together today. I wanted to let you know that I really enjoyed Autobiography of a Face (NF) and Never Let Me Go (Fic) when I read them. Both would make great discussion books.

    PS Thanks for posting about Oystercatchers, I forgot I had wanted to read that one. LOL

  3. Missed out on a chance for the Matrimony book on another site – I never win these contests, but I will be back tomorrow!

    Oh, and I appreciate you too.

  4. I’m starting Capote in Kansas this very afternoon! I can’t wait. It looks soooo great.

  5. We read ‘Never Let Me Go’ at one of my book groups earlier this year. I was profoundly moved and disturbed by it and think it one of the truly great pieces of writing. The discussion we had was one of our best ever. Definitely go for that one.

  6. Oystercatchers sounds intriguing. I’m looking forward to reading your review!

  7. I really like that image on the cover of Oystercatchers.

  8. i haven’t read it yet but autobiography of a face i have heard is excellent and the author passed away – i think it was drug/depression related. ann patchett author of bel canto wrote an article about the author.

    http://nymag.com/nymetro/news/people/features/n_8396/ and a book
    http://www.amazon.com/Truth-Beauty-Friendship-Ann-Patchett/dp/0060572140

  9. Never Let Me Go has been in my long-term TBR Purgatory for awhile, so if your book club does read that one, I’ll be interested in your thoughts on it – maybe they’ll give me the nudge I need.

    I’ve read Autobiography of a Face – short review in this post – and I’d suggest reading it in tandem with Truth and Beauty by Ann Patchett, which is also about Lucy Grealy, if your group has time and interest in making it a two-fer.

    Joshua Henkin’s a busy guy – I know of three book blogs doing Matrimony giveaways this week (one of them is mine)!

  10. Lisa, Oystercathers sounds intriguing and the cover is lovely. I look forward to your review.

    Have fun at book group. Sometimes the books you hated inspire the best discussion.

    No kids, wine, book talk … ah the beauty of book club!

  11. So much good this book is, Never Let Me Go. I’m all, Dude, go read my review, but then, I haven’t posted it yet. But for you, I post it this week. Read it. Love it. Snuggle with it at night.

  12. I agree that Never Let Me Go is probably the best choice. It’s the only one I’ve read of your suggestions and I think it’ll inspire a lot of really interesting discussion.

  13. I can’t wait to see what everyone will be giving away on top of the great giveaways that Amy listed!

  14. It just occurs to me that if I should read In Cold Blood before I read Capote in Kansas. Would that be a prerequisite?

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