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Book Club: Let’s Discuss “Fairyland”

I prefer memoirs to novels, and I love a good coming-of-age story, particularly one with a feisty female protagonist who faces unique challenges (or normal challenges in a unique way), so Fairyland, by Alysia Abbott, was right up my alley. A coming-of-age memoir about a woman who was raised by her single, gay father in [...]

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For our first book selection of the year, we read "Fault in Our Stars," a young adult novel written by John Green. i was excited to read this one because: it's short, which works well with my current reading schedule of ten minutes at the end of the day after 12 or so exhausting hours [...]

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March/April Book Club Selection

Yesterday, you voted and you chose Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father for our March/April book club selection. I'm super excited to read this one. It's "a beautiful, vibrant memoir about growing up motherless in 1970s and ’80s San Francisco with an openly gay father." If you purchase it on Amazon (Kindle, hardback, paperback, or [...]

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Vote for our March/April Book Club Selection

Next week we'll discuss our January/February book club selection, Fault in Our Stars. But for now, it's time to vote on our next book. I thought a memoir would be a nice change of pace (I haven't read a memoir for a while), and I asked you guys for recommendations last week. I looked up [...]

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Recommend Our Next Book Club Selection

Next week we will discuss our first book club selection of the year, The Fault in Our Stars. We will also choose our book for March/April. I'd like to do a memoir next, and I'm opening the field to recommendations starting... now. A recent publication date (within the last three to five years) is a [...]

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Book Club Pick: The Fault in Our Stars

The votes have been tallied and it was so close until the very end, but with just over 33% of the votes, our first book club selection of the year is: The Fault in Our Stars! Where'd You Go Bernadette and The Husband's Secret each got 27% of the votes, so for people who are [...]

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Vote: Dear Wendy Book Club

One of my resolutions this year is the same it's been for the last several years in a row: read more books. Last year, I think I read maybe three in their entirety and I started and didn't finish an additional seven or eight. I want to be ambitious this year, but realistic; I'd be [...]

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What Are Your Favorite Books of 2012?

I'd like to get a list together of some of our favorite books of the year and I need your help. Please email me with the titles of 1-3 of your favorite books of 2012 along with a brief (1-4 sentences) review/synopsis/reason why you loved it. Your review could even be like, "If you loved [...]

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Book Club: Let’s Get “Wild”

This month we read Wild, the new memoir written by fellow advice columnist, Cheryl Strayed (she's "Dear Sugar" from The Rumpus, for those who don't know), and I loved it. In fact, I finished it in one week, which is about three weeks faster than all the other books we've read this year. As much [...]

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September's book club selection, Jonathan Tropper's brand new novel, One Last Think Before I Go, is available today. We read another of Tropper's novels, This is Where I Leave You, earlier this year and it was universally loved it. Here's the description for his new book, published today: You don’t have to look very hard [...]

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Book Club: Let’s Discuss “Shanghai Girls”

Thank you to whoever recommended this novel for our book club. It was exactly the kind of read I'd been craving — well-written, suspenseful, engaging characters, and a historical context for good measure. For those who haven't read it and plan to, you should probably stop reading this post now... OK, so those of you [...]

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Book Club: August AND September Selections

I am so enjoying "Shanghai Girls," this month's DW book club selection, and I am excited to discuss it next week. Since "Wild," the new memoir by fellow advice columnist, Cheryl Strayed (she's "Dear Sugar" from The Rumpus, for those who don't know), was a close second in our vote for July's pick, I thought [...]

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This was my second time reading Truth and Beauty, having read it in one sitting years ago on the train from Manhattan to Vermont, and I have to say, I found Lucy and Ann much less likable in this second reading of the book. Lucy's self-obsession gets really annoying around page 50 or so, and [...]

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Book Club: July’s Selection

The votes are in and the book you all have selected for our book club selection next month is Shanghai Girls by Lisa See. You can buy the paperback version here and the Kindle version here.      

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Thank you for your book club suggestions. I chose a few that sounded like a good fit for us, plus one I've been wanting to read for a while (Joan Didion's Blue Nights), and have four books for us to vote on for July's book club selection. Here are links to each choice and a [...]

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