Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

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 every single book you mentioned (some of which I already read, so I ruled those out because I want to read something new), read reviews, researched bestseller lists over the last few years, and gave lots of careful consideration before finally deciding on these three selections:

162411411. Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father
“A beautiful, vibrant memoir about growing up motherless in 1970s and ’80s San Francisco with an openly gay father.”




135474282. Chanel Bonfire: A Memoir
“With clear-eyed grace, refreshing honesty, and flashing wit, Wendy Lawless tells the true story of her unhinged upbringing in this New York Times bestselling memoir.”




9780062241450_p0_v2_s260x4203. Until I Say Good-Bye: My Year of Living with Joy
“A moving and inspirational memoir by a woman who makes the most of her final days after discovering she has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).”

If you’re interested in participating in the book club, please cast your vote below for our next selection. I’ll close the polls by noon tomorrow. Thanks!

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18 comments… add one
  • Lianne February 25, 2014, 1:09 pm

    Ahhh I can’t decide! Torn between Fairyland and Chanel Bonfire!

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    • Dear Wendy February 25, 2014, 1:25 pm

      Me too!

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  • GatorGirl February 25, 2014, 1:28 pm

    I’m not even through the last book yet (whoops), but IDK if I can read another book with death themes. I know it’s “inspirational” and all, but I’m just not feeling it. Fairyland sounds cool.

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    • theattack February 25, 2014, 2:32 pm

      Same here. I thought we were avoiding downers. It’s cool, but I don’t know if I can deal with another sad book right now. Maybe by the end of April I can deal with it. Fairyland does sound like a good read if I can get past all the death.

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  • bethany February 25, 2014, 1:49 pm

    They all look good. I’m not going to vote, since I’d be happy to read them all. Plus my library has all 3 on the shelf right now (unlike Fault in our Stars! Never got to read that one because they were all checked out!).

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    • theattack February 25, 2014, 2:33 pm

      Do you have a Kindle? If you do, I’ll loan you my copy.

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      • Addie Pray February 25, 2014, 2:36 pm

        Can you do that, share your downloads or online books or whatever you call em? (I clearly do not have a kindle, or a nook, or an iPad or whatever-rooh that lets you do fancy things like read books electronically.)

      • theattack February 25, 2014, 2:40 pm

        Yeah, I know you can loan books from your kindle for up to two weeks. And I actually just read that the borrower doesn’t have to have a kindle. I think the electronic copy just goes to their email maybe.

      • theattack February 25, 2014, 2:39 pm

        Actually I don’t think it’s eligible for lending. I’ve never done it before, so I’m not really sure.

      • bethany February 25, 2014, 2:43 pm

        I have the Kindle app on my phone. Will that work?

      • theattack February 25, 2014, 2:45 pm

        Well it would work except that I didn’t realize some books can’t be loaned, and of course this would be one of them. Sorry to tease you, bethany! 🙁 The electronic version is only $5.50 on Amazon right now though.

  • Painted_lady February 25, 2014, 1:55 pm

    I’m with GG – I’m currently working on “Of Mice and Men” for my kids’ contest show and I just can’t handle anything else sad right now. We blocked the scene where (SPOILER ALERT??? Who hasn’t read it but plans to???) Lenny kills Curley’s wife and I just don’t know how I’m going to handle another month of this.

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    • lemongrass February 25, 2014, 2:01 pm

      I did not like that book at all. I kept waiting for it to get good but it just left me feeling bad.

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    • Sara February 25, 2014, 4:20 pm

      I still can vividly imagine that scene – and I read it 13+ years ago. So, so sad.

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  • Addie Pray February 25, 2014, 2:24 pm

    I saw The Wolf of Wall Street a couple of weekends ago and LOVED IT. I learned it’s based on the shady stockbroker’s memoir of the same name – and now I’m dying to read it. That’s all. I like memoirs though so I’ll read whatever you guys pick and try my hardest to FINISH it in time for discussion!

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  • rachel February 25, 2014, 2:38 pm

    So, I finally got a copy of The Fault in Our Stars from the library cuz they were all checked out…but it’s an audio copy. I don’t actually have a cd player in my laptop. so I’ll have to use Ross’s? I may not finish that on time, haha.

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  • HmC February 26, 2014, 12:33 am

    #3 feels too heavy after Fault in Our Stars, I voted for Chanel Bonfire.

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