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Subject: If you were in my book group...
Date Posted: 3/30/2008 4:11 PM ET
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which of the following would you cast your vote for? I love when it's my turn to bring the selections - I just get to pick from Mt. TBR! My book group is primarily female, late 20s - early 30s. We usually shy away from chick lit in favor of first person accounts, books about other cultures, and the like. This month, we read 'A Thousand Splendid Suns'.  Here are the four I'm bringing! Cast your vote, and I'll let you know what they chose :)

 

Fear and Trembling :: Amelie Nothomb

Gatsby's Girl :: Caroline Preston

How to Breathe Underwater (Vintage Contemporaries) :: Julie Orringer

Let Their Spirits Dance: A Novel :: Stella Pope Duarte

 

L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 3/30/2008 5:06 PM ET
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How to Breathe Underwater

second choice: Let Their Spirits Dance

Have fun! :)

Date Posted: 3/30/2008 5:15 PM ET
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Another vote for How to Breathe Underwater. My wife read it and couldn't stop talking about the book, and from the snippets she read to me, the writing is brilliant.

Date Posted: 3/30/2008 6:29 PM ET
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Thanks, Lyn!

Les, it does seem like Orringer has something original and very interesting to say... can't wait to read it, with or without the book group :)  

Date Posted: 3/30/2008 11:41 PM ET
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They decided to go with Fear and Trembling - an interesting choice!

L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 3/31/2008 12:44 AM ET
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Hummm....that would have been my last choice, I think!

I put How to Breathe... on my WL in HC. :)

Date Posted: 3/31/2008 1:00 AM ET
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Cool :) I love when interests get sparked! :)

I really liked another volume of Nothomb's that I read... but I doubted that she had mass appeal. We'll see... the women in the group are pretty honest with their reactions.

Date Posted: 5/25/2008 4:45 PM ET
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So, Shana, what did they think about Fear and Trembling?

Date Posted: 5/26/2008 1:44 AM ET
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Most of them couldn't find it, but the one who did read it thought it was just like 'The Devil Wears Prada' book and movie... I haven't read or seen it (not my style)... but she did enjoy the japanese cultural twist. I, myself, liked it - but I tend to like Nothomb's personable novella narration style (and am also a bit of a sinophile).

L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 5/26/2008 4:07 AM ET
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I just finished "How to Breathe..." and love it!  Definitely read it if you have not already.