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Subject: Feb Book of the Month
Date Posted: 1/28/2010 8:12 AM ET
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Greetings!

Is anyone interested in a Feb book? Please list your suggestions. Looking forward to everyone's thoughts.

Date Posted: 1/28/2010 11:56 AM ET
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I am stumped. I beg for nothing British. Please, I want to get away from 18th, 19th, and even 20th century England. No more tea time with the elite.

How 'bout a nice American classic?

Date Posted: 1/28/2010 12:07 PM ET
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A Farewell to Arms by Hemingway

Date Posted: 1/28/2010 1:15 PM ET
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A Farewell to Arms

The Jungle

The Invisible Man

An American Tragedy

O Pioneers

Or maybe some classic pulp, Tarzan of the Apes.



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Date Posted: 1/28/2010 4:10 PM ET
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Nine Stories.  Salinger.

Date Posted: 1/28/2010 7:53 PM ET
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I like the idea of something by Salinger.  RIP. 

Nine Stories sounds good to me.

Date Posted: 1/28/2010 10:59 PM ET
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Caviglia,

Does Nine Stories feature the Glass family that you mentioned enjoying in another thread on CMT? I always like to read books that profoundly affect readers.

I'll vote for it. It'd be a nice intro to an unfamiliar author who just passed. 

Date Posted: 1/29/2010 2:21 AM ET
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Yes!  It's really, really fantastic.  Far better than Cather in the Rye IMO.

Date Posted: 1/29/2010 11:27 AM ET
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Catcher or Nine Stories works for me as well. At some point I would like to explore the possibility of reading McTeague by Frank Norris. However, I think it would be cool to read Salinger this month. Caviglia would you like to lead the discussion?
Date Posted: 1/29/2010 11:32 AM ET
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Nine Stories contains:

"A Perfect Day for Bananafish"

Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut"

"Just Before the War With the Eskimos"

"The Laughing Man"

"Down at the Dinghy"

"For Esme...With Love and Squalor"  <--------------------This title makes me laugh.

"Pretty Mouth and Green My Eyes"

"De Daumier-Smith's Blue Period"

"Teddy"

 

I've been slowly reading  all of the books in the children's series A Series of Unfortunate Events.  The villian, Count Olaf, has a girlfriend named  Esme Squalor. I adored that name. I used to use it as a screen name on another board but I had no idea where it came from until today. LOL.

I have recently picked up the Unfortunate Event books where I left off at book 8, The Hostile Hospital. All the patients have names from literature. It's fun to try to figure out where these names came from. Emma Bovary, Clarissa Dalloway, Mikhail Bulgakov, Haruki Murakami, Charley Anderson (?), Jonah Mapple (?)  were patients.

Funny thing is if I hadn't been reading so much I would still have no clue



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Date Posted: 1/29/2010 11:36 AM ET
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Funny,

I had Nine Stories on my reminder list. There were 5 copies in the system. Now there are zero. I hope my request is accepted. Otherwise I'll be purchasing a copy.

Date Posted: 1/29/2010 12:33 PM ET
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Now I am pumped about reading this! I had no idea that the Lemoney Snicket books had that connection.
Date Posted: 1/29/2010 7:31 PM ET
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I read Nine Stories in high school, miles better than Catcher in the Rye.  My favorites are "The Laughing Man" & "A Perfect Day for Bananafish".

Date Posted: 1/29/2010 9:37 PM ET
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Tome Trader:  A-ha!   You ain't read John Dos Passos' trilogy, U.S.A., have you?  Or else you read it, but don't remember the names of the characters?   Charley Anderson is the mechanic-aviator-inventor character in The 42nd Parallel, 1919, and The Big Money.

But it beats me who Jonah Mapple was . . . .



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Date Posted: 1/29/2010 11:14 PM ET
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But it beats me who Jonah Mapple was . .

 

Moby Dick, maybe? There is a chapter called the Sermon in which Father Mapple gives a sermon about Jonah in the whale.

Here's a quote from the Snicket book:

"They visited Room 201 and sang to Jonah Mapple, who was suffering from seasickness"

 

 

More patients:

Bernard Rieux turned out to be a man with a nasty, hacking cough that shook his  body so much he could scarecely hold his balloon"

"The next patient on the list was Cynthia Vane, a young woman with a terrible toothache"

 

Sorry for the hijack.



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Date Posted: 1/30/2010 4:06 PM ET
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Since it's so short <200 pages, maybe we can do Franny & Zooey, too - maybe as a bonus, if people would wish.

I'd be happy to lead.  When would be a good time to start? 

Date Posted: 1/31/2010 9:59 AM ET
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Glad you are going to lead! I would give everyone a little bit of time to get the book and start the discussion in the middle of the month.
Date Posted: 1/31/2010 3:56 PM ET
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One of my libraries has Nine Stories and I have Franny and Zooey, so I'm in for Feb.

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Date Posted: 2/1/2010 3:45 PM ET
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I've ordered it and the person sending it used DC and it's already in the Chicago area. A clear sign I should participate.

Date Posted: 2/1/2010 8:00 PM ET
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I've ordered it three days ago and the PBS member is failing to respond. A clear sign I am probably screwed.

Date Posted: 2/4/2010 8:48 AM ET
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To clarify the book is Nine Stories by Salinger and Franny and Zooey is the bonus. Caviglia is going to lead the discussion around Feb. 18-22. Does this sound right?

Date Posted: 2/4/2010 11:26 AM ET
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Yes, it sounds right. :)

Date Posted: 2/4/2010 12:18 PM ET
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Yes - I was thinking I'd divide the discussion into two or three threads over the course of those days.  How are people doing at this point with book availability?

Date Posted: 2/4/2010 2:22 PM ET
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I went to the library and got both books. Looking forward to hearing everyone's thoughts on Salinger. Last thing I read of his was Cathcer in the Rye in 1995. I am kinda excited to revisit his work from a different perspective.
Date Posted: 2/4/2010 5:13 PM ET
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I have Nine Stories and Franny and Zooey on the way. 

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