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Subject: November BOM
Date Posted: 9/5/2008 6:14 PM ET
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Well, it seems a long way off, but as I mentioned on the October BOM thread I thought I'd kick off November's BOM.  I'd like to volunteer to lead the discussion, and I want to give us some time to pick a theme and make some nominations.  I'll give it some thought this week while I'm traveling, but I'm leaning towards an Asian theme since I'm there almost every month.  There's a ton of stuff of Chinese HF out there, but I'd like to open it up to everything.....there's also books I've been meaning to read on India, Korea.....so please throw out some suggestions and I'll post some ideas in a few days.  I'm off to Korea on Sunday and will have some time while I'm traveling.

Date Posted: 9/5/2008 8:00 PM ET
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Oooh, take me with you to Korea!  I was stationed at Yongsan Army Garrison in Seoul from January 2001 - January 2002.  I loved it there and would definitely go  back again if I had the chance.  I think an Asian theme would be awesome by the way.  Off to start digging around for some books to nominate....

Date Posted: 9/5/2008 10:37 PM ET
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I would love an Asian theme too! I almost chose that for my theme the month I led the discussions but decided to go with an ancient theme instead. I read The Court of the Lion by Eleanor Cooney about a month ago and loved it! I am off to dig too!

Date Posted: 9/8/2008 1:23 PM ET
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hmm the only one I can think of with an Asian theme is Memoirs of a Geisha...which I think everyone and their mother has read, lol. I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with!
Date Posted: 9/8/2008 2:51 PM ET
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How about Women of the Silk by Gail Tsukiyama?

ETA:  23 copies in the system of this one



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Date Posted: 9/8/2008 2:52 PM ET
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what about Snow Flower and the Secret Fan? There's 24 copies in the system.

Date Posted: 9/8/2008 3:54 PM ET
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I loved Snow Flower! I think it is the only exposure I have had to HF--maybe The Painted Veil, and I love the topic idea! Well chosen, Michelle!

Date Posted: 9/8/2008 4:17 PM ET
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Updated with additional suggestions.  Lots of great choices.....looks like I'll be adding more books to my TBR pile!!

I did a bit of digging over the weekend while I was traveling, and came up with the following ideas.  I added links to the above 2 suggestions as well.  Please let me know what interests you, and add more that you can think of.  I'll wait until the end of the month to take all of the nominations and pick a winner.  I'll probably end up just drawing from a hat or something, but those that get more than 1 nomination will get put into the hat more than once - one draw for each nomination.

1.  The Painter from Shanghai by Jennifer Cody Epstein - prewar Shanghai

2.  The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni - takes us back to the time of the Indian epic The Mahabharat

3. The Ginger Tree by Oswald Wynd - the birth of modern Japan

4.  The Book of Loss by Julith Jedamus - a court romance set in the Japanese Heian era (794-1185 C.E.)

5.  The Glass Palace: A Novel by Amitav Ghosh - set in colonial Burma, India, and Malaya 

6. Death of Woman Wang by Jonathan Spence - rural 17th century China 

7. Women of the Silk by Gail Tsukiyama - rural China in 1926

8.  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan or Peony in Love by Lisa See - If this choice wins, we can decide which one most are interested in by a vote (as I know many have read Snow Flower and the Secret Fan already)

9.  The Russian Concubine by Kate Furnivall

10.  Winds of Sinhala by Colvin De Silva

11. The Pearl Diver by Jeff Talarigo

12.  The Binding Chair by Katherine Harrison

13.  Eight Million Gods and Demons by Hiroko Shawin

14.  The Court of the Lion by Eleanor Cooney and Daniel Atieri.

15.  Becoming Madame Mao by Anchee Min

16.  Empress Orchid by Anchee Min

17.  Moon Pearl by Ruthanne Lum Mcann

18.  The Temple Dancer by John Speed

19.  The Snow Fox by Susan Fromberg Schaeffer

20.  When The Elephants Dance by Tess Uriza Holthe

21.  Empress by Shan Sa

Holly - Seoul is a great city!  Unfortunately I'm only here 2 days and in meetings most of the time.  But I spent 3 months here in 2006 and also fell in love.

 



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Date Posted: 9/8/2008 4:26 PM ET
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I'd love to have an Asian theme, but, as the General, it's up to you! Since several of you have read Snowflower and the Secret Fan, maybe we should nominate the next one, Peony in Love. I have a copy, but I haven't read it yet. I wouldn't mind if The Painter from Shanghai was chosen. It would give me a good reason to buy it! ;-)

Date Posted: 9/8/2008 5:21 PM ET
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I have "The Russian Concubine" in  my TBR - it is about the relationship between a Russian girl and a Chinese man.

I've read "Women of the Silk" and both Lisa See books mentioned.



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Date Posted: 9/8/2008 6:08 PM ET
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I am going to go out on a limb here and nominate a book that is on my TBR Pile and which sounds very good:

Winds of Sinhala- Colin de Silva

 

This is set in Sri Lanka and here is a review from Amazon:

One of the best books I have ever read. I felt transported back in time as if looking through a spy glass at trurbulent events occuring during the lifetime of the Great King. I made a trip back to Sri Lanka shortly after I read this book and as I was walking on the stone slabs around the Sri Maha Bodhiya I could almost see the Great King lying there on his death bed. I have been trying in vain to locate Colin De Silva's other books on the internet and haven't had much success.



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Date Posted: 9/8/2008 7:44 PM ET
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so I had some spare time and started going around looking for interesting books....here's what I found: The Pearl Diver - Jeff Talarigo - about a Japanese teenager who contracts leporacy and is sent to a leprasarium (sp?). takes place in 1940s Japan I also found The Binding Chair by Kathryn Harrison and Eight Million Gods and Demons by Hiroko Shawin. I think the Pearl Diver sounds the most interesting. All of these take place in Japan.
Date Posted: 9/8/2008 8:05 PM ET
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I'd like to nominate The Court of the Lion by Eleanor Cooney. It's on the T'ang dynasty, specifically Tang Xuanzong, during the 8th century.

Date Posted: 9/9/2008 12:20 AM ET
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The Court of the Lion is such a great book, Genie! It is very long but so worth it!

Date Posted: 9/9/2008 7:00 AM ET
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Yeah, it's about 1,000 pages. Please don't kill me! I may have to start reading it now in case it wins. ;-)

Date Posted: 9/9/2008 5:33 PM ET
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I have 2 suggestions, both by Anchee Min:  Becoming Madam Mao and Empress Orchid.  The second one got better reviews at Amazon.  The Asian theme book that is on my TBR is Falling Leaves, but it isn't ficiton; it's a memoir.  I wonder if they do a BoM.

Date Posted: 9/10/2008 1:27 PM ET
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I loved both Snow Flower and The Russian Concubine---I would love to see if we could winnow out from all the choices above, which all look fantastic to me, I'd love to read any one of them--the ones that some of us have already read---

 

Edited: Donna, I think our posts must have crossed, I just now saw that you'd already suggested BMM---good choice!



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Date Posted: 9/10/2008 2:02 PM ET
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I'd like to add to the nominations list Becoming Madame Mao by Anchee Min....it's been in my RL for a while, I'd love to have an excuse to bump it to the top of Mt TBR

Date Posted: 9/10/2008 2:09 PM ET
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I'm going to try to be in on this even though I haven't even started the September BOM, An Arrow's Flight.  I have a copy sitting here, but I got side tracked by Sword Song from the library.  I can't get enough of Uhtred!  Hopefully I can get the September book read.  I think I'm going to pass on the October BOM (as I have so many books I need to get read), but I hope to pick up again in November.  An Asian theme sounds great!  I think I'm the only one who hasn't read Memoirs of  a Geisha - and that's one of the books on my TBR pile.  Maybe that'll be one of the books I read in October to get me in an Asian frame of mind for November's BOM! 

Date Posted: 9/10/2008 2:13 PM ET
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Colleen - are you saying that maybe we should take out those that people have read already from the list to narrow it down a bit?  I'm ok with that, since there are so many choices.  Might as well pick something that none of us have read.  Let me know your thoughts on that, guys.

I read both books mentioned by Anchee Min.  I loved Empress Orchid and the sequel, The Last Empress.  I did not enjoy the writing style in Becoming Madame Mao as much.



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Date Posted: 9/10/2008 5:13 PM ET
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Well, I would just about be willing to bet that no one has read the one I nominated, so hopefully it will stay on the list! It sounds like a great read!

Date Posted: 9/10/2008 5:35 PM ET
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are you saying that maybe we should take out those that people have read already from the list to narrow it down a bit?  I'm ok with that, since there are so many choices.  Might as well pick something that none of us have read.  Let me know your thoughts on that, guys.

Yes, Michelle, that is what I was thinking....since there are so many choices on so many subjects I was thinking to keep it fresh for as many of us as possible...

Date Posted: 9/11/2008 7:03 PM ET
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I agree - I updated the list above to cross out the nominations that folks have stated they've already read.  That still leaves us with 10 good potential choices.  If any are left on the list that someone has read already, or if anyone would like to add more, just let me know.  I'm going on vacation the end of next week, until early Oct, so I will probably pick the winner before I leave.  Some of these titles are obscure, or heavily wish listed, so I want to allow people time to find their books!



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Date Posted: 9/11/2008 10:35 PM ET
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Michelle, I read Palace of Illusions about 2 months ago, so I guess that one will have to go. I must admit, I didn't enjoy it much at all.

Date Posted: 9/12/2008 7:50 AM ET
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I want to nominate Peony in Love by Lisa See. If anyone has read it, I'm cool with not putting it on the list.

I've read The Binding Chair.

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