Really Cool Women\'s Book Club

Squirrel seeks Chipmunk by David Sedaris on December 1st at 6:30 at Jane Addams Book Shop November 21, 2010

Filed under: Books — Susan @ 8:40 pm

What we have here is a unique and absurd collection of what appear (on the surface) to be anthropomorphic animal characters- squirrels, storks, cats, toads, turtles, and of course a duck. Each story starts out benign and normal enough, more or less like an Aesop’s Fable, but then gets more preposterous as far as animals go and then more and more relevant to life as we live it today.

If you have ever waited in a line at the DMV or other government office, you will see yourself as perhaps one of this trio- the Toad, the Turtle, or the Duck. Those who are a “Friend of Bill” might see something familiar in a story about a cat with some issues.

In other words, each story holds up a mirror to our everyday life- but this being David Sedaris it’s more a Wonderland or Funhouse mirror. Perhaps the closest I could come would be Aesop’s fables written by a very modern Lewis Carrol.

I found one great quote I may have to use myself “It’s not that they are stupid. It’s that they are actively against knowledge”. How true, and how sad.

Sedaris says to not expect a Moral for each Fable, but if you read them carefully, you should find some insight. “His morals are not spoon-fed cautionary tales of cause-and-effect but rather seemingly matter-of-fact observations that pack a subtle after shock of insightfully insinuated scrutiny.”

Funny? Yes, but not laugh out loud funny, more wry and sometimes black humor (warning!). I found myself grinning quite a bit.

The artwork is delightful, being by the well known artist and author Ian Falconer of Olivia the Pig, etc.

 

Nominated Books for Spring 2011 November 12, 2010

Filed under: Nominated Books — Susan @ 12:47 pm

Bright Lights, Big City by Jay McInerney

Drop City by TC Boyle

Freedom by Jon Franzen

Jar City by Arnaldur Indridason

Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann

Life by Keith Richards

Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen

Small Island by Andrea Levy

The Big Short by Michael Lewis

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Zeitoun by Dave Eggers


 

October 21, 2010 at Marci’s house-Hot, Flat & Crowded by Thomas Friedman November 4, 2010

Filed under: Past Meetings — Susan @ 2:14 pm

Cool Women in Attendance:

Marci, Heidi, Ann, Susan

Menu:

-Turkey Hash
-Wonderful bread!
-Apple Pie

Memorable Moments:

-We sat at Marci’s kitchen table
-Marci shared information about Lillie’s Bat Mitzvah
-Girl talk

 

September 1, 2010 at SunSinger hosted by Ann-The Bean Tree by Barbara Kingsolver

Filed under: Past Meetings — Susan @ 2:10 pm

Cool Women in Attendance:

Ann, Marci, Susan, Lori, Heidi

Menu:

Yummy appetizers and wine

Memorable Moments:

-Rousing debate on giving advice to teenage and adult children
-Political Debates
-Beautiful weather

 

July 21, 2010 at Boltini’s hosted by Susie-Still Alice by Lisa Genova

Filed under: Past Meetings — Susan @ 2:04 pm

Cool Women in Attendance:

Susan, Susie, Heidi, Marci, Ann, Lori

Menu:

Yummy appetizers and drinks

Memorable Moments:

Sorry, I took too long to post this and can’t remember!