Really Cool Women\'s Book Club

Hunger by Roxane Gay on January 10th, 2019 at 6:30 at Karen’s house January 10, 2019

Filed under: Upcoming books, dates and places — Susan @ 7:10 pm

From the New York Times bestselling author of Bad Feminist: a searingly honest memoir of food, weight, self-image, and learning how to feed your hunger while taking care of yourself.

“I ate and ate and ate in the hopes that if I made myself big, my body would be safe. I buried the girl I was because she ran into all kinds of trouble. I tried to erase every memory of her, but she is still there, somewhere. . . . I was trapped in my body, one that I barely recognized or understood, but at least I was safe.”

In her phenomenally popular essays and long-running Tumblr blog, Roxane Gay has written with intimacy and sensitivity about food and body, using her own emotional and psychological struggles as a means of exploring our shared anxieties over pleasure, consumption, appearance, and health. As a woman who describes her own body as “wildly undisciplined,” Roxane understands the tension between desire and denial, between self-comfort and self-care. In Hunger, she explores her past—including the devastating act of violence that acted as a turning point in her young life—and brings readers along on her journey to understand and ultimately save herself.

With the bracing candor, vulnerability, and power that have made her one of the most admired writers of her generation, Roxane explores what it means to learn to take care of yourself: how to feed your hungers for delicious and satisfying food, a smaller and safer body, and a body that can love and be loved—in a time when the bigger you are, the smaller your world becomes

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November 29th-The Bookman’s Tale at Timpones at 6:30PM hosted by Lori November 5, 2018

Filed under: Upcoming books, dates and places — Susan @ 11:47 pm

Guaranteed to capture the hearts of everyone who truly loves books, The Bookman’s Tale is a former bookseller’s sparkling novel and a delightful exploration of one of literature’s most tantalizing mysteries with echoes of Shadow of the Wind and A.S. Byatt’s Possession.

Nine months after the death of his beloved wife Amanda left him shattered, Peter Byerly, a young antiquarian bookseller, relocates from North Carolina to the English countryside, hoping to outrun his grief and rediscover the joy he once took in collecting and restoring rare books. But upon opening an eighteenth-century study of Shakespeare forgeries, he discovers a Victorian watercolor of a woman who bears an uncanny resemblance to Amanda.

Peter becomes obsessed with learning the picture’s origins and braves a host of dangers to follow a trail of clues back across the centuries—all the way to Shakespeare’s time and a priceless literary artifact that could prove, once and for all, the truth about the Bard’s real identity.

 

Books and Places for Fall 2018 July 19, 2018

Filed under: Upcoming books, dates and places — Susan @ 1:03 pm

Time got away from me so I didn’t get nominations for new books etc, etc. So….I took the runner up books from the last three surveys and made them our next 3 books. I hope everyone is okay with that!

August 30th-Hunger by Roxane Gay at Danda’s house

October 11th-Reasonable Creatures by Katha Pollitt at Heidi’s house

November 29th (7 weeks instead of 6 which landed on Thanksgiving)-The Bookman’s Tale at Lori’s house

 

Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood on July 19th at Silvercreek hosted by Susan June 15, 2018

Filed under: Upcoming books, dates and places — Susan @ 10:16 pm

William Shakespeare’s The Tempest retold as Hag-Seed

Felix is at the top of his game as Artistic Director of the Makeshiweg Theatre Festival. His productions have amazed and confounded. Now he’s staging a Tempest like no other: not only will it boost his reputation, it will heal emotional wounds.

Or that was the plan. Instead, after an act of unforeseen treachery, Felix is living in exile in a backwoods hovel, haunted by memories of his beloved lost daughter, Miranda. And also brewing revenge.

After twelve years, revenge finally arrives in the shape of a theatre course at a nearby prison. Here, Felix and his inmate actors will put on his Tempest and snare the traitors who destroyed him. It’s magic! But will it remake Felix as his enemies fall?

Margaret Atwood’s novel take on Shakespeare’s play of enchantment, retribution, and second chances leads us on an interactive, illusion-ridden journey filled with new surprises and wonders of its own.

 

You don’t have to say you love me by Sherman Alexie on March 15th at JoLynne’s house February 12, 2018

Filed under: Upcoming books, dates and places — Susan @ 10:26 pm

Sherman Alexie’s memoir, You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me, is an extraordinary look at the complicated relationship between a remarkable mother and an equally remarkable son, set, mostly, in the Spokane Indian Reservation where Alexie spent his childhood. His whip-smart, sometimes cruel mother saved the family when she stopped drinking, but was inexplicably tough on her kids – something Alexie traces back to mental illness, sexual assault, and the Indian experience of violence and oppression. Family memoirs often seem like an opportunity for score settling, but Alexie is so aware of his own fallible memory and his own imperfections that this one won’t make you bristle. His style is idiosyncratic – passages of verse lead to passages of prose — but it’s readable, unpretentious, funny and deeply compassionate.

 

Dispatches by Michael Herr on November 9th at 6:30 at Big Grove hosted by Heidi November 8, 2017

Filed under: Upcoming books, dates and places — Susan @ 4:05 pm

From its terrifying opening pages to its final eloquent words, Dispatches makes us see, in unforgettable and unflinching detail, the chaos and fervor of the war and the surreal insanity of life in that singular combat zone. Michael Herr’s unsparing, unorthodox retellings of the day-to-day events in Vietnam take on the force of poetry, rendering clarity from one of the most incomprehensible and nightmarish events of our time.

Dispatches is among the most blistering and compassionate accounts of war in our literature.

 

Upcoming books and places July 6, 2017

Filed under: Upcoming books, dates and places — Susan @ 6:43 pm

All the light we cannot see by Anthony Doerr on August 17th at Susan’s house

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates on September 28th at Danda’s house

Dispatches by Michael Herr on November 9th at Heidi’s house