Please Vote for the Next QUIET Online Book Club Selection! (The Next Meeting Will Be Held Right Here on the Blog)


bookclub Please Vote for the Next QUIET Online Book Club Selection! (The Next Meeting Will Be Held Right Here on the Blog)Hi everyone,

It’s time to organize the next meeting of the QUIET Online Book Club. The first meeting was really interesting — lots of you joined in to discuss Marilynne Robinson’s GILEAD. I must report that I have since been obsessed with all things Marilynne Robinson — just finished HOME, which is a companion piece to GILEAD (and I loved it so much that I read some parts twice), and have also ordered HOUSEKEEPING.

But for those not similarly obsessed, here are three new selections — please vote for your first choice by posting a comment below!

1.  Super Sad True Love Story, by Gary Shteyngart: this one got lots of votes last time around, so I’m putting it up for consideration again.

Amazon book description here:

“The author of two critically acclaimed novels, The Russian Debutante’s Handbook and Absurdistan, Gary Shteyngart has risen to the top of the fiction world. Now, in his hilarious and heartfelt new novel, he envisions a deliciously dark tale of America’s dysfunctional coming years—and the timeless and tender feelings that just might bring us back from the brink.

In a very near future—oh, let’s say next Tuesday—a functionally illiterate America is about to collapse. But don’t that tell that to poor Lenny Abramov, the thirty-nine-year-old son of an angry Russian immigrant janitor, proud author of what may well be the world’s last diary, and less-proud owner of a bald spot shaped like the great state of Ohio. Despite his job at an outfit called Post-Human Services, which attempts to provide immortality for its super-rich clientele, death is clearly stalking this cholesterol-rich morsel of a man. And why shouldn’t it? Lenny’s from a different century—he totally loves books (or “printed, bound media artifacts,” as they’re now known), even though most of his peers find them smelly and annoying. But even more than books, Lenny loves Eunice Park, an impossibly cute and impossibly cruel twenty-four-year-old Korean American woman who just graduated from Elderbird College with a major in Images and a minor in Assertiveness…”

2. People of the Book, by Geraldine Brooks

Amazon book description here:

“In 1996, Hanna Heath, an Australian rare-book expert, is offered the job of a lifetime: analysis and conservation of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, which has been rescued from Serb shelling during the Bosnian war. Priceless and beautiful, the book is one of the earliest Jewish volumes ever to be illuminated with images. When Hanna, a caustic loner with a passion for her work, discovers a series of tiny artifacts in its ancient binding—an insect wing fragment, wine stains, salt crystals, a white hair—she begins to unlock the book’s mysteries. The reader is ushered into an exquisitely detailed and atmospheric past, tracing the book’s journey from its salvation back to its creation.

In Bosnia during World War II, a Muslim risks his life to protect it from the Nazis. In the hedonistic salons of fin-de-siècle Vienna, the book becomes a pawn in the struggle against the city’s rising anti-Semitism. In inquisition-era Venice, a Catholic priest saves it from burning. In Barcelona in 1492, the scribe who wrote the text sees his family destroyed by the agonies of enforced exile. And in Seville in 1480, the reason for the Haggadah’s extraordinary illuminations is finally disclosed.”

3. A Gesture Life, by Chang-Rae Lee:

Amazon book description here:

“The riveting story of a Japanese immigrant who leads a proper, decorous life in a New York suburb. As his life slowly unravels, he is transported back to his days as a medic in the Japanese army in World War II, and his obsessive love of a young comfort woman.”

Please do vote — I’ll announce the winner next week, and we’ll pick a day to meet. FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO WEREN’T KEEN TO MEET ON FACEBOOK — I’m planning to hold the next Book Club meeting right here on the blog.


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  1. Abhi on 01.09.2011 at 15:54 (Reply)

    I vote for ‘A Gesture Life’. Thank you.

  2. Ruth Neese on 01.09.2011 at 16:01 (Reply)

    One vote for “People of the Book.”

  3. Deborah on 01.09.2011 at 16:04 (Reply)

    People of the Book

  4. Luna on 01.09.2011 at 16:33 (Reply)

    I vote for A Gesture Life oh and thanks for not doing the Facebook thing. I’m not on Facebook for an arm’s length of reasons.

  5. Mark on 01.09.2011 at 16:34 (Reply)

    Super Sad True Love Story

  6. Sarah on 01.09.2011 at 16:44 (Reply)

    People of the Book

  7. Stephanie on 01.09.2011 at 17:13 (Reply)

    Super Sad True Love Story

  8. Maureen on 01.09.2011 at 19:51 (Reply)

    Super Sad True Love Story

  9. Anne on 01.09.2011 at 20:09 (Reply)

    People of the Book

  10. Jessica on 01.09.2011 at 23:30 (Reply)

    A Gesture Life sounds beautiful, historical, and captivating. That is my vote.
    (though Super Sad True Love Story is second choice)

  11. martina on 02.09.2011 at 02:25 (Reply)

    A Gesture Life please! Using the blog site for the discussion will be a good idea.

  12. Valerie on 02.09.2011 at 05:20 (Reply)

    Super Sad True Love Story.

  13. Liz on 02.09.2011 at 07:37 (Reply)

    People of the Book

  14. Susan on 02.09.2011 at 07:39 (Reply)


  15. Danielle on 02.09.2011 at 07:56 (Reply)

    People of the Book

  16. Sheila Rae O on 02.09.2011 at 08:24 (Reply)

    People of the Book

  17. Tom Rhoads on 02.09.2011 at 08:37 (Reply)

    Super Sad True Love Story

  18. Steve Walker on 02.09.2011 at 08:54 (Reply)

    People of the Book

  19. Judy on 02.09.2011 at 09:36 (Reply)

    I vote for Super Sad

  20. Rachel on 02.09.2011 at 09:48 (Reply)

    People of the book or Super Sad True Love Story.

  21. Chris Wolak on 02.09.2011 at 10:27 (Reply)

    I vote for Super Sad or People of the Book.

  22. Robert on 02.09.2011 at 11:54 (Reply)

    people of the book

  23. Roxanne on 02.09.2011 at 14:09 (Reply)

    A Gesture Life

  24. Nathan "Spanky" Briggs on 02.09.2011 at 14:13 (Reply)

    A Gesture Life

  25. Timo on 02.09.2011 at 14:26 (Reply)

    Super Sad True Love Story

  26. Elaine on 02.09.2011 at 14:30 (Reply)

    I vote for People of the Book.

  27. Debye on 02.09.2011 at 14:41 (Reply)

    People of the Book please! :-)

  28. Charity on 02.09.2011 at 15:02 (Reply)

    A Gesture Life (although I read Super Sad True Love Story and loved it, so wouldn’t mind reading it again).

  29. Melissa on 02.09.2011 at 15:21 (Reply)

    A Gesture Life, please.

  30. Jenni on 02.09.2011 at 16:12 (Reply)

    People of the Book (although they all sound great!)

  31. Sheryl on 02.09.2011 at 16:34 (Reply)

    A Gesture Life

  32. Anne2 on 02.09.2011 at 17:38 (Reply)

    People of the Book

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  34. Canaan on 02.09.2011 at 20:51 (Reply)

    A Gesture Life. Looking forward, at all events.

  35. Kim Locke on 03.09.2011 at 01:06 (Reply)

    People of the Book! :)

  36. Julie on 03.09.2011 at 05:21 (Reply)

    Super Sad, please

  37. Laura on 03.09.2011 at 07:11 (Reply)

    I’d like to read People of the Book.

  38. greg on 03.09.2011 at 09:21 (Reply)

    Super Sad True Love Story,

  39. Joy on 03.09.2011 at 09:28 (Reply)

    People of the Book sounds wonderful!

  40. cherie on 03.09.2011 at 11:18 (Reply)

    people of the book

  41. Linda on 03.09.2011 at 11:59 (Reply)

    Super Sad True Love Story

  42. Lorriann Skorka on 03.09.2011 at 18:47 (Reply)

    A Gesture Life gets my vote!

  43. Phil Holmes on 04.09.2011 at 06:15 (Reply)

    Super Sad True Love Story… still thinking about it from the last round of voting!

  44. Kimberly on 04.09.2011 at 09:58 (Reply)

    Super Sad, svp.

  45. Dianna on 04.09.2011 at 10:15 (Reply)

    People of the Book

  46. catherine on 04.09.2011 at 10:39 (Reply)

    super sad, super true love story

  47. Sara on 05.09.2011 at 01:10 (Reply)

    People of the Book

  48. A Strait on 06.09.2011 at 10:49 (Reply)

    People of the Book!!!

  49. DC on 13.02.2012 at 12:54 (Reply)

    A Gesture Life

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