Saturday, December 17, 2011

Saturday, December 3, 2011

International Book Club

Will read for fun.
I've read 20 books in the past 9 weeks here in Guatemala and have decided to start an International Book Club -- like Oprah's but better.  Your job: let me know if you've read any of the following books and let's discuss via email, gchat, facebook, whatever!  OR you could conversely just read one of the following books that strikes your fancy.  Your choice.  Here they are, in order from most favorite to...well, actually I enjoyed and/or loved all of them except for Silas Marner.  Sorry, George Eliot.  Here they are chronologically, from first to most recent, with a haiku about each.

1. The Hunger Games Trilogy, Suzanne Collins

remember Harry
Potter? this fills a very
small hole. still, good read

2. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon

this: the perspective
of an autistic boy who
finds a dead dead dog

3. Survivor, Chuck Palahniuk

religious cult meets
the rise of celebrity
and a plane crashes

4. Atonement, Ian McEwan

who doesn't love a
prolix period piece with
war, estates and love?

5. Lord of the Flies, William Golding

revisit this high
school classic.  there is more there
there after years passed

6. The Talented Mr, Ripley, Patricia Highsmith

inspiration for
film, but with much less homo-

7. Marya: A Life, Joyce Carol Oates

took me 200
pages to say, "Mariah,"
not "Mar-ee-ya."  right?

8. We Were The Mulvaneys, Joyce Carol Oates

a family comes
apart and tries to heal, with
mixed results, obvi 

9. Silas Marner, George Eliot

of the transparent and dry.
don't linger here long

10. What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, Haruki Murakami

it's never too late
for pursuit of a new dream
or twenty-six miles

11. The Book of Salt, Monique Truong

cuisine, Gertrude Stein,
a gay Southeast Asian chef,
Paris, the thirties. 

12. Bluebeard's Egg, Margaret Atwood

we all know how I
Let's leave it at that. 

13. A Visit from the Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan

Egan contemplates
virtual / fleshy

14. Room, Emma Donahue

trapped in the closet,
but sans R. Kelly (or for
that matter, music)

15. Death of the Adversary, Hans Keilson (unfinished)

dense unappealing
prose, fascinating premise.
maybe in ten years?

16. Infidel, Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Ayaan: my hero.
confronting the true evils
of the modern world

17. Under the Banner of Heaven, John Krakauer

just more religious
crazies; proof that god simply
should not be. ever

18. American Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis

the allegory, 
for some, will be lost to the
femicide. A+