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Man Booker Longlist Part Two: Parrot and Olivier in America by Peter Carey

This is the second installment of the  Man Booker longlist book selections.

The first was Room by Emma Donoghue.

Today's selection

Parrot and Olivier In America by Peter Carey

First lines

I had no doubt that something cruel and catastrophic had happened before I was born, yet the comte and comtesse, my parents, would not tell me what it was. As a result my organ of curiosity was made irritable and I grew into the most restless and unhealthy creature imaginable -- slight, pale, always climbing, prying into every drain and attic of the Chateau de Barfleur.

Publisher Summary Olivier—an improvisation on the life of Alexis de Tocqueville—is the traumatized child of aristocratic survivors of the French Revolution. Parrot is the motherless son of an itinerant English printer.

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Take the Survey -- 2009 Favorite Discussible Book!

What's your group's favorite discussible book of 2009? Every year, we take a survey to find out -- maybe the one that ignited some differences of opinion and made your group think outside the box.

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NBCC Award Finalists -- Good Discussible Books?

Does the National Book Critics Circle select great reading group picks? You decide!

The National Book Critics Circle Awards nominees were announced on Saturday.

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Favorite Discussible Books of 2009

It's one-of-a-kind: a list of favorite DISCUSSIBLE books for book groups!

Though there are many lists of books and many book awards, not all of the books on them make for the kind of lively, fun, interesting, thought-provoking, unforgettable discussions that reading groups crave.

Well, here's your chance - join with thousands of other book group members in

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