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It's Monday! What are you Reading? Three Books -- oh no!

                  Monday, What Are You Reading?

 

This meme is hosted by Sheila from One Person's Journey Through a World in Books.

I'm reading three books this week.

My Reading Life by Pat Conroy (November 2010, Doubleday)

Publisher's summary: The incomparable author of such classics as The Great Santini and Beach Music, celebrates the books that have changed his life.  Pat shares stories about the books that he views as the most important influences on his life as a boy, a man, and as one of America’s most gifted writers.

My Reading Life

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Man Booker Prize Winner Announced

The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson has won the Man Booker Prize beating out the favorite, C by Tom McCarthy.

Sir Andrew Motion, Chair of the judges, made the announcement. Motion comments, "The Finkler Question is a marvellous book: very funny, of course, but also very clever, very sad and very subtle. It is all that it seems to be and much more than it seems to be. A completely worthy winner of this great prize."

From everthing I've read, The Finkler Question is a great reading group choice. Identity, ethnicity, justice, relationships are great conversation topics.

The Finkler QuestionPublisher summary: Julian Treslove, a professionally unspectacular former BBC radio producer, and Sam Finkler, a popular Jewish philosopher, writer and television personality, are old school friends.

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Author On the Bookcase: Jennifer Vanderbes, author of Strangers at the Feast

Author On the Bookcase
Jennifer Vanderbes

Jennifer VanderbesI'm thrilled to welcome Jennifer Vanderbes, author of the new book, Strangers at the Feasts, to On the Bookcase. On Thanksgiving Day 2007, three generations of the Olson family gather. While the Olsons navigate the tensions and secrets that mark their relationships, seventeen-year-old Kijo Jackson and his best friend Spider set out from the nearby housing projects on a mysterious job. A series of tragic events bring these two worlds ever closer, exposing the dangerously thin line between suburban privilege and urban poverty, and culminating in a crime that will change everyone's life.

Jennifer writes stories that "attempt to answer certain questions." A simple "what if" question started the story that became Strangers at the Feast.

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Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, Sept 24-26

Held in Datonya Sept. 24-26, the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance was great, as usual. The people, the panels, the publishers -- the 3 Ps. I chatted with friends from my days of an indie bookseller, met up with new friends (bloggers), and discovered great authors.

I moderated a book club panel with 3 awesome panelists. Joshilyn Jackson write gods in Alabama, Between, Georgia, and The Girl Who Stopped Swimming. Backseat Saints is Joshilyn new novel. Katie Crouch is the author of Men and Dogs and Girls in Trucks. Aaron Curtis is a buyer for Book and Books in Coral Gables.

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National Reading Group Month 2010 Great Group Reads

2010 GREAT GROUP READS

October is National Reading Group Month (NRGM) and the NRGM 2010 Great Group Reads have been selected.

Great Group ReadsThirteen titles have been picked this year.

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Man Booker Prize Part Six: The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson

Man Booker Prize Part Six
The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson


The Finkler Question'He should have seen it coming. His life had been one mishap after another. So he should have been prepared for this one…’ Julian Treslove, a professionally unspectacular former BBC radio producer, and Sam Finkler, a popular Jewish philosopher, writer and television personality, are old school friends. Despite a prickly relationship and very different lives, they’ve never quite lost touch with each other - or with their former teacher, Libor Sevick, a Czech always more concerned with the wider world than with exam results.

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Man Booker Prize Part Five: In A Strange Room by Damon Galgut

Man Booker Prize Part Five
In A Strange Room by Damon Galgut

In a Strange RoomA novel of longing and thwarted desire, rage and compassion, In a Strange Room is a hauntingly beautiful evocation of one man’s search for love and for a place to call home.

A young man makes three journeys that take him through Greece, India and Africa. He travels lightly, simply. To those who travel with him and those whom he meets on the way – including a handsome, enigmatic stranger, a group of careless backpackers and a woman on the edge – he is the Follower, the Lover and the Guardian. Yet, despite the man’s best intentions, each journey ends in disaster. Together, these three journeys will change his life.

Praise

"I doubt if any book in 2010 will contain more memorable evocations of place than In a Strange Room...

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Man Booker Prize Longlist Part Four: Betrayal by Helen Dunmore

Teaser Tuesday and Man Booker Prize Longlist, Part Four

Today's selection

Betrayal by Helen Dunmore

Leningrad in 1952, a city recovering from war. Andrei, a hospital doctor, and Anna, a nursery teacher, are forging a life together. They try to avoid coming to the attention of the authorities, but their private happiness is precarious. Stalin is still in power, and when Andrei has to treat the seriously-ill child of a senior secret police officer, he and Anna are caught  in a web of betrayal.

A gripping and deeply moving portrait of life in post-war Soviet Russia, The Betrayal brilliantly shows the epic struggle of ordinary people to survive in a time of violence and terror.

Praise

"Historians have written capably about the horror of Stalin's 1952 "Doctors' Plot", as they have written about the Siege of Leningrad which preceded it.

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Author On the Bookcase: Tanya Egan Gibson, author of How to Buy a Love a Reading

Author On the Bookcase
Tanya Egan Gibson

I met a great writer at the Virginia Festival of the Book last March-- Tanya Egan Gibson, author of How To Buy a Love of Reading. We stay up all night, with Kim Addonizio (awesome poet) solving the world's problems. What happens in Charlottesville stays in Charlottesville!

Tanya Egan GibsonSo, I'm so thrilled to welcome Tanya to On the Bookcase.

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TT and Man Booker Longlist Three: The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas

Teaser Tuesday and Man Booker Longlist, Part Three

Today's selection:
The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas plus giveaway of The Slap for review. Just comment and I'll let you know if you won.

First selection was Room by Emma Donoghue and second selection was Parrot and Olivier in America by Peter Carey

First lines of The Slap

HECTOR

"His eyes still shut, a dream dissolving and already impossible to recall, Hector's hand sluggishly reached across the bed. Good. Aish was up. He let out a victorious fart, burying his face deep into the pillow the escape the clammy methane stink.

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