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    MyRosieDog- If you like thrillers check out Sandra Brown. Be careful cause she writes romances also but if you read the description you can spot the thrillers. The Switch, The Alibi, I can't think of them all but they are very good. I read that Anne Rule book too, very good. J.D.Robb is good if you like a bit of sci-fi. I hate sci-fi but like her work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by phat32 View Post
    For your consideration: Here's a list of the New York Times's "100 Notable Books of the Year [2005]." Take it for what it's worth. I just found it a good starting point.

    For this reason or that, these are the books that jumped out at me:


    HOW WE ARE HUNGRY: Stories. By Dave Eggers. (McSweeney's, $22.) A shining miscellany peopled by characters in close touch with childhood.

    THE MARCH. By E. L. Doctorow. (Random House, $25.95.) Characters in this absorbing novel are transformed by distress and destruction as Sherman marches to the sea in 1864.

    MEMORIES OF MY MELANCHOLY WHORES. By Gabriel García Márquez. (Knopf, $20.) A strange and luminous novel whose elderly hero pays for sex but finds love.

    MISSING MOM. By Joyce Carol Oates. (Ecco/ HarperCollins, $25.95.) This novel peers into the void left by a woman's sudden absence.

    NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN. By Cormac McCarthy. (Knopf, $24.95.) Women grieve, men fight in this hard-boiled Texas noir crime novel.

    SATURDAY. By Ian McEwan. (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, $26.) This novel traces a day off in the life of an English neurosurgeon who comes face to face with senseless violence.

    AMERICAN PROMETHEUS: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer. By Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin. (Knopf, $35.) The first full biography of the atom bomb's father -- rich in new revelations.

    1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus. By Charles C. Mann. (Knopf, $30.) This sweeping portrait of pre-Columbian civilization argues that it was far more populous and sophisticated than previously thought.

    1776. By David McCullough. (Simon & Schuster, $32.) A lively work that skewers Washington's pretensions and admires citizen soldiers.

    THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING. By Joan Didion. (Knopf, $23.95.) A powerful, persuasive account of the crisis of mortality after the sudden death of the author's husband.

    I'd like to put a big star next to The Year of Magical Thinking, as I've heard much about this book, haven't read it and it satisfies me because since we have interested Canadian FoRTers, I'd like to stay away from USA-centric books like The March and 1776, even though I find those personally appealing.

    Also, because of the press surrounding the book (more press than some of the others), I hope those of you scouring the library will have better luck, especially if you're looking for an audio version.

    But if anyone has any ideas, toss 'em out there.
    FYI - I thought I'd post Phat's post from the Book Club Revival as a reminder to ones he mentioned.

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    I'd love to do the Didion book, but I'm still on the waiting list for it. But if most of the rest of you can score a copy, please go ahead.
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    Here's another offering: Dorothy Allison. When I was in my RL Book Club, we read BASTARD OUT OF CAROLINA and it was phenominal! Too intense for this board to discuss, she had a recent book, CAVE DWELLER, that was on the New York Times Best Seller list.

    I always like to know a bit about an author when I read them so here's a tiny bio on Dorothy and a review of CAVE DWELLER.

    "Dorothy Allison grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, the first child of a fifteen-year-old unwed mother who worked as a waitress.
    Now living in Northern California with her partner Alix and her thirteen year old son, Wolf Michael, she describes herself as a feminist,
    a working class story teller, a Southern expatriate, a sometime poet and a happily born-again Californian.

    The first member of her family to graduate from high school, Allison attended Florida Presbyterian college on a National Merit Scholarship and
    in 1979, studied anthropology at the New School for Social Research.

    An award winning editor for Quest, Conditions, and Outlook—early feminist and Lesbian & Gay journals, Allison's chapbook of poetry,
    The Women Who Hate Me, was published with Long Haul Press in 1983. Her short story collection, Trash (1988) was published by Firebrand Books.
    Trash won two Lambda Literary Awards and the American Library Association Prize for Lesbian and Gay Writing.

    Allison says that the early Feminist movement changed her life. "It was like opening your eyes under water. It hurt, but suddenly everything that had
    been dark and mysterious became visible and open to change." However, she admits, she would never have begun to publish her stories
    " if she hadn't gotten over her prejudices, and started talking to her mother and sisters again."

    Allison received mainstream recognition with her novel Bastard Out of Carolina, (1992) a finalist for the 1992 National Book Award.
    The novel won the Ferro Grumley prize, an ALA Award for Lesbian and Gay Writing, became a best seller, and an award-winning movie.
    It has been translated into more than a dozen languages.

    Cavedweller (1998) became a national bestseller, NY Times Notable book of the year, finalist for the Lillian Smith prize, and an ALA prize winner.
    Adapted for the stage by Kate Moira Ryan, the play was directed by Michael Greif, and featured music by Hedwig composer, Stephen Trask.
    In 2003, Lisa Cholendenko directed a movie version featuring Krya Sedwick."

    "Amazon.com:
    "Death changes everything." So begins Dorothy Allison's sprawling, ambitious, and deeply satisfying second novel, Cavedweller. For Delia Byrd, Randall Pritchard's death in a motorcycle accident launches a journey of several thousand miles and almost two decades, a rebirth of sorts that's also a return to her roots. Years before, the handsome but untrustworthy rock star Randall helped Delia flee an abusive husband; Delia escapes physical danger but leaves her two small children behind. In California, her abandoned daughters haunt her dreams and preoccupy her waking hours, even as she sings in Randall's band and gives birth to another daughter, Cissy. But when Randall is killed in a motorcycle accident, Delia packs rebellious Cissy into a broken-down Datsun, bound for Cayro, Georgia, and the one thing that suddenly matters more than anything else: her abandoned children and the chance to be a mother to them once again.
    Cayro's poverty is emotional as well as material; the town is a hard place, full of hard people. To them, Delia will always be "that bitch" who abandoned her babies, "that hippie" living a life of sin. Nonetheless, Delia forges a cruel bargain with her former husband: in exchange for Delia's agreeing to care for him as he dies, he gives her a chance to reclaim her daughters. Like Bastard out of Carolina, Allison's acclaimed debut novel, Cavedweller is a chronicle of rage, strength, and survival. Here, however, Allison is equally concerned with the redemptive power of love and forgiveness, and a novel that began with death ends on an unexpectedly sanguine note: "'Yes, it's time for some new songs.'" There are no victims in Dorothy Allison's work; Delia triumphs through sheer force of will, bringing her family together despite the contempt of almost everyone around her.

    The novel has its flaws--including occasionally flat-footed prose--but it is in the end compulsively readable, and it's populated by some of the most memorable characters in recent fiction: tough, prickly, flawed, and deeply human, Delia and Cissy are literary creations of the first rank. In describing the complicated emotions that bind and divide them, Allison demonstrates a profoundly unsentimental understanding of the way the human heart works. Cavedweller is the work of a mature artist, her best fiction to date. "

    amazon is selling copies of it for .01 cents! Here's a link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/off...Fencoding=UTF8
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    Ok stupid question

    But I was wondering if I could join the club? I have a few ideas like Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M Auel its a story about a young girl who is orphaned during an earthquake and is taken in by cave dwellers. She grows up with them and learns about their culture. Its a very good read and the author did a fantastic job writting this book she really showed me what it was like to live back when mamoths and sabertooth tigers roamed the earth.
    Or Laurie King's The Beekeepers Apprentice its about a young lady who meets Sherlock Holmes. Basically hes retired and living out the rest of his days in the English country side.
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    to the book club, Shaybo! Of course you can join us! The more, the merrier. Oh, and I LOVE The Beekeeper's Apprentice. In fact, the entire Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series is such a treat for an old Anglophile and Holmes devotee like myself.

    Since it's almost March already, we should organise that group vote soon. In the meantime, here are all the books that have been suggested in this thread and individual links to Amazon.com so that you can find out a little more about them. The * means that the book is available in paperback.

    The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/140004314X/qid=1141028898/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1/104-3082976-3907927?s=books&v=glance&n=283155

    Postcards by Annie Proulx.*
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/068480087X/qid=1141028978/sr=2-3/ref=pd_bbs_b_2_3/104-3082976-3907927?s=books&v=glance&n=283155

    The Shipping News by Annie Proulx.*
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0671510053/ref=pd_sim_b_3/104-3082976-3907927?%5Fencoding=UTF8&v=glance&n=283155

    White Oleander by Janet Fitch.*
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0316284955/qid=1141029067/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1/104-3082976-3907927?s=books&v=glance&n=283155

    The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule (this is the one about Ted Bundy, right, JAFO'S PRINCESS?)*
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0451203267/qid=1141029143/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1/104-3082976-3907927?s=books&v=glance&n=283155

    Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe.*
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0192827871/qid=1141029239/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1/104-3082976-3907927?s=books&v=glance&n=283155

    The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown. (Is it POSSIBLE that it isn't out in paperback yet, or is Amazon.com a bit slow?)
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0385504209/qid=1141029308/sr=2-1/ref=pd_bbs_b_2_1/104-3082976-3907927?s=books&v=glance&n=283155

    How We Are Hungry: Stories by Dave Eggers.
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1932416137/qid=1141029393/sr=2-2/ref=pd_bbs_b_2_2/104-3082976-3907927?s=books&v=glance&n=283155

    The March by E.L. Doctorow.
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0375506713/qid=1141029436/sr=2-1/ref=pd_bbs_b_2_1/104-3082976-3907927?s=books&v=glance&n=283155

    Memories of My Melancholy Whores by Gabriel García Marquéz.
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/140004460X/qid=1141029488/sr=2-1/ref=pd_bbs_b_2_1/104-3082976-3907927?s=books&v=glance&n=283155

    Missing Mom by Joyce Carol Oates.
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/006081621X/qid=1141029600/sr=2-1/ref=pd_bbs_b_2_1/104-3082976-3907927?s=books&v=glance&n=283155

    No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy.
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0375406778/qid=1141029634/sr=2-1/ref=pd_bbs_b_2_1/104-3082976-3907927?s=books&v=glance&n=283155

    Saturday by Ian McEwan.*
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1400076196/qid=1141029703/sr=2-2/ref=pd_bbs_b_2_2/104-3082976-3907927?s=books&v=glance&n=283155

    American Prometheus:The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin.*
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0375726268/qid=1141029748/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1/104-3082976-3907927?s=books&v=glance&n=283155

    1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbusby Charles C. Mann.
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/140004006X/qid=1141029808/sr=2-1/ref=pd_bbs_b_2_1/104-3082976-3907927?s=books&v=glance&n=283155

    1776 by David McCollough.
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0743226712/qid=1141029873/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1/104-3082976-3907927?s=books&v=glance&n=283155

    Cavedweller by Dorothy Allison.*
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0452279690/qid=1141029913/sr=2-1/ref=pd_bbs_b_2_1/104-3082976-3907927?s=books&v=glance&n=283155

    Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel.*
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00076VE34/qid=1141029962/sr=2-1/ref=pd_bbs_b_2_1/104-3082976-3907927?s=books&v=glance&n=283155

    The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R. King
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0553571656/qid=1141030009/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1/104-3082976-3907927?s=books&v=glance&n=283155

    That's a diverse list if I ever saw one. Does anyone want to add any last-minute nominations or should we start voting?
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    Yes, Geek the Girl The Stranger Beside me is Anne Rule's account of Bundy's life directly before, durning and after his crime spree. She has a unique view of him because she knew him as a co-worker at a crisis line call center. Although it talks about his crimes (warning) it was the normalcy(?) of him that had me looking over my shoulder.
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    I vote for the Beekeeper's Apprentice.

    I'm going to read it either way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Duxxy View Post
    I vote for the Beekeeper's Apprentice.

    I'm going to read it either way.
    I vote for that one too, and besides I already have it.
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    I've been following along silently for the January and February choices. I hope I can read the March selection on time to join the discussion! When will we know for sure which book it will be?

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