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#88633 - 11/21/09 04:12 PM Re: The Chicklit Book Club [Re: LaSalleUGirl]
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Ching Shih


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I love Kelly Link's short stories, but I'm not sure how well a discussion would work. That said, I've read both, and actually preferred the first one. And, we could give it a try--perhaps discussing the stand-out stories. I'm going book-browsing today and I'll keep the club in mind as I wind my way through the book aisles.
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#88689 - 12/02/09 07:45 PM Re: The Chicklit Book Club [Re: Kivrin]
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Sorry it took me so long to finish putting the list together. I was hoping to have the selections posted at least two weeks ago, but...life happened.

The moderators spent some time over the past few weeks talking about the dwindling participation in the book club and wondering if there were anything we could do to increase interest and discussion. We made a decision to try something new this year. We have chosen six books based on the nominations in this thread. We'll then alternate between books and Internet-accessible short stories every other month (see my subsequent post for more information about choosing short stories). I picked the first short story (for February's selection) to buy us a little more time. We'll choose the others in the upcoming weeks. Sound OK?

Here's the list as it stands now:



Whaddya think? (More on the short story selection process in my next post!)

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#88690 - 12/02/09 08:09 PM Re: The Chicklit Book Club [Re: LaSalleUGirl]
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Ching Shih


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First off, props to Kivrin for suggesting the short story idea to begin with, and especially for compiling the list below to get us started.

We need to choose FIVE short stories that are AVAILABLE ONLINE to be our book club selections for April, June, August, October, and December.

Here are some initial suggestions.

  • "Tiger Mending" by Aimee Bender (http://tinyurl.com/yfo9udx)
    "Tiger Mending" was inspired by this painting.

  • "L. Debard and Aliette" by Lauren Groff (http://tinyurl.com/yh6bzta)

  • "The Bear Came Over The Mountain" by Alice Munro (http://tinyurl.com/yexdmll)

  • Assorted stories by Jonathan Carroll (http://tinyurl.com/yjtp738)

  • "The World and Alice" by L. Timmel Duchamp (http://tinyurl.com/yh6tqmn)

  • Other fiction by L. Timmel Duchamp (http://tinyurl.com/yz5tmtk)

  • 215 short stories from The New Yorker's Archive (http://tinyurl.com/y8dawsg)
    I've been especially intrigued by Stephen King's "Premium Harmony" -- talk about strange bedfellows! -- and "Max at Sea" Dave Eggers' excerpt from his Where the Wild Things Are novelization may also appeal to people, but there are tons of other options there as well.

  • "Land of the Living" by Sam Shepard (http://tinyurl.com/mtsb4p)

  • "War Dances" by Sherman Alexie (http://tinyurl.com/m7b25e)

  • "Brick" by Rian Johnson (http://tinyurl.com/qh2yld) -- this is the novella on which the film Brick was based

  • Something from Angela Carter's The Bloody Chamber, a collection of short stories based on classic fairy tales (http://tinyurl.com/ye8jhk5)


I imagine that it would also be possible to find classic short stories that are out of copyright available for free online.

So, what shall we read? Out of the list above, I am especially interested in Groff, Duchamp, Alexie, and Carter. This is going to be hard!


Edited by LaSalleUGirl (12/02/09 08:49 PM)

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#88691 - 12/03/09 12:19 AM Re: The Chicklit Book Club [Re: LaSalleUGirl]
CaitlinM2



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Thanks for choosing a great set of books. I like the short story idea, as well - a great way to sample authors without committing to a book of stories.
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#88694 - 12/03/09 10:18 PM Re: The Chicklit Book Club [Re: CaitlinM2]
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Ching Shih


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Thanks, CaitlinM2 and thank you LSUG, for putting the list together, despite tragic family circumstances...

Kelly Link's The Faery Handbag is a wonderful choice. It won the 2005 Hugo Award for Best Novelette, the 2006 Nebula Award for Best Novelette and the 2005 Locus Award.

I love how Lauren Groff writes, and I think we should definitely read "L. Debard and Aliette". All the stories from Delicate Edible Birds are amazing, and it is one of the best.

War Dances is Alexie's newest collection, and includes poems also. The title story is gathering the most praise though, of being the strongest in the collection.

It's way too easy for me to list a thousand story suggestions so I'm going to not do that at the moment. What stories would you all like to discuss? Other ideas?

Oh, Don't Lets Go To The Dogs Tonight is one of the more memorable memoirs I've ever read, and I'm looking forward to revisiting it.

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#88703 - 12/06/09 08:33 PM Re: The Chicklit Book Club [Re: Kivrin]
Frannie Glass
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I second the vote for Groff, as well as for Tiger Mending- I read it quite a while ago, but I remember it being absolutely stunning.
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#88707 - 12/06/09 11:12 PM Re: The Chicklit Book Club [Re: Frannie Glass]
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Ching Shih


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Frannie Glass! Nice to see you posting here again. I love the story Tiger Mending and I think I probably let out a little squeal when I discovered it online.
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#88716 - 12/09/09 10:47 PM Re: The Chicklit Book Club [Re: Kivrin]
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Ching Shih


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I love the short story admixture. And I like the choices suggested. Here's a link to Narrative Magazine's free link to some great short stories.

http://www.narrativemagazine.com/issues/stories-week-2009-2010

Someone remind me how to write the code for the link. I've been hanging out on Blogger too long.

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#88717 - 12/09/09 10:48 PM Re: The Chicklit Book Club [Re: essay]
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Ching Shih


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Oh--I guess that worked.
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#88721 - 12/10/09 05:42 AM Re: The Chicklit Book Club [Re: essay]
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Ching Shih


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essay, it did! If you just type a URL, as you did, then the forum software will automatically try to turn it into a link to that URL.

If you want to link some text (say the title of a book) to a URL, the easiest way is to use the 'full' reply form, which has a toolbar. To use that form, click on the 'Reply' button in the post that you're replying to, or click on the 'New Reply' button near the top of the page.

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