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What To Read Revised Edition

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1. Shadow Play Charles Baxter
Multilayered novel of life in Five Oaks, Michigan, where love and social responsibility collide. Beautifully written, almost melodic, with a clear moral vision (as is First Light, his first novel). 352 pp.; 1993
2. Mystery Ride Robert Boswell
The mystery ride in this novel is marriage. (The title is from a Bruce Springsteen song.) Boswell returns here to his best material, dysfunctional families, found also in his memorable second novel, Crooked Hearts, set in Yuma, Arizona.
333 pp.; 1993
3. The Runaway Soul Harold Brodkey
Set in the 1930s, this is the story of Wiley Silenowics, an adopted child who is raised in the household of his cousins and their daughter, Nonie. Many years in the writing.
848 pp.; 1993
4. Before and After Rosellen Brown
When a New Hampshire teenager kills his girlfriend, his parents are forced to examine their own moral truths as well as their relationship. A gripping, beautifully written novel.
354 pp.; 1992
5. My Antonia Willa Cather
Turn-of-the-century farm life as lived by Slavic and Scandinavian immigrants on the open prairies of Nebraska and the finest work by one of America's greatest writers. Shimerda emerges from this novel as the most memorable American mother in twentieth-century literature. 372 pp.; 1919
6. The Beans of Egypt, Maine Carolyn Chute
The grotesque and the normal come together here and in its successor, Letourneau's Used Auto Body Parts. This is life below the poverty line. To quote Chute's publisher, Egypt, Maine, is "a kingdom of blood and dirt and sweat and sperm." 244 pp.; 1984
7. Mrs. Bridge Evan Connell
If you've seen the movie,you'll always picture Joanne Woodward in this sympathetic portrayal of a housewife and mother of three in Kansas City between the two world wars. Of course, in the movie, Mr. Bridge was Paul Newman, so how bad could things have been? 254 pp.; 1959
8. Ragtime E. L. Doctorow
The bestselling story of immigrant Jews on the lower East Side of New York and their evolution into citizens with money and stature. Doctorow is one of America's best writers. 236 pp.; 1975
9. Geek Love Katherine Dunn
Olympia Binewski, an albino hunchback dwarf, narrates this novel about her carnival
family; will they breed specimens for their own freak show? 348 pp.; 1989
10. Middlemarch George Eliot
Considered to be Eliot's masterpiece and one of the greatest books of the nineteenth century, this novel is about life in a provincial English town. The players are Dorothea, a modern St. Teresa; Lyngate, prototype for today's fashionable liposuction doctor; Rosamond, representing triviality and egoism; and the doomed banker Bulstrode. There is also Casaubon, the husband nobody wants but everyone will recognize. Thoroughly contemporary, and no one is educated without reading it. A must. 795 pp.; 1871-1872
11. Love Medicine Louise Erdrich
First book in a Native American tetralogy that includes The Beet Queen, Tracks, and The Bingo Palace, this is the multigenerational story of two families, the Kashpaws and the Lamartines. 304 pp.; 1984
12. The Sound and the Fury William Faulkner
Difficult but compelling study of the Compsons, an old southern family. This novel concentrates on that complex and subtle time of memory that meshes past and present, reality and illusion, the conscious andthe subconscious. My personal choice for best American novel written in the first half of this century. Demanding but more than worth it. Read the shorter As I Lay Dying too. 427 pp.; 1929
13. Are You Mine? Abby Frucht
In her third novel Frucht sketches the moral dilemmas brought on by an unexpected third pregnancy. Her power is in humor. 304 pp.; 1993
14. Turtle Moon Alice Hoffman
A novel about a single mother, her complicated son, and a policeman with guilt. 255 pp.; 1992
15. Natural History Maureen Howard
When a society tramp kills a soldier toward the end of World War II, Billy Bray, a detective, is called on to investigate the case. The murder reveals an undertow of sex, crime, and moral confusion that sweeps Bray and his family into an uncertain future. 416 pp.; 1992
16. The 14 Sisters of Emilio Oscar Hijuelos Montez O'Brien
The author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love writes here about an Irish immigrant who travels to Cuba as a photographer during the Spanish-American War and meets the sensitive and poetic Mariela Montez. She bears him fourteen daughters and, finally, a son, Emilio. A paean to the feminine from a male author. 484 pp.; 1993

Synopsis:

In this revised edition of the classic guide for book clubs, Mickey Pearlman'editor, lecturer, and reading group expert--offers annotated, innovative book lists for every dedicated reader. Whether you've been in a reading group for years, are interested in forming or finding one, or you're a book lover looking for new ideas, What to Read is an indispensable resource, listing hundreds of contemporary and classic books organized by subject. By updating every list and adding many new ones, Pearlman now offers pages and pages of fresh ideas. Among the lists that have been revised are:

  • Stop Kidding Around (books for children and young adults)

  • On the Beach

  • Let's Talk About Me (memoirs by men and women)

New lists include:

  • What an Adventure!

  • Think About Health

  • Who's on First?

  • Keep it Short (short story collection)
What to Read also includes tips on creating and maintaining your own reading group, organizing an E-mail book club, or joining on on-line. See sections called "How to Read," "When to Read," and "Where to Read" for more help!

About the Author

Mickey Pearlman, Ph.D., is an editor and lecturer. She is the editor of A Few Thousand Words About Love, A Place Called Home, and Between Friends; the author of Listen to Their Voices; and the co-author of A Voice of One's Own.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060953133
Subtitle:
The Essential Guide for Reading Group Members and Other Book Lovers
Author:
Pearlman, Mickey
Publisher:
Perennial
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Bibliographies & Indexes
Subject:
Books & Reading
Subject:
Best books
Subject:
Group reading
Subject:
Book selection
Subject:
Group reading -- United States.
Edition Description:
Revised
Publication Date:
19990303
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.02x5.86x.87 in. .57 lbs.

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Product details 368 pages Perennial - English 9780060953133 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , In this revised edition of the classic guide for book clubs, Mickey Pearlman'editor, lecturer, and reading group expert--offers annotated, innovative book lists for every dedicated reader. Whether you've been in a reading group for years, are interested in forming or finding one, or you're a book lover looking for new ideas, What to Read is an indispensable resource, listing hundreds of contemporary and classic books organized by subject. By updating every list and adding many new ones, Pearlman now offers pages and pages of fresh ideas. Among the lists that have been revised are:

  • Stop Kidding Around (books for children and young adults)

  • On the Beach

  • Let's Talk About Me (memoirs by men and women)

New lists include:

  • What an Adventure!

  • Think About Health

  • Who's on First?

  • Keep it Short (short story collection)
What to Read also includes tips on creating and maintaining your own reading group, organizing an E-mail book club, or joining on on-line. See sections called "How to Read," "When to Read," and "Where to Read" for more help!
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