Post by Blossom/Jackie W. on Jan 12, 2010 18:26:59 GMT -5
Aero.... This was your first one and way to go lady! You did great AND you make a darn good Head Librarian! (BTW; hubby works for the Library these days)... I think I'll work on him to "join in"
Well..... the last book we had was a "ground tester" ... Me; I can be pretty versatile except for Sci Fi .... maybe we want to do a more serious book this time? Maybe even a shorter time frame? Just a thought....
I would definitely love to see the men in here. I am going to investigate some books with male authors that all people might be interested in. I will look at past suggestions and always looking for new ones.
I am looking at a more serious book in nature. I have a couple in mind but thought others might want to contribute....right folks! .
I think a shorter time frame would be good. I think the holidays were always in the back of my mind when setting up the discussions, but we will not be having any major holidays coming up.
I should be done with the book I'm reading now in a few days and then'll be ready and raring to go. I heard about a good book today, but it's a murder mystery. Probably more in women's reading rather than men. It's about 4 women who grew up as friend's, I think, just got a quick synopsis from one of the mahjong players. She does a bookclub, in person, where each of them read a different book and report on said book at the meetings. They feel they get the chance to "read" more that way. I'm not sure how I feel about that idea, but the reason they decided to do it that way was because people couldn't always agree on a book, or if they all read the same book, people wouldn't like the book/author /story and grumble about it. But they still wanted to get together. Women!!! So now they go through the alphabet by author last names and each have their own choice.
I'm content with the way we are doing it. I think you get more out of a story by reading other's takes on it. I am definitely ready for something more 'substantial'.
Yes Aero, fantastic job and many thanks for taking charge and keeping everybody "on task"! You know how us readers can wander! Susanny, murder mysteries are one of my favourite categories of books.
I do have a suggestion, a book which I read a while back by the popular canadian "male" author Timothy Findley. It's called "Pilgrim" and here is a short synopsis:
****On April 15, 1912--ironically the very date on which more than a thousand people lost their lives as the Titanic sank--a figure known only as Pilgrim tries to commit suicide by hanging himself from a tree. When he is found five hours later, his heart miraculously begins beating again. This isn't his first attempt to end his life, and it is decided that steps must be taken to prevent Pilgrim from doing himself further harm.
Escorted by his beloved friend, Lady Sybil Quartermaine, Pilgrim is admitted to the famous Burgholzi Psychiatric Clinic in Zurich, where he will begin a battle of psyche and soul with Carl Jung, the self-professed mystical scientist of the unconscious--who is also a slave to his own sexual appetites.
Hungry for intellectual and spiritual challenge, Jung is fascinated by this compelling and enigmatic patient who refuses to speak. Slowly, though, Jung coaxes him to reveal the astonishing story of his existence. Pilgrim claims to be ageless and sexless, having lived as both male and female for four thousand years. Asserting that he has witnessed the greatest events of human history, he recounts his involvement with numerous figures who have shaped world culture, including Leonardo da Vinci, Oscar Wilde, and Henry James.
For Jung, probing this patient's mind proves a challenge that is both frustrating and enlightening. Is Pilgrim delusional? Are his memories only dreams or something far more fantastic? Is it madness or a miracle? These interactions with Pilgrim have a profound and unexpected effect on the esteemed and controversial doctor's own life and sanity, for his dreams soon become entwined with those of his patient's, while the anchor of his soul, his marriage, begins to disintegrate. The puzzle called Pilgrim will seemingly lead either to Jung's salvation--or his d**nation.
Beautifully written, deeply evocative, and filled with a fascinating cast of historical characters, Pilgrim is both a richly layered story of a man's search for his own destiny and an absorbing, mind-expanding novel that explores the timeless questions of humanity and consciousness.****
I submit it as a possibility only (I'd love to read it again!), so we'll see what everybody comes up with, the head librarian having the final say, of course.
I also have on hand "The Book of Negroes" by Lawrence Hill, which I have been meaning to read, but I think there is still a wait list at the libraries for this one. Synopsis as follows :
****Abducted as an 11-year-old child from her village in West Africa and forced to walk for months to the sea in a cofflea string of slaves Aminata Diallo is sent to live as a slave in South Carolina. But years later, she forges her way to freedom, serving the British in the Revolutionary War and registering her name in the historic Book of Negroes. This book, an actual document, provides a short but immensely revealing record of freed Loyalist slaves who requested permission to leave the US for resettlement in Nova Scotia, only to find that the haven they sought was steeped in an oppression all of its own. Aminatas eventual return to Sierra Leonepassing ships carrying thousands of slaves bound for Americais an engrossing account of an obscure but important chapter in history that saw 1,200 former slaves embark on a harrowing back-to-Africa odyssey.
Lawrence Hill is a master at transforming the neglected corners of history into brilliant imaginings, as engaging and revealing as only the best historical fiction can be. A sweeping story that transports the reader from a tribal African village to a plantation in the southern United States, from the teeming Halifax docks to the manor houses of London, The Book of Negroes introduces one of the strongest female characters in recent Canadian fiction, one who cuts a swath through a world hostile to her colour and her sex ****
I think a good author for both men and women is Jonathan Kellerman. He writes about Alex Delaware, a child psychiatrist, who works with the police in murder investigations. His books are really, really, really, good! His wife, btw, is also an author, Faye is her name. I've actually never read any of her books. Shame on me.
These are great. Let's get a couple more ppl giving ideas.
I go for anything. I am going to go to Border's tomorrow, as I don't have a town library by me. Deltagirl, I am definitely going to pick these up if they are there and cheap enough, even if we don't get to them immediately.
Jackie, does your hubby have any suggestions for a book for both men and women?
Post by Blossom/Jackie W. on Jan 15, 2010 8:34:15 GMT -5
I'll ask him when he gets home..... I know personally he prefers "detective" type books (not me). But you know; I've read a few books not long ago that were pretty decent.... I.e. The street Lawyer etc... let me check downstairs and see what books I have or who the writer was at least. (Unless you guys are a Western fan.... Louis L'Amour. ; I've read all his books.)
Aero, thank you for the great job you did as librarian.
I think books by Clive Cussler would work for both men and women, his stories are about finding lost treasure undersea and usually with 'others' trying to stop them. Also books by Dan Brown or Kathy Reichs or Patricia Cromwell would be good picks
I will be good with any choice, as I read pretty much anything except sci. fi. or westerns. Looking forward to our next pick.
Yes, if I haven't said it, thank you so much for being our librarian.
I haven't read the latest Dan Brown book yet, really enjoy Patricia Cornwall, (is that the same one as you wrote, Mary? Mine is a coroner.) I've never read Kathy Reichs. One thing, if we do decide to read books by authors that write about the same main characters, I'd suggest we start at the beginning of their books so as to not miss any nuances. Just a thought. I guess you could still pick up any book, but I think you miss something as you haven't gotten the chance to "know" them.
To the people who don't like sci-fi: does this mean you don't like Dean Koontz?!! Oh my. My husband never read a book in his life until I talked him into reading one of his books. He's read every one of his, now, in just the last few years. Must be 40 or so books.
Okay, I picked up alot of books. I tried to keep the men in mind as well as something serious. I am currently deciding on the two to post here to do a vote on. I think a decision on more than just two books would just be confusing.
I really do think some ppl have a certain idea of what sci-fi is. I think if they browsed that area some, they may be surprised.
I tried getting some books that were suggested. Louis L'Amour was actually one and they would have to preorder. Actually, many of the books I wanted needed to be preordered. So, I will do that, but not for this time around, .