Sunday, October 18, 2009

Books tackled thus far

Okay guys, I'm revamping our blog site a little, to hopefully make it more reader friendly (especially as some of those old synopses we're still using are waaay down at the bottom of the old format). Will try to keep this updated so folks can see where we've been and where we've left to go. But, if not, you can always access this info from the meetup site by looking at all past meetups.

(12/5/09) Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky

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(11/4/09) Persuasion - Jane Austin

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(10/6/09) The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone

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(9/8/09) American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld

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(8/13/09)The Black Swan by Thomas Mann

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(7/20/09) Blind Woman, Sweeping Willow by Haruki Murakami
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(6/22/09) Coraline by Neil Gaiman

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(6/1/09)The Historian by Elisabeth Kostova

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(5/12/09)The Geographer's Library by Jon Fasman

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(3/9/09) In the Heart of the Sea:The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex By Nathaniel Philbrick
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(2/9/09) The Road by Cormac McCarthy

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(1/19/09) Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace

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(12/8/08) We Were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates
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(11/17/08) The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz

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(10/27/08) The Emperor's Children by Claire Messud

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(10/6/08) American Gods by Neil Gaiman

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(9/22/08) Then We Came to the End: A Novel by Joshua Ferris

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(9/8/08) Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

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(8/18/08) Three Cups of Tea: by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin

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Man's search for Meaning: Victor Frankl's

(7/14/08) The Secret Life of Bees: Sue Monk Kidd

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(6/23/08)The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
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(6/2/08) A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
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(5/12/08)The People of Paper by Salvador Plascencia

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(4/23/08) Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

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(3/31/08) Survival of the Sickest by Dr. Sharon Moalem, Jonathan Prince

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What is the What by Dave Eggers
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(2/18/08)Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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(1/24/08) The Gods Themselves by
Isaac Asimov
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(1/10/08) Undaunted Courage, Stephen Ambrose
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(12/6/07) On Beauty, Zadie Smith:
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(11/15/07) Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
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The Memory Keeper's Daughter, Kim Edwards
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1776, David McCullough

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In this stirring book, David McCullough tells the intensely human story of those who marched with General George Washington in the year of the Declaration of Independence — when the whole American cause was riding on their success, without which all hope for independence would have been dashed and the noble ideals of the Declaration would have amounted to little more than words on paper.
Based on extensive research in both American and British archives, 1776 is a powerful drama written with extraordinary narrative vitality. It is the story of Americans in the ranks, men of every shape, size, and color, farmers, schoolteachers, shoemakers, no-accounts, and mere boys turned soldiers. And it is the story of the King's men, the British commander, William Howe, and his highly disciplined redcoats who looked on their rebel foes with contempt and fought with a valor too little known.

(9/6/07) Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen :
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(Aug 15, 2007)
Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole
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