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Herman Melville two ways, or, a tale of two Gutenbergs

As you may know, the first rule of my book club is, well, I can't tell you the first rule.  One of the other rules is, when it's your turn, you pick the book and that's the book.  No discussion, voting or appeals are needed.  Sure, there's sometimes some friendly wrangling, but when push comes…
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The fourth part of book club; holiday globe appeal

Last week, we took Book Club to a new level with a guest appearance by the author - Belmont's own Toby Lester - of our chosen book, The Fourth Part of the World.  I had worried that such an august presence would impede the club's traditional focus on wine, gossip and whingeing about our jobs, but we…
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Notes on used books, notes in used books

I'm a big proponent of the rights of authors to profit from the sale of their work, but I'm also a fan of the first-sale doctrine that lets me give away, lend or sell my copy of that work once I legally acquire it.  So, while I am mindful that when I buy a used…
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In the queue

In book club this month: Man Booker prize winner The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga.  Halfway through, enjoying it.  Also see Adiga's piece in the New Yorker and the discussion of White Tiger over at the Mutiny. Picked up at the Central Square Theater: Alan Lightman's latest, Ghost.  None of Lightman's later work has spoken…
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Cuchi Cuchi book club

I'm a member of the best book club ever. The first rule of our book club is, don't talk about book club, so don't tell anybody I told you. The second rule of our book club is, bring wine. There are many other rules of book club, but the best part of it is that…
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In the Queue

Eagerly awaited: The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz - A little disappointing after all the buildup, but a wild ride and great airplane read.  Wish I had a dictionary of Dominican Spanish slang.  My personal takeaway quote: "Every snake always thinks it's biting into a rat until the day it bites…
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In the queue

Book Club: Then We Came To The End by Joshua Ferris Love the blog, now bought the book: Presentation Zen by Garr Reynolds Don't know why:  A Tranquil Star by Primo Levi For work:  BrandSimple by Allen Adamson Trying to drink the cool-aid:  Conscious Business by Fred Kofman Can't stop listening to:  Little Fluffy Clouds…
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Cooks upstage books

It's been quite a literary and culinary weekend. Friday night was Book Club, featuring Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go, backed up by poached salmon with couscous and red and gold beets, spinach salad, garlic bean soup and a purchased dessert assortment of blackberry-lime sorbet, molasses-clove cookies, dark chocolate covered edamame and Mozartkugeln. As usual,…
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In the Queue

A pleasant surprise: A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka - Possibly semi-autobiographical, not as all as light as the premise would suggest, and in the end an engaging and bittersweet story of family, war, and immigration with a few laugh out loud passages. Mind-bending and riveting, can't put it down:  Tours…
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In the Queue

Just finished: Mr. Muo's Traveling Couch by Dai Sijie in which the author of Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress loosens up and tells a shagy dog story of a befuddled Freudian in search of a virgin in semi-post-communist China. Just started, for book club: Giraffe by J. M. Ledgard Just picking up again after…
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