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Back from vacation

Well, I’ve returned from vacation and finally getting back into the proper sleep  pattern. While I was gone, I read Water for Elephants. Despite it’s brutality, I couldn’t stop reading; I had to know how everything worked out. I made it through the book and I have to say my favorite thing about it was the ending. After reading this book, I have absolutely no desire to see the movie. I have heard that the movie is not much like the book but I don’t want to take a chance. It’s too much for me.

Then I started listening to The Other Bolyen Girl. Again I can’t stop although I’m feeling like it will never end. The king is a shallow, selfish, dolt; Ann is a beautiful, smart, manipulator; and I am so happy I did not live in their time and place. I haven’t finished and I have no idea how much more there is because I am listening on a Playaway. The sexual desires and deprevity of those in power and seeking to be in power has not changed a bit, ie. Newt, John Edwards,  Senator (now Mr.) Weiner, etc.

Tomorrow we meet to discuss The Paris Wife. Hope you can join us at 11 am in the Sargent Meeting Room.


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Central New York Reads, The Book Thief

The Book Thief is the 2012 CNY Reads selection for 2012. The kick-off event will be held at the Erie Boulevard Barnes and Noble on Thursday night, January 12 at 7 p.m.

Local celebrities will be reading out loud from the book. County Executive Joanie Mahoney, news reporter Chris McGrath, local actor Frank Fiumano, and others will each take a turn. Chocolate and live accordion music (accordion playing relates to the book) are also part of the evening.

The Book Thief has been very popular with both adult and YA readers and the Klatch participants read it as one of our selections last year.

In case you read the book and are interested, After Dinner Books, also at the Liverpool Public library, will be discussing the book with the author!  On April 5, author Markus Zusak will be beamed into the Carman Community Room via Skype to talk with us. He will be coming to us live from Australia. Check the Events Calendar at LPL.org or use the link below.

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Happy New Year Everyone…

and best wishes for a great year of reading ahead. Alan shared this list of the Best Novels of 2011 with his workmates at the library. He suggested that the list should be call the Best Fiction of 2011 because it includes some books of short stories.

So, for your reading pleasure, here’s a copy of that list and a few web sites you might enjoy looking at:

2011 Best Novels

 The Wandering Falcon by Jamil Ahmad                      (PW)

Lost Memory of Skin by Russell Banks                        (WS)

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes                    (EW, P)

In Zanesville by Jo Ann Beard                                       (P)

The Illumination by Kevin Brockmeier                        (NPR)

The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine

by Alina Bronsky                                                           (PW)

Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks                         (BP)

Once Upon a River by Bonnie Jo Campbell               (EW)

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline                               (EW)

Open City by Teju Cole                                                   (NPR, SL)

The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt                     (PW)

Townie by Andre DuBus III                                         (BP, EQ)

The Forgotten Waltz by Anne Enright                        (WS)

The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides                     (BP, NPR, PW, SA)

Say Her Name by Francisco Goldman                          (EW, PW)

The Art of Fielding by Chan Harbach                          (BP, NPR, NY)

The History of History by Ida Hattemer-Higgins       (SL)

Volt by Alan Heathcock                                                  (PW)

Ten Thousand Saints by Eleanor Henderson             (NY, O)

The Stranger’s Child by Alan Hollinghurst                 (P, PW)

We, the Drowned by Carsten Jensen                          (WS)

Train Dreams by Denis Johnson                                 (EQ, NPR, PW)

Pym by Mat Johnson                                                      (SA)

Chango’s Beads and Two-Tone Shoes

by William Kennedy                                                   (PW)

11/22/63 by Stephen King                                             (NY)

Leaving the Atocha Station by Ben Lerner               (WS)

Leche by R. Zamora Linmark                                      (PW)

A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin      (SL)

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain                                 (P)

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern                     (PW)

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami                                           (LA, EW)

The Call by Yannick Murphy                                      (PW)

A Widow’s Story by Joyce Carol Oates                    (LA)

The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht                                (BP, EW, NY, O, PW, WS)

This Burns My Heart by Samuel Park                     (BP)

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett                              (BP, NPR, P, PW, SA)

Binocular Vision by Edith Pearlman                          (LA)

The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta                                    (BP, NPR, O)

The Tragedy of Arthur by Arthur Phillips                 (SA, WS)

The Devil All the Time by Donald Ray Pollock         (PW)

Swamplandia by Karen Russell                                  (BP, EW, NPR, NY)

Cain by Jose Saramago                                                 (PW)

Luminarium by Alex Shakar                                       (PW)

You Think That’s Bad by Jim Shepard                      (LA)

There but for the by Ali Smith                                    (PW)

Stone Arabia by Dana Spiotta                                    (LA, EW)

Someday This Will Be Funny by Lynne Tillman     (PW)

The Rules of Civility by Amor Towles                        (O, WS)

I Married You For Happiness by Lily Tuck              (PW)

Submission by Amy Waldman                                     (EQ, EW, NPR)

The Pale King by David Foster Wallace                      (EW, NPR, SA)

The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson                               (EQ, P)

The Uncoupling by Meg Wolitzer                                 (BP)

Key to Sources:

   BP           BookPage

   EQ           Esquire

   EW          Entertainment Weekly

   LA           Los Angeles Times

   NPR        NPR

   NY           The New York Times

   O              O Magazine

   P              People Magazine

   PW          Publisher’s Weekly

   SA              Salon

   SL              Slate Magazine

   WS           Wall Street Journal

NPR Books

Kirkus Reviews Best of 2011Publishers Weekly Best of 2011

Publishers Weekly Best of 2011

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Just wanted to let you know…

It’s a snowy day here in Syracuse. The first we’ve had so far this season. The sun is shining and it is just gorgeous.

I wanted you to know that not just Book Klatch participants, but everyone who loves books and reading are invited to join us on this book discussion blog. Anything you want to share that will add to our reading knowledge and enjoyment will be greatly appreciated. I have made several categories for articles: Authors, Titles, and the names of the books we will read each month in Klatch. So, hopefully, we can get discussion going in an organized manner.

I’m new at this so be patient with me and give me feedback about how it is working. So excited and hoping you are too.

Welcome aboard!

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