09-05-2008 12:12 PM
The October 2008 Book Clubs Schedule
October 6 to 31
Talk about Books & Authors
Alexander McCall Smith -- October 13 to 17
Alexander McCall Smith joins us this week to talk about the return of Isabel Dalhousie in his latest, Comforts of a Muddy Saturday. See all Alexander McCall Smith titles.
New Reads with Rachel Kubie: The Condition with the author, Jennifer Haigh.
The Condition tells the story of the McKotches, a proper New England family that comes apart during one fateful summer. The year is 1976, and the family has embarked on their annual vacation to Cape Cod. One day, Frank is struck by his thirteen-year-old daughter, Gwen, standing a full head shorter than her younger cousin. At that moment he knows something is terribly wrong with his only daughter.
Talk about Genres & Ideas
The Epics book club continues their discussion of War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy.
The most famous—and perhaps greatest—novel of all time, Tolstoy’s War and Peace tells the story of five families struggling for survival during Napoleon’s invasion of Russia. Both an intimate study of individual passions and an epic history of Russia and its people, War and Peace is nothing less than a complete portrait of human existence.
The Jewish Encounters book club talks to Ilan Stavans, the author of Resurrecting Hebrew.
Here is the stirring story of how Hebrew was rescued from the fate of a dead language to become the living tongue of a modern nation. Ilan Stavans’s quest begins with a dream featuring a beautiful woman speaking an unknown language. When the language turns out to be Hebrew, a friend diagnoses “language withdrawal,” and Stavans sets out in search of his own forgotten Hebrew as well as the man who helped revive the language at the end of the nineteenth century, Eliezer Ben-Yehuda.
The Literature by Women book club reads
Brick Lane by Monica Ali
Monica Ali's gorgeous first novel is the deeply moving story of one woman, Nazneen, born in a Bangladeshi village and transported to London at age eighteen to enter into an arranged marriage.
The Romantic Reads book club reads The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger.
This bestselling and innovative debut novel from Audrey Niffenegger explores the perfect marriage, one that is tested by challenges the couple can neither control nor predict.
The Shakespeare book club reads Macbeth by William Shakespeare
The only Shakespearean tragedy that has a villain as its hero, Macbeth presents a stark and disturbing view of the psychology of wickedness and guilt.
09-15-2008 12:45 PM
This is in addition to the selections above.
B&N Recommends: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
An engrossing debut thriller, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo has been an international sensation, a bestseller in its native Sweden and throughout Europe. It features an unforgettable heroine: a brilliant 24-year-old punk-goth computer hacker and private investigator named Lisbeth Salander. Together with Mikael Blomkvist, a financial journalist on a most unusual assignment, she tracks a serial killer through a dangerous maze of business, political, and family secrets. Learn more about B&N Recommends.