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Hello and welcome to our discussion of Oprah’s recent book club pick; Jeffrey Eugenides’s Middlesex. My name's Paul and I'll be here to guide us through the work.

As one of my fellow editors astutely warned, “…don't approach this book with any preconceptions -- just have an open heart and mind plus a willingness to let a novelist who knows what he's doing break a few storytelling rules.”
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PaulH wrote:
Hello and welcome to our discussion of Oprah’s recent book club pick; Jeffrey Eugenides’s Middlesex. My name's Paul and I'll be here to guide us through the work.

As one of my fellow editors astutely warned, “…don't approach this book with any preconceptions -- just have an open heart and mind plus a willingness to let a novelist who knows what he's doing break a few storytelling rules.”




Paul, just wondering...since the Eugenides book has also now been chosen by Oprah..is it possible for someone within Barnes and Noble to ask him if he might pop into the discussion here at Barnes and Noble. I am not sure; but I am wondering if someone contacted his agent or publisher Picador (which is right in New York); whether he might just not do that via email. The Meet the Writers section seems to show that he has been featured before so he certainly has had relationships with Barnes and Noble in the past. I bet he would be delighted to know that B&N was featuring his book again and that we are so interested in the book and the historical references which he so aptly showcased.

Would be great to ask him some of the questions that we have......wouldn't it? If he said no, well then, we are still having a great time discussing a heck of a good book.

Just a thought, Bentley

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Hi Bentley,

I notice Oprah has set up a link where she invites readers to email Eugenides (see below).

http://www.oprah.com/obc_classic/obc_main.jhtml

Also, just a head's up that another segment of the Cormac McCarthy interview has been added, in which he touches on the number 1:17.

http://www.oprah.com/obc_classic/featbook/road/interview/road_interview_main.jhtml





Paul, just wondering...since the Eugenides book has also now been chosen by Oprah..is it possible for someone within Barnes and Noble to ask him if he might pop into the discussion here at Barnes and Noble. I am not sure; but I am wondering if someone contacted his agent or publisher Picador (which is right in New York); whether he might just not do that via email. The Meet the Writers section seems to show that he has been featured before so he certainly has had relationships with Barnes and Noble in the past. I bet he would be delighted to know that B&N was featuring his book again and that we are so interested in the book and the historical references which he so aptly showcased.

Would be great to ask him some of the questions that we have......wouldn't it? If he said no, well then, we are still having a great time discussing a heck of a good book.

Just a thought, Bentley

Message Edited by bentley on 06-14-2007 08:24 PM

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PaulH wrote:
Hi Bentley,

I notice Oprah has set up a link where she invites readers to email Eugenides (see below).

http://www.oprah.com/obc_classic/obc_main.jhtml

Also, just a head's up that another segment of the Cormac McCarthy interview has been added, in which he touches on the number 1:17.

http://www.oprah.com/obc_classic/featbook/road/interview/road_interview_main.jhtml





Paul, just wondering...since the Eugenides book has also now been chosen by Oprah..is it possible for someone within Barnes and Noble to ask him if he might pop into the discussion here at Barnes and Noble. I am not sure; but I am wondering if someone contacted his agent or publisher Picador (which is right in New York); whether he might just not do that via email. The Meet the Writers section seems to show that he has been featured before so he certainly has had relationships with Barnes and Noble in the past. I bet he would be delighted to know that B&N was featuring his book again and that we are so interested in the book and the historical references which he so aptly showcased.

Would be great to ask him some of the questions that we have......wouldn't it? If he said no, well then, we are still having a great time discussing a heck of a good book.

Just a thought, Bentley

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Paul, I saw that..but it is like sending mail to a black hole. There was no mention how Eugenides responds. But it is so odd that they are still adding segments after she has selected another book. Folks might not even know that these segments are out there after the fact. I will take a look. Thanks for letting me know.
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PaulH wrote:
Hi Bentley,

I notice Oprah has set up a link where she invites readers to email Eugenides (see below).

http://www.oprah.com/obc_classic/obc_main.jhtml

Also, just a head's up that another segment of the Cormac McCarthy interview has been added, in which he touches on the number 1:17.

http://www.oprah.com/obc_classic/featbook/road/interview/road_interview_main.jhtml





Paul, just wondering...since the Eugenides book has also now been chosen by Oprah..is it possible for someone within Barnes and Noble to ask him if he might pop into the discussion here at Barnes and Noble. I am not sure; but I am wondering if someone contacted his agent or publisher Picador (which is right in New York); whether he might just not do that via email. The Meet the Writers section seems to show that he has been featured before so he certainly has had relationships with Barnes and Noble in the past. I bet he would be delighted to know that B&N was featuring his book again and that we are so interested in the book and the historical references which he so aptly showcased.

Would be great to ask him some of the questions that we have......wouldn't it? If he said no, well then, we are still having a great time discussing a heck of a good book.

Just a thought, Bentley

Message Edited by bentley on 06-14-2007 08:24 PM






Watched both segments and there wasn't much there. Really no explanation for the number at all and I think he wasn't being quite forthright on that point. You do not keep choosing a number unless you pretty much know the reason for doing it. I think the explanation might have sounded silly so he avoided acknowledging whatever the genesis was. As far as the Nash story..that was downright spooky.

It seems like they added these two segments and dropped a couple of the others. But thank you for letting me know. It is interesting hearing him talk about some of his scientific and/or philosophical views.
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