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Aug. 29th, 2017 04:28 pm
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Library book group chose books last night. This group reads six books over nine months, and chooses books by voting. I persuaded the group to choose Kindred, by Octavia Butler. The other five books we chose are:

The Sparrow - Mary Doria Russell
A Gentleman in Moscow - Amor Towles
Crossing to Safety - Wallace Stegner
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close - Jonathan Safran Foer
The Good Earth - Pearl Buck

A wide variety!

Classics book group meets every month during the school year. Each CSU grad student or instructor who volunteers to lead a discussion gets to choose the book. The first four books for that group are:

Beloved - Toni Morrison
The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories - H.P. Lovecraft
The Woman Warrior - Maxine Hong Kingston
The Sun Also Rises - Ernest Hemingway

Tawanda book group is the one that has been meeting for 26 years and doesn't really discuss books much any more. Terri hosted this month and asked us each to bring a poem to read. Amy recovered twelve of her steers since last month, but eleven are still lost in the forest so she couldn't afford to take a night off the search. Terri read "Your children are not your children," by Khalil Gibran. I read "Wild Geese". Jo read "Going to Walden," also by Mary Oliver. Kathleen brought something by Wendell Berry, but I don't remember what, because she asked me to read it, and apparently I do not have enough brain to speak in public and put things into longterm memory at the same time. Cate read "It's Time Somebody Told Me," which her mother had cut out from the newspaper, laminated, and carried around in her wallet until she died.

Date: 2017-08-29 11:17 pm (UTC)
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Stegner, really? After he has been so thoroughly discredited so long ago?

And go you for pushing Kindred, even though I would consider it a classic and appropriate for that group.

BTW, [personal profile] pantryslut is currently reading The Woman Warrior to her almost-nine-year-old twins, which I never would have thought of, but apparently it's working pretty well.

Date: 2017-08-30 03:29 am (UTC)
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Stegner's most famous novel is Angle of Repose, which won the Pulitzer Prize.

Large swaths of it (more than 10%) are taken basically word for word from the journals of real person Mary Hallock Foote. He apparently did have permission to use her journals, and his acknowledgments say something of the sort, but he gleefully (my interpretation) passed her writing off as his and accepted the prize. If a reminist scholar hadn't read the obscure publication of Foote's journals and recognized the prose, we would never know that Foote wrote a big piece of the book.

Many critics and academics let him off the hook for this, but it ruined the (quite fine) novel for me, and ruined him for me.

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