So here's the gist of the Read, Run, & Rant Book Club:
- Select book to read.
- Read the book within one month.
- A Facebook event will be created for our leisurely run to discuss the book. Shooting for a Sunday.
- RSVP to the event and topic discussions will be posted on Facebook prior to the run.
- Join the posted Sunday leisure run and discuss!
It's that easy! Since this is the first one, I'm suggesting the following books that are great contenders! Please vote for our inaugural book club reading! Which one shall it be? We will have members suggest books for the 2nd event and vote.
For book summaries, please see below.
This "stunning, often brutal collection of stories that critically examine the complexities of war and the wounds inflicted both on the front lines and at home," won the National Book Award for fiction—an honor often considered the writers' writing award, or the most artistic of the national prizes. Phil Klay's spare, unflinching prose reflects his previous career as a U.S. Marine Corps veteran serving in Iraq. A fierce and heart-rending read.
The Finalist Too Compelling to Put Down: Station Eleven By Emily St. John Mandel
Though this novel begins with the death of a 51-year-old actor during a performance of King Lear, it quickly flips into a bleak, mysterious future in which most of the world has been killed off by a pandemic flu. Two young people, who nowplay instruments and act in the productions of a theatrical caravan called Traveling Symphony, walk from ad hoc town to ad hoc town, dodging doomsday cults and bandits, clinging to a certain comic book written by the actor's ex-wife—the last link to the civilization that vanished when they were almost too young to remember it. A finalist for the National Book Award, this imaginative, dazzling read is so eerily timely that it both terrifies and seduces.
The Winner That Will Make You Weep: The Narrow Road to the Deep North By Richard Flanagan
Part love story and part survival story, this novel, about an Australian doctor who endured Japanese POW camps but remained haunted by his affair with his uncle's wife, is the kind of sweeping epic classic we all long for. This year it won the England's Man Booker Prize and instantly swept on the best-sellers lists. Our advice: After page 70, be prepared to cancel the rest of your life—there is no stopping 'til the end.
What People are Reading Now: Funny Girl by Nick Hornby
Author of High Fidelity and About a Boy, and his memoir Fever Pitch have all become wildly popular film adaptions. Set in 1960s London, this novel is a lively account of the adventures of the intrepid young Sophie Straw as she navigates her transformation from provincial ingenue to television starlet amid a constellation of delightful characters. Insightful and humorous, Nick Hornby's latest design does what he does best: endears us to a cast of characters who are funny if flawed and forces us to examine ourselves in the process.