After much hype and fanfare, or at the very least, excitement in the comment threads, Book Club weekend is upon us. Do you have your dog-eared, notated copy of Hunger Games already open, with topics you desperately need to raise? Are you eagerly awaiting next weekend’s big movie opening? Are you one of those Katniss backers tearing through Middlemarch Madness? Whoever you are, we want to hear your thoughts on The Hunger Games.
Book club, book club, book club! Are you excited yet? Two days, my friends, until the first meeting of our relaunched Persephone Book Club. We’ll be discussing Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games. An open thread specifically for book discussion will be posted this Saturday, March 17th and remain open throughout the weekend.
Just a friendly reminder, our relaunched book club will “meet” next weekend, March 17th thru 18th to discuss The Hunger Games.
A couple of notes:
1. Which book would you give to a potential significant other?
It gets under my skin when really smart, well-educated, liberal guys never read books by women (the frequent exceptions being Atlas Shrugged and Harry Potter). I have a couple of go-to lady authored books I like to push on guys, but A Visit from the Goon Squad (Jennifer Egan) is a really good bet. Read More 5 Books with Emily Heist Moss
Or, “How Katniss Everdeen Climbed Out of Her Book and Ignited a Real-Life Conflict.”
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Straight black hair, olive skin, and grey eyes.
Suzanne Collins’ description of her protagonist – brief, almost in passing – has ignited debate across the Internet, and surely beyond, about race and Hollywood. It would be nearly impossible to miss the discussions, even if you hadn’t read the books. Read More Imagining Race: The Hunger Games
Over Christmas vacation I read only one book, which is far fewer than I normally consume on long, lazy days, but it was the best book I’ve read in a very long time–Michael Chabon’s Wonder Boys, which is a rare gem in that I loved it, but it didn’t elicit the usual “book envy” my favorites do. If any of you readers are aspiring writers, particularly of the poetry or fiction persuasion (and I know you’re out there!), then you know what I mean when I talk about “book envy”–that often-confusing mixture of both delight and jealousy that accompanies finishing a wonderful book, the type that makes you sigh, “I wish I had written that.” Read More The Amazing Books that Inspire Writerly Envy
It is a sad day. I wanted to review Patti Smith’s autobiography Just Kids, but guess what? Apparently two-day shipping is no longer literal (yet another reason to boycott Amazon! The only thing standing in my way is already having a Prime account and my own cheapskate personality). In the meantime, I’d like to share two fiction books I’ve read recently, both of which blew me away (one in a rather more positive way than the other). Read More We Try It!: Hipster-Lit + YA Gold