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The Goldfinch, of course

GoldfinchThe Novelistas read “The Goldfinch” last month…keeping in sync with all the other book clubs in America. And it lives up to the buzz:  a wonderful tale with memorable characters.  Although we all admitted to skimming in parts –  and this is a group that reads long books (Anna Karenina – even longer).  No matter, it’s utterly absorbing and great fun to read.

Lady Chatterley’s Lover

The Novelistas are reading “Lady Chatterley's LoverLady Chatterley’s Lover” this month.  What I expected would be a juicy read has instead been a clumsy and sort of boring tale.

There is one message that does resonate: men and women are supremely unsatisfied with each other both in and out of bed.

Oh dear. Thought that would be a thing of the past in 2014.

On a happier note: our collective inability to find and sustain love is great for literature.

“Gone Girl” anyone???

Mark Haskell Smith

Saw Mark Haskell Smith at Vroman’s last night talking about his new book “Raw.”  He said he’s starting a movement to abolish author “readings” altogether.  Even though he didn’t actually read from “Raw”, he sold a ton of books.  Probably because he’s so entertaining and irreverent.  And his books are too.