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View Poll Results: Which book(s) shall we read?
Suite Francaise - Irene Nemirovsky 3 11.11%
Prodigal Summer - Barbara Kingsolver 4 14.81%
Five Quarters of the Orange - Joanne Harris 4 14.81%
To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee 7 25.93%
The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger 5 18.52%
Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen 4 14.81%
The Power Of One - Bryce Courtenay 1 3.70%
Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell 1 3.70%
Cider House Rules - John Irving 5 18.52%
Water For Elephants - Sara Gruen 8 29.63%
The Stone Diaries - Carol Shields 2 7.41%
The Once and Future King - T. H. White 0 0%
Watership Down - Richard Adams 2 7.41%
Jitterbug Perfume - Tom Robbins 1 3.70%
Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha - Roddy Doyle 0 0%
The Plot Against America - Philip Roth 2 7.41%
Fall on your Knees - Anne Marie MacDonald 2 7.41%
The Glass Castle - Jeannette Walls 3 11.11%
Amsterdam - Ian McEwan 0 0%
Poisonwood Bible- Barbara Kingsolver 6 22.22%
The Memory Keeper's Daughter - Kim Edwards 4 14.81%
A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving 3 11.11%
Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini 9 33.33%
Boom - Voices of the 60s - Tom Brokaw 9 33.33%
The War at Home - Nora Eisenberg 5 18.52%
Kaffir Boy - Mark Mathabane 2 7.41%
Box Children - Sharon Wyse 3 11.11%
The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War - David Halberstam 1 3.70%
The Innocent - Ian McEwan 6 22.22%
Heart Shaped Box - Joe Hill. 5 18.52%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 27. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 02-01-2008, 04:32 PM
 
Location: Journey's End
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I am nearly finished, little_thirsty; taking my time and trying to get some other stuff organised, but I'll be done this weekend. The library closed down today, another ice storm, but the book is due back on Monday.

I haven't heard from gemthornton today, but we agreed that WfE can wait a few days. And, in case she has her hands full, we have a back-up plan.

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Sounds good. By the way OTR I read 1000 Splendid in 2 days. I could not put it down. What a book!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 02-01-2008, 09:46 PM
 
Location: Atlanta suburb
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Default Hope to start "Water for Elephants" Sunday - Monday at the latest.

Hello, all. First, I must thank all of you who have offered prayers and support this week concerning my DH surgery. It has meant so much to me and I am so grateful for my forum buddies. You are the best!

We received the hoped for good news today and it looks like he will be home Sunday at the latest. Rest and chicken soup will commence immediately!

I am anxious to begin our discussion of Water for Elephants, hopefully, on Sunday - Monday, at the latest - if that is alright with everyone.

It is a fun, period book with lots of character development and themes, so it should be very interesting to discuss. I think we will see a broad range of ideas and comments from readers.

Enjoy and read on!
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Old 02-01-2008, 10:51 PM
 
Location: Utah
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Glad you're looking positive, Gem.

I'm sure we can sit tight a few days!

I'm wondering if anyone has any websites in mind to get more background info about the setting?
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Old 02-02-2008, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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lolagranola, you might find this site interesting.
The Circus in America: 1793 - 1940
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Old 02-02-2008, 08:38 PM
 
Location: Atlanta suburb
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Default A couple of background websites to give us more insight into the Depression Era.

Thanks for adding that link, tigerlily. It is full of interesting background of the history of American circuses.

Another great link that you may want to check out is one on the Great Depression hobo camps. This will enter into our discussion, I'm sure, of Water for Elephants.

Teenage Hoboes in the Great Depression

Also, the following website provides an interesting accounting of the circus trains of the Depression era:

Golden Years

This was a desperate time in American history, but also one that shows the strength of American determination, ingenuity and can-do spirit.

I think that Water for Elephants shows both the best and worse of human characteristics that surface during bad times. It will be interesting to explore these reactions to the twists and turns of adversity and opportunity.

I hope that everyone has enjoyed reading Sara Gruen's book as much as I have. I am looking forward to our discussion.

Last edited by gemkeeper; 02-02-2008 at 08:38 PM.. Reason: added thought
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Old 02-02-2008, 08:47 PM
 
Location: Pikeville, Ky.
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I am finished with WFE and into Boom. I was kinda of holding out posting too much about Thousand Suns until everyone was finished, also I have been on the run a lot these past couple of weeks and been tired and lazy
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Old 02-02-2008, 09:04 PM
 
Location: Atlanta suburb
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Smile Water for Elephants discussion to begin Sunday @ 3:30pm.

We accept any and all reasons, blue. Yours are very understandable.

I hope that a 3:30 pm EST, Sunday, Feb.3 start time for Water is convenient for most.

Blue62 brings up a good point. Because we are discussing all layers of A Thousand Splendid Suns and Water for Elephants, the themes, characters, and even conclusion of these stories probably will be revealed in our discussions.

If you are not finished reading one of the books that you would like to discuss, it is probably better to refrain from reading the thread. It may affect your own enthusiasm for the book before you have finished it. And, we may miss some insights that you would have formed on your own. Just a thought.

Hope to be reading with you all tomorrow.
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Old 02-03-2008, 12:59 PM
 
Location: Journey's End
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I'm unsticking this thread to make way for the group's next discussion. The ruling for stickies is limited.

But, please continue to post all group discussions here--!
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Old 02-08-2008, 10:07 AM
 
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Any of the members interested in considering the third book, Boom, for a discussion, and if so, what time-table do folks see?

Thanks all.
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Old 02-15-2008, 09:52 AM
 
Location: Journey's End
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The book club stickies will go down this weekend for both Thousand Splendid Suns and Water for Elephants. However, both threads will remain open indefinitely for discussion. And, I believe book club leaders, gemthornton and RDSLOTS are prepared to continue in their roles in the weeks to come and keep the subjects alive.

The club option here at City-Data has been a huge success and perhaps we will consider doing it again with another book or more.

Thanks to all for their enthusiastic participation.
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