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    Many, many years ago, we tried to organize a “Goldderby Book Club” around here, and it royally flopped. It’s very difficult to keep that going long-term and maintain genuine enthusiasm/interest/momentum.

    Man, that would be a fun thing to start again! I’m game! Any ideas on how to get some enthusiasm going to make it happen?

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    Man, that would be a fun thing to start again! I’m game! Any ideas on how to get some enthusiasm going to make it happen?

    I was thinking someone chooses a book for the month or two books…whatever number you guys think….and an order of who chooses. If we start maybe we could attract more people in the process.

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    If we start maybe we could attract more people in the process.

    You, Andrew, ChargerFan, Atypical, LaChienne, lovelylovely, possibly Honey, me. That’s eight! Could use a few more but sounds like a good start lol

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    You, Andrew, ChargerFan, Atypical, LaChienne, lovelylovely, possibly Honey, me. That’s eight! Could use a few more but sounds like a good start lol

    4 more people and we got a person for every month. I am so down for this.

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    If we get enough people, I’d love to do this! Sounds like a ton of fun!

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    Im down for sure … 🙂

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    Finishing Life of PI , Brians winter, Alexander Mcqueen Bio, Harry Potter five and Blood infernal

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    Still reading “Compulsion”, which reads like a bad Criminal Minds Episode.

    Sidenote: I’m down for book club so if anyone wants to make a thread lets do it

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    Pulitzer Prize announcements are on 4/15/19! Thoughts & predictions on the Fiction and Drama winners/finalists?

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    Pulitzer Prize announcements are on 4/15/19! Thoughts & predictions on the Fiction and Drama winners/finalists?

    I haven’t read anything released this year but hear amazing things about An American Marriage by Tayari Jones and The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai…….they are on my to read list which means I’ll get to them in 2027 lol

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    I haven’t read anything released this year but hear amazing things about An American Marriage by Tayari Jones and The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai…….they are on my to read list which means I’ll get to them in 2027 lol

    I’m predicting “There There” by Tommy Orange for the Pulitzer Fiction prize. Debut short-story collection about the modern American Indian experience. Check, check, and check.

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    Adding that to my list too. This is what happens when I don’t make a list and go to the bookstore lol. I always end up in the mystery section and the science fiction section lately and I miss all the new releases.

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    2019 Pulitzer Prizes announced today! Here we go!

    FICTION

    The Overstory, by Richard Powers (W.W. Norton)
    An ingeniously structured narrative that branches and canopies like the trees at the core of the story whose wonder and connectivity echo those of the humans living amongst them.

    Finalists:
    The Great Believers, by Rebecca Makkai (Viking)
    There There, by Tommy Orange (Alfred A. Knopf)

    DRAMA

    Fairview, by Jackie Sibblies Drury
    A hard-hitting drama that examines race in a highly conceptual, layered structure, ultimately bringing audiences into the actors’ community to face deep-seated prejudices.

    Finalists:
    Dance Nation, by Clare Barron
    What the Constitution Means to Me, by Heidi Schreck

    POETRY

    Be With, by Forrest Gander (New Directions)
    A collection of elegies that grapple with sudden loss, and the difficulties of expressing grief and yearning for the departed.

    Finalists:
    feeld, by Jos Charles (Milkweed Editions)
    Like, by A. E. Stallings (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

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    Prolific writer and truly one of the all-time greats. She’s my favorite author, and I’ll miss her dearly. RIP.

    “Beloved” author Toni Morrison, Nobel laureate, dies at 88
    https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/06/entertainment/toni-morrison-dead/index.html

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    TONI MORRISON, NOBEL-WINNING AUTHOR, DIES AT 88
    by: varietybrentlang | Aug 6, 2019, 9:59 AM

    U.S. novelist Toni Morrison applauds as
    Toni Morrison, who wrote about race, gender, and history with great urgency and tremendous narrative power, died Aug. 5. The author was 88 years old and her family said she died “following a short illness.”

    Morrison’s work includes classics such as “Beloved,” “The Bluest Eye,” and “Song of Solomon,” novels that excavated painful chapters of America’s past. She examined the scars left by slavery and Jim Crow, and the ways that a culture of systemic racism warps the country’s moral values, sending out currents of pain across the generations. Her modernist writing style, both lyrical and evocative, drew comparisons to James Joyce and William Faulkner.

    “I am interested in the complexity, the vulnerability of an idea,” Morrison told the Paris Review in 1993. “It is not ‘this is what I believe,’ because that would not be a book, just a tract. A book is ‘this may be what I believe, but suppose I am wrong . . . what could it be?’ Or, ‘I don’t know what it is, but I am interested in finding out what it might mean to me, as well as to other people.’”

    In 1993, Morrison became the first black woman to receive the Nobel literature prize. The prize committee praised the author for writing novels “characterized by visionary force and poetic import.” Other awards include the Pulitzer Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction.

    “Beloved,” the story of a former slave and her young daughter haunted by a ghost, is considered to be Morrison’s masterwork. Published in 1988, it is routinely ranked among the greatest novels of the 20th century. Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover starred in a 1998 movie adaptation that earned strong reviews, but weak box office returns.

    In addition to her novels, Morrison wrote literary criticism, children’s books, plays, and even the libretto for an opera, “Margaret Garner.” Morrison also taught at Princeton University, where she held the Robert F. Goheen Chair in the Humanities.

    “She was an extremely devoted mother, grandmother, and aunt who reveled in being with her family and friends,” Morrison’s family said in a statement. “The consummate writer who treasured the written word, whether her own, her students or others, she read voraciously and was most at home when writing. Although her passing represents a tremendous loss, we are grateful she had a long, well lived life.”

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