We’re Back In Business!

August 31, 2008 at 1:47 pm | Posted in Book Club | 4 Comments
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After a nine month hiatus, the Literate Housewives’ Book Club is back in business! Starting on Monday, September 15th, we’ll begin our discussion of Immortal by Traci L. Slatton.

I will have more information about the book club as the date gets closer. One new feature that I will be adding this time around is a forum. Once that is established and ready to go, I’ll post a link. I am also hoping to create an on-line newsletter for all participants.

If you would like to participate and haven’t got a copy of this novel, click here to purchase the book from Amazon.com. We would love to have you join us!

TEC ~ Week 4+, Chapters 21 – 27 (Or Death by Character Development)

October 16, 2007 at 3:58 am | Posted in Book Club, Claire Messud, Our Next Book, TEC Week 4, The Emperor's Children | 1 Comment
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  1. Marina might get a job with the Australian’s publication.
  2. Danielle still doesn’t know what she wants with Marina’s father or the Australian.
  3. Murray Thwaite’s writer’s block is just as bad as Marina’s. He is trying to get into Danielle’s pants as slickly as possible.
  4. Bootie is now Murray’s secretary.

Is it in poor taste to hope that September 11, 2001 comes quickly in this book? That way, at least something will be forced to happen. I thought that there was over much character development in The Way the Crow Flies, but 1) it was somewhat interesting character development and 2) it didn’t take half the damn book for the plot to get into high gear.

I demand that only interesting books with some humor in them be suggested for the next book. Do you hear that, Literatehousewife?

TEC ~ Week 3+; Chapters 14 – 20

October 5, 2007 at 2:14 am | Posted in Book Club, Claire Messud, TEC Week 3, The Emperor's Children | 1 Comment
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This section of reading has me wondering what in the world is going on with Julius.  He confuses me.  It’s very possible that he confuses himself.  Is this a classic case of “Wow, I’ve got what I want, but do I really want it?”

Actually, there doesn’t seem to be a single character confident in who they are, what they can do, and what they want.

  • Despite what Bootie might imagine, Murray Twaite is about as lost in how to proceed with his book as his daughter is.  I may be missing something, but not being able to concentrate on a book for fear that someone might walk in seems like a lie you’ve told yourself.  In the end, isn’t it easier to start an emotional affair with his daughter’s friend?
  • Marina…  Can’t write a book, can’t make a life on her own, can’t be moved to take care of her “beloved” cat when it dies.
  • Danielle may have a career as a documentary film maker, but I’m not sure how.  From what I can gather, making films requires some gumption.  For example, there is a spectacular documentary about Mark Borchardt, a young man who would do anything to be a film maker.  His potential may be questionable to some, but no one can doubt his absolute drive.  Danielle doesn’t have it.  Did she ever?
  • Bootie knew that he wanted to get to New York, but now that he’s arrived what’s next?

There actually is one character who seems to know what he wants – as least as filtered by Danielle ~ Ludovic Seeley.  I am very interested to see what becomes of him and his paper.

The Emperor’s Children ~ Reading Schedule

September 2, 2007 at 5:33 pm | Posted in Book Club, Claire Messud, The Emperor's Children | Leave a comment

I finally got my copy of the book in the mail yesterday. I am so excited! I looked through the book. Since it’s just over 450 pages, I thought it would be easiest to break it up by chapter in 50 +/- pages each week. Here is the reading schedule:

  1. Chapters 1 – 6
  2. Chapters 7 – 13
  3. Chapters 14 – 20
  4. Chapters 21 – 27
  5. Chapters 28 – 36
  6. Chapters 37 – 43
  7. Chapters 44 – 52
  8. Chapters 53 – 60
  9. Chapters 61 – EOB (end of book)

I hope that this seems manageable to everyone.

I’ve also thought about the option of having people write their own posts versus commenting on my posts. What do you think about the idea of keeping it to comments? If there is a line of discussion that seems to stand out, that can then become it’s own topic. I will lead for this book and will post my opening comments on or before Monday, September 10. Then, if there is someone who would like to lead the next book, we can set that up. Sound good?

Now, let’s start reading The Emperor’s Children ~ On your mark, get set, go!

Two Weeks and Counting

August 27, 2007 at 3:08 am | Posted in Book Club, Claire Messud, Our Next Book, The Emperor's Children | 2 Comments

The Literate Housewives seem to be happy to be finished with our book club’s virgin (yeah, right!) voyage.  Just because we’ve collectively destroyed at least 3 copies of Perfect Match doesn’t mean we’re down for the count. On Monday, September 10, we will begin our next book:

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The Emperor’s Children by Claire Messud

Please join us!

Next Up…

August 13, 2007 at 11:25 am | Posted in Book Club, Our Next Book, The Emperor's Children | 2 Comments

The Emperor’s Children by Claire Messud

 When would you like to start?  September 10? 17?  I’ll go with the majority.

Reading for Week 6

August 13, 2007 at 11:22 am | Posted in Book Club, Jodi Picoult, Perfect Match Week 6 | Leave a comment

Let’s put this book to bed and finish it this week.

Perfect Match – Week 5; Chapter 7

August 13, 2007 at 3:09 am | Posted in Book Club, Jodi Picoult, Perfect Match Week 5 | 2 Comments

Here are my thoughts. They apply equally to her jury, her judge, her husband, and her “spare part” lover:

She’s guilty.  Convict her, throw the book at her, and throw away the key.

Reading for Week 5

August 4, 2007 at 5:06 pm | Posted in Book Club, Jodi Picoult, Perfect Match Week 5 | Leave a comment

Chapter 7, bring it on.

Perfect Match – Week 4; Chapter 6

August 4, 2007 at 5:03 pm | Posted in Book Club, Jodi Picoult, Perfect Match Week 4, vigilante justice | 3 Comments

Before I read this chapter, I found myself wondering if I just didn’t like Nina or if the character of Nina was written that way.  After finishing Chapter 6, I still do not like Nina, but I believe that Picoult wrote her character very honestly.  I’m sure that there are people who have read this book who like Nina very much.  One could easily say that she is doing everything in her power to protect her son.  I see a woman who has now, on at least four occassions, tried to tightly control the situation even though each and every attempt has blown up her son’s life.  At what point does a person notice and take to heart that things get worse the more that she interferes?

As I speculated from the beginning, Father Glen was not the man responsible for molesting Nathaniel.  The initial blood tests point to him, but a biological loophole clears him.  It seems that Fr. Glen had a bone marrow transplant because he had leukemia.  The man who provide his bone marrow was the man responsible for molesting Nathaniel.  This man was Fr. Glen’s half-brother and one of the clergy visiting Fr. Glen’s parish.  To Nina’s credit, Nina lets go of her smug self-righteousness long enough to feel guilty for what she did.  She realizes that she is a living, breathing example of why there is a justice system and why vigilante justice is against the law.  Even prosecutors peg the wrong man once in a while.

The guilt and sorrow she feels makes her more human to me.  It didn’t hold Nina back for long, though.  She confides only in Patrick and lies to her husband.  She uses her influence over Patrick to manipulate him into tracking down the man responsible for hurting her son.  She doesn’t believe that Patrick could or would take justice into his own hands, but that doesn’t stop her from planting the bug, so to speak.   When Caleb finally learns the truth, he leaves and takes Nathaniel with him.  Due to the terms of her second release from jail, Nina must stay at home.  Alone.  Where she should have stayed.  Nina doesn’t like to be alone, and Patrick sure did come in handy on Christmas Eve…  She had and took the chance to further damage her family and break the heart of her best friend.

I found the DNA twist to be more than far-fetched.  On top of this being a one in a billion chance that the DNA evidence would be wrong, it also just so happens to be the time when the innocent man was killed before receiving a fair hearing.  Fr. Glen was the wonderful man everyone claimed that he was.  So, I cannot believe that Fr. Glen would not sense that his half brother had a dark side.  I can’t see him allowing the other man any where near children.  He might not have turned his back on his half brother, but he wouldn’t have invited him willingly into his parish life.  Even if he did, wouldn’t Fr. Glen suspect what happened from the moment he was questioned?  Wait!  Maybe he did.  We’ll never know.  He was murdered before his attorney had the chance to speak at his arraignment.

As a reader, I’m not thinking that I am a “perfect match” for this book.  Alas, I will soldier on.

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