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April 18, 2016

I Remember Nothing by Nora Ephron

Filed under: Bookclub Books — The Artist @ 10:21 am
Title: I Remember Nothing Author: Nora Ephron Genre: Essays Publisher: Random House Release Date: March 1, 2012 Pages: 221

If there is any solace in growing older, it is that you will find yourself guffawing in hysterical recognition at the situations Nora Ephron describes, from the impossibility of trying to remember people's names at parties,to struggling with the new technology. You will find yourself rolling off the sofa snorting with laughter as she recalls with

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February 1, 2016

A Whole Life by Robert Seethaler

Filed under: Bookclub Books,Literature — Femmes @ 5:04 pm
Title: A Whole Life Author: Robert Seethaler Genre: Literature Publisher: Picador Release Date: October 8, 2015 Pages: 160

Meeting Date: 30th January 2016

This book was chosen by Sinéad and our latest meeting doubled up as a birthday celebration for one of our members.

The book was enjoyed by all scoring 1 x 5, 2 x 4 and 1 x 3.


Andreas lives his whole life in the Austrian Alps, where he arrives as a young boy taken in by a farming family. He is a man of very few

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May 5, 2015

Sin by Josephine Hart

Filed under: Bookclub Books,General Fiction,Irish — The Techie @ 1:03 pm
Title: Sin Author: Josephine Hart Genre: Fiction Release Date: 2010-08 Pages: 134

Proposed Meeting Date: 19th June 2015

It’s been a long time since I have picked a book for book club.  My fellow Femmes are so well read that the challenge usually lies in finding a book no-one had read before.  This time my first choice was no exception and had been read by two of the ladies.

Rejecting my first choice with a small sigh of relief

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The Guest Cat by Takashi Hiraide

Filed under: Bookclub Books,General Fiction — The Connoisseur @ 12:03 pm
Title: The Guest Cat Author: Takashi Hiraide Genre: Fiction Publisher: Picador Release Date: Sep 25 2014 Pages: 140

THE SUNDAY TIMES AND NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER.A couple in their thirties live in a small rented cottage in a quiet part of Tokyo. They work at home as freelance writers. They no longer have very much to say to one another. One day a cat invites itself into their small kitchen. She is a beautiful creature. She leaves, but the next day comes again

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The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy

Filed under: Bookclub Books,General Fiction — The Artist @ 12:00 pm
Title: The Dud Avocado Author: Elaine Dundy Genre: Fiction Publisher: New York Review of Books Release Date: 1958 Pages: 260

The Dud Avocado follows the romantic and comedic adventures of a young American who heads overseas to conquer Paris in the late 1950s. Edith Wharton and Henry James wrote about the American girl abroad, but it was Elaine Dundy’s Sally Jay Gorce who told us what she was really thinking. Charming, sexy, and hilarious, The Dud Avocado gained instant

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The Girls of Slender Means by Muriel Spark

Filed under: Bookclub Books,General Fiction — The Writer @ 11:54 am
Title: The Girls of Slender Means Author: Muriel Spark Genre: Fiction Publisher: New Directions Publishing Release Date: 1963 Pages: 176

Meeting Date: 24th July 2014

Our big reunion was finally scheduled, and Cristín (aka The Writer) was tasked with choosing the book:

“Long ago in 1945 all the nice people in England were poor, allowing for exceptions,” begins The Girls of Slender Means, Dame Muriel Spark’s tragic and rapier-witted portrait of a London

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January 10, 2012

The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen

Filed under: Bookclub Books,Historical Fiction — Femmes @ 3:07 pm
Title: The Corrections Author: Jonathan Franzen Genre: Avarice Publisher: HarperCollins UK Release Date: 2007 Pages: 653

Meeting: 24th November 2007

I initially set out to find a book that would have us sitting around discussing what life is all about. After some Internet searching, I asked the advice of two of my closest friends, who as luck would have it, are also English graduates. After perusing the reviews of several of their recommendations, I decided Jonathan

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The Mandarins by Simone de Beauvoir

Filed under: Bookclub Books,General Fiction — Femmes @ 3:07 pm
Title: Mandarins Author: Simone de Beauvoir Genre: France Publisher: HarperPerennial Release Date: 2005-05 Pages: 736

Meeting: Saturday 22nd October 2005

This is a book that has stayed with me long after I have turned the last page. Although I would be hesitant to recommended it to everyone and at times found the repetitive dialogue tedious, I have come away from this book with a strong insight into post war France.

The Madarins explores the, politics, high emotions

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The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

Filed under: Bookclub Books,Classics — Femmes @ 3:07 pm
Title: The Turn of the Screw Author: Henry James Genre: Classics, Literature Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's Release Date: 2009-12-29 Pages: 432 Meeting: Friday 18th February 2005

Henry James’ reputation as one of the ‘greats’ of literature is both wide spread and commonly accepted. With two biographical books published recently, Colm Tobin’s The Master and David Lodge’s Author, Author, I felt choosing this novel would be both topical and my first opportunity to enter into the world of James&#8217

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Memoir by John McGahern

Filed under: Bookclub Books,Irish,Biography — The Historian @ 3:07 pm
Title: Memoir Author: John McGahern Genre: Biography, Irish Release Date: 2006 Pages: 272 Meeting: 14th December 2006

Sometimes bookclub books are chosen carefully; sometimes they occur by default. Memoir is one of the serendipitous accidents. A last minute trip to the bookshop before the last bookclub resulted me being unable to get seven copies of my book of choice. At the last minute, I saw a stack of Memoir and, as it’s been on my Must Read list since

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