Bibliofemme Bookclub An Irish Bookclub

January 10, 2012

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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The Vagina Monologues – Eve Ensler

Filed under: Bookclub Books,Biography — The Techie @ 3:07 pm
Title: The Vagina Monologues Author: Eve Ensler Genre: Biography Publisher: Villard Books Release Date: 2007 Pages: 222 Meeting: Thursday 7th August 2003

I chose this book because I had heard so much about the play from various different friends, I was disappointed that I missed it and thought; well I’ll buy the book. The feedback I’d got in relation to the play included, “it made me laugh, and it made my cry”. I also thought that Ensler had done something incredibly brave

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Pure Heart Enlightened Mind by Maura Soshin O’Halloran

Filed under: Bookclub Books,Biography — The Artist @ 3:07 pm
Title: Pure Heart, Enlightened Mind Author: Maura O'Halloran Genre: Biography & Autobiography Publisher: Riverhead Books (Hardcover) Release Date: 1995-10-01 Pages: 311 Meeting: Saturday 8th June 2002

The diary entries and letters of a young Irish Woman Maura O’Halloran, written while she received Zen training and worked towards “enlightenment in Japanese Zen Monasteries. While not intentionally written to be read by an audience these personal accounts of one woman’s unusual and courageous life make a fascinating read. Maura

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The Diving-bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby

Filed under: Bookclub Books,Biography — The DJ @ 3:07 pm
Title: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly Author: Jean-Dominique Bauby Genre: Biography & Autobiography Publisher: Vintage Release Date: 1998 Pages: 131 Meeting: Sunday 19th September 2004

Earlier this year on holidays, I was sharing a room with a friend who was reading The Diving-bell and the Butterfly. This proximity and much lolling around gave me an insight into how a book can literally make you think out loud. Maybe if I hadn’t been there, she would not have articulated – involuntarily anyway – how it made her

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Three Weeks with My Brother by Nicholas Sparks, Micah Sparks

Filed under: Book Reviews,Biography — The Techie @ 12:55 pm
Title: Three Weeks with My Brother Author: Nicholas Sparks, Micah Sparks Genre: Biography Publisher: Sphere Pages: 384

Nicholas Sparks is probably best known for his books The Notebook and Message in a Bottle. In January 2003, Sparks and his brother Micah set off on a three-week trip around the world. Always close from early childhood, this trip was another milestone in the brothers’ lives as, by their early thirties, they were the only two surviving members

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I’m Irish: Get Me Out of Here! by Donal Ruane

Filed under: Book Reviews,Irish,Biography — The Techie @ 12:55 pm
Title: I'm Irish Get Me Out of Here Author: Donal Ruane Genre: Biography Publisher: Gill & Macmillan Ltd Pages: 233

Donal Ruane has taken it upon himself to explain why the Irish are so fed up. Apparently we are suffering from a national hangover. For years we have had this party, called the Celtic Tiger, and now the party is over we all have a bit of a headache, according to Ruane.

The first part of this book is Ruane having a good old moan, giving out about binge

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I Choose to Live by Sabine Dardenne

Filed under: Book Reviews,Biography — The Techie @ 12:55 pm
Title: I Choose to Live Author: Sabine Dardenne Genre: Biography & Autobiography Publisher: Virago Press Release Date: 2006 Pages: 213

Sabine Dardenne’s memoir is probably one of the most difficult books I’ve ever read. It was hard to read, not because of the language, or the format, or the style, but because it was one of the saddest and most upsetting accounts I’ve ever come across in a book.

Marc Dutroux was sentenced to 13 years for the rape of two children

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Call Me Elizabeth by Dawn Annandale

Filed under: Book Reviews,Biography — The Techie @ 12:55 pm
Title: Call Me Elizabeth Author: Dawn Annandale Genre: Biography & Autobiography Publisher: Warner Books Release Date: 2006 Pages: 290

Dawn Annandale did not have a particularly pleasant childhood, her father began to sexually abuse her when she was eleven. She spent her teenage years coming up with excuses to stay away from home and at the earliest opportunity she got a job and moved out. Her childhood did nothing for her, except to make her crave a happy, secure and safe environment

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Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

Filed under: Book Reviews,Biography — The Historian @ 12:55 pm
Title: Me Talk Pretty One Day Author: David Sedaris Genre: Education Publisher: Gardners Books Release Date: 2002-01 Pages: 272

Me Talk Pretty One Day is a collection of 27 anecdotes from American humorist David Sedaris.

Reading Sedaris’ writing is like listening to an old friend recite hilarious episodes from their life. Indeed this is what Sedaris does; he tells stories of his childhood, family, relationships, career and friends, each chapter in this collection relating

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Walter Sickert: A Life by Matthew Sturgis

Filed under: Book Reviews,Biography — The DJ @ 12:55 pm
Title: Walter Sickert Author: Matthew Sturgis Genre: Art Publisher: HarperCollins Release Date: 2005 Pages: 768

The subject of Matthew Sturgis’ first biography was Aubrey Beardsley who died aged 25. This time the author has gone to the other end of the age spectrum with a book about the grand old man of English painting, Walter Sickert, who lived to be 82. It’s a massive tome to say the least but, from start to finish, Sturgis’ equipoise

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