Bibliofemme Bookclub An Irish Bookclub

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 12, 2012

The Best of Everything by Rona Jaffe

Filed under: Book Reviews,General Fiction — The Techie @ 3:47 pm
Title: The Best of Everything Author: Rona Jaffe Genre: Classics, Literature Publisher: Penguin Classics

The writer came to stay before Christmas and bereft of good reading material I asked her for some recommendations. The Best of Everything by Rona Jaffe was top of the list she tapped into a note on my iPhone and was the first of her recommendations that I purchased.

First published in 1958 the book is enjoying a second life thanks to the TV show Mad

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January 10, 2012

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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Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Suskind

Filed under: Bookclub Books,General Fiction — The Connoisseur @ 3:07 pm
Title: Perfume Author: Patrick Süskind Genre: Fiction Publisher: Vintage Books Release Date: 2001 Pages: 255 Meeting: 12th March 2007

Synopsis Survivor, genius, perfumer, killer: this is Jean-Baptiste Grenouille. He is abandoned on the filthy streets of Paris as a child, but grows up to discover he has an extraordinary gift: a sense of smell more powerful than any other human’s. Soon, he is creating the most sublime fragrances in all the city. Yet, there is one

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On Beauty by Zadie Smith

Filed under: Bookclub Books,General Fiction — Femmes @ 3:07 pm
Title: On Beauty Author: Zadie Smith Genre: Fiction Publisher: Penguin Group USA Release Date: 2006 Pages: 445 Meeting: 17th April 2007

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The Fountain Overflows by Rebecca West

Filed under: Bookclub Books,General Fiction — The Connoisseur @ 3:07 pm
Title: The Fountain Overflows Author: Rebecca West Genre: Fiction Publisher: New York Review of Books Release Date: 1956 Pages: 408

The author re-imagines her own childhood in this witty, often troubling autobiographical novel that follows the lives of members of the Aubrey family from the perspective of Rose, one of four siblings. Original.

Meeting: 13th October 2007

After a lot of research including scouring the recommendations in the Sunday papers and reviewing the ‘top’ lists in the Guardian

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The Icarus Girl by Helen Oyeyemi

Filed under: Bookclub Books,General Fiction — The Connoisseur @ 3:07 pm
Title: The Icarus Girl Author: Helen Oyeyemi Genre: Fiction Publisher: Anchor Release Date: 2006 Pages: 337

Jessamy "Jess" Harrison, a racially-mixed child, is growing up feeling that she is caught between two different worlds, until she is sent to visit relatives in Nigeria, where she comes face to face with a mysterious new friend.

Meeting: 6th May 2006

 Without much time to look for this month’s bookclub book, I was relying on the Irish Times Saturday

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