Friday, December 17, 2010

The 2011 Readalongs

Well the votes are in! Here's what I'll be reading and you'll be hopefully reading with me!

Starting in April we'll be reading John Adams by David McCullough. I'll post more detailed information and a sign-up later but I REALLY hope a lot of you will join in this one. (I'm a wee bit nervous about it!)

One of America's greatest storytellers has turned to one of America's greatest stories as the source for his most recent inspiration: a tale of one of the most influential, and often the most misunderstood, Founding Fathers: John Adams. The result is a tour de force and pure joy for the reader

Did you notice how it said pure joy for the reader? You don't want to miss out on that!

Then, in October, we'll read Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin

Winter's Tale

New York City is subsumed in arctic winds, dark nights, and white lights, its life unfolds, for it is an extraordinary hive of the imagination, the greatest house ever built, and nothing exists that can check its vitality. One night in winter, Peter Lake--orphan and master-mechanic, attempts to rob a fortress-like mansion on the Upper West Side.

Though he thinks the house is empty, the daughter of the house is home. Thus begins the love between Peter Lake, a middle-aged Irish burglar, and Beverly Penn, a young girl, who is dying.

Peter Lake, a simple, uneducated man, because of a love that, at first he does not fully understand, is driven to stop time and bring back the dead. His great struggle, in a city ever alight with its own energy and beseiged by unprecedented winters, is one of the most beautiful and extraordinary stories of American literature.

Very excited for this one, I'm glad so many of you wanted to read it as well!

Also, Melissa, Leah, and I discussed possibly doing a Streets of Laredo (the sequel to Lonesome Dove) readalong...would any of you be interested?


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