In Eastern Iowa we are lucky to have great literary towns, great book lovers and great writers. So it made perfect sense to me team up with my fellow editors in Cedar Falls and Marion to start a book club where we can discuss books of various types, share what we're reading, and nominate new books to read based on a theme or genre.
Because reading makes life better, and more people need to do more of it. Plus there's always more wonderful books to learn about.
I want to keep the rules fairly simple, so we can get on to the discussion. One thing this book club will not be is a group where we all read the same book, at least not at first. I am not Oprah, and do not have the cultural cache to make you read Absalom, Absalom! or Anna Karenina (although both are great books) against your will. What I want to know is what you're reading, so join in by adding your thoughts in the comments section under this story.
What am I reading?
One Book, for Fun: The Black Company, a sort of gritty fantasy classic told from the perspective of a doctor/historian serving with mercenaries. About 1/3 of the way through with that.
The Other Book, for the Challenge: The USA Trilogy, by John Dos Passos, one of the better Modernist writers you may never have heard of. I'm at the beginning of book three.
This Week's Club Recommendations:
In honor of the Hunger Games movie out this week, I would like to ask what book or books you can recommend for others to read that have a strong or otherwise prominent female as a main character? Give us your suggestions in the Comments Section and we'll compile a list that we can share with everyone next week.
This Week's Recommendations from Comments
Margaret George's The Memoirs of Cleopatra
Stacy Schiff's Cleopatra,
Joan Didion's, We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live: Collected Nonfiction
Tamora Pierce's The Song of the Lioness quartet
Diane Duane's Young Wizard series
Patricia C. Wrede's Enchanted Forest Chronicles
Garth Nix, Sabriel
Gail Caron Levine, Ella Enchanted
Steve Sherman's Moxie
Stieg Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Secret Garden
Garlic and Sapphires
Marion Zimmer Bradley's The Mists of Avalon
Rosamunde Pilcher's Shell Seekers
Alice Walker's The Color Purple
Anne of Green Gables
To Kill a Mockingbird