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4/30/12 1:21 P

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Thanks for the poll - I voted!

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4/28/12 5:26 P

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I've been tardy too long! It's time to vote.

Here's what's been mentioned so far .. and I tossed in another title. Disregarding the length of pages this time .. if the book holds our interest we'll manage, right?

Here's a link to the voting poll which will close automatically on Saturday, May 5:

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Suggestions for our next read:

***A discovery of witches by Deborah Harkness (paranormal romance/579 pages).

Witch and Yale historian Diana Bishop discovers an enchanted manuscript, attracting the attention of 1,500-year-old vampire Matthew Clairmont. The orphaned daughter of two powerful witches, Bishop prefers intellect, but relies on magic when her discovery of a palimpsest documenting the origin of supernatural species releases an assortment of undead who threaten, stalk, and harass her.

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***The Dry Grass of August by Anna Jean Mayhew (Fiction/294 pages)

On a scorching day in August 1954, thirteen-year-old Jubie Watts leaves Charlotte, North Carolina, with her family for a Florida vacation. Crammed into the Packard along with Jubie are her three siblings, her mother, and the family's black maid, Mary Luther. For as long as Jubie can remember, Mary has been there--cooking, cleaning, compensating for her father's rages and her mother's benign neglect, and loving Jubie unconditionally. Bright and curious, Jubie takes note of the anti-integration signs they pass, and of the racial tension that builds as they journey further south. But she could never have predicted the shocking turn their trip will take. Now, in the wake of tragedy, Jubie must confront her parents' failings and limitations, decide where her own convictions lie, and make the tumultuous leap to independence.

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***The Ear. the Eye, and the Arm by Nancy Farmer (dystopian - YA/311 pages)

In 2194 in Zimbabwe, General Matsika's three children are kidnapped and put to work in a plastic mine, while three mutant detectives use their special powers to search for them.

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***The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff (Historical/Mystery fiction - 514 pages)

The story of Ann Eliza Young's 1875 crusade against polygamy interwines with a tale of murder involving a polygamist family in present-day Utah. emoticon

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4/28/12 4:58 P

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DMF2012 .. I'm sorry to be so late in replying .. I wrote down your suggestion and honestly thought I had checked it out .. not .. until today. An excellent choice.

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4/27/12 11:03 A

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I think we should pick soon, so we can start reading the book.

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4/10/12 4:43 P

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Is it too soon for the The Dry Grass of August by Anna Jean Mayhew? I believe it came out in Aug. 2011.

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4/10/12 11:30 A

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I'm pretty flexible with anything, as long as it's not too expensive to buy for my Kindle.

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4/9/12 10:25 P

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Got it, thank you.

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4/9/12 10:21 P

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DMF2012, technically yes the book shouldn't be a current best seller; however, it should also be a recommendation that was/is popular enough that it could be easily gotten from most libraries, used book store, or bookswap website.

There were a couple of books I thought would be good to suggest and it turned out that my consortium library (of 40+ libraries) didn't really have that many copies on hand so I didn't suggest them.

What we try to avoid is having the majority of us in the discussion have to buy a book to participate, unless that is what they personally would prefer to do regardless of which book we are reading.

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4/9/12 12:14 P

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I read "19th Wife" when it first came out - loved it! So, the book to read for the month has to have been out for at least one year - is this correct?

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4/6/12 7:44 P

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I'll toss in the "19th Wife" by David Ebershoff.

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4/6/12 7:41 P

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Dani,

I checked my library and there are plenty of copies of "A Discovery of Witches" and it's also been popular with many bookclubs that have updated bookmovement.com. So it'll be the first title for our list of potential books. emoticon emoticon

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4/6/12 6:54 P

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Just wanted to pitch in that anyone who would like to initiate a book discussion and commit to inspiring the group to comment by posting their opinions and questions can start a discussion.

We've got a special section in the forum to discuss books (next one up from this one). We do encourage you to ask for suggestions for the group read and taking a vote on which of the top 3 or 4 books would be most popular.

Just sayin' for anyone who might be interested in leading the group. Sometimes I do wind up with leader discussion anxiety .. even though a book might have been a good read, sometimes there just isn't enough to 'talk' about or I, personally, didn't relate well with the author or the plot for some reason, even though I liked the book. Does that make sense?

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4/5/12 12:21 P

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Is Discovery of Witches, by Deborah Harkness too new? It's over a year old, it's popular, so it's available at libraries.

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4/5/12 10:40 A

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I don't know what to recommend . . . and my last recommendation was not popular at all.

So folks, what do you want to read and discuss? The book has to be easily available from libraries or second-hand book stores (so nothing too new or popular) and not too long (I can't remember the page limit off-hand, but within reason to get finished in a month).

What do people here want to read and discuss?

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4/4/12 2:29 P

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RENATA5 usually handles the book discussions. Do you have some to recommend. I'm not sure where she is, but she will see this soon.

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4/4/12 1:56 P

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Haven't heard anything, but definitely we should do something! I love the idea of having a "book club" on the Bookworms team!

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4/4/12 12:09 P

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I haven't seen a post about it.

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4/4/12 11:37 A

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Are we not going to choose books to read/discuss for this month and forward?

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