MeTa Book Club: It's our last book from the Open Yale syllabus! And that book? Everything is Illuminated, by Jonathan Safran Foer. [more inside]
MeTa Book Club Notice: We are nearing the end of the Open Yale syllabus! The penultimate book is Edward P. Jones' highly praised first novel, The Known World. [more inside]
It has been a month, so this is a quick reminder of upcoming MeTa Book Club discussion of Phillip Roth's The Human Stain on November 9, on MetaChat. Here's the prior post with all links and info.
Cormac McCarthy may not have been widely known until All the Pretty Horses, but he is very widely admired. He has won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award, to name a few, and no one will be surprised if he wins the Nobel Prize for Literature. [more inside]
Respected writer Marilynn Robinson's first novel, Housekeeping, won the Hemingway Foundation/PEN award for best first novel in 1982, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer for fiction that year. (Robinson received the Pulitzer in 2005 for Gilead.) [more inside]
Maxine Hong Kingston grew up in two worlds: the "solid America," of confounding white "ghosts" to which her parents emigrated, and the misogynistic China of her mother's mesmerizing "talk-stories," where girls were worthless, tradition was exalted and only a strong, wily warrior woman could scratch her way upward. The next meeting of the Mefi Book Club will be held in MetaChat on Tuesday, April 26th. We'll be discussing Ms. Kingston's powerful, controversial and award-winning memoir, The Woman Warrior, and her attempts to discern the truths behind those talk-stories while discovering her personal identity. Please check out the Hungerford lecture on the book (or watch the video), and join us!
Have you ever read Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye? Come discuss it! All you need to do is check out Professor Amy Hungerford's lecture about the book, sign up for Metachat if you haven't already, and then check out the Metachat discussion thread about the book on March 7. [more inside]
Discussion thread regarding Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49 and the accompanying Prof. Hungerford lecture just went up in Metachat. [more inside]
OK, it's been slightly less than a month but wanted to let you know the MeTa book club is now (drumroll) reading Thomas Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49, and the discussion of the book and accompanying lecture goes up in MetaChat on January 31. Questions? Everything you ever wanted to know about the MeTa book club is here.
So, we had a great discussion of On the Road, which actually made reading it worthwhile. Whether or not you've been involved before, please consider helping us choose the next book for MeFi Book Club, on condition of course that you 1) read the book 2) review the appropriate Professor Amy Hungerford lecture(s) 3) sign up with Meta Chat if you haven't already and 4) join us there on October 18, 2010 for the next discussion. [more inside]
It is almost August 16. If you've ever read On the Road, or read it for our MeFi Book Club, which is still tracking the Open Yale course on the American Novel since 1945, then please check in for this next, August 16 discussion, which occurs on Meta Chat. Please also take a look at the two Professor Amy Hungerford lectures on this book. [more inside]
I'm not the only one reading On the Road for the MeCha discussion starting August 16, am I? Now that we voted, and I lost, hope all you victors in our poll, and maybe some of the rest of us who were in the minority, are plugging away at this book. [more inside]
Final reminder: Meta Book Club will meet, re Lolita and the Prof. Hungerford lectures about the book, tomorrow -- June 15 -- on MetaChat. "See" you there.
Just a quickie reminder that our Mefi book club discussion of Lolita and the Hungerford lectures on the book is coming up on June 15 on Meta Chat. Thanks to redsparkler for suggesting the Annotated Lolita, a great resource. Here again is the link to the first of the Prof. Hungerford lectures.