This year, members of the Internation Fiction Book Club of New Orleans submitted great nominations.
If you don't belong to the club but have insights on any books, please leave a comment. It's ok to influence our members!
Members, please send me your 12 choices by January 20, 2010. Thanks for voting.
The descriptions of food and eating are always delightful, and Julia Child is also delightful. After Leaving Mr. McKenzie Nominator’s Comments
This work is a collection of short stories, each chapter representing a different character, who is somehow connected to the rich landowner, K. K. Harouni
Not everyone in this book is rich, so we get a balanced and insider's view of life in present-day Pakistan.
Isabel’s comments: Elizabeth is the character whom I dislike the most, but I find her intriguing at the same time.
I read the first book, The Elegance of the Hedgehog, and enjoyed it, so I want to read the second, and I guess I must be hungry, because this is also about food.
This book intrigued me because of its setting – London during the WWII bombings. Also, Bowen is an excellent psychological novelist capable of detailing the subtleties and ambiguities of human consciousness that only first-rate novelists can even think of. Her novel Death of the Heart is one of the Modern Library's 100 Greatest Novels of the 20th Century and deservedly so.
My Life in France - Non-fiction
Julia Child and Alex Prud'homme
Having read Wide Sargasso Sea and Good Morning, Midnight, by her, I like her portraits of "modern" women emotionally ahead of their times and struggling against the constraints of society to make lives for themselves out of the mainstream for women.
The Peppered Moth - set in Northern England and London
Part Review, Part Interview
This novel tracks the lives of four women. One of them decides to leave her northern English mining hometown and the decision affects everyone. And the one who is left is ashamed of the rest of her happy family.
Drabble is the sister of A. S. Byatt, and it seems that Byatt wasn’t too happy when Drabble decided to be the second novelist in the family.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – set in Guernsey
Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
I am about halfway through the book. It is told via correspondence of the English author and the inhabitants of Guernsey as they tell her of the founding of their literary society, what drew each of them to it and the books they chose to read. While the literary society was a story concocted to cover up their secret roast pig dinner and subsequent violation of curfew, the literary society that grew from that lie brought them closer together and helped them through the German occupation.
The Rings of Saturn – set in England - Non-Fiction (NOT A SCI-FI novel)
W. G. Sebald
I like to travel and keep journals of many of my trips so I thought this novel in the form of a travelogue might be an interesting way to see how a novelist has worked travel into his fiction. Sebald has also included dozens of black-and-white photos into the text (not pictures taken during these travels, however), and I’d like to see what affect that has on the narrative.
NORTH AMERICA (CANADA, ONLY)
The descriptions of food and eating are always delightful, and Julia Child is also delightful.
After Leaving Mr. McKenzie- set in Paris and London