Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Commentarama Book Club!!

Writer X has given us the idea of starting a Commentarama Book Club. We’ve even figured out how to do it -- a live blog. All we need now are the virtual Snickerdoodles and a book. So, for those of you who are interested, give us some suggestions for books that would interest you!

26 comments:

Tam said...

Dreams of My Father, Barack Obama.

Kidding, kidding. My book groups are usually women who want to drink and dish on their husbands. Not so much literary discussions. Either that, or stupid fluff. I am on a personal quest to read all the Pulitzer winners for fiction, so I would suggest/request the one I am about to start, A Death In The Family by James Agee.

AndrewPrice said...

Dreams of My Father it is! Oh wait. . . bad idea! LOL!

LawHawkSF said...

Soon to be released, the shortest book in history, entitled "Mistakes I Have Made In Office," by Barack Obama. The entire content consists of one word: "None." Obama only needed two ghost writers to assist him with the wording.

AndrewPrice said...

One caveat I should add, to stay consistent with our non-endorsement policy, no candidate books please.

Writer X said...

Andrew, it's fun to discuss books with thoughtful people. Perhaps each month it could be a selection from a different genre? Example: Nonfiction, sci-fi, mystery, etc. Just an fyi, my virtual snickerdoodle cookies are pretty good. Or so I've been told.

AndrewPrice said...

I have to admit that I have never had a snickerdoodle. In fact, I didn't know they were real when you first mentioned them. Now I'm intrigued.

I wouldn't mind seeing a switching of genres each time.

Writer X said...

Andrew, you have not lived! Think butter and sugar cookies all mixed into the most mouth-watering of delights. Not exactly heart-smart, but then you don't eat snickerdoodles because they're healthy! They go great with a good book.

Regarding switching genres, it would also be fun to add the classics to that list, too.

CrispyRice said...

I'll bring the cyber-coffee to go along with the virtual snickerdoodles!

Seriously, I'd be very interested, but I don't know what to suggest. I like the idea of mixing up the genres.

AndrewPrice said...

I will have to look for these so called snickerdoodles. :-)

I'm all for the classics. I've been trying to read my way through a list of them since college.

AndrewPrice said...

CrispyRice, Virtual coffee! Nice.

BevfromNYC said...

-Lost Symbol by Dan Brown (I know, I know...)
-Have A Little Faith by Mitch Ablom
-The Source by James Michner
-The US Constitution by A bunch of old guys...
-The Federalist Papers by more old guys...
-The 2000+ page House Healthcare Legislation (seriously, it might be interesting to dissect it)

Hmmmm snickerdoodles dipped in dark chocolate...mmmmmmm

AndrewPrice said...

Bev, I read the Healthcare bill and I can assure you. . . it's not a great read! :-(

No "Gone With The Wind" huh?

CrispyRice said...

Hey, I thought of one I read recently that I really enjoyed -

_Over the Edge of the World - Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe_ by Laurence Bergreen.

Sounds a bit dry, but it was a fascinating and easy read. And I learned a lot from it, too.

I also like the idea of the Federalist Papers. I read the "greatest hits" in high school, but it would be great to do a refresher. Really.

patti said...

generation kill.

that should appeal to most everyone here.

AndrewPrice said...

Patti, Good mini-series.

CrispyRice, Magellon, very timely with Obama circling the world.

Cheryl said...

I agree with Bev on James Michner.
I'll read anything by him.

But Bev, Snickerdoodles and dark chocolate, now that's just gross.

How 'bout with Vanilla Ice Cream?

Cheryl said...

So if Palin's not currently a candidate for anything, can we read her book?

AndrewPrice said...

Cheryl, We'd like to avoid any books by prospective candidates.

On Michner, I don't think I've ever read anything by him, though I've seen the books.

Cheryl said...

Actually, this sounds even better than i knew.
I'm lobbying now...

" James A. Michener, in his epic novel The Source, has written a history of the Jews from their genesis to the creation of Israel in 1948. Michener shapes this history into the form of a novel by anchoring the past with the present through the work and relationships of a group of archaeologists on a dig in 1964 in a fictional region of what is today Israel.

Michener grounds the story in this dig and in the changing eras which are represented by the finds on the dig. Through this method, Michener creates intrigue and tension among the archaeologists, in personal, professional, political and religious terms. The fact that the archaeologists live in the modern era allows them, and the author, to comment on, and argue about, the significance of the events which make up the history and evolution of the Jewish people."

AndrewPrice said...

Sounds interesting. I've heard good things about him, but I've never read anything by him.

BevfromNYC said...

The Source is an excellent read. I will warn you that it is a very dense read. Michner's history based books start at the beginning of time.

Joel Farnham said...

"On Basilisk Station" by David Weber.

"March Upcountry" by David Weber and John Ringo.

Any book by Robert A. Heinlein.

Enjoy.

P.S. If any one could give us a book by WriterX, I would be most appreciative. :-)

DCAlleyKat said...

The Vision of the Anointed by Thomas Sowell or perhaps his 'The Quest For Cosmic Justice'...

Snickerdoodles with a chocolate and strawberry ice cream sundae...yum yum!

StanH said...

“Atlas Shrugged”

Very timely book where the nation finds itself!

BevfromNYC said...

Oooh, I like "Atlas Shrugged"!

DCAlleyKat said...

Anything but 'Catcher in the Rye'...LOL!

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