The Epilogue Book club is now reading “Ironweed” by William Kennedy.
We will meet on July 12th to discuss the book.
This was the second time I read “A Thousand Acres.” So many years had passed since the first time I read it, I didn’t remember many of the details of the story. But as the story enfolded, it all felt very familiar to me.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book, but the story is so sad. The book starts up slowly – the author spends much time building the setting, describing the characters, and does a great job describing the family dynamics. Around the midpoint of the book, everything starts falling apart for the families that are central to the story. It is compelling and heart breaking to see how the family’s carefully crafted façade begins to fall apart as the characters and family ties implode and eventually collapse.
I started reading Pulitzer Prize winning novels in April 2009, with a goal of reading all of the winning novels. I am working my way through the list, reading a Pulitzer Prize winner about every 4 to 6 weeks. Let me know if you’d like to join me!
I’m Currently Reading: Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides. I plan to finish it by 11/15/2015.
Click this link to find out the book I am currently reading and to see the list of books that I’ll be reading in the next several months.
View a quick pictorial summary of the Pulitzer Prize winning books I’ve read over the years after the break.
Here’s some useful information about books that all the avid readers out there might appreciate:
We’ve probably all bought books from Amazon.com, but there are lots of other places on the web where you can get cheap books*.
Don’t forget about our local used bookstore, Douglasville Books, located at 7191 Douglas Blvd, Douglasville, GA (770.949.4363). If they’ve got the book, you probably won’t find it anywhere cheaper.
*Thanks to Sandra for providing links to these great online sources for new and used books. Continue reading Reading on a Budget
Most members agreed that the numerous footnotes and the prolific use of Spanish words and terms throughout the book made reading the book very challenging. Most agreed that having a glossary of Spanish words and terms used in the book would have helped. All-in-all, the book club thought the book was worthwhile reading.
I, personally, found the book to be quite thought provoking. I finished the book with tears in my eyes and the characters in the book stayed with me for several days afterwards.
We meet again at 2:00 pm on Sunday, May 31 to discuss “Gilead” by Marilynne Robinson. The location for the next meeting is still to be determined.
If you’d like to learn more about the Epilogue Book Club or join us to discuss the next book, please call me at 678.321.6526 or send me an email.