Archives for: "September 2008"

This Side of Paradise - F. Scott Fitzgerald

September 29th, 2008
This Side of Paradise established F. Scott Fitzgerald as the prophet and golden boy of the newly dawned Jazz Age. Published in 1920 when Fitzgerald was just twenty-three, it is the story of Amory Blaine, a privileged, aimless, and self-absorbed… more »

September 26th, 2008
That must be how families are, thought Jenny Fields. She felt if she ever had children she would love them no less when they were twenty than when they were two; they might need you more at twenty, she thought. What do you really need when you're two?… more »

Book of the Month - October, 2008

September 22nd, 2008
A Man without a Country by Kurt Vonnegut A Man without a Country is Kurt Vonnegut's hilariously funny and razor-sharp look at life, art, politics, himself, and the condition of the soul of America today. Written over the last five years with the… more »

September 19th, 2008
"It doesn't have to be that bad," Chade said quietly. "Most prisons are of our own making. A man makes his own freedom, too." more »

The Bodies Left Behind

September 12th, 2008
Jeffery Deaver's next book is a stand-alone thriller called THE BODIES LEFT BEHIND. A spring night in a small town in Wisconsin. . . . A call to police emergency from a distant lake house is cut short. . . . A phone glitch or an aborted report of a… more »

September 11th, 2008
As for Jenny, she felt only that women -- just like men -- should at least be able to make conscious decisions about the course of their lives; if that made her a feminist, she said, then she guess she was one. more »

The 2008 Man Booker Prize (Shortlist)

September 9th, 2008
The Man Booker Prize for Fiction represents the very best in contemporary fiction (from the UK, Ireland, and the Commonwealth). One of the world’s most prestigious awards, and one of incomparable influence, it continues to be the pinnacle of ambition… more »

September 8th, 2008
In less than two months' time this millennium will be finished. There will be festivities and fireworks in the parish I am part of. I shall not go near any of that. I will stay at home with Lyra, perhaps go for a walk down to the lake to see if the ice… more »

The World According to Garp - John Irving

September 3rd, 2008
This is the life and times of T.S. Garp, the bastard son of Jenny Fields -- a feminist leader ahead of her times. This is the life and death of a famous mother and her almost-famous son; theirs is a world of sexual extremes -- even of sexual… more »

September 2nd, 2008
... I treated them all with great courtesy and later wondered if that might not be the secret of the harmonious household, that all servants or royalty, be treated with the same courtesy. more »