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March 2011 Book of the Month: Poll

What Will Be Our March Book of the Month?

Poll ended at Sat February 12th, 2011, 5:36 am

India Black by Carol Karr
2
14%
The Raven's Bride by Lenore Hart
9
64%
Star of the Sea by Joseph O'Connor
3
21%
 
Total votes: 14

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March 2011 Book of the Month: Poll

Post by boswellbaxter » Wed February 9th, 2011, 5:34 am

Vote for the March BOTM here! Poll closes on February 12.

India Black by Carol Karr
When Sir Archibald Latham of the War Office dies from a heart attack while visiting her brothel, Madam India Black is unexpectedly thrust into a deadly game between Russian and British agents who are seeking the military secrets Latham carried.

Blackmailed into recovering the missing documents by the British spy known as French, India finds herself dodging Russian agents-and the attraction she starts to feel for the handsome conspirator.
The Raven's Bride by Lenore Hart
When eight-year-old Virginia "Sissy" Clemm meets her handsome cousin, Edgar Allan Poe, he seems the very image of the make-believe husband she conjures up in childhood games. He’s thirteen years her elder, but kind, soft-spoken,brooding, and, handsome. Eddy floats in and out of her life as he fails his way through West Point and then the army. Each time he returns to Baltimore, their odd friendship grows, and her understanding of the moody, troubled writer deepens.

As Sissy prepares for a career on the musical stage, her childhood crush turns to love. When she is 13, Eddy proposes marriage, swearing to care for her forever. Yet even child brides eventually grow up, and it's really Eddy who needs caring for, who leans on her. She gains his complete devotion, true -- yet also must endure his abrupt disappearances, strange moods, and the aftermath of alcoholic binges. Then, when she falls ill, Poe’s greatest fear – that he’ll once again lose a woman he loves – drives him both to near-madness, and to his greatest literary achievement.
Star of the Sea by Joseph O'Connor

In the bitter winter of 1847, from an Ireland torn by injustice and natural disaster, the Star of the Sea sets sail for New York. On board are hundreds of fleeing refugees. Among them are a maidservant with a devastating secret, bankrupt Lord Merridith and his family, an aspiring novelist, a maker of revolutionary ballads, all braving the Atlantic in search of a new home. Each is connected more deeply than they can possibly know. But a camouflaged killer is stalking the decks, hungry for the vengeance that will bring absolution. The twenty-six day journey will see many lives end, others begin afresh. In a spellbinding story of tragedy and mercy, love and healing, the further the ship sails towards the Promised Land, the more her passengers seem moored to a past which will never let them go.
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Post by Divia » Wed February 9th, 2011, 11:39 pm

Wow. I'm surprised that there is only 3 books this month.
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Post by Margaret » Thu February 10th, 2011, 4:48 am

Looks like we won't need a run-off!
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Post by Brenna » Thu February 10th, 2011, 11:44 pm

[quote=""Divia""]Wow. I'm surprised that there is only 3 books this month.[/quote]

I have to admit I am not that surprised. It seems like interest and participation in BOTM has been dwindling.
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Post by Margaret » Thu February 10th, 2011, 11:49 pm

Seems like the last few choices have not had very many readers, and there has been little, if any discussion on the BOM threads. Maybe with so much interest in this one, the discussion thread will revive.

We had quite a good discussion on Wolf Hall, as I recall, as well as on some other BOM choices. The key, I think, is to pick a book a sufficient number of us really will read, and which offers an interesting enough reading experience that people can have varied reactions to it that are worth discussing.
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Post by Misfit » Fri February 11th, 2011, 12:56 am

[quote=""Margaret""]Seems like the last few choices have not had very many readers, and there has been little, if any discussion on the BOM threads. Maybe with so much interest in this one, the discussion thread will revive.

We had quite a good discussion on Wolf Hall, as I recall, as well as on some other BOM choices. The key, I think, is to pick a book a sufficient number of us really will read, and which offers an interesting enough reading experience that people can have varied reactions to it that are worth discussing.[/quote]

Margaret, nicely said. I've noticed that the BOTM threads have been a little sparse lately as well. I'm not I'm not the only one, but I can't always fit the current book into my reading schedule, as well as there are times there really isn't a lot to *discuss* unless we've got a more controversial book.
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Post by Divia » Fri February 11th, 2011, 2:38 am

Maybe we should pick a more controversial book.

I'll be honest none of the books have interested me because most are European history. The one that was American didn't appeal to others. Plus I'm not big on nonfiction books unless they are about the Victorian Era.

Out of the past 6 months I think I read 1 book....
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Post by Margaret » Fri February 11th, 2011, 7:07 pm

I'm reading The Raven's Bride now, so will join the discussion next month, as long as at least one other person reads and comments on it.

Maybe for our next BOM, we should focus on shorter novels that a member has already read and can strongly recommend as both good reading and enough out of the ordinary to spark an interesting discussion. I can think of several that would qualify and which I haven't already nominated - and I'm sure other members can, as well. Of course, the novel should be readily available - that's already part of our system for choosing the BOM.
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Post by Divia » Fri February 11th, 2011, 11:35 pm

That might work.
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Post by LoveHistory » Fri February 11th, 2011, 11:58 pm

I rarely participate in BTOM due to bugetary issues. Unless I already have the book or can pick it up locally, I'm not likely to participate.

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