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April 2011 Book of the Month: Poll

What Will Be Our April 2011 Book of the Month?

Poll ended at Mon February 28th, 2011, 2:09 pm

Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell
10
71%
Parrot and Olivier in America by Peter Carey
1
7%
Land of the Painted Caves by Jean Auel
1
7%
The Red Garden by Alice Hoffman
2
14%
 
Total votes: 14

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April 2011 Book of the Month: Poll

Post by boswellbaxter » Wed February 23rd, 2011, 2:07 pm

Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Gone with the Wind, first published in May 1936, is a romantic novel written by Margaret Mitchell that won the Pulitzer Prize in 1937. The story is set in Clayton County, Georgia and Atlanta during the American Civil War and Reconstruction and depicts the experiences of Scarlett O'Hara, the spoiled daughter of a well-to-do plantation owner." (from Wikipedia)

More than the story of a spoiled debutante, Gone With the Wind is a psychological and sociological portrait of the American south at its best and its worst. Historically accurate, with a wealth of information about the war itself, it is considered one of the greatest loves stories of all time.
Parrot and Olivier in Americaby Peter Carey
From the two-time Booker Prize-winning author: an irrepressibly funny new novel set in early-nineteenth-century America. Olivier is a French aristocrat, the traumatized child of survivors of the Revolution. Parrot the son of an itinerant printer who always wanted to be an artist but has ended up a servant. Born on different sides of history, their lives will be brought together by their travels in America. When Olivier sets sail for the New World, ostensibly to study its prisons but in reality to save his neck from one more revolution – Parrot is sent with him, as spy, protector, foe and foil. As the narrative shifts between the perspectives of Parrot and Olivier, and their picaresque travels together and apart – in love and politics, prisons and the world of art – Peter Carey explores the adventure of American democracy, in theory and in practice, with dazzling wit and inventiveness.
Land of the Painted Caves by Jean Auel
The highly anticipated sixth book of Jean Auel's Earth's Children® series, THE LAND OF PAINTED CAVES, is the culmination fans have been waiting for. Continuing the story of Ayla and Jondalar, Auel combines her brilliant narrative skills and appealing characters with a remarkable re-creation of the way life was lived more than 25,000 years ago. THE LAND OF PAINTED CAVES is an exquisite achievement by one of the world's most beloved authors.
The Red Garden by Alice Hoffman
The Red Garden introduces us to the luminous and haunting world of Blackwell, Massachusetts, capturing the unexpected turns in its history and in our own lives.
In exquisite prose, Hoffman offers a transforming glimpse of small-town America, presenting us with some three hundred years of passion, dark secrets, loyalty, and redemption in a web of tales where characters' lives are intertwined by fate and by their own actions.
From the town's founder, a brave young woman from England who has no fear of blizzards or bears, to the young man who runs away to New York City with only his dog for company, the characters in The Red Garden are extraordinary and vivid: a young wounded Civil War soldier who is saved by a passionate neighbor, a woman who meets a fiercely human historical character, a poet who falls in love with a blind man, a mysterious traveler who comes to town in the year when summer never arrives.
At the center of everyone’s life is a mysterious garden where only red plants can grow, and where the truth can be found by those who dare to look.
Beautifully crafted, shimmering with magic, The Red Garden is as unforgettable as it is moving.
Susan Higginbotham
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Post by Misfit » Wed February 23rd, 2011, 5:11 pm

So far GWTW is well in front of the rest of the pack ;)
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Post by Divia » Wed February 23rd, 2011, 6:22 pm

Can't say I'll read that. No way can I finish an 800 pager in a month.
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Post by Misfit » Wed February 23rd, 2011, 7:30 pm

[quote=""Divia""]Can't say I'll read that. No way can I finish an 800 pager in a month.[/quote]

Despite the size, it does read very fast. Lots of dialogue.
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Post by Divia » Wed February 23rd, 2011, 8:12 pm

Despite the size its far too large for me to read even with dialogue. Thats a book I need to tackle during the summer.
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Post by Brenna » Wed February 23rd, 2011, 8:14 pm

As a college student would say...you can watch the movie :-)
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Post by Margaret » Wed February 23rd, 2011, 10:05 pm

I won't be re-reading GWTW - too much in my TBR pile right now to justify re-reading a book that long which I've already read something like 5 or 6 times. However, having read it that often, I'll probably join the discussion, even if my memory will be a little fuzzy here and there on the details.
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Post by Misfit » Wed February 23rd, 2011, 10:41 pm

[quote=""Margaret""]I won't be re-reading GWTW - too much in my TBR pile right now to justify re-reading a book that long which I've already read something like 5 or 6 times. However, having read it that often, I'll probably join the discussion, even if my memory will be a little fuzzy here and there on the details.[/quote]

Same here, plus it's only been about 3-4 years ago since the last time.
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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Wed February 23rd, 2011, 11:08 pm

I listened to it about 3 years ago. I've read it several times, mostly as a teenager when it was my favorite book. So I'll be chiming in.

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Post by LoveHistory » Thu February 24th, 2011, 7:09 pm

The poll isn't closed yet. It's not over. That said, if GWTW does win, I'll have to go looking for my copy. I think it's in a box.

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