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barbrafanfromwayback wrote:Thinking about taking the new book by Julian Fellowes- who wrote Downton Abbey- and one of the rejected Gypsy screenplays- on vacation with me- the title of this new book is Belgravia- set in 1840's London- anybody know anything about it?
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barbrafanfromwayback wrote:Just ordered the book- A Man Called Ove- wouldn't it be fun if a few more of us read it at the same time- and had a link to discuss and critique it- now that would be something I would really enjoy. -Mitchell
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Get ready, readers. There’s a brand new selection for Oprah’s Book Club.
Oprah’s latest pick is The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead. This novel, inspired by real-life events, tells the gripping story of a female slave on a heroic quest to escape captivity, via a literal railway system. It’s so imaginative and vivid, and yet so brutally real that Oprah says it took her breath away.
“This book has kept me up at night, had my heart in my throat, almost afraid to turn the next page,” she says.
The Underground Railroad isn’t Whitehead’s first book ―the Pulitzer Prize finalist has published five previous novels and two works of nonfiction ― but it is the author’s first one taking on race and slavery. Whitehead tells Oprah that it took him 16 years to complete, as he wanted to really “get it right.” From the first page to the last, Oprah says the book sparks not just deep personal reflection, but also a truly multifaceted conversation.
“You are definitely going to want to talk about this with somebody once you read that last, heart-stopping page,” she says.
Read Oprah’s interview with Whitehead, then pick up the September issue of O, the Oprah Magazine for more about the new book club pick.
Just wondering what you all think of this new one- I have read a lot of Oprah's picks- some I have loved- particularly the time she picked East Of Eden by John Steinbeck- had never read that one- but I did love his Grapes Of Wrath- and absolutely loved East Of Eden- she was right- a masterpiece. And I have read some crappy ones- one I even put down half way through. Wonder how this one will be- one thing for sure- it will probably be a best seller based on her popularity.
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barbrafanfromwayback wrote:Loving A Man Called Ove- it is really funny- but the character portrait being drawn is really interesting and relatable. I love this book so far- a perfect book to take on vacation- 14 days in Las Vegas- so my partner can recuperate- gamble a bit on the slot machines- lay in the sun- and just relax. We both need it. And friend flying in from SF Monday to spend a few nights here at hotel- and another friend taking us to bingo on Thursday- along with the gym and the book- a perfect time. Only wish Barbra was playing here- oh, well- Mariah will have to do- love Mariah, too.
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