Thursday, April 10, 2014
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Last Tuesday evening, we kicked off the very first Warby Parker x The Standard, Hollywood Book Club with a discussion of 86’d by L.A. native Dan Fante (he’s also the son of novelist Ask the Dust’s John Fante).
Be forewarned: 86’d is not a light read. Fante’s main character (and his alter ego) Bruno Dante is an alcoholic writer wrestling through his temptations to make use of his talent. So yeah, it can get a little raw.
If you’re looking to get out of your comfort zone, it’s pretty safe to say Fante’s humorous (and a little painful) 86’d will serve you well.
Warby Parker chose Dan Fante’s 86’d for their book club! The only thing cooler than reading Dan is reading him through stylish lenses.
Saturday, September 7, 2013
On Midsummer’s Day, 1982, three-year-old Azalea Ives is found alone at a seaside fairground.
One year later, her mother’s body washes up on a beach—her link to Azalea unnoticed.
On Midsummer’s Day, 1992, her adoptive parents are killed in a Ugandan rebel uprising; Azalea is narrowly rescued by a figure from her past.
Terrified that she, too, will meet her fate on Midsummer’s Day, Azalea approaches Thomas Post, an expert in debunking coincidences. Azalea’s past, he insists, is random—but as Midsummer’s Day approaches, he worries that she may bring fate upon herself.
Midsummer’s Day approacheth, though Coincidence is $1.99 right now. Don’t leave it up to fate; grab it now to find out what happens.
Saturday, June 22, 2013
This is why I don’t do book clubs.
Do not mess with the ladies of book club.
Friday, April 5, 2013
That is my vote count. That is my prospective vlog. (both pictures link)
I want to talk to the internet about books even more than I already do now, and that’s why I proposed a book club devoted to classic books on Geek & Sundry.
The lighting and audio are not that great right now. But that’s the beauty of this contest. If I get a spot, they will help me make it better. So, viewers would get me - in all my awkward, nerdy glory - with better reception WITHOUT having the adjust the bunny ears.
So please go vote for me and tell all your friends to vote for me and share this on your tumblr and your facebook and your twitter.
I love the likes that I get on these posts, but shares would be even better. Please get this in front of as many eyes as possible.
Let’s make this book club happen. Vote, kittens!
Saturday, March 30, 2013
Oh, Zelda. Zelda, Zelda, Zelda. Such a tragedy, so beautifully told by Nancy Milford. I am sure the dozen novels coming out this year that are based on Zelda’s life are lovely in their own ways, but really, it seems to gild the lily (or the magnolia, in Zelda’s case) to go any further than real life actually did. If you haven’t read this yet, you just have to. Would be ideal for a feminist book club.
What Stephanie said.
Monday, July 16, 2012
Oh Tami, that’s not a real book club. Though it probably involves the same amount of wine.
authors on authors
Isabel Gillies just picked STATE OF WONDER for the new book club at Yahoo Shine. Here’s what she had to say:
"One of life’s great pleasures is having a good book to read in the summer-but ironically, the summer, with kids out of school, BBQs, and long days at the beach making sure no one drowns, can be a challenging time to make space for reading. That is why you need a REALLY good book that demands you keep picking it up. ‘State of Wonder’ by Ann Patchett is that kind of book. ‘State of Wonder’ is a gripping, beautifully written novel that from the very first page sweeps you into a world filled with adventure, a little mystery, juicy characters and complex human relationships. It reads like a memoir in that the protagonist’s voice is very strong and intimate-immediately you can relate to her and you care where she goes and what happens to her while she is there. And boy does she go on an adventure! Dr. Marina Singh, a research scientist, is charged to find her old mentor Dr. Annick Swenson who is developing a fertility drug deep in the jungles of The Amazon. Heat, bugs, murky creature-infested waters, and an indigenous tribe of people whose women can have babies into their seventies. I think we will have a lot to talk about after reading this book, but I know that anyone who picks it up won’t be able to put it down, even with the sprinkler on and eleven kids in your back yard."