Book Club Discussion: J by Howard Jacobson

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Today we’re discussing our second November book club selection J by Howard Jacobson. This multi-layered dystopian novel is set in the near future in a world that has been rocked by something apocalyptic that is only referred to as “WHAT HAPPENED, IF IT HAPPENED.” Both slow to trust others, Ailinn and Kevern seemed to have found each other in their greatest hour of need.

What do From Left to Write members have to say about this Booker Man Prize finalist? Head over to their sites to read our book club discussion of by Howard Jacobson:

If you haven’t read yet, check out an excerpt.

Have you read any of Howard Jacobson’s other works?

November Book Club: J by Howard Jacobson

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For our second November book club selection, we’re reading  J by Howard Jacobson. A finalist for this year’s Booker Man Prize, is a character driven novel about a dystopian universe where no one is allowed to own an object older than 100 years old. We’re excited to dive into the novel:

Set in a world where collective memory has vanished and the past is a dangerous country, not to be talked about or visited, J is a boldly inventive love story, both tender and terrifying. Kevern Cohen doesn’t know why his father always drew two fingers across his lips when he said a word starting with a J. It wasn’t then, and isn’t now, the time or place to be asking questions. When the extravagantly beautiful Ailinn Solomons arrives in his village by a sea that laps no other shore, Kevern is instantly drawn to her. Although mistrustful by nature, the two become linked as if they were meant for each other. Together, they form a refuge from the commonplace brutality that is the legacy of a historic catastrophe shrouded in suspicion, denial, and apology, simply referred to as WHAT HAPPENED, IF IT HAPPENED. To Ailinn’s guardian, Esme Nussbaum, Ailinn and Kevern are fragile shoots of hopefulness. As this unusual pair’s actions draw them into ever-increasing danger, Esme is determined to keep them together—whatever the cost.

J by Howard Jacobson

Join From Left to Write book club members on November 20 as we discuss  J by Howard Jacobson. Make sure to grab your copy so you can join us!

What are you reading this weekend?

Book Club Discussion: A Letter to My Cat

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Last week I went away for a conference and was gone for 5 days. Is it bad to confess that I might have missed my cat Pixie as much as my kids? Luckily, I’m not alone when it comes to love for our pets. Today From Left to Write members discuss  A Letter to My Cat by Lisa Erspamer, where celebrity cat lovers pen letters to their beloved pets.

A Letter to My Cat

Grab your copy of A Letter to My Cat by Lisa Erspamer and share your cute cat photos with us. Don’t forget to check out the A Letter to My Cat website and and send out a tweet to your cat!

Now Reading: California by Edan Lepucki

California by Edan Lepucki

California by Edan Lepucki

Usually I devour a couple of books when I’m traveling solo, but last week was full of deadlines. Not to mention my prep work for the Blogalicious Wells Fargo Perfect Pitch contest. Great news! I WON!!! I’m so excited to bring Bawdy Bookworms into fruition. Make sure you join the email list for updates.

Now that I’m back home and have decompressed a bit, I jumped back into an audiobook. I got a copy of California by Edan Lepucki through a promo on GoodReads (affiliate link). The dystopian novel hit all my triggers: character driven, set in the near future, a modern civilization in ruin and characters attempting to survive:

The world Cal and Frida have always known is gone, and they’ve left the crumbling city of Los Angeles far behind them. They now live in a shack in the wilderness, working side-by-side to make their days tolerable in the face of hardship and isolation. Mourning a past they can’t reclaim, they seek solace in each other. But the tentative existence they’ve built for themselves is thrown into doubt when Frida finds out she’s pregnant.

Terrified of the unknown and unsure of their ability to raise a child alone, Cal and Frida set out for the nearest settlement, a guarded and paranoid community with dark secrets. These people can offer them security, but Cal and Frida soon realize this community poses dangers of its own. In this unfamiliar world, where everything and everyone can be perceived as a threat, the couple must quickly decide whom to trust.

It also helps that the audiobook is less than 13 hours. After my ordeal with The Goldfinch audiobook, I don’t want to invest in anything too long.

I’m about a third of the way through. I wasn’t sure how a novel with only characters would work for me, but Lepucki has done a good job interspersing the past. All the little crumbs she leaves about civilization’s downfall keeps me intrigued.

Have you read California by Edan Lepucki?

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November Book Club: A Letter to My Cat

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We’re starting our November with a fun book club selection. As a cat owner, I’m excited to announce A Letter to My Cat by Lisa Erspamer as our first book club for November.

When I first became a cat owner, I was surprised at how much I came to love that 10 pound ball of fur. In A Letter to My Cat, celebrity cat lovers write odes to their beloved pets. The book couldn’t be complete without large glossies of their adorable cats. My 9-year-old daughter stole my copy of the book and wouldn’t return it until she read it cover-to-cover, oohing and aahing over each photograph.


Our cat Pixie is a book lover too. Can’t you tell?

A Letter to My Cat

Grab your copy of A Letter to My Cat by Lisa Erspamer and join From Left to Write on November 10 as we discuss the book, and hopefully share gratuitous pet photos.

Check out the A Letter to My Cat website and and send out a tweet to your cat!

Book Club Discussion: The 13th Gift

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As soon as the Halloween candy has been stashed away, I’m in full holiday mode. I eagerly plan my menu for Thanksgiving, imagining the bliss on my friends’ faces as they taste each dish. That happy feeling continues throughout December. Which brings us to our last October book club selection The 13th Gift by Joanne Huist Smith.

Today is the publication day for Smith’s memoir and join From Left to Write members as we discuss the holidays, loss, grief, and gifts of all kinds:

Learn more about the author and The 13th Gift  on its website. You can even see photos of Smith’s family and pictures of the cards she and her family received from their “True Friends.”

Have you ever secretly given gifts?