Thought for Thursday – “books so alive”

There are books so alive that you’re always afraid that while you weren’t reading, the book has gone and changed, has shifted like a river; while you went on living, it went on living too, and like a river moved on and moved away.  No one has stepped twice into the same river.  But did anyone ever step twice into the same book?

~Marina Tsvetaeva

Winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize – Tinkers

Tinkers 

by Paul Harding

An old man lies dying. Confined to bed in his living room, he sees the walls around him begin to collapse, the windows come loose from their sashes, and the ceiling plaster fall off in great chunks, showering him with a lifetime of debris: newspaper clippings, old photographs, wool jackets, rusty tools, and the mangled brass works of antique clocks. Soon, the clouds from the sky above plummet down on top of him, followed by the stars, till the black night covers him like a shroud. He is hallucinating, in death throes from cancer and kidney failure.

A methodical repairer of clocks, he is now finally released from the usual constraints of time and memory to rejoin his father, an epileptic, itinerant peddler, whom he had lost seven decades before. In his return to the wonder and pain of his impoverished childhood in the backwoods of Maine, he recovers a natural world that is at once indifferent to man and inseparable from him, menacing and awe inspiring.

 

Heartbreaking and life affirming, TINKERS is an elegiac meditation on love, loss, and the fierce beauty of nature.  =>  http://bit.ly/Ttofnk

The Little Coffee Shop in Kabul

 

 The Little Coffee Shop in Kabul

by Deborah Rodriguez

A heart-warming novel about a little cafe in Kabul, and the five extraordinary women who meet there …

=> http://bit.ly/SnOk5F

This blog is moving

Yes, we are moving – so that we can be closer to the main website for the Pivotal Book Club. It will probably take about a month to be completely set up, but we will be updating from now on at that site.

You can find it at http://bit.ly/10FbWYg

See you there!

Assuage your troubles

I’ve never known any trouble that an hour’s reading didn’t assuage.

–Charles De Secondat


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Because of Winn-Dixie

Because of Winn-Dixie  

by Kate Di Camillo

Recalling the fiction of Harper Lee and Carson McCullers, here is a funny, poignant, and utterly genuine first novel from a major new talent.
An unforgettable first novel about coming of age one sweet summer–and learning to love what you have.

Discussion notes, trailer, teacher lesson plans & more => http://bit.ly/TwLZCR

From the archives – “Dead or Alive” by Tom Clancy

Dead or Alive

by Tom Clancy and Grant Blackwood

After almost a decade, Tom Clancy-the acknowledged master of international intrigue and nonstop military action – returns to the world he knows better than anyone: a world of chaos, caught in the crossfire of politics and power, placed on the edge of annihilation by evil men. => http://bit.ly/WJOlqj

Watch the trailer …

This collection of stories was a debut for Wells Tower in 2010

Everything ravaged, everything burned  

by Wells Tower

The stories in this outstanding debut collection explore the troubled relationships of men down on their luck, in failed marriages, estranged from family, caught in imbroglios between sons and their fathers and stepfathers, and even, in Wild America, the subtle and ferocious competition between teenage girls. The strange and magnificent title story, in which Vikings set off again toward an oft-raided island, beautifully ties the collection together in its heartbreaking final paragraph. Tower’s uncommon mastery of tone and wide-ranging sympathy creates a fine tension between wry humor and the primal rage that seethes just below the surface of each of his characters. => http://bit.ly/dvX0Xv

 

” even in the perfect family, you never know what is going on behind closed doors”

The Neighbour         Winner:  Best Novel, 2010 Thriller Award

~ Lisa Gardner

From a master of suspense comes a chilling new novel that explores the dangers lurking closer than you think. Because even in the perfect family, you never know what is going on behind closed doors…  It was a case guaranteed to spark a media feeding frenzy–a young mother, blond and pretty, disappears without a trace from her South Boston home, leaving behind her four-year-old daughter as the only witness and her handsome, secretive husband as the prime suspect. => http://bit.ly/UqfyNk

Everyone who knows how to read has it in their power to magnify themselves, to multiply the ways in which they exist, to make their life full, significant, and interesting.

– Aldous Huxley