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View Poll Results: sun surfer Run-Off • August 2013, Single Choice
Close Range: Wyoming Stories by Annie Proulx 4 33.33%
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe 8 66.67%
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Old 08-05-2013, 10:22 PM   #1
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sun surfer Run-Off • August 2013

Help us choose the August 2013 selection to read for the MR Literary Club! The run-off poll will be open for one day.

The run-off vote is single-choice. A discussion thread will begin shortly after a winner is chosen.

The Rotating nominator (this month - sun surfer) may not vote in the poll. In the event of a tie, the tie will be resolved by the Rotating nominator.


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Close Range: Wyoming Stories by Annie Proulx
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Also known as "Close Range: Brokeback Mountain and Other Stories"


From Goodreads:

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning and bestselling author of The Shipping News and Accordion Crimes comes one of the most celebrated short-story collections of our time.

Annie Proulx's masterful language and fierce love of Wyoming are evident in these breathtaking tales of loneliness, quick violence, and the wrong kinds of love. Each of the stunning portraits in Close Range reveals characters fiercely wrought with precision and grace.

These are stories of desperation and unlikely elation, set in a landscape both stark and magnificent -- by an author writing at the peak of her craft.


Some ebook availability-
Australia- Bookworld
Canada- Amazon
U.K.- Amazon
U.S.- Amazon


Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
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From the trade paperback edition:

Things Fall Apart tells two intertwining stories, both centering on Okonkwo, a “strong man” of an Ibo village in Nigeria. The first, a powerful fable of the immemorial conflict between the individual and society, traces Okonkwo’s fall from grace with the tribal world. The second, as modern as the first is ancient, concerns the clash of cultures and the destruction of Okonkwo's world with the arrival of aggressive European missionaries. These perfectly harmonized twin dramas are informed by an awareness capable of encompassing at once the life of nature, human history, and the mysterious compulsions of the soul.


Some ebook availability-
Australia- Bookworld 1 Bookworld 2
Canada- Amazon
U.K.- Amazon
U.S.- Amazon
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Old 08-06-2013, 12:06 AM   #2
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Well now I'm flummoxed. I voted for both of these. Leaning to Achebe since he died earlier this year and I thought it sucked that the non- literary book club voted categories to exclude even getting a chance to nominate this book.

So there it is, the sympathy vote from me.
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Old 08-07-2013, 12:51 AM   #3
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Just thought I'd share that I was able to find the book at my local Overdrive library.
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Old 08-07-2013, 03:25 AM   #4
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I'm looking forward to reading my first book by Chinua Achebe.
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Old 08-07-2013, 06:39 AM   #5
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Happy that my preference won. It's available on Overdrive from my local library as well.
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Old 08-07-2013, 08:11 AM   #6
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It's a great choice and one I should have read before. I'm delighted to have the opportunity now!
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Old 08-07-2013, 11:23 AM   #7
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I'm excited to read it. The discussion thread will be up soon.
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I requested it from the library, but I've got a pile of things coming so I might be a bit late to the discussion.
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Great choice all I happen to have the book, but didn't read it as yet.

I'm going nature; that is...cycling for two weeks somewhere with little wifi, and trying to read through my currently reading pile first, so my contribution will be a late one.
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