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View Poll Results: What unreliable narrative will we read in November?
Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood 6 54.55%
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey 5 45.45%
Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay 6 54.55%
Notes on a Scandal by Zoë Heller 4 36.36%
Frederica by Georgette Heyer 1 9.09%
Dog On It (Chet and Bernie #1) by Spencer Quinn 3 27.27%
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Old 10-07-2018, 08:12 AM   #1
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Vote for November 2018 • Lies and Misdirections: Unreliable Narrators


Let's select the book we'll read and discuss in November 2018!

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Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
Amazon U.S., $11.99 | Amazon CA $4.99 | Amazon UK, £4.99 | Amazon AU $11.99 | Kobo U.S. $11.99 | Kobo CA $4.99 | Kobo UK, £4.99 | Kobo AU $11.99 | OverDrive | Audible
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In this astonishing tour de force, Margaret Atwood takes the reader back in time and into the life and mind of one of the most enigmatic and notorious women of the nineteenth century. In 1843, at the age of sixteen, servant girl Grace Marks was convicted for her part in the vicious murders of her employer and his mistress. Some believe Grace is innocent; others think her evil or insane. Grace herself claims to have no memory of the murders. As Dr. Simon Jordan – an expert in the burgeoning field of mental illness – tries to unlock her memory, what will he find? Was Grace a femme fatale – or a weak and unwilling victim of circumstances? Taut and compelling, penetrating and wise, Alias Grace is a beautifully crafted work of the imagination that vividly evokes time and place. The novel and its characters will continue to haunt the reader long after the final page.
480 pp.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
Amazon AU $14.99 | Amazon CA $8.99 | Amazon UK £4.99 | Amazon US $4.99 | OverDrive | Audible
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(From Amazon US book description). Boisterous, ribald, and ultimately shattering, Ken Kesey’s 1962 novel has left an indelible mark on the literature of our time. Now in a new deluxe edition with a foreword by Chuck Palahniuk and cover by Joe Sacco, here is the unforgettable story of a mental ward and its inhabitants, especially the tyrannical Big Nurse Ratched and Randle Patrick McMurphy, the brawling, fun-loving new inmate who resolves to oppose her. We see the struggle through the eyes of Chief Bromden, the seemingly mute half-Indian patient who witnesses and understands McMurphy’s heroic attempt to do battle with the powers that keep them all imprisoned
284 pp.

Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay
Amazon US $5.99 | Amazon UK £4.99 | Amazon AU $10.99 | Amazon CA $14.99 | Audible | OverDrive
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Picnic at Hanging Rock is an Australian historical fiction novel by Joan Lindsay. Set in 1900, it is about a group of female students at an Australian girls' boarding school who vanish at Hanging Rock while on a Valentine's Day picnic, and the effects the disappearances have on the school and local community. The novel was first published in 1967 in Australia by Cheshire Publishing and was reprinted by Penguin in 1975. It is widely considered by critics to be one of the best Australian novels.

Although the events depicted in the novel are entirely fictional, it is framed as though it is a true story, corroborated by ambiguous pseudohistorical references. Its irresolute conclusion has sparked significant public, critical, and scholarly analysis, and the narrative has become a part of Australia's national folklore as a result.
198 pp.

Notes on a Scandal (What Was She Thinking?) by Zoë Heller
Kobo: $US7.99, $C8.99, $A12.99 and UK£4.99
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Shortlisted for the 2003 Man Booker Prize, Zoë Heller's Notes on a Scandal is a darkly compelling novel that explores the taboo subject of pupil/teacher relationships, obsession and betrayal.

From the first day that the beguiling Sheba Hart joins the staff of St George's history teacher Barbara Covett is convinced she has found a kindred spirit. Barbara's loyalty to her new friend is passionate and unstinting and when Sheba is discovered having an illicit affair with one of her pupils, Barbara quickly elects herself as Sheba's chief defender. But all is not as it first seems in this dark story and, as Sheba will soon discover, a friend can be just as treacherous as any lover.

'Brilliant, nasty, gripping' Zadie Smith
'Compelling, dark, sexy' Observer
'Superbly gripping. One of the most compelling books I've read in ages' Daily Telegraph
'Deliciously sinister' Daily Mail
258 pp.

Frederica by Georgette Heyer
Amazon $9.99 | Amazon UK £3.99 | Amazon CA $9.99 | Amazon AU $12.99 | Audible | OverDrive | Kindle Unlimited
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Determined to secure a brilliant marriage for her beautiful sister, Frederica seeks out their distant cousin the Marquis of Alverstoke. Lovely, competent, and refreshingly straightforward, Frederica makes such a strong impression that to his own amazement, the Marquis agrees to help launch them all into society.

Normally wary of his family, which includes two overbearing sisters and innumerable favor-seekers, Lord Alverstoke does his best to keep his distance. But with his enterprising — and altogether entertaining —country cousins getting into one scrape after another right on his doorstep, before he knows it the Marquis finds himself dangerously embroiled.
450 pp

Dog On It (Chet and Bernie #1) by Spencer Quinn
Amazon US $12.99 | Amazon UK - £4.99 | Amazon CA $8.49Amazon AU $8.60 | Kobo US $12.99 | Kobo UK £4.99 | Kobo CA $11.99 | Kobo AU $20.45
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I could smell him - or rather the booze on his breath - before he even opened the door, but my sense of smell is pretty good, probably better than yours.

So begins this fabulous, funny new detective novel featuring Bernie, a slightly down-at-heel PI; and his offsider, Chet, a dog - and the captivating narrator of the story.

Chet may have flunked out of police school (I'd been the best leaper in K-9 class, which had led to all the trouble in a way I couldn't remember exactly, although blood was involved), but he's just as much a detective as Bernie - superior, sometimes, in his insight into human foibles.

In Dog On It, their first adventure, Chet and Bernie investigate the disappearance of a teenage girl who may or may not have been kidnapped, but who's definitely gotten herself mixed up with some very unsavoury characters.
324 pp.
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I'm still thinking. I ordinarily don't like to vote for more than half the choices, but that's not hard and fast. I'm weighing various considerations, but I may just go for broke.

As an aside, I've read three of them, but only one recently enough that I wouldn't vote for it (Dog on It.)
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It's a tie.

The runoff poll is here. I won't be voting unless we need another tie-breaker.
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