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Mon October 02 2017

Bookworm_Girl Vote • October 2017

10:01 PM by sun surfer in Reading Recommendations | Book Clubs

Help us select what the MR Literary Club will read in October 2017!

The options this month are courtesy of our rotating nominator, Bookworm_Girl.


Voting will run for four days. The vote will close exactly four days from this ; even if the final tally doesn't occur immediately after voting closes, no votes made after that time will count.

Votes will be made by post. Each person has SEVEN votes to use.

You may give each nominee one or two (or no) votes. You may vote all at once in one or vote in separate at different times, so long as you have more votes remaining to cast. You may use any number of your possible votes up to the maximum. Any extraneous votes per person (past their maximum or more than two for one nominee) won't count. Votes cannot be changed once they are cast.

The rotating nominator may not vote. Once voting is complete, the count will be tallied and a winner declared. In the event of a tie, there will be a one-day run-off vote, also in this thread. If the run-off also ends in a tie, then the tie will be resolved by the nominator.

We hope that you will read the selection with the club and join in the discussion.


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Initial voting is closed. Run-off voting is closed. Final results-

  • Days Without End by Sebastian Barry
    Post / Goodreads / 259 Pages / Votes- 4 / Run-off- 1

  • The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
    Post / Goodreads / 386 Pages / Votes- 3

  • Arthur & George by Julian Barnes
    Post / Goodreads / 445 Pages / Votes- 4 / Run-off- 1

  • The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith
    Post / Goodreads / 374 Pages / Votes- 0

  • The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain
    Post / Goodreads / 241 Pages / Votes- 0

  • The Gathering by Anne Enright
    Post / Goodreads / 261 Pages / Votes- 4 / Run-off- 2

  • Transatlantic by Colum McCann
    Post / Goodreads / 304 Pages / Votes- 2

  • Golden Hill by Francis Spufford
    Post / Goodreads / 344 Pages / Votes- 3

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Sat September 23 2017

MobileRead Week in Review: 09/16 - 09/23

07:00 AM by Alexander Turcic in Miscellaneous | Week in Review

It's time again for our roundup on all the stuff we posted on our frontpage this past week.

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Wed September 20 2017

October 2017 Book Club Nominations

01:49 AM by WT Sharpe in Reading Recommendations | Book Clubs

MobileRead Book Club
October 2017 Nominations

Help us select the next book that the MobileRead Book Club will read for October, 2017.

The nominations will run through midnight EDT September 26 or until 10 books have made the list. The poll will then be posted and will remain open for five days.

Book selection category for October is:

Humor

In order for a book to be included in the poll it needs THREE NOMINATIONS (original nomination, a second and a third).

How Does This Work?
The Mobile Read Book Club (MRBC) is an informal club that requires nothing of you. Each month a book is selected by polling. On the last week of that month a discussion thread is started for the book. If you want to participate feel free. There is no need to "join" or sign up. All are welcome.

How Does a Book Get Selected?
Each book that is nominated will be listed in a poll at the end of the nomination period. The book that polls the most votes will be the official selection.

How Many Nominations Can I Make?
Each participant has 3 nominations. You can nominate a new book for consideration or nominate (second, third) one that has already been nominated by another person.

How Do I Nominate a Book?
Please just post a message with your nomination. If you are the FIRST to nominate a book, please try to provide an abstract to the book so others may consider their level of interest.

How Do I Know What Has Been Nominated?
Just follow the thread. This message will be updated with the status of the nominations as often as I can. If one is missed, please just post a message with a multi-quote of the 3 nominations and it will be added to the list ASAP.

When is the Poll?
The poll thread will open at the end of the nomination period, or once there have been 10 books with 3 nominations each. At that time a link to the initial poll thread will be posted here and this thread will be closed.

The floor is open to nominations. Please comment if you discover a nomination is not available as an ebook in your area.


Official choices with three nominations each:

(1) England, Their England by A.G. Macdonell
Goodreads | Faded Page | Patricia Clark Memorial Library: ePub / Kindle
Print Length: 114 pages

Spoiler:
From Goodreads:

Banished from his native Scotland by a curious clause in his father’s will, Donald Cameron moves to London and decides to conduct a study of the English people; a strange race who, he is told, have built an entire national identity around a reverence for team spirit and the memory of Lord Nelson....

What follows is one of the funniest social satires ever written. Whether Cameron is haplessly participating in a village cricket match, being shown around an exclusive golf course, or trying to watch a rugby match in the thick London fog, his affectionately bemused portrait of his new countrymen is a joy to read.

Reminiscent of the gentle wit of P. G. Wodehouse and Jerome K. Jerome, England, Their England offers a delightful portrait of Britain in the 1920s.

(2) Alice, Let's Eat: Further Adventures of a Happy Eater (The Tummy Trilogy #2) by Calvin Trillin
Goodreads | Amazon Ca / Amazon US / Overdrive
Print Length: 192 pages

Spoiler:
From Goodreads:

In this delightful and delicious book, Calvin Trillin, guided by an insatiable appetite, embarks on a hilarious odyssey in search of “something decent to eat.” Across time zones and cultures, and often with his wife, Alice, at his side, Trillin shares his triumphs in the art of culinary discovery, including Dungeness crabs in California, barbecued mutton in Kentucky, potato latkes in London, blaff d’oursins in Martinique, and a $33 picnic on a no-frills flight to Miami. His eating companions include Fats Goldberg, the New York pizza baron and reformed blimp; William Edgett Smith, the man with the Naughahyde palate; and his six-year-old daughter, Sarah, who refuses to enter a Chinese restaurant unless she is carrying a bagel (“just in case”). And though Alice “has a weird predilection for limiting our family to three meals a day,” on the road she proves to be a serious eater–despite “seemingly uncontrollable attacks of moderation.”

(3) Post Office: A Novel by Charles Bukowski
Goodreads | Amazon US
Print Length: 162 pages

Spoiler:
From Goodreads:

"It began as a mistake." By middle age, Henry Chinaski has lost more than twelve years of his life to the U.S. Postal Service. In a world where his three true, bitter pleasures are women, booze, and racetrack betting, he somehow drags his hangover out of bed every dawn to lug waterlogged mailbags up mud-soaked mountains, outsmart vicious guard dogs, and pray to survive the day-to-day trials of sadistic bosses and certifiable coworkers. This classic 1971 novel—the one that catapulted its author to national fame—is the perfect introduction to the grimly hysterical world of legendary writer, poet, and Dirty Old Man Charles Bukowski and his fictional alter ego, Chinaski.

(4) Bucky F&%@ing Dent by David Duchovny
Goodreads
Print Length: 306 pages

Spoiler:
From Goodreads:

Ted Fullilove, aka Mr. Peanut, is not like other Ivy League grads. He shares an apartment with Goldberg, his beloved battery-operated fish, sleeps on a bed littered with yellow legal pads penned with what he hopes will be the next great American Novel, and spends the waning days of the Carter administration at Yankee Stadium, waxing poetic while slinging peanuts to pay the rent.

When Ted hears the news that his estranged father, Marty, is dying of lung cancer, he immediately moves back into his childhood home, where a whirlwind of revelations ensues. The browbeating absentee father of Ted’s youth tries to make up for lost time, but his health dips drastically whenever his beloved Red Sox lose. And so, with help from Mariana—the Nuyorican grief counselor with whom Ted promptly falls in love—and a crew of neighborhood old-timers, Ted orchestrates the illusion of a Boston winning streak, enabling Marty and the Red Sox to reverse the Curse of the Bambino and cruise their way to World Series victory. Well, sort of.

David Duchovny’s richly drawn Bucky F*cking Dent explores the bonds between fathers and sons and the age-old rivalry between Yankee fans and the Fenway faithful, and grapples with our urgent need to persevere—and risk everything—in the name of love. Culminating in that fateful moment in October of ’78 when the mighty Bucky Dent hit his way into baseball history with the unlikeliest of home runs, this tender, insightful, and hilarious novel demonstrates how life truly belongs to the losers, and that the long shots are the ones worth betting on.

Bucky F*cking Dent is a singular tale that brims with the mirth, poignancy, and profound solitude of modern life.

(5) The Worst Class Trip Ever (Class Trip, Book 1) by Dave Barry
Goodreads | Amazon US / Amazon US (audiobook) / Audible
Print Length: pages

Spoiler:
From Goodreads:

In this hilarious novel, written in the voice of eighth-grader Wyatt Palmer, Dave Barry takes us on a class trip to Washington, DC. Wyatt, his best friend, Matt, and a few kids from Culver Middle School find themselves in a heap of trouble—not just with their teachers, who have long lost patience with them—but from several mysterious men they first meet on their flight to the nation's capital. In a fast-paced adventure with the monuments as a backdrop, the kids try to stay out of danger and out of the doghouse while trying to save the president from attack—or maybe not.

(6) The Milagro Beanfield War by John Nichols
Goodreads
Print Length: 623 pages

Spoiler:
From Goodreads:

Joe Mondragon, a feisty hustler with a talent for trouble, slammed his battered pickup to a stop, tugged on his gumboots, and marched into the arid patch of ground. Carefully (and also illegally), he tapped into the main irrigation channel. And so began-though few knew it at the time-the Milagro beanfield war. But like everything else in the dirt-poor town of Milagro, it would be a patchwork war, fought more by tactical retreats than by battlefield victories. Gradually, the small farmers and sheepmen begin to rally to Joe's beanfield as the symbol of their lost rights and their lost lands. And downstate in the capital, the Anglo water barons and power brokers huddle in urgent conference, intent on destroying that symbol before it destroys their multimillion-dollar land-development schemes. The tale of Milagro's rising is wildly comic and lovingly tender, a vivid portrayal of a town that, half-stumbling and partly prodded, gropes its way toward its own stubborn salvation.

(7) Breakup (Kate Shugak #7) by Dana Stabenow
Goodreads | Amazon UK / Amazon US / Audible UK / Audible US / Kobo UK
Print Length: 260 pages

Spoiler:
From Amazon:

When winter’s done, but spring has not yet fully-sprung, much of Alaska turns to slush. Locally, it’s called “breakup,” and it’s a… messy time of year. It’s certainly messy for Kate Shugak; between doing her taxes, being chased by grizzlies and getting shot-at by feuding families, she has to cope with an NTSB investigation that hits very close to home. Then, of course, there’s the body in the woods. And up at the old mining town. And… being Kate Shugak, somehow she can’t leave well enough alone, and begins to tease-apart a well-planned and surprising crime.

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Sat September 09 2017

MobileRead Week in Review: 09/02 - 09/09

07:00 AM by Alexander Turcic in Miscellaneous | Week in Review

If you've been a bit too busy to keep up, here are a few of our favorite stories from the past week.

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Fri September 08 2017

The Return by Hisham Matar

12:12 PM by sun surfer in Reading Recommendations | Book Clubs

'From Man Booker Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award finalist Hisham Matar, a memoir of his journey home to his native Libya in search of answers to his father's disappearance. In 2012, after the overthrow of Qaddafi, the acclaimed novelist Hisham Matar journeys to his native Libya after an absence of thirty years.

When he was twelve, Matar and his family went into political exile. Eight years later Matar's father, a former diplomat and military man turned brave political dissident, was kidnapped from the streets of Cairo by the Libyan government and is believed to have been held in the regime's most notorious prison. Now, the prisons are empty and little hope remains that Jaballa Matar will be found alive. Yet, as the author writes, hope is "persistent and cunning".

This book is a profoundly moving family memoir, a brilliant and affecting portrait of a country and a people on the cusp of immense change, and a disturbing and timeless depiction of the monstrous nature of absolute power.'

The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between is the winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography.


This is the MR Literary Club selection for September 2017. Whether you've already read it or would like to, feel free to start or join in the conversation at any time, and guests are always welcome! So, what are your thoughts on it?

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Sat August 26 2017

MobileRead Week in Review: 08/19 - 08/26

07:00 AM by Alexander Turcic in Miscellaneous | Week in Review

If you missed our frontpage news at any point this week, here is the best way to catch up:

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Wed August 23 2017

MobileRead Server Migration completed

06:21 AM by Alexander Turcic in Miscellaneous | Announcements

We are back! MobileRead is now happily serving from Germany.

If you think something something went wrong due to the migration - like, some unexplained problem or annoyance - please do me the favor and report it to us. We'll do our best to look into it.

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Mon August 21 2017

Scheduled Server Migration Aug 23 (Wednesday) @ 4:00am EDT

03:14 PM by Alexander Turcic in Miscellaneous | Announcements

Ladies and Gentlemen,

This coming Wednesday at 4:00am EDT, MobileRead will be offline for approximately one hour. We're going to move our server equipment to a new location in Germany. That's right, good bye New York, you served us well. The new hardware is a somewhat beefed-up version of the current one, ready to serve us for the long-awaiting switch to a new forum software.

In preparation, we lowered the time-to-live values of our DNS entries. This will allow your local ISP to pick up more quickly our new IP addresses.

Until then... enjoy and fingers crossed!

Kind regards,
Alex

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