Thursday, September 1, 2011

October Book Choices!

It's time to vote for the October book!

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese | Paperback, 667 pages

Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother’s death in childbirth and their father’s disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics—their passion for the same woman—that will tear them apart and force Marion, fresh out of medical school, to flee his homeland. He makes his way to America, finding refuge in his work as an intern at an underfunded, overcrowded New York City hospital. When the past catches up to him—nearly destroying him—Marion must entrust his life to the two men he thought he trusted least in the world: the surgeon father who abandoned him and the brother who betrayed him.

An unforgettable journey into one man’s remarkable life, and an epic story about the power, intimacy, and curious beauty of the work of healing others.

Abraham Verghese is a doctor and professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine and Senior Associate Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine. Can you believe he's also an author...on the side? Cutting for Stone is his first novel. It has a 4.24 rating on Goodreads.

The Road by Cormac McCarthy | Paperback, 287 pages

A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don’t know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food—and each other.

The Road was the winner of the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Literature. It was also chosen for Oprah's Book Club. In 2009, The Road was adapted into a movie starring Viggo Mortensen. It has a 3.94 rating on Goodreads.

The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson | Paperback, 307 pages

Julian Treslove, a professionally unspectacular former BBC radio producer, and Sam Finkler, a popular Jewish philosopher, writer, and television personality, are old school friends. Despite a prickly relationship and very different lives, they've never lost touch with each other, or with their former teacher, Libor Sevcik.

Dining together one night at Sevcik's apartment--the two Jewish widowers and the unmarried Gentile, Treslove--the men share a sweetly painful evening, reminiscing on a time before they had loved and lost, before they had prized anything greatly enough to fear the loss of it. But as Treslove makes his way home, he is attacked and mugged outside a violin dealer's window. Treslove is convinced the crime was a misdirected act of anti-Semitism, and in its aftermath, his whole sense of self will ineluctably change.

The Finkler Question is a funny, furious, unflinching novel of friendship and loss, exclusion and belonging, and the wisdom and humanity of maturity.

Jacobson won the 2010 Man Booker Prize for The Finkler Question. Though, the book only has a 2.78 rating on Goodreads.

Susan is hosting the October meeting.
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