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Literary The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

"'In one moment, every drop of blood in my body was brought to a stop... There, as if it had that moment sprung out of the earth, stood the figure of a solitary Woman, dressed from head to foot in white' The Woman in White famously opens with Walter Hartright's eerie encounter on a moonlit London road. Engaged as a drawing master to the beautiful Laura Fairlie, Walter becomes embroiled in the sinister intrigues of Sir Percival Glyde and his 'charming' friend Count Fosco, who has a taste for whi...
Tags: Books, London, Book Clubs, Wilkie Collins, MR Literary Club, Walter Hartright, Count Fosco, Laura Fairlie Walter, Percival Glyde, AlexBell


Literary Journey without Maps by Graham Greene

'His mind crowded with vivid images of Africa, Graham Greene set off in 1935 to discover Liberia, a remote and unfamiliar republic founded for released slaves. Now with a new introduction by Paul Theroux, Journey Without Maps is the spellbinding record of Greene's journey. Crossing the red-clay terrain from Sierra Leone to the coast of Grand Bassa with a chain of porters, he came to know one of the few areas of Africa untouched by colonization. Western civilization had not yet impinged on either...
Tags: Books, Africa, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Book Clubs, Graham Greene, Paul Theroux, Greene, MR Literary Club, Grand Bassa


Literary Eva Luna by Isabel Allende

'Eva Luna is the daughter of a professor’s assistant and a snake-bitten gardener—born poor, orphaned at an early age, and working as a servant. Eva is a naturally gifted and imaginative storyteller who meets people from all stations and walks of life. Though she has no wealth, she trades her stories like currency with people who are kind to her. In this novel, she shares the story of her own life and introduces readers to a diverse and eccentric cast of characters including the Lebanese émigré w...
Tags: Europe, Books, Book Clubs, Eva, MR Literary Club, Isabel Allende, Eva Luna


Literary Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay

'In 1900, a class of young women from an exclusive private school go on an excursion to the isolated Hanging Rock, deep in the Australian bush. The excursion ends in tragedy when three girls and a teacher mysteriously vanish after climbing the rock. Only one girl returns, with no memory of what has become of the others...' Discussion sections are an encouragement to keep those reading on a more similar timeline and perhaps foster more discussion. These are only softly recommended however and no...
Tags: Books, Book Clubs, MR Literary Club, Joan Lindsay


Literary Goblin Market and Other Poems by Christina Rossetti

'Goblin Market and Other Poems was Christina Rossetti's first full volume of poetry, published in 1862. The collection received widespread critical praise and established Rossetti as the foremost female poet of her time. Tennyson, Hopkins and Swinburne all admired her work. The title poem 'Goblin Market' is arguably her most famous, a fairy tale entwining themes of sisterhood, temptation and sexuality. This collection also includes 'Up-hill', an allegorical dialogue on life and death and 'Maude ...
Tags: Books, Book Clubs, MR Literary Club, Christina Rossetti, Swinburne, Rossetti, Tennyson Hopkins, Maude Clare


Literary The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa

'Sometimes you have to leave behind everything you know to find the place you truly belong... Nana the cat is on a road trip. He is not sure where he's going or why, but it means that he gets to sit in the front seat of a silver van with his beloved owner, Satoru. Side by side, they cruise around Japan through the changing seasons, visiting Satoru's old friends. He meets Yoshimine, the brusque and unsentimental farmer for whom cats are just ratters; Sugi and Chikako, the warm-hearted couple wh...
Tags: Books, Japan, Book Clubs, Nana, MR Literary Club, Kosuke, Satoru, Sugi, Hiro Arikawa, Satoru Side, Yoshimine, Chikako


Literary Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi

'From the rubble-strewn streets of U.S.-occupied Baghdad, Hadi--a scavenger and an oddball fixture at a local café--collects human body parts and stitches them together to create a corpse. His goal, he claims, is for the government to recognize the parts as people and to give them proper burial. But when the corpse goes missing, a wave of eerie murders sweeps the city, and reports stream in of a horrendous-looking criminal who, though shot, cannot be killed. Hadi soon realizes he's created a mon...
Tags: Books, Iraq, Book Clubs, Baghdad, Hadi, MR Literary Club, Ahmed Saadawi, Baghdad Hadi, New York Times Frankenstein


Literary The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

This is the MR Literary Club selection for October 2018. Everyone is welcome so feel free to start or join in the conversation at any time; the more the merrier! :)
Tags: Books, Book Clubs, Frances Hodgson Burnett, MR Literary Club


Literary The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith

'Patricia Highsmith's story of romantic obsession may be one of the most important, but still largely unrecognized, novels of the twentieth century. First published in 1952 and touted as "the novel of a love that society forbids," the book soon became a cult classic. Based on a true story plucked from Highsmith's own life, Carol tells the riveting drama of Therese Belivet, a stage designer trapped in a department-store day job, whose routine is forever shattered by a gorgeous epiphany—the appea...
Tags: Books, Patricia Highsmith, Book Clubs, Carol, MR Literary Club, Therese, Therese Belivet, Highsmith, Carol Aird, Claire Morgan


Literary City by Clifford D. Simak

'On a far future Earth, mankind's achievements are immense: artificially intelligent robots, genetically uplifted animals, interplanetary travel, genetic modification of the human form itself. But nothing comes without a cost. Humanity is tired, its vigour all but gone. Society is breaking down into smaller communities, dispersing into the countryside and abandoning the great cities of the world. As the human race dwindles and declines, which of its great creations will inherit the Earth? And wh...
Tags: Books, Earth, Book Clubs, MR Literary Club, Clifford D Simak


Literary Green Mansions by William Henry Hudson

'A failed revolutionary attempt drives the hero of Hudson's novel to seek refuge in the primeval forests of south-western Venezuela. There, in the 'green mansions' of the title, Abel encounters the wood-nymph Rima, the last survivor of a mysterious aboriginal race. The love that flowers between them is soon overshadowed by cruelty and sorrow.' We're trying something new - discussion sections - as an encouragement to keep those reading on more of a similar timeline to foster more discussion. The...
Tags: Books, Book Clubs, Venezuela, Hudson, Abel, MR Literary Club, William Henry Hudson


Literary New Beginnings and Uncharted Waters • July 2018

Welcome to a fresh start for the MR Literary Club, and help us select what we'll read next! The topic is New Beginnings and Uncharted Waters Selections that have something to do with any of new beginnings, big changes, second chances, exploration, venturing into uncharted territory, or however else you may interpret it Detailed nominating and voting guidelines can be found here. Basically, nominations are open for four days and each person may nominate up to three literary selections which w...
Tags: Books, Book Clubs, MR Literary Club


Literary Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

'With astonishing empathy and the effortless grace of a natural storyteller, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie weaves together the lives of three characters swept up in the turbulence of the decade. Thirteen-year-old Ugwu is employed as a houseboy for a university professor full of revolutionary zeal. Olanna is the professor’s beautiful mistress, who has abandoned her life of privilege in Lagos for a dusty university town and the charisma of her new lover. And Richard is a shy young Englishman in thrall ...
Tags: Books, Book Clubs, Richard, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Lagos, MR Literary Club, Ugwu, Olanna


Literary Region Nominations & Vote • June 2018

Help us select what the MR Literary Club will read in June 2018! This is a special Region month in that it is the final one in its cycle. There will be no vote to determine a region first, and all remaining eligible regions will be available to nominate from. As there are five regions left, each person may nominate up to FIVE selections; however, each nomination from any one person should be from a different region. The category for this month is: Region Ireland & The U.K., Japan, The South ...
Tags: Books, Japan, Book Clubs, Sub Saharan Africa, MR Literary Club, U S A North Africa, South Pacific Southeast Europe


Literary The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

'Oliver Goldsmith's hugely successful novel of 1766 remained for generations one of the most highly regarded and beloved works of eighteenth-century fiction. It depicts the fall and rise of the Primrose family, presided over by the benevolent vicar, the narrator of a fairy-tale plot of impersonation and deception, the abduction of a beautiful heroine and the machinations of an aristocratic villain. By turns comic and sentimental, the novel's popularity owes much to its recognizable depiction of ...
Tags: Books, Book Clubs, MR Literary Club, Wakefield, Primrose, Oliver Goldsmith


Literary Time Period Nominations & Vote • May 2018

Help us select what the MR Literary Club will read in May 2018! This is a special Time Period month in that it is the final one in its cycle as we're down to the last remaining option. Thus, there is no need for a vote to determine a time period first. The category for this month is: Time Period Finale, 1501-1800 Nominations can be set in and published in any time period, but should be written during this time period. Detailed nominating and voting guidelines can be found here. Simply put, ...
Tags: Books, Book Clubs, MR Literary Club, Time Period


Literary Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh

'At the heart of this vibrant saga is a vast ship, the Ibis. Her destiny is a tumultuous voyage across the Indian Ocean shortly before the outbreak of the Opium Wars in China. In a time of colonial upheaval, fate has thrown together a diverse cast of Indians and Westerners on board, from a bankrupt raja to a widowed tribeswoman, from a mulatto American freedman to a free-spirited French orphan. As their old family ties are washed away, they, like their historical counterparts, come to view thems...
Tags: Books, China, Book Clubs, Indian Ocean, Ganges, Canton, MR Literary Club, Amitav Ghosh


Literary Region Nominations & Vote • April 2018

Help us select what the MR Literary Club will read in April 2018! The category for this month is: Region (as chosen by vote) Detailed nominating and voting guidelines can be found here. Simply put, we first begin with a one-day vote to determine this month's region. Voting will close exactly one day from this post and each person has FIVE votes to use. This is the last region-choosing vote of this cycle, and the eligible regions not chosen will all be available to nominate from in the June Regi...
Tags: Books, Japan, Ireland, Book Clubs, MR Literary Club, U S A North Africa, South Pacific Votes, Southeast Europe Votes, Sub Saharan Africa Votes, Korean Peninsula Mongolia China


Literary The Road to Oxiana by Robert Byron

'In 1933 the delightfully eccentric Robert Byron set out on a journey through the Middle East via Beirut, Jerusalem, Baghdad and Teheran to Oxiana -the country of the Oxus, the ancient name for the river Amu Darya which forms part of the border between Afghanistan and the Soviet Union. His arrival at his destination, the legendary tower of Qabus, although a wonder in itself, it not nearly so amazing as the thoroughly captivating, at times zany, record of his adventures. In addition to its entert...
Tags: Books, Afghanistan, Middle East, Book Clubs, Soviet Union, MR Literary Club, Teheran, Amu Darya, Oxiana, Robert Byron, Beirut Jerusalem Baghdad


Literary Non-Fiction Nominations & Vote • March 2018

Help us select what the MR Literary Club will read in March 2018! The category for this month is: Non-Fiction Detailed nominating and voting guidelines can be found here. Simply put, nominations are open for four days and each person may nominate up to two literary selections which will go automatically to the vote. Voting then opens for four days and each person votes by post, receives a number of votes equal to the number of nominations minus one and may give each nomination up to two votes. A...
Tags: Books, Book Clubs, MR Literary Club


Literary Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin

'When sixty-nine-year-old So-nyo is separated from her husband among the crowds of the Seoul subway station, and vanishes, their children are consumed with loud recriminations, and are awash in sorrow and guilt. As they argue over the "Missing" flyers they are posting throughout the city - how large of a reward to offer, the best way to phrase the text - they realize that none of them have a recent photograph of Mom. Soon a larger question emerges: do they really know the woman they called Mom?'...
Tags: Books, Book Clubs, Seoul, MR Literary Club, Kyung Sook Shin


Literary Region Nominations & Vote • February 2018

Help us select what the MR Literary Club will read in February 2018! The category for this month is: Region Detailed nominating and voting guidelines can be found here. Simply put, we first begin with a one-day vote to determine this month's region. Voting will close exactly one day from this post and each person has SIX votes to use. After, nominations will open for four days and each person may nominate up to two literary selections which will go automatically to the vote. Voting then op...
Tags: Books, Book Clubs, MR Literary Club, U S A North Africa, U K Votes, Japan Votes, Korean Peninsula Mongolia China Votes, South Asia Votes, South Pacific Votes, Southeast Europe Votes, Sub Saharan Africa Votes


Literary A High Wind in Jamaica by Richard Hughes

'After a terrible hurricane levels their Jamaican estate, the Bas-Thorntons decide to send their children back to the safety and comfort of England. On the way their ship is set upon by pirates, and the children are accidentally transferred to the pirate vessel. Jonsen, the well-meaning pirate captain, doesn't know how to dispose of his new cargo, while the children adjust with surprising ease to their new life. As this strange company drifts around the Caribbean, events turn more frightening an...
Tags: Books, England, Book Clubs, Jamaica, Richard Hughes, Caribbean, Hughes, MR Literary Club, Bas Thorntons, Jonsen


Literary Youth Fiction Nominations & Vote • January 2018

Happy New Year everyone! :celebrate: Help us select what the MR Literary Club will read in January 2018! The category for this month is: Youth Fiction Detailed nominating and voting guidelines can be found here. Simply put, nominations are open for three days and each person may nominate up to two literary selections which will go automatically to the vote. Voting then opens for four days and each person votes by post, receives a number of votes equal to the number of nominations minus one an...
Tags: Books, Book Clubs, MR Literary Club


Literary On the Makaloa Mat by Jack London

Also known as Island Tales or On the Makaloa Mat and Other Island Tales 'Published posthumously, this collection of seven short stories and sketches creates a fascinating portrait of life on the picturesque Hawaiian Islands. Brimming with vivid descriptions of the sea and forest, these tales examine the lives of an array of characters and the effect upon them of their contact with Western civilization.' This is the MR Literary Club selection for December 2017. Whether you've already read it or...
Tags: Books, Book Clubs, Jack London, MR Literary Club, Hawaiian Islands Brimming


Literary sun surfer Vote • December 2017

Help us select what the MR Literary Club will read in December 2017! The options this month are courtesy of our rotating nominator, sun surfer (me). 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 FIFTEEN(!) votes to use. You may give each nominee one or two (or no) votes. You may vote all at once in one post ...
Tags: Books, Book Clubs, MR Literary Club, Sebastian Barry Post, Duddy Kravitz, Mordecai Richler Post 357 Pages Votes, Brendan Behan Post 376 Pages Votes, W G Sebald Post 246 Pages Votes, Vasco Pratolini Post 121 Pages Votes, Georgina Lee Post 312 Pages Votes, Italo Calvino Post 255 Pages Votes, Thomas King Post, Jack London Post 142 Pages Votes, Joseph Roth Post 226 Pages Votes, Anthony De Sa Post, V S Naipaul Post 216 Pages Votes


Literary Delta Wedding by Eudora Welty

'"The nickname of the train was the Yellow Dog. Its real name was the Yazoo-Delta. It was a mixed train. The day was the 10th of September, 1923-afternoon. Laura McRaven, who was nine years old, was on her first journey alone." So begins Delta Wedding, Eudora Welty's portrait of a large and clamorous Southern family living on their plantation in the Mississippi Delta, and into whose midst Laura McRaven, whose mother has just died, is thrust. When Laura arrives, the Fairchilds are preparing for ...
Tags: Books, Book Clubs, Laura, Mississippi Delta, Jackson Mississippi, MR Literary Club, Dabney, Eudora Welty, Welty, Yazoo Delta, Laura McRaven


Literary Time Period Nominations & Vote • November 2017

Help us select what the MR Literary Club will read in November 2017! This is the last Time Period category month (of this Time Period cycle at least) that will have a starter vote to choose the time period. There are only two options currently eligible, and after one is chosen this month only one will remain. So, our next Time Period month after this will use the final option with no starter vote needed. The category for this month is: Time Period to be determined by vote We will begin wit...
Tags: Books, Time, Book Clubs, MR Literary Club, Time Period


Literary The Gathering by Anne Enright

'Anne Enright is a dazzling writer of international stature and one of Ireland’s most singular voices. Now she delivers The Gathering, a moving, evocative portrait of a large Irish family and a shot of fresh blood into the Irish literary tradition, combining the lyricism of the old with the shock of the new. The nine surviving children of the Hegarty clan are gathering in Dublin for the wake of their wayward brother, Liam, drowned in the sea. His sister, Veronica, collects the body and keeps t...
Tags: Books, Ireland, Book Clubs, Dublin, Anne Enright, Liam, Veronica, Hegarty, MR Literary Club, Enright


Literary Bookworm_Girl Vote • October 2017

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 post; 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 pos...
Tags: Books, Book Clubs, Arthur George, Colum McCann, MR Literary Club, Golden Hill, Sara de Vos, Francis Spufford, Sebastian Barry Post, Eowyn Ivey Post 386 Pages Votes, Julian Barnes Post, Dominic Smith Post 374 Pages Votes, Rose Tremain Post, Anne Enright Post 261 Pages Votes