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Monday, December 10, 2012

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Hairpin Book Club: New York Edition

An exciting and timely message from a fellow 'Pinner:

If you'd like to join a New York Hairpin Book Club, we'll be meeting every other week on Tuesdays at 6:30/7 at a bar. We're picking our first book by vote:

1. How Should a Person Be, Sheila Heti
2. NW, Zadie Smith
3. The Round House, Louise Erdich
4. Behind the Beautiful Forevers, Katherine Boo

Please email Angharad at hairpinNYbookclub at gmail dot com if you're interested, and give her your pick for first book! The first meeting will be Tuesday, January 8th at 7pm, and the book will be announced to interested parties on December 20th.

Now, if you're not in NYC, like some of us, but still think you're a real live person with hopes and dreams, feel free to dish about these fine books in the comments, or, even better, get into our Google Groups to start your own high-quality book club.



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purefog

I do love Zadie Smith. NW was released to a kind of chorus of "meh" reviews, but now it has fetched up in the NYT's Ten Best Books of 2012 list, so.

every tomorrow@twitter

@purefog The thing with NW, I think, is that it is meh Zadie Smith, which is still really, really good. ...kind of like Telegraph Avenue is meh Michael Chabon, which is also still really, really good. I read them both in succession and was both pleased and disappointed with both because they were good, but those authors have trained me to expect amazing.

Both of them also suffered from the exact same case of "these characters are possibly slightly too realistic in that they are sort of assholes and keep screwing up important things in frustrating ways" too.

travelmugs

@every tomorrow@twitter Oh no! I felt supremely "meh" about NW, and Telegraph Ave is next in my queue. I don't want any more disappointments from authors I love this year. (See also: Hologram for the King)

purefog

@every tomorrow@twitter It's so funny that you should post this because I am bogged in Telegraph Avenue right now. AND The Pale King. Maybe it's not them, it's me.

every tomorrow@twitter

@travelmugs I enjoyed both books but I had a lot of "OMG STOP MAKING OBVIOUSLY BAD DECISIONSSSSS!" at the characters in them. Sometimes realism is frustrating to me.

milenakent

Aaaaaa I love it sooooo much!!!@n

terrific

This is awesome, but we did already have a pseudo NY book club that met up for a while before kind of dispersing and we read How Should A Person Be so maybe not that one since I'm assuming it will be many of the same group of 'Pinners. Yay! Another book club!

terrific

@terrific Also since I don't want to sound like I'm whining it was a great book and I'm really excited for another booooookkkk club

Maghrebi

@terrific Hi if this is Jamie, this is Angharad. I totally did not want to steal anyone's thunder! I did not know there was one - I emailed Edith if there was a NYC one already, and she indicated no, so I offered to collect emails and herd cats and whatnot. I'm excited too!

chrysopoeia

@Maghrebi Yeah, we had started one via the Facebook group and had posted as such in the google groups.

chrysopoeia

@Maghrebi @terrific And the recent lull in meetings was due to our overly ambitious selection of 2666. Oops. There was talk of starting up again at the last pinup, I was assuming, after the holidays.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/nychairpinners/

Maghrebi

@chrysopoeia Oh yeesh, I'm sorry! I literally had no idea and was hunting around for one.

terrific

@chrysopoeia I still have 2666 sitting half-read on my nightstand. And will forevermore.

chrysopoeia

@Maghrebi No apologies! Join the facebook group, get us going again! https://www.facebook.com/groups/nychairpinners/. Corey is our official/unofficial book group leader.

chrysopoeia

@terrific I bought the audiobook and still couldn't muscle through that bitch.

Leanne

@chrysopoeia what if someone doesn't have an account on this particular social networking site and does not wish to (re)join? I was delighted to send an old-timey electronic message to participate in the fun.

leonstj

@Leanne - Seconded! I mean, I do have a social media account, but "Leon" and "REAL LIFE" are not allowed to internet cross-over (DO NOT CROSS THE BEAMS) I do not get critical "Meet Strangers from the Internet" news - is there somewhere I could sign up for like, a mailing list? Making a FB page for my fake internet logins seems way too...man, it is just a bridge too far (for me, personally. YMMV).

Danzig!

@terrific Great, it becomes official 4 days before I leave ( ._.) ah well, I had tons of fun with the unofficial people. DIY or die!

ayo nicole

@leon s Cosigned. I've said too much.

Leanne

Yay! Voted and all that jazz!

Jessica Freeman-Slade@facebook

The email address is giving me bounceback, and I want to join! Is this correct? hairpinNYbookclub@gmail.com

Maghrebi

@Jessica Freeman-Slade@facebook Sorry, NY is lowercase. It's hairpinnybookclub@gmail.com. Pronounced "Hairpinny book club."

Kristen

Oh man, I don't live in NY but I have so many opinions about Behind the Beautiful Forevers, mainly having to do with the idea of Katherine Boo's being such a deeply embedded reporter and then completely erasing herrself from the text. The assumption underpinning the book seems to be that an American lady, a bunch of translators, and a whole bunch of gear can move into an Indian slum and live with its inhabitants for several years and not change anything or impact the story of the people they interact with in any important way, and I'm sorry but I just Don't Think This is True. Plus, there's an implied omnipotence to the gaze of the story that rubs me the wrong way. Maybe it's just bc I'm a grad student and whenever I read nonfiction that lacks any sources or footnotes I am immediately riddled with skepticism and doubt. All the reviewers seem down with it, though, and the book was obviously, beautifully written and completely heartrending and worth the read.

Did anyone else have any thoughts about that?

sprayfaint

@Kristen That's an interesting perspective and it was my book club's choice this month and we're meeting to talk about it on Wednesday, and I'll bring this up as a question for the group... I heard an interview with her on NPR and I didn't get the impression really that it was a "bunch of translators" and a "bunch of gear" (not, like, a reality tv shoot type of thing), but more that it was a revolving cast of translators and a few flip-cameras. I guess my question to you would be -- where do you see the potential for her to have influenced the storyline?

Kristen

@sprayfaint Right! So just one possibility that occurred to me (and I guess someone super alert to spoilers might want to avoid this, although it's not really a spoilerable book)is the fact that she notes how Abdul's family is doing well when she arrives, but as the book progresses, they are swarmed by policemen who demand escalating bribes to keep the business going. This also a huge problem once the court case begins.

Now, regardless of whether Katherine Boo had been there, I'm sure this would have been an issue. However, from my experience in the developing world, if Boo was taking an unusual amount of interest in Abdul's family, I'm almost 100% sure that the surrounding community would assume that she was paying them or that they were otherwise benefiting financially from her presence. A similar thing happened to me when I was in Peace Corps - I was not paying the family I was hosted by, but rumors swirled throughout the two years that they must be millionaires since a rich white person was living with them. It is very easy for me to imagine that the policemen, lawyers, etc. expected more money from Abdul's family because an American lady accompanied them to every hearing. Of course, this may have benefited the family, too - having an international observer recording the outcome of the case may well have inclined to the judge to rule in Abdul's dad's favor.

That's not at all to say that I'm sure this happened, or even that it's bad it happened - it just frustrates me that by removing herself so completely from the story, Boo prevents us from being able to decide for ourselves what effect she had on the story.

sprayfaint

@Kristen Oooh, that is a good point - I hadn't thought about that. I'm going to go search for interviews with her now to see if she's addressed this...

travelmugs

@sprayfaint I loved the book, but hadn't thought much about this either.

I'm still glad that she fully removed herself from the book. [So much "White-girl-goes-to-developing-country-and-uses-locals-to-learn-about-herself" story fatigue.] Still, this is probably something she should have addressed in the afterword where she describes her reporting methods.

khaleesi

Yay! I was really hoping that the bookclub would start up again.

PatatasBravas

LOOOOOOOOOOOOOUISE I adore her writing.

thisisunclear

On the google groups board, bookish Chicagoans are trying to re-group for a January book club date!

florabora

Londoners, there's one going, we had I think the third? meeting yesterday, the first one I made it to, I was fantastically late, we read Jackie Collins and only one of the group finished it because that thing is LONG, but enjoyable, and then we spent a fair chunk of time talking about X Factor and possibly deciding on next month's choice.

Participation at book club and my penchant for run-on sentences may or may not be linked.

needsmoresalt

I would be interested in an Austin book club, if anyone else is.

aperson

@needsmoresalt I would also be interested in an Austin book club.

needsmoresalt

@aperson We should get one together, then. I never use the Google groups, so I'm not really sure how that works. Do you know anyone else who would be interested?

aperson

@needsmoresalt I just moved to the area, so I haven't met anyone yet, but I think there's a few other Austin pinners. I'll go ahead and make a post in the google group to see if there's any interest.

aperson

@aperson Ok, post is here

toastercat

Anyone in Minneapolis area, we are looking to meet up for The Handmaid's Tale at the end of December (date still TBD). We've been organizing ourselves through the Google Group, please share your date preference if you are interested!

needsmoresalt

@aperson We should get one together, then. I never use the Google groups, so I'm not really sure how that works. Do you know anyone else who would be interested?

planforamiracle

Can I just say I loved, LOVED, How Should A Person Be?
It really hit home for me. The author/narrator's neuroticism and heart was so real and reminded me of my own struggles and my own best and worst qualities.

purplechick

Oooh, this is great. As the mother of a 1 year old, the idea of meeting snazzy women for book talk sounds like a slice of heaven. Off to send email to join right now!

heathers4evers

ErdRich. Cough. (I am also very excited about meeting snazzy ladies for book talk!)

Tobi Elkin

Hi, I tried emailing to the angharad@hairpinnybookclub@gmail.com and the email doesn't go through. Is there another address to RSVP for the group?

Tobi Elkin

I suggest the Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis. This book was recently selected by Oprah for her Book Club.

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