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Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Marching with the Barren Bitches Book Brigade--Tour Nine

It's back and better than ever with a brand-new icon. The Barren Bitches (and Man-Pie) Book Brigade has started spinning; meaning, we're now going to switch off between books that contain IF/adoption/pg loss and books that are a complete distraction--from chicklit to mysteries to good old-fashioned literature.

Here is the master list for the ninth tour of the Barren Bitches Book Brigade. What is the Barren Bitches Book Brigade? It's a book club from the comfort of your own living room. The book club is conducted entirely online and open to anyone (male or female) in the infertility/pregnancy loss/assisted conception/adoption/parenting-after-infertility world (as well as any other related category I inadvertently left off the list). It is called a book tour because everyone reads the same book and then poses a question to the group. Participants choose a few questions to answer and then post their response on their blog. Readers can jump from blog to blog, commenting along the way. We read both fiction and non-fiction.

Anyone can jump aboard--it's a book club where you can drop in and out as you wish and all in the community are welcome.


Book: The Jane Austen Book Club*
Author: Karen Joy Fowler
Start Date: December 13
Question Due: January 16
Question List Sent Out: January 17
Post Dates: January 22 and 23
(need an explanation of how a book tour works? Click here to go to a list of posts on the past book tours as well as information about future tours.)
*with author participation!

Barren Bitches Book Brigade List
(The blogs below are participating on this current book tour. On January 22nd, you'll be able to jump from post to post to read a plethora of opinions and thoughts on The Jane Austen Book Club. I will keep adding to this list until 11 p.m. on January 16. The list is currently open)

Stirrup Queens and Sperm Palace Jesters
The Annex
Slaying, Blogging, Whatever...
Beaten But Not Bowed
Road Blocks and Rollercoasters
The Road Less Travelled
The Open Door
The Duchess
Sticky Bean
The World According to Monica
The Conceivable Future
Coming2Terms
The Dunn Family
No Swimmers in the Tubes
Sell Crazy Someplace Else
Our Box of Rain
The Infertile Long and Winding Road
Desperate to Multiply
I Am My Own Person
Best Laid Plans
All Things Deb

Not on the list and want to join? Drop me an email at thetowncriers@gmail.com. You can add yourself up until 11 p.m. on January 16th.

How the book tour works:

(1) leave a comment or send me an email (thetowncriers@gmail.com) saying that you're interested in participating. I need your blog name, blog url, and email address.

(2) read The Jane Austen Book Club by January 16th (or at least enough of it in order to ask a question to the group).

(3) create a single question that would kick off a discussion (in other words, any question that leads to more than a "yes" or "no" answer where someone can express their opinion) and mail it to me on January 16th (or any time beforehand). I will send you a reminder email close to the date. Click here to see sample questions from tour #4.

(4) the author, Karen Joy Fowler, is open to answering any questions and reading along. Please send me any questions you have for her by January 16th.

(5) on January 17th, I will send you a list of possible questions. Everyone will choose 3 questions off the list and answer them in a blog entry. You will find out if you are posting on January 22nd or 23rd (you can choose).

(6) on January 22nd, people will begin to post their entry. Each day, I will post a linked list of all the people putting up their entry that day so people can go around and read the entries and comment (start a discussion back and forth in the comments section). Reading the entries and commenting on the posts is the best part of the tour--by the end of the week, you should have a comment from every participant (and maybe even a few new permanent blog readers).

1 comment:

Pamela Jeanne said...

Closing in on the end of the book just in time! Thanks again for organizing these book brigades...and for being such a great friend.