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Sunday, March 02, 2008

Read Along: Barren Bitches Book Brigade--Tour #10 (Group A)

Welcome to the tenth tour of the Barren Bitches Book Brigade--a book club from the comfort of your own living room. Grab a cup of coffee and start clicking away at the links below.

Just to explain, this book club is 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.

Book: Embryo Culture
Author: Beth Kohl
Start Date: January 25
Post Dates: March 3 and 4
(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 all upcoming tours and book events.)

Barren Bitches Book Brigade List (click on any of the links below to take you to a stop on this book tour. Jump from post to post to read a plethora of opinions and thoughts on Embryo Culture. We've broken down the current tour into two groups. A new list will be posted tomorrow).

Group A:

Stirrup Queens and Sperm Palace Jesters (Mel)--my post is below this one
Beaten But Not Bowed (Drowned Girl)
The Duchess (Duchess)
Slaying, Blogging, Whatever... (Delenn)
The Road Less Travelled (Loribeth)
The Dunn Family (Erica)
The Infertile Long and Winding Road (Ms. Infertile)
All Things Deb (Deb)
Everyday Stranger (Helen)

Even if haven't read Embryo Culture, you can still add your own thoughts on the blog tour or react to someone else's critique.

Like the idea of being in a book club without leaving your living room? The next book for book tour #11 is The Mistress's Daughter by AM Homes. The author will be participating too. The Mistress's Daughter is AM Homes's true story about her adoption and reunion with her birthparents. But it becomes so much more--what does it mean to be related, how do we become like our parents, what does it mean to be a family. I ended up reading the book in two sittings because I was so completely drawn into her thoughts. It's short, but packs a punch.

The Details: Tour #11 will start March 5. Participants will read The Mistress's Daughter by AM Homes. On Wednesday, April 9th everyone will send one question based on the book (to get a sense of questions, click here to see the questions sent for book tour #2) to me. I will compile the questions into lists that will be emailed out to you on April 10th. You can also send along any questions you have directly for AM Homes. Everyone will choose 3 questions from the list and answer them on their own blog on April 14--16 (we will break up into two or three smaller groups and you can choose which day works best for you when the date gets closer). Each day of the tour, I'll also post a master list and people can jump from blog to blog, reading and commenting on the book tour.

If you would like to sign up to participate in book tour #11, leave a comment below or send me an email. I need the title and a link to your blog as well as an email address where you'd like the two or three book club emails sent. If a spouse wants to participate too and he/she doesn't have their own blog, have them set up a blog solely for book tours (as we did with the Annex) and send me a link to that blog. And if you're a reader without a blog, now is a great time to set up a space for yourself on Blogger. People will be able to find brand-spanking-new blogs because they will be on the book tour's participant list. The next few tours are always listed on the new upcoming and past tours list. Happy reading.

4 comments:

Lori said...

I've sat out long enough.

I'm back in.

candy said...

yeah, i'm back in too. this one sounds intriguing.

loribeth said...

This one is already in my "to read" pile!

Julia said...

The next one sounds very interesting, and I shouldn't be swamped in the next month (famous last words), so I want back in. Thanks!