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Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Read Along: Barren Bitches Book Tour #15

Welcome to the fifteenth 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.

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: Harriet the Spy
Author: Louise Fitzhugh
Start Date: October 29
Post Dates: December 3
(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.)

About Harriet the Spy: A return to your childhood--Harriet records her thoughts on everything that crosses her path--from her classmates to musings about her parent's marriage. Harriet was a blogger before blogging even existed.

Barren Bitches Book Brigade List (The blogs below are participating on this current book tour. Each day, you'll be able to jump from post to post to read a plethora of opinions and thoughts on Harriet the Spy.)

Stirrup Queens (below this post--scroll down)
Slaying, Blogging, Whatever...
Clumsy Kisses
Our Own Creation
Aurelia Ann
The Road Less Travelled
Working on It
Journeywoman
Here We Go Again (seriously, the woman posted during labour)
The Fertile Infertile
Baby Smiling in Back Seat
All Things Deb
Baby, Borneo, or Bust

Even if haven't read Harriet the Spy, 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 current group chooses the next book. The 16th tour will be Elizabeth McCracken's memoir, An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination. From Bookmarks:
In Elizabeth McCracken’s heartrending memoir—a love letter to the child she lost and the devoted husband who suffered alongside her—McCracken displays her many talents. Her warmth, candor, crystalline prose, lovely imagery, and attention to detail bring her painful story to life. McCracken’s dark sense of humor ensnares unwitting readers, belying the sadness with which she writes, and she shows very little patience for self-pity and sentimentality. Critics praised her clear-eyed account in a genre replete with syrupy, self-aggrandizing books, though some expressed doubts that its subject matter would have wide appeal. “I’m not ready for my first child to fade into history,” explains McCracken. With this heartbreaking account of his life, there’s little chance of that.
The author was recently interviewed by Tash at Glow in the Woods.

The Details: Tour #16 will start December 4. Participants will read An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination by Elizabeth McCracken. On or before January 14th, 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 by January 16th. Everyone will choose 3 questions from the list and answer them on their own blog on January 20th. 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 #16, 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 participants on the Elizabeth McCracken book tour will choose the book for tour # 17. Happy reading.

3 comments:

Julia said...

Ok, Mel. There's really no way for me to not sign up for the next one. I am baaaaaaaack.

Tash said...

I'll do it! (Do you send out reminders? Cuz I will totally forget.)

mlr said...

i'd like to participate in the book club! looking forward to this read. :)