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Friday, January 30, 2009

Marching with the Barren Bitches Book Brigade--Tour Seventeen

Here is the master list for the seventeenth 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: Never Let Me Go
Author: Kazuo Ishiguro
Start Date: January 21
Question Due: March 4
Question List Sent Out: March 6
Post Date: March 9
(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.)
Something New: the participants on this tour will choose the next book and will vote on it right before Thanksgiving.

About Never Let Me Go: It is impossible to describe the book without ruining the surprise and hopefully, you will not Google it or look up information before starting to read it because it is best if you go in knowing nothing, but in case you need a reason to read it, it has won a lot of awards and pretty much rocked my world.

Barren Bitches Book Brigade List (The blogs below are participating on this current book tour. On March 9, you'll be able to jump from post to post to read a plethora of opinions and thoughts on Never Let Me Go. I will keep adding to this list until 11 p.m. on March 4. The list is currently open)

Stirrup Queens and Sperm Palace Jesters
Slaying, Blogging, Whatever...
The Road Less Travelled
An Unwanted Path
Baby Smiling in Back Seat
The Fertile Infertile
Mommy In Waiting
Aurelia Ann
Destined to be an Old Woman with No Regrets
Dittmer Digest
So It Goes

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 March 4.

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 Never Let Me Go by March 4 (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 March 4 (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) on March 6, I will send you a list of possible questions. Everyone will choose 3 questions off the list and answer them in a blog entry.

(5) on March 9, 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:

Melissa said...

Hey, I haven't received the questions for this yet...