The 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded to Chinese author, Mo Yan. As one of mainland China's best known authors, Mo Yan has created over 10 novels and 80 short stories in his 30-year career. According to The Guardian he is "notable not only for his creative engagement with modern Chinese history but also, more simply, for his dedication to the craft of writing." You can check out his prize-winning works in Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, or English translation.
Big breasts and wide hips: a novel by Mo Yan; translated from the Chinese by Howard Goldblatt
Life and death are wearing me out: a novel by Mo Yan; translated from the Chinese by Howard Goldblatt
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On Thursday, October 11 at noon we'll be discussing:
Turn of mind by Alice LaPlante — Dr. Jennifer White is the prime suspect in the murder of her life-long friend and neighbor, Amanda, but as she descends further into the later stages of dementia, it becomes unclear if her shattered memory is preventing her from remembering the truth or helping her hide it. Kirkus Reviews calls this book, "a haunting story masterfully told."
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On Thursday, September 13 at Noon we'll be discussing:
Once upon a river: a novel by Bonnie Jo Campbell — After the violent death of her father, in which she is complicit, Margo Crane takes to the Stark River in her boat, with only a few supplies and a biography of Annie Oakley, in search of her vanished mother. Her river odyssey through rural Michigan becomes a defining journey, one that leads her beyond self-preservation and to the decision of what price she is willing to pay for her choices. The New York Times called this book "an excellent American parable about the consequences of our favorite ideal, freedom."
Best-selling Irish author Maeve Binchy has died at the age of 72 after a short illness. She worked as a teacher before becoming a journalist, columnist and editor at the Irish Times. Her first novel, Light a Penny Candle, was published in 1982 and became a bestseller. A beloved author throughout the world, she was known for heart-warming books which explored family and human relationships with drama and humor. Binchy saw several of her works turned into movies, including Circle of Friends and Tara Road.
The copper beech by Maeve Binchy
Each of these titles is the first book in a series. If you like the small town and characters created by the author, you can visit again and again to find more romance, charm and fun in the same cozy locale.
Logan by Linda Lael Miller
The shop on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber
16 Lighthouse Road by Debbie Macomber
Extra lives: why video games matter by Tom Bissell
This year you write your novel by Walter Mosley
Fiction writer's workshop: the key elements of a writing workshop: 2nd edition by Josip Novakovich
52 weekend decorating projects: a do-it-yourself guide to adding style to your home by edited by Jean Nayar
Refresh your home: simple projects and tips to save money, update, and renovate by editors of the Family handyman