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Everyone is Welcome!

Kent State Stark Library Book Club

Meeting Date: 

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Time:  5:15 p.m.

Meeting will be held in the Library.

 

They go together!

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Funny Girl - Nick Hornby
ISBN: 9781594205415
Publication Date: 2015-02-03
From the bestselling author of High Fidelity, About a Boy, and A Long Way Down comes a highly anticipated new novel.   Set in 1960's London, Funny Girl is a lively account of the adventures of the intrepid young Sophie Straw as she navigates her transformation from provincial ingénue to television starlet amid a constellation of delightful characters. Insightful and humorous, Nick Hornby's latest does what he does best: endears us to a cast of characters who are funny if flawed, and forces us to examine ourselves in the process.

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The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins
ISBN: 9781594633669
Publication Date: 2015-01-13
Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller “The Girl on the Train has more fun with unreliable narration than any chiller since Gone Girl. . . . [It] is liable to draw a large, bedazzled readership.”—The New York Times “Like its train, the story blasts through the stagnation of these lives in suburban London and the reader cannot help but turn pages.”—The Boston Globe “Gone Girl fans will devour this psychological thriller.”—People  A debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people's lives. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

 

Library Book Club Pick for April 2015

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The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty - Amanda Filipacchi
ISBN: 9780393243871
Publication Date: 2015-02-16
In the heart of New York City, a group of artistic friends struggles with society's standards of beauty. At the center are Barb and Lily, two women at opposite ends of the beauty spectrum, but with the same problem: each fears she will never find a love that can overcome her looks. Barb, a stunningly beautiful costume designer, makes herself ugly in hopes of finding true love. Meanwhile, her friend Lily, a brilliantly talented but plain-looking musician, goes to fantastic lengths to attract the man who has rejected her--with results that are as touching as they are transformative.To complicate matters, Barb and Lily discover that they may have a murderer in their midst, that Barb's calm disposition is more dangerously provocative than her beauty ever was, and that Lily's musical talents are more powerful than anyone could have imagined. Part literary whodunit, part surrealist farce, The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty serves as a smart, modern-day fairy tale. With biting wit and offbeat charm, Amanda Filipacchi illuminates the labyrinthine relationship between beauty, desire, and identity, asking at every turn: what does it truly mean to allow oneself to be seen?

 

More by Amanda Filipacchi

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Nude Men - Amanda Filipacchi
ISBN: 0140178929
Publication Date: 1993-06-01
"Rarely has a first novel generated so much excitement, here and abroad, as Amanda Filipacchi's utterly beguiling Nude Men." "The story is told by Jeremy Acidophilus, "a man without many pleasures in life, a man whose few pleasures are small, but a man whose small pleasures are very important to him." Jeremy is twenty-nine, and his life is going nowhere. Until he meets a beautiful woman in a coffee shop." "Lady Henrietta (she takes her name from Oscar Wilde's Lord Henry) paints nude men, some for art's sake, some for the pages of Playgirl. She wants Jeremy to pose for her and, naturally, he thinks he is falling in love with her. But it is Henrietta's precocious, voluptuous eleven-year-old daughter who seduces Jeremy - in a scene of startling imagination and uncanny charm." "In this mesmerizing, uniquely witty novel, Filipacchi explores sexual mores with uninhibited freshness and originality, shaking our allegiance to conventional moral codes. Half French, half American, she has created a story that seems both guileless and sophisticated, and the pleasure one takes in it is accompanied by a touch of guilt. Despite that, or because of it, the pleasure is glorious."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Vapor - Amanda Filipacchi
ISBN: 9780786706174
Publication Date: 1999-04-13
Nude Men, the author's first novel, was described by Louis Malle as "hilarious, full of plot surprises, and completely original." Double that and you have Amanda Filipacchi's droll, fantastical, and much-awaited second novel. No one could anticipate Damon's illegal act of generosity -- encaging Anna Graham for nine months in an extraordinary vapor-filled house as repayment for saving his life. Through bizarre methods of discipline that only a madcap scientist such as Damon could concoct, he intends to fulfill her wish to become the best actress of our day. From this surreally screwball setup, Filipacchi spins an extravagant and zany parable of love and self-awareness, beginning with Amanda's escape from this torturous improvement program.

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Love Creeps - Amanda Filipacchi
ISBN: 9780312340322
Publication Date: 2005-06-01
'A fast-moving satire about sex, love, and stalking in contemporary Manhattan'* L ove Creepsis the story of a triangle of stalkers who discover that sometimes the best way to find love is to look right behind you. Lynn Gallagher, a successful New York gallery owner, apparently has everything. When she looks at the man who is stalking her, she sees the one thing she herself lacks: The power to desire. To overcome her problem, Lynn attempts an unorthodox solution. She decides to become a stalker herself. To make her task easier, she selects an attractive target, Roland Dupont, a wealthy and sophisticated lawyer.

 

Featured Author

Amanda Filipacchi

Biography

Amanda Filipacchi is the author of four novels: Nude Men, Vapor, Love Creeps, and, just out, The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty (W. W. Norton, Feb. 2015). Her fiction has appeared in Best American Humor and elsewhere. Her nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic. She earned an MFA in fiction writing from Columbia University. She lives in New York.

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Reviews

amandafilipacchi.com

“[A] sure comic touch… smart and sweet… a tribute to the pleasures of friendship.”
The New Yorker

“At the corner where a brisker Haruki Murakami meets a drier “30 Rock” [readers] would do well to seek out Filipacchi’s radiantly intelligent and very funny novel.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“Amanda Filipacchi is the funniest novelist you’ve never heard of…. Few comic novelists get characters talking so naturally, and amusingly…. There is a high art in this kind of ungentle entertainment, and in ‘The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty’ Amanda Filipacchi proves she hasn’t lost her touch, not even a little.”
The Boston Globe

“A surreal and utterly compelling triumph.”
Buzzfeed

“[A] farcical novel… riveting to read.”
NY Times, T Magazine

“[A] zanily satirical, spot-on novel.”
O, The Oprah Magazine

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