Help me choose a book for my book club...

(32 Posts)
FionaVonTrumpton Wed 13-Mar-13 06:48:17

Now I love my book club <waves as some of them are mnettrrs> but they keep making us read the most unrelenting stream of misery. If I'm not being torn apart by war I am being harrowed and tragic and I can't take any more <stamps foot>

I need something happy, something funny but not so fluffy that it doesn't warrant any discussion.

I have threatened them with 'I love you, Blue Kangaroo' or if I am feeling edgy then 'Dogger' or perhaps to fill their tragedy quotient 'Goodbye Mog' wink

I think everyone has read 'The Help'. I don't like non-fiction and one of us hates fantasy so those two genre are out. I'm all out of ideas!

Please does anyone have any suggestions ?
Thanks <and breathes>

Cremolafoam Fri 22-Mar-13 19:20:09

No Jilted I hated The Paris Wife too.

I frequently recommend this:
The History Of Love by Nicole Krauss

It is wonderful.

JiltedJohnsJulie Fri 22-Mar-13 19:38:47

The history of love looks good, might add that to my list. Have ordered a sample of we are all made of glue as I think our book group needs an amusing book too. Our last book was the Lighthouse and while I think its a great book, its not exactly got the feel good factor.

One book our group loved was Tiger Hill by Sarita Mandanna. It doesn't exactly fit your criteria but may be worth looking at for another time smile

JiltedJohnsJulie Fri 22-Mar-13 19:50:27

Forgot to say, those of you who liked Capital, do you live in London? Do you think the book would be as enjoyable if you lived in a small town in the north west stuck in the 1950s?

valiumredhead Mon 25-Mar-13 11:53:01

jilted I honestly think it would be boring if you didn't know London very well, it's a book I'd describe as 'a book about London for Londoners' iyswim?

JiltedJohnsJulie Mon 25-Mar-13 12:24:55

That's what I sort of thought from the blurb. Thank you for clarifying smile

BigRedBox Mon 25-Mar-13 12:35:41

I loved "Heft" by Liz Moore. Some sad bits but I think a good option for discussing.

Cooroo Tue 26-Mar-13 13:54:22

If you want a good classy laugh, choose Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons. One of my favourites, which went down very well with the book group (except one member, a slightly mad woman, who didn't realise it was supposed to be funny!)

One of my all-time favourites, with the bonus of an excellent film (or was it TV?) adaptation with Rufus Sewell.

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