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We had a real­ly great dis­cus­sion about Aimee Bender’s “The Girl in the Flam­ma­ble Skirt.”  Even though the book left many of us feel­ing con­fused and slight­ly let down, there was a lot to love in Bender’s writ­ing style and the book def­i­nite­ly made us ask a ton of ques­tions about gen­der roles, the ways dif­fer­ent peo­ple deal with dif­fi­cult emo­tions, and what the heck was going on with the guy who lost his lips.

It was real­ly cool to add such a staunch­ly post-mod­ern short sto­ry col­lec­tion to our Club’s reper­toire, and I for one will cer­tain­ly be pur­su­ing a few more Ben­der books in the future, if for no oth­er rea­son than to find out if she’s always so frick­in’ weird.  Some of the sto­ries almost every­one liked were Marzi­pan, about a fam­i­ly deal­ing with the deaths of loved ones in very strange ways, The Heal­er, a tale of two mutant girls who grow up in a small town, and The Ring, about a wom­an, her lover/fiance/thief, and their quest for real­ly great presents.

We decid­ed unchar­ac­ter­is­ti­cal­ly quick­ly that our next book will be Mar­garet Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, which is one that at least a few of us have been mean­ing to read for a long time.  Its dystopi­an world will hope­ful­ly sate October’s appetite for the macabre and weird, and it’s def­i­nite­ly a clas­sic, so we’ll be expect­ing a big turnout and a spirit­ed dis­cus­sion!

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One last point of order: the love­ly KU couch will be tak­ing its win­ter vaca­tion start­ing today, so our next meet­ing will be held on Octo­ber 19th at 6 p.m. at the Shadyside Cof­fee Tree Roast­ers (right next door to KU!) and we’ll be send­ing out our usu­al email reminder with par­tic­u­lars closer to that date!  Hope to see all our favorite book club­bers (that’s all of you!) then and there! <3!

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