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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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