Chicken Book Club

Discussion in 'Entertainment' started by megatron, Aug 16, 2012.

  1. scotchbutter

    scotchbutter Chicken

    I listen to a lot audiobooks. It’s always fun when you get the same voice actor—this book is about food companies but it’s read by the same guy that did a murder history book so it’s feeling so ominous!
     
  2. Canaligator

    Canaligator Barbie Police

    Haha that's really funny! I remember when Idris Elba was on the Office for a stint that, thanks to his role on the Wire, I kept expecting his character to murder people. It lent an odd feeling to a half-hour comedy.
     
  3. Lucyinthesky

    Lucyinthesky Chicken

    I just finished Educated by Tara Westover. Anyone else? It’s was so fucking bizarre. And yeah, my mom was/is a total narcissist and addict and generally didn’t care for my well being, but the author’s upbringing was still wild to me.
     
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  4. Canaligator

    Canaligator Barbie Police

    I read that and it was amazing and bizarre. I felt like it was what the Hillbilly Elegy guy was trying to do but more thoughtful and less judgy.
     
  5. Fitz

    Fitz Leslie Knope Monster

    It’s coming in the mail from a friend and I can’t wait. I just finished Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and part of me wants more from that author and the other part knows it will be disappointing.

    Now I have On the Come Up, the new one from Angie Thomas!
     
  6. I loved Eleanor Oliphant! I might read it again actually. Spending a lot of time these days slow walking up and down the quiet side of my local park while E sleeps so I do it with a book balanced on the pram handle. I'm reading Lady Oracle by Margaret Atwood rn and im not sure how i feel about it. I've loved everything else I've read of hers but this one hasn't grabbed me yet.
     
  7. OhFFS

    OhFFS Chicken

    I just got this book for my book club! I also got "stay sexy and don't get murdered" because I had preordered it a d forgot about it and now I don't know which to read first!
     
  8. shakespeer

    shakespeer Basic Pirate Lesbian Aesthete

    Read Educated. Hooooly shit so much to unpack.
     
  9. A. Ham

    A. Ham Chicken

    Has anyone read either of Sally Rooney's books? Would you recommend them? I just read her Faber short (Mr Salary) and I liked her writing style so would like to read another of her books.
     
  10. I read Normal People last year. I really enjoyed it. There has been a lot of hype for it and I don't know if I'd go that far, but I did race through it. She has a really interesting voice.
     
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  11. A. Ham

    A. Ham Chicken

    Maybe I'll start with that one!
     
  12. Canaligator

    Canaligator Barbie Police

    I just finished Where the Crawdads Sing for my book group. I didn’t know anything about it except it was highly praised / on lots of lists. Did not like. Has anyone here read it?

    I’m now reading Midnight in Chernobyl which is really, really good, though at the end of a long day like today it is maybe more heavy than I am up for. It’s also long and I’m worried I won’t finish it before it’s due back to the library so I just downloaded to my kindle and then turned on airplane mode :lol: If I hadn’t just bought the crappy crawdad book I would just buy it, but I am resentful.
     
  13. I just finished reading The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner. Completely loved it. It is the first book I've read in a long time that grabbed me so completely.
     
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  14. Kimmers

    Kimmers Chicken

    Can anyone recommend a good book to provide some insight into food stamps/WIC? Like to hypothetically recommend to certain family members who may or may not have made my tongue bleed this weekend with ignorant comments about food stamp abuse etc.
     
  15. shiba shake

    shiba shake Chicken

    I don't know about current WIC stuff, but Josh Levin wrote a book about the original welfare queen. It's called The Queen and it looks into her whole life. I haven't actually read it, but it's supposed to put a face on the myth.
     
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  16. Canaligator

    Canaligator Barbie Police

    I think that’s, like, a true crime book about an actual shady criminal. @Kimmers is looking for something that is evidence based about how 99.9 percent of people using assistance are NOT frauds - am I correct, Kimmers?
     
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  17. Kimmers

    Kimmers Chicken

    Yes exactly, thanks canal.
     
  18. Canaligator

    Canaligator Barbie Police

    This isn't about WIC per se, but my go-to is Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich, where she writes about trying to live in four (I think) different parts of the country on minimum wage and how impossible it is to do so, and it definitely addresses the importance of social service programs for people who are actually working but don't make enough to survive / pay for housing, health care, etc. It's an older book but it is accessible and thoughtful.
     
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  19. Honey

    Honey Historian Staff Member

    I liked Nickel and Dimed too.
     
  20. Dorothygale

    Dorothygale Chicken

    Any good creepy/scary/ghostly book recommendations? I wanna feel like I'm 9 years old, reading Fear Street in the dark levels of creeped out :lol:

    No Stephen King, he's never done it for me
     
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  21. HBC

    HBC Chicken

    I just read Haunting of Gillespie House not too long ago and was entertained by it
     
  22. A. Ham

    A. Ham Chicken

    Horrorstor.

    I'm a wimp, so take this with however big a grain of salt you want to, but when I read it at the age of 25 I was living at home and was so creeped out that night that I got my father to turn out my light when I went to bed because I was positive I couldn't make it from the light switch to the bed.
     
  23. Kimmers

    Kimmers Chicken

    I read some pretty savage reviews of The Testaments (Handmaid’s Tale sequel) and now I’m afraid to read it and taint my love of the first book.

    Also, I finally started the Dark Tower series and WOW was the first book hard to slog through. Wtf did I even just read?? I am a die hard Stephen King fan but Jesus that was rough. Trying to steel myself for book two!
     
  24. A. Ham

    A. Ham Chicken

    I just finished The Testaments and I loved it. It fleshed out the world, showed us what happened, and was exciting as FUCK. I spent the whole afternoon reading it because I couldnt put it down.
     
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  25. Canaligator

    Canaligator Barbie Police

    Ooh I can’t wait!
     

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