Sunday, December 6, 2009

Book Club for the Non-Nerdy

OK...maybe nerdy.

I am in / have been in a number of bookclubs over the past couple of months. Currently, I am in two: The Book Club for the Non- Nerdy (ok maybe nerdy) AND my work book club. Since it really can't be a good idea for me to talk about work here, let's focus on the books selected by the non-nerds.

We have had a select few already:

Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex by Mary Roach

The Three Coffins, by John Dickson Carr

Tender at the Bone, by Ruth Reichl

Blink, by Malcolm Gladwell

Interpreter of Maladies, by Jhumpha Lahiri

Today's discussion was regarding Lahiri's book, and team - I LOVED it. And not just for the company, which was fabulous. Everyone contributed something: there were spring rolls, and curry, and kabobs, and NAAN, and chicken tiki masala, and me. I baked. Per the usj: ginger molasses cookies.

I enjoyed the book itself, and I wasn't really expecting to, true literature not really being my bag. I had forgotten how much I liked the short story format - I found myself going through the book rather quickly. The stories are very human, and very full of what I deem to be the stuff of life - love, family, dealing with tragedy and dishonesty, growing up and growing old.

...well I suppose that was nerdy after all. Nerdy, and full of the sweetness.


  1. Is this to imply that you have the work bookclub and the non-nerdy bookclub and that work bookclub is therefore nerdy? My heart, it is sad.

  2. Oh not at all! The above mentioned non work book club has always been titled "Book Club for the Non-Nerdy People (ok maybe nerdy)

  3. Well, I wasn't going to deny that we are nerdy. We're too far gone. But it's nice to know you aren't calling us nerdy on the internet!

  4. Maaan, can't believe I had to miss out on all the good times for something so mundane as WORK AND ILLNESS. Pft.

    Also? There seems to be a pretty distinct trend in the books we read...except for that one murder mystery, of course. I'm going to have to read the Lahiri book, even if I missed the meeting. It sounds so good!