November Book Group

Hello Fellow Book Lovers,

We have moved the book group meeting to the second Tuesday of the month for November and December.  We will meet on November 10 at 3:30 pm in the Manhattan Club Grand Cafe.

This month we are reading Hopscotch by Julio Cortazar.  This book can be read sequentially or by using hopscotch.  My understanding is that one should read it first sequentially and then by following the “instructions” in the beginning of the book.

As organizers, we realize that this book selection is longer than our normal selections but we hope that you will attempt to read a portion of it prior to the book club.  We also will pay more attention to book length in the future.

Details of the meeting and summaries of the November and December selections are below.  As always, please send any suggestions for books to Jennifer Corrou at

November Book Club

Date:  November 10, 2015

Time:  3:30pm

Place:  Manhattan Club Grand Cafe

Address:  Cabildo 1792 (corner of La Pampa)


Hopscotch: A Novel by Julio Cortazar

Horacio Oliveira is an Argentinian writer who lives in Paris with his mistress, La Maga, surrounded by a loose-knit circle of bohemian friends who call themselves “the Club.” A child’s death and La Maga’s disappearance put an end to his life of empty pleasures and intellectual acrobatics, and prompt Oliveira to return to Buenos Aires, where he works by turns as a salesman, a keeper of a circus cat which can truly count, and an attendant in an insane asylum. Hopscotch is the dazzling, freewheeling account of Oliveira’s astonishing adventures.

DECEMBER (December 14, 2015)

My Struggle: Book by Karl Ove Knausgaard  (Author), Don Bartlett (Translator)

My Struggle: Book One introduces American readers to the audacious, addictive, and profoundly surprising international literary sensation that is the provocative and brilliant six-volume autobiographical novel by Karl Ove Knausgaard. It has already been anointed a Proustian masterpiece and is the rare work of dazzling literary originality that is intensely, irresistibly readable. Unafraid of the big issues–death, love, art, fear–and yet committed to the intimate details of life as it is lived, My Struggle is an essential work of contemporary literature.

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