If I was sticking exclusively to the upvote formula I had declared book club law last week, Gillian Flynn's Sharp Objects would be the object of our ardent, book-ish adoration, HOWEVER -- I read through all of the comments (yes, every single one) which brought the final total to:
Bossed up Sylvia Plath: 20 upvotes + 6 comment votes = WINNER
Bossed Up Camille Preaker: 23 upvotes + 2 comment votes = UNTIL NEXT TIME, CAMILLE!
And so I decree that Plath takes the prize spot in our book club. Are you excited?
If you're on board and not library inclined, you can buy a copy of Pain, Parties, Work: Sylvia Plath in New York, Summer 1953 from Amazon (in paperback AND Kindle), Barnes and Noble (hard copy AND Nook -- if you're into that), and a score of tiny, hole-in-the-wall, worth supporting if you can local bookstores (I got my hardcover copy in the basement of Strand. Best. Decision. Ever).
Let us reconvene here in two weeks to discuss Plath and all her NYC editorial glory. I don't have enough book club experience to confidently outline any discussion points, but I'll happy take requests from the comments section below (including demands for more reading time).
All that's left is to list the wonderful books you all took the time to phone in in last week's thread. Oh, and for those of you who are disappointed by the recent lack of "fat little baguette with fur pants that clambers onto my bed at night and breathes hot, noxious air on my face" photos, I've got something for you as well:
(Spondee's first beach day was a smashing success.)
#ICYMI, here is a selection of the bossed up book recommendations from last week. Based on the books below, Margaret Atwood is the most bossed up bitch of all time.
- Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Nancy Milford (FrejaThorshammer)
- The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter & The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood (AJ)
- Bluebeard's Egg: Stories by Margaret Atwood (softcastlemccormick)
- Dark Places by Gillian Flynn (HSmarsh)
- Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés (fiat_lux)
- The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls, Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan, & A House in the Sky: A Memoir by Amanda Lindhout (Mary)
- The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (the ice cream monster)
- The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley (WhiskeyTangoFoxtrotAgain)
If I missed your rec., feel free to share it again - and again, and again, until Disqus crumbles under the weight of your literary fervor.