Wednesday, January 14, 2009

And so it begins...

Welcome to the Hannah Coulter Book Club for Copy Cats!

On January 9th, in the comment section of a world famous blog, no more than a gazillion of some of the smartest women I know in cyberspace listed Hannah Coulter as the BEST book they read in 2008.

I started to wonder if they had secretly met and discussed the book without inviting me.

I asked but no one answered the question.

And then Donna suggested we start our own Hannah Coulter Book Club for Copy Cats. I say "we" because I fully expect her to be here everyday helping me because I know nothing about having a blog and she's a professional.

And, I'm lazy.

And, I have food to cook, kids to teach and sidewalks to shovel.

Enough about me.

Let's read the first few chapters, shall we? And then we'll discuss.

Wait! I just thought of a question for the comments!

Is this your first Wendell Berry book?

I've read some of his essays but I can't remember the title of the collection. This will be my first WB novel. I need a good novel. I've been disappointed three times in a row.

And it's winter, after all. Have you noticed? Let's hope Hannah Coulter begins with some hot, humid, flip-flop weather, shall we? I wonder if she wears flip-flops...

:) Lynn

30 comments:

  1. Hi Lynn!
    What a great start! Perfect question.

    I have never read of anything by Wendell Berry.

    I do not thing there will be flip-flops...
    perhaps trickles of sweat and a slip or two....

    I do so hope it is summer in the land of Hannah Coulter.

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  2. Uh oh.

    Trickles of sweat and a slip or two?

    Is it THAT kind of book?

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  3. No....he he....
    I was thinking cotton, modest, farm woman type slip.

    Get your pretty head out of the gutter :o)

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  4. Having just read Outlander I was worried.

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  5. Great idea, Lynn and Donna. As one who listed Hannah Coulter as the best read of 2008, I'm thrilled to see your book club. I borrowed the book from our library so I'll have to see if I can get it again and read along to follow the discussion. It was such a good read because I keep thinking about it (six months later!)

    It wasn't my first Wendell Berry book. I read all his fiction books last summer and Hannah was last. Her character is introduced in one of the other books (A Place on Earth, I believe). One of the great things about Berry's fiction is he constantly brings back characters from his fictional community and interweaves them and their stories.

    Enjoy the book ladies and I will enjoy the discussion as you read it!

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  6. Oh, Sandy! I'm so glad you'll be stopping by and contributing to the conversations! And I'm encouraged to hear you're still thinking about this book. That's a good sign. A very good sign.

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  7. Lynn in WI - the Pad Thai-Lynn?

    Hey You?

    the one with only sons? and this book is about a mother letting go of daugheters?

    Actually I have never read a Wendell Berry novel, and if I can jump in at this late date, I'd like to....

    I did read one Berry essay on healthcare and wasnt thrilled.

    So, let me see if I can check this one out of the library and I'll be back (think Ah-nald S)

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  8. Hi Dana! Yes. It's me. Pad-Thai Lynn.

    The one with sons who is apparently starting a book blog about a book she knows nothing about! Thanks for the hint. I had no clue.

    Please join us! We need as many smart people as possible!

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  9. I have never read wendell berry, but am excited to, based on these wise women's susggestions. may I play?
    although you must know that I love outlander.

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  10. Hi krg! I'm glad you're here! Of course you can play...you can even bring up Outlander. I won't mind. ;)

    Oh, this is going to fun!

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  11. thanks! I look forward to it. I pick up my book tomorrow.

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  12. This is my first Wendell Berry book and I am enjoying his style of writing so far :-)

    What fun this book club will be!

    Blessings,
    Tammy ~@~

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  13. Lynn. Writing a blog. My life is complete. =)

    I'm going to get the book today and give it a try. It will be my first WB book. I'm a late bloomer.

    I'm reading The Secret Life of Bees right now and enjoying it.

    Janet

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  14. Lynn,
    I sit back in awe. Starting a blog with everything else you have going on.
    I haven't even joined a book club ever before, even tho I wanted to.
    I always put that on the "Things to do After Homeschooling" list.
    I'm looking forward to this!

    I read Hannah Coulter last summer. Di Wheeler recommended it on her blog. I'll try to remember as we go along...

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  15. Janet,
    I like The Secret Life of Bees. Emma didn't.
    I think the unusual spirituality bothered her.

    I am so glad you are going to join us!

    Late bloomers are very welcome here.

    Lynn thought of a hilarious subtitle for the blog...

    Lucy and Ethyl read a book.


    Isn't that a riot.

    I think it is t-shirt worthy.

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  16. I must be slower than most. I had a very hard time using this site and getting my comments posted. :(
    Now, it says my name is yosemite. I can't change it where it says "comment as" It's me-Nancy-Lynn! Nancy in Madison.
    I wrote the post above.
    ~Nancy

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  17. Tammy of the North--I had no idea you were reading this book! Glad you're here and I'm encouraged that you're enjoying the book.

    Janet--you're a master ("mistress" sounded wrong) at hyperbole. I'm thrilled that you're joining us!!

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  18. Hi Nancy! Sorry about the name thingy. I recognized you! Apparently you're not slower than most given that you've already read the book. Please join in and I'll look into the comment thing.

    Did you have to make a Google identity or something?

    Lucy and Ethyl read a book and attempt to blog about it...

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  19. OK.

    I just switched the comment thingy to "anyone". Hopefully that will make it easier.

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  20. I ordered the book from Amazon today and will get it on Monday. Yea! I'm in for your book club.

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  21. Yes, Lynn, I had to make a Google account. Thanks for trying to make it easier.~Nancy

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  22. Hi Junebug! Welcome!

    Nancy--looks like it worked.

    Now, if someone could come by and help me figure out that stats counter thingy, I'd be most grateful.

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  23. I'm going to be here! Hannah Coulter was the first Wendell Berry book I read and I liked it a lot - and I was not expecting to.

    However, I am a woman of very little brain, and doubt I can remember anything pithy or witty or memorable to contribute, so I'll probably just watch and cheer all of the rest of you.

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  24. I ordered it up from the library. I still am in shock over this new Lucy and Ethyl adventure. Me thinks it's cabin fever!

    I don't even have a clue what this book is about but I'm in!

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  25. Laura, the lurker from Alabama.... get thee the book from the library and re-read. We need your comments, pithy, witty, or not.

    Janet, I liked The Secret Life of Bees, but did not care for The Mermaid Chair.

    I'm headed over to Carol's to tell her...

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  26. Oh, I liked Secret Life of Bees and Mermaid Chair. Buying the book this weekend so I can play too.

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  27. When I read how many people liked the book over at Donna's, I requested it at the library. My hubby picked it up when I was sick and couldn't read, so I've only recently started it in-between trying to get caught up around the house...IOW, I haven't read a lot yet :::sigh:::

    Interesting comment, Donna, about Emma and The Secret Life of Bees. You have a discerning daughter....

    Blessings,
    Tammy ~@~

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  28. My sister is here.

    I am happy. :)

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  29. I have never read this author before, but I am excited about finding this book after hearing so many good things about it from Donna's girls.

    I'll either be going to the library this week to find it or I might just give in and buy it! Until then, I'll just read along with what gets said on your blog.

    Fun idea Lynn!

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  30. Late to the party, but I'll be here.

    Di

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