I will admit that I haven't bought a hardback book in ages. The last time was Joshua Ferris's And Then We Came to The End, which I also recommend; it is hilarious and touching. If you've ever worked in an office, you'll love it. A friend and I bonded together and had an anti-American Idol Book Club; Ferris's book was our first and favorite pick. (FYI: there's grumblings at my house about pitching in to buy me a Kindle for my birthday, which would mean no more books at all (except for very special ones, but cheaper downloads....good lordy. My birthday's not until August, so there's time to ponder the meaning of all that.)
Anyway, once I got to the bookstore, I couldn't remember the name of Strauss's book, which I think is a bit of a problem with these sentence-like titles. I recently read and LOVED Miranda July's completely insane and ingenious collection of stories entitled No One Belongs Here More Than You, but also can never remember the title without looking it up. I've recommended it to everyone I bump into, but without the title, it's a little difficult.
I had a funny conversation with the dude at my local bookstore about these titles. We decided that in our head these titles simply translate into: What the Hell is the Name of This Book, which is definitely what I'm going to title my second novel (if someone doesn't steal it first and if the first novel doesn't kill me first).
Okay, so anyway, not to ramble.
INVITATION: You are cordially invited to the first LROD Online Book Club on Monday, September 15th. That should give you plenty of time to get your copy (beg, borrow, buy, steal, or check out from the library) in order for our beautiful and thoughtful discussion on More Than It Hurts You by Darin Strauss. Please dress for the occasion and bring a virtual potluck dish to pass.
If it works out, we can make it a habit. Anyone wishing to nominate a book, can email me, and I'll keep a running list. Book publishers wishing to contact me, can reach me at writerrejected at aol dot com. (I've always wanted to say that.)
Also, other bloggers: please publicize this book club on your blog if you are in the mood. I'd like to get as many writing readers as we can in on it, so we can have an informed debate on the merit Mr. Strauss's work once and for all.