Friday, December 17, 2010

Book Club Selections: Peek at 2011

These are the books we decided we would read and discuss for 2011:

January: Ape House by Sara Gruen
February: Tidewater Blood by William Hoffman
March: Confession by John Grisham
April: Vivaldi's Virgins by Barbara Quick

Bookclub meeting

We meet today to discuss whatever book we have been reading. I will talk about The Confession by John Grisham, one of the masters of the legal thriller, and The Testimony by Anita Shreve, one of the Queens of storytelling. I enjoyed reading those two books. I am curious to hear what other people read about this past month.

I will be offline for a while. I am on vacation. Keep reading and sharing!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Storytelling

I really like this link about storytelling . It deals with what the writer, Katherine Hansen, calls applied storytelling.

This quote brought back memories: "We don’t just vote for a presidential candidate, we buy into his story of what the future holds." Remember the stories of John McCain and President Barack Obama that were told and retold back in 2008?

Who knew that one could call oneself a "corporate mythologist" to explain one's role in telling the history, philosophy, values, vision of an organization and the stories of the individuals who make up the organization.

Take a look at the table of contents of this book link . Telling your personal story is quite interesting.

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Fascination with Royalty

Someday My Prince Will Come by Jerramy Sage Fine was the title of a prepub book that I read with my email bookclub maybe three years ago. I read the first few pages with the club. I thought it had an interesting storyline. It's a real life story of a woman, daughter of hippie parents, who dreamt of marrying into the royal family as a child and never let go of that dream. Her fascination with the British took her to London where she now lives with her English non-royal boyfriend. See her blog.


I looked up Jerramy Fine on the internet some years ago and found this interesting story about the oddest employment dispute in publishing involving Jerramy.

The book has a 4.5 rating by amazon readers.