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Fetishists and lunatics and books, oh my! February 27, 2009

Posted by oaklandbookclub in dates, meetings.

First, I’d like to thank everyone who attended the planning meeting. It was a lively one, that’s for sure, and I was thrilled with both the number and quality of suggestions. It’s also refreshing to kick off the next couple of months with some new genres.

Note, this is a change of time: Our next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday March 25th at the Vintage Estate Wine and Beer on South Ave. in Boardman ( it’s next to Aladdin’s, where The Boathouse used to be) at 7:00.

in March, we’re reading Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. 


This one is a graphic novel, and I have to say, I’m pretty jazzed about reading it, despite having mocked both the superhero and graphic novel genres. Seriously, the graphic novel section of Barnes and Noble is like its own little world where the normal rules of book shelving and organizing don’t apply. It’s fortunate that B and N has a guy. You know, that guy…the reason we mock superheroes and graphic novels, that is, until we need him, and then he is the superhero (and that was a helluva lot of commas).

And then, we’re all going to go and see the movie together; it comes out in a week or two. Today, I found this great article on cnn.com. It’s called “Will Anyone Watch the Watchmen?”  It really piqued my interest in both the novel and the film with this line from cast member Billy Crudup: “What would people who dress up in costumes to fight crime actually be like? Well, they’d probably be fetishists who lived on the fringes of society. They’d all be a bunch of freaking lunatics.”

Fetishists and lunatics? Count me in!

Here’s the rest of the lineup.

  • April:  Drinking Coffee Elsewhere, Z. Z. Packer (collection of short stories)
  • May: Minions of the Moon, Richard Bowes (with opportunity to meet the author)
  • June: Memoir From an Ant proof Case, Mark Helprin
  • July: The Seville Communion, Arturo Perez-Revert
  • August: The God of Small Things, Arundhanti Roi
  • September: Skycraper, Faith Baldwin and Elizabeth M. Hess (pulp fiction from the Feminist Press Femme Fatale Series)
  • October: Wicked, Gregory Maguire
  • November: Hardboiled Wonderland at the End of the World, Haruki Marakami (I have to check the availability of this one)
  • December: Linden Hills, Gloria Naylor

The best book club in the Yo. We’ve got it going on.



1. Michael F. Lisi - February 27, 2009

Great pick. I hope everyone in your club appreciates it as much as I have. There is a reason that Alan Moore is the master of this genre and this is it. It is one of those graphic novels that I pick up and read at least once a year. Even better is the fact that it can be read all on it’s own without reading any other graphic novels. It truly stand alone.

2. oaklandbookclub - February 28, 2009

Feel free to stop by our meeting, Michael. You know where to find us.


3. Milli Thornton - March 29, 2009

I’m fairly new to town. Just found your site today (after finding the Oakland online–and attending this evening’s performance of Driving Miss Daisy) and someone’s Youngstown blog links led me here.

Your club sounds fun! I plan to look for Drinking Coffee Elsewhere at Barnes and Noble tomorrow and hopefully read it in time for your next meeting.

One sad thing . . . I used http://www.indiebound.org to look for an independent bookstore in Y’town, but it seems the closest one is 32 miles away. :~(

4. Kris - March 29, 2009

Hi Milli!

We do have an independent bookseller, Dorian Books near the campus of YSU.

5. Milli Thornton - March 29, 2009

Thanks, Kris. Is that where you got your copy of Drinking Coffee Elsewhere?

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