It's time to suggest more books. Neco says, "I just read Ella Minnow Pea with another book club and thought it made a good book club book and it's fairly short. I've also been interested in reading one of the lesser known Jane Austins since I've been watching all the movies on PBS. Persuasion, Northanger Abbey, or Mansfield Park."
Bonnie says, "I watched The Jane Austen Book Club video with a couple of book club friends, and I think that novel would be a good choice. Another possibility is Sara Gruen's Water for Elephants, which lots of book clubs are reading. Here are links to the books, some of which have excerpts you can read."
Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler
Toby has added The Red Leather Diary: Reclaiming a Life Through the Pages of a Lost Journal by Lily Koppel, which sounds very interesting. My only caveat is that it will be only in hardback (for maybe a year?) after it is published on April 8. (Caveat = an explanation to prevent a misinterpretation.)
Shirley has added Little Heathens: Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression by Mildred Armstrong Kalish. I have good news for you, Shirley: the paperback version is to be published on April 29, 2008. Maybe we should consider this one for May or June? Sounds perfect to me!
Bonnie has added Windfalls, a novel by Jean Hegland, who wrote Into the Forest, another great novel.
NOTE: I'm taking Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen off the list. I had forgotten we already considered this one last fall.
Alison and Neco have spoken: Don't take away suggestions just because they have been considered before. Okay, I'll put it back in the mix. Thanks for speaking up.