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The Book Club Review

Mar 29, 2017

Can a sci-fi novel make for a good book club book? We find out with The Left-Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin. Did Laura's book club, mostly sci-fi newbies, like it or loathe it?

From fantasy dystopia to the real world, we also tackle Second-Hand Time, Svetlana Alexievich's history of life in Soviet and post-Soviet...

Mar 19, 2017

We discuss South Korean author Han Kang's short novel about a troubled woman who decides to stop eating meat.

We also look at international bestseller of yesteryear The Reader by Bernhard Schlink, which found fame in the author's native Germany before making its way onto Oprah Winfrey's book club list, and becoming an...

Mar 19, 2017

We discuss Paul Beatty's 2016 Booker Prize winning novel The Sellout and Hillbilly Elegy, Jack Vance's memoir of growing up in a poor Appalachian town. Does Vance's book explain the rise of Donald Trump, as many commentators claimed? Did The Sellout make us laugh, as the blurb promised it would? And did these two books...