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ONBC Next Book Selections

Unread post by Liz » Sun Oct 25, 2015 10:14 pm

Hey Noodlemantras,

It’s time for another book……

But we want you to know what we’re thinking about.

So, here’s what we’re considering.......



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Mountain Shadow by Gregory David Roberts

Shantaram was one of our best discussions. Mountain Shadow catches up with Linbaba 2 years after we said goodbye to him in Shantaram. In the long awaited sequel, Lin must find his way in a Bombay run by a different generation of mafia dons, playing by a different set of rules.

Since the events of Shantaram, Lin has lost two people he had come to love: his father figure, Khaderbhai, and his soul mate, Karla, married to a handsome Indian media tycoon. Lin returns from a smuggling trip to a city that seems to have changed too much, too soon. Many of his old friends are long gone, the new mafia leadership has become entangled in increasingly violent and dangerous intrigues, and a fabled holy man challenges everything that Lin thought he’d learned about love and life. But Lin can’t leave the Island City: Karla, and a fatal promise, won’t let him go.


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They All Love Jack by Bruce Robinson

Bruce Robinson, the director of The Rum Diary, has written a decade-long examination of the most provocative murder investigation in British history (and the subject of Johnny’s film From Hell), and finally solves the identity of the killer known as "Jack the Ripper."

In a literary high-wire act reminiscent of both Hunter S. Thompson and Errol Morris, Bruce Robinson offers a radical reinterpretation of Jack the Ripper, contending that he was not the madman of common legend, but the vile manifestation of the Victorian Age's moral bankruptcy.

In exploring the case of Jack the Ripper, Robison goes beyond the who that has obsessed countless others and focuses on the why. He asserts that any "gentlemen" that walked above the fetid gutters of London, the nineteenth century's most depraved city, often harbored proclivities both violent and taboo—yearnings that went entirely unpunished, especially if he also bore royal connections. The story of Jack the Ripper hinges on accounts that were printed and distributed throughout history by the same murderous miscreants who frequented the East End of her Majesty's London, wiping the fetid muck from their boots when they once again reached the marble floors of society's finest homes.

Supported by primary sources and illustrated with 75 to 100 black and white photographs, this breathtaking work of cultural history dismisses the theories of previous "Ripperologists." A Robinson persuasively makes clear with his unique brilliance, The Ripper was far from a poor resident of Whitechapel . . . he was a way of life.


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M Train by Patti Smith

M Train is a journey through eighteen "stations." It begins in the tiny Greenwich Village café where Smith goes every morning for black coffee, ruminates on the world as it is and the world as it was, and writes in her notebook. We then travel, through prose that shifts fluidly between dreams and reality, past and present, across a landscape of creative aspirations and inspirations: from Frida Kahlo's Casa Azul in Mexico, to a meeting of an Arctic explorer's society in Berlin; from the ramshackle seaside bungalow in New York's Far Rockaway that Smith buys just before Hurricane Sandy hits, to the graves of Genet, Plath, Rimbaud, and Mishima. Woven throughout are reflections on the writer's craft and on artistic creation, alongside signature memories including her life in Michigan with her husband, guitarist Fred Sonic Smith, whose untimely death was an irremediable loss. For it is loss, as well as the consolation we might salvage from it, that lies at the heart of this exquisitely told memoir, one augmented by stunning black-and-white Polaroids taken by Smith herself. M Train is a meditation on endings and on beginnings: a poetic tour de force by one of the most brilliant multiplatform artists at work today.



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Re: ONBC Next Book Selections

Unread post by stroch » Mon Oct 26, 2015 5:54 am

The M Train would be my choice. Patti Smith is a seminal figure in the art world, and the book sounds fascinating -- touching on some of the figures we so often encounter in ONBC.
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Unread post by nebraska » Mon Oct 26, 2015 9:10 am

I vote for Mountain Shadow. Shantaram is one of the best books I ever read; based on the strength of that book, I think Mountain Shadow promises to be a good one.

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Unread post by SnoopyDances » Mon Oct 26, 2015 2:19 pm

:applause2: How exciting!
I love the prospect of a new book and discussion, even though I'm still catching up with the previous one.

All of the selections sound really interesting.
Just going by the time of year and the length of the books, I'd have to choose Patti Smith, as I'm not sure I'd have time to read the others.

But I'll go with the masses and read whichever book is chosen. :agree2:

Thanks Liz and Firefly for letting us weigh in.

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Unread post by marija » Mon Oct 26, 2015 2:49 pm

nebraska wrote:I vote for Mountain Shadow. Shantaram is one of the best books I ever read; based on the strength of that book, I think Mountain Shadow promises to be a good one.
:highfive: I like 'Shantaram' so much and I would love to read the sequel and to follow the discussion .
I read a little bit of Pattis life , too. I was very impressed how strong she was/is on her way...puh...it's hard to choose between this two. I'll read both for sure anyway. Thank you Liz and Firefly for such wonderful offers (including the Ripper book)
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Unread post by Liz » Mon Oct 26, 2015 8:25 pm

Just so you all know, we will give you an extra month of reading time if we choose one of the longer books.

And if we do M Train, the discussion would not be before mid January.
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Unread post by SnoopyDances » Mon Oct 26, 2015 10:44 pm

Liz wrote:Just so you all know, we will give you an extra month of reading time if we choose one of the longer books.

And if we do M Train, the discussion would not be before mid January.
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Unread post by Peachy » Wed Oct 28, 2015 8:14 am

I vote for Mountain Shadow - even though the others also sound great (so I will be reading them too)
I have just started Mountain Shadow and so far I can say it is like meeting an old friend after a long time or like returning home after a long trip.
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Unread post by nebraska » Tue Mar 29, 2016 6:44 pm

Johnny mentioned They All Love Jack during his Facebook live interview this afternoon!

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Unread post by fireflydances » Tue Mar 29, 2016 8:27 pm

Wow, that's interesting. Would love to talk to him about the book. And Bruce!
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Unread post by Dido » Wed Mar 30, 2016 8:31 pm

fireflydances wrote:Wow, that's interesting. Would love to talk to him about the book. And Bruce!
Now that would be an interview worth watching... please arrange it!! :please:
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Unread post by fireflydances » Thu Mar 31, 2016 1:03 pm

Ah! Would that we were that connected! But ya never know. We've had some lovely interviewees across the years. We just keep doing what we love and hope news of it travels widely.
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