The Greater Wilmington-Newark Book Club Winners List  #1

A Listmania! list by Jennie M. (Newark, Delaware USA)
The list author says: "These are the first 40 books our club read, from August 2007 to January 2011. Check out our second list for our choices from February 2011 on."
Winkie
1.  Winkie by Clifford Chase
The list author says:
  "Book #1 (Aug 07). General consensus was the book failed miserably as a satire and nearly failed as a reading experience! As our inaugural book, it was hilarious to have chosen a bad one, and some of us still refer to it today, all these months later. :)"
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High Fidelity: A Novel
2.  High Fidelity: A Novel by Nick Hornby
The list author says:
  "#2 (Sep 07). Most of us really enjoyed this one. Some of us grew a bit tired by the main character's incessant whining and misanthropy, but agreed that it made him all the more believable."
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Darkly Dreaming Dexter: Dexter Morgan (1)
3.  Darkly Dreaming Dexter: Dexter Morgan (1) by Jeff Lindsay
The list author says:
  "#3(A) (Oct 07). A HUGE turnout for this book, yet nearly all of us agreed that the TV show is better. We felt parts of the book rambled and that too much of it was spent inside Dexter's head, whereas more supporting characters were able to be fleshed out (haha) much more on the TV show."
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The Ruins
4.  The Ruins by Scott Smith
The list author says:
  "#3(B) (Oct 07). For various reasons, most said this was pretty bad. I thought it was chilling, fatalistic, and even though the premise was silly at first (a killer plant? Really?), it was a believable, spooky read. Most were turned off by the premise, the gore, and the ending."
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Into the Wild
5.  Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
The list author says:
  "#4 (Dec 07). All were big fans. We marveled at Krakauer's ability to turn a pretty sparse true-life plot into a fully-realized, almost novelistic tale of this young man's life and death."
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Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia
6.  Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert
The list author says:
  "#5 (Jan & Feb 08). We needed two meetings to discuss this popular choice, although we were split about 50-50 in terms of like and dislike. Some of us enjoyed its escapist aspects and humorous writing style; others were turned off by what we felt was her overprivileged lifestyle and cherry-picking of "fashionable" Eastern religions."
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Love in the Time of Cholera (Vintage International)
7.  Love in the Time of Cholera (Vintage International) by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The list author says:
  "#6 (Mar 08). Few of us made it through the book, having been overwhelmed by the flowery language and slow pacing. Those who did make it enjoyed it tremendously, but while many voted for it, few showed, probably turned off after the first 20 or so pages."
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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
8.  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
The list author says:
  "#7 (Apr 08). High marks for this one all around. We felt it was an insightful and thorough look into the mind of an autistic boy, and the subject was handled carefully and with utmost respect, and even humor. A great read."
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Then We Came to the End: A Novel
9.  Then We Came to the End: A Novel by Joshua Ferris
The list author says:
  "#8 (May 08). High marks for this one as well. I was unable to attend the meeting, but those who did reported it was enjoyable and fun."
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The Dante Club: A Novel
10.  The Dante Club: A Novel by Matthew Pearl
The list author says:
  "#9 (Jun 08). Generally positive reviews. Some had trouble with the Victorian-style language, but enjoyed the intricacy of the mystery combined with factual historical details. A twisty, engrossing read, but one that requires your undivided attention."
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The Lovely Bones
11.  The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
The list author says:
  "#10 (Jul 08). Much praise for this book, although some of us felt certain plot points were unnecessary or completely off-base. We had a great discussion about the book's concepts of heaven(s), fate, vengeance, and family dynamics."
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Me Talk Pretty One Day
12.  Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
The list author says:
  "#11 (Aug 08). We were split 60-40 in terms of those who were underwhelmed and those who were overjoyed. Some of us were expecting the humor to pack more of a wallop based on  Sedaris's considerable hype, while others felt the humor was just right."
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The Big Over Easy: A Nursery Crime
13.  The Big Over Easy: A Nursery Crime by Jasper Fforde
The list author says:
  "#12 (Sep 08). Greatly enjoyed by the majority of us. Some thought it was a little too outlandish and twisty; others were worried they'd missed details because of a lack of thorough nursery rhyme knowledge (but were reassured by others that it was unnecessary). Many loved the quirky details and sly British wit."
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American Gods
14.  American Gods by Neil Gaiman
The list author says:
  "#13 (Oct 08). Not a light read, but the small group of troopers who read it were impressed by its philosophical journey and interesting characters. We had a great, long discussion on the wealth of this book's ideas: consumerism, myth, religion, death, fate, redemption, the hero's journey. A deep novel for thoughtful, dedicated readers."
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Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist
15.  Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist by David Levithan
The list author says:
  "#14 (Nov 08). A light, easy read. We enjoyed its freshness, humor, and dedication to being realistic about today's teens. Some were surprised by the maturity or were a little taken aback at the sexuality in a YA book. Those who saw the movie as well were disappointed that it didn't follow the book more closely, the hands-down opinion being "the book was so much better"."
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Miracle at St. Anna (Movie Tie-in)
16.  Miracle at St. Anna (Movie Tie-in) by James McBride
The list author says:
  "#15 (Dec 08). Enjoyed by all, although some felt the book's details were sketchy and the plotting too slow. It was interesting trying to identify all the "miracles" that occur (I think we found 12 or so). An easy read, though unfulfilling for some."
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An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England: A Novel
17.  An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England: A Novel by Brock Clarke
The list author says:
  "#16 (Jan 09). Not enjoyed by all! Many found the main character too pathetic and the payoff at the end not great enough to redeem him. Some felt he didn't take the satire far enough; others enjoyed his writing style and occasional insights into human nature."
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The Time Traveler's Wife
18.  The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
The list author says:
  "#17 (Feb 09). One of our better choices. A thoroughly enjoyable exploration of love, marriage, friendship, and parenthood through the lens of time travel."
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The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World
19.  The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World by Eric Weiner
The list author says:
  "#18 (Mar 09). Although few of us finished the book in time for the meeting, the vast majority had very positive things to say about what they had read. A funny, informative, and surprising book."
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The Perks of Being a Wallflower
20.  The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
The list author says:
  "#19 (Apr 09). Although not "the next Catcher in the Rye," as it has been called so many times, it is a frank, touching, compelling portrait of a troubled young man's coming-of-age. Widely enjoyed."
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In Cold Blood (Modern Library 100 Best Nonfiction Books)
21.  In Cold Blood (Modern Library 100 Best Nonfiction Books) by Truman Capote
The list author says:
  "#20 (May 09). A classic of American literature, not much more can be added to the overwhelming praise and great deal of controversy this book has received."
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The Mezzanine
22.  The Mezzanine by Nicholson Baker
The list author says:
  "#21 (Jun 09). Almost universally disliked, with a few exceptions. Most of us didn't bother to finish it, if that's any indication."
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Naked Lunch
23.  Naked Lunch by William Burroughs
The list author says:
  "#22 (Jul 09). A nice experiment, both for Burroughs and for our little book club, but probably one that shouldn't--won't--be repeated."
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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
24.  The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
The list author says:
  "#23 (Aug 09). The critical adoration is well deserved. Most of us devoured this book and found ourselves disappointed when we reached the end and, lo and behold, there was no more to consume. A tough yet lovely read."
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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium Trilogy)
25.  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium Trilogy) by Stieg Larsson
The list author says:
  "#24 (Sep 09). A hard book, not in readability but in subject; some might find their stomachs turned. A hands-down page-turner of a read, this definitely makes you want to read the sequels--if you can handle it."
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Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
26.  Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell
The list author says:
  "#25 (Oct 09). Brilliant! Incredibly interesting reading. Much of the information is heady and academic but is written for all to understand without pandering or condescension."
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Shutter Island
27.  Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane
The list author says:
  "#26 (Nov 09). Some might see it coming; most won't. A terrific, dark, twisty thriller--read it before you see the movie!"
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Dear American Airlines: A Novel
28.  Dear American Airlines: A Novel by Jonathan Miles
The list author says:
  "#27 (Dec 09). It is what it says it is: One loooong rant. A bit more direction in plot might have made it tolerable, but for most of us, the camaraderie we might've felt with the narrator wears off after so much whining."
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A Long Way Down
29.  A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby
The list author says:
  "#28 (Jan 10). A cool, witty novel about a dark, devastating subject. Hornby handles the subject well, but at times sacrifices dynamic character construction for furthering the plot."
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Be Mine
30.  Be Mine by Laura Kasischke
The list author says:
  "#29 (Feb 10). Well, it was a *different* choice for our group, being an erotic thriller, for lack of a better term. Some members enjoyed it for what it was. I found it silly, overwrought, full of metaphors being beaten into your head as you read, and with a terribly unlikable protagonist. Not my cup of tea."
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In the Woods
31.  In the Woods by Tana French
The list author says:
  "#30 (Mar 10). One of my top five favorite books of all time. I am so glad I read this. Not everyone in our group liked it quite as much, but I found it an exciting, deep, extraordinarily well written literary mystery, with exceptional character development. I love this book."
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Bel Canto
32.  Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
The list author says:
  "#31 (Apr 10). Not at all what I expected--in a good way. Patchett transitions beautifully between characters, all of whom are so wonderfully developed. I expected political intrigue, and instead got some lovely interpersonal dynamics. It is a surprise of a read, quite enjoyable."
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Alice in Wonderland (Norton Critical Editions)
33.  Alice in Wonderland (Norton Critical Editions) by Lewis Carroll
The list author says:
  "#32 (May 10). A classic--what more can be said? Twisty, fun, silly, nonsensical, full of childlike quirks and wonder. It's a pleasure to read as an adult unfettered by school assignments or requirements."
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I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell (movie tie-in): with 16 page photo insert
34.  I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell (movie tie-in): with 16 page photo insert by Tucker Max
The list author says:
  "#33 (Jun 10). ::sigh:: This was a weak time in the club. We caved in to some hype, and what it bought us was this misogynistic, lowbrow, terribly written piece of tripe that had only one or two laugh-out-loud moments. The rest is cringe-worthy. Read at your own peril."
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A Reliable Wife
35.  A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
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  "#34 (Jul 10). It's a Lifetime movie, circa 1908. Is any more explanation required?"
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Pretty Little Mistakes: A Do-Over Novel
36.  Pretty Little Mistakes: A Do-Over Novel by Heather McElhatton
The list author says:
  "#35 (Aug 10). At times light and easy and at others surprisingly touching, not to mention laugh-out-loud funny. Though the situations occasionally strain credulity, and the "choose-what's-next" function inevitably spoils you in such a manner that you end up wishing for even more options, it's a delightful read, and one you can make as brief or as fully-wrought as you want."
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Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (P.S.)
37.  Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (P.S.) by Steven D. Levitt
The list author says:
  "#36 (Sep 10). An intriguing read that debunks commonly held myths and explains things in such a way that even those allergic to economics can still stomach the material. Endlessly debatable; this makes a great companion piece to any of Malcolm Gladwell's books, but especially Blink."
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One Day (Vintage Contemporaries Original)
38.  One Day (Vintage Contemporaries Original) by David Nicholls
The list author says:
  "#37 (Oct 10). Unexpectedly affecting. Whether due to marketing, the jacket artwork, or the premise, I expected a lightweight, forgettable romance. It is ever so much more, and being taken by surprise by the emotion of it made it that much more wonderful to read."
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Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality
39.  Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality by Christopher Ryan
The list author says:
  "#38 (Dec 10). A good turnout for this one, most likely due to its very controversial ideas. The authors' research flies in the face of hundreds of years of prevailing notions, and they do a credible, believable job of refuting others' research. Enlightening, to say the least."
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The Likeness
40.  The Likeness by Tana French
The list author says:
  "#39 (Jan 11). A delicious follow-up to In the Woods (#30), although one need not read that to enjoy this tremendously. Some might find a few things too far-fetched here, but French's writing is dense, lovely prose, adding a welcome layer of energy and emotion to what can sometimes be a cold genre."
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