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4:48 PM, August 9th, 2012

nwkarchivist:

newsweek:

Oh hey, Hope Solo. CONGRATULATIONS LADIES! (This cover was from our July 23rd issue of Newsweek).

Hell Yes!

!!!

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3:53 PM, July 13th, 2012

Why Read ‘Gold’?

newsweek:

nwkbookclub:

It is valuable to read a book like Gold once in a while. As E.M. Forster said, a reader must sit down alone and struggle with the writer—and, worst luck, for it takes a long time to read a book. We often choose books we will love for sure, according to our tastes. (“I adore baseball, so I’m guaranteed to love The Art of Fielding.”) Or we rely on award-winners and books already sufficiently praised. (A Visit From the Goon Squad won the Pulitzer, so it must be good.”) There are too many books and too little time.

But we ought to be tested on our critical skills often, lest we fall into complacency. It can be easy to classify Gold in the many different ways it is classifiable, and to justify yourself writing it off. “It is an Olympics book, which is not a topic worthy of serious literature.” “It is sentimental, and that is not worthy of my attention.” “It is about cyclists, and I don’t care for sports.” “It is a tearjerker, and who wants to go through that?”

But reading a book like Gold allows us to struggle with the writer. Why is this particular sentimentality bad? Wuthering Heights is sentimental, and many great novels are. How far can you take pathos? Are all novels featuring a child with advanced leukemia necessarily shamelessly capitalizing on tragedy? What makes schmaltz? A well-equipped critical mind can think more about these questions as the eyes roll over the sentences. Gold is a book that’s hard to submit to, because you’re aware of its contrivances and ways it wants to manipulate you. It is the perfect book to fight against—and in the process, sharpen your critical skills. - Jimmy So

Jimmy posted this over on the nwk book club tumblr and we wanted to share with y’all on nwktumblr because, well, damn! This is a great little contemplative tumblr post.

I wrote one too!

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1:54 PM, July 13th, 2012
nwkbookclub:

Hey guys! We’re trying something new today! At 1 pm ET we’re going to our first Tumblr book club chat. 
Hopefully all of you have gotten to or close to page 88 in our first book, ‘Gold’ by Chirs Cleave. What do you think so far? Tell us! We’ll start posting your thoughts, questions, etc. at 1 pm ET today. See you, on our Tumblr page, then! 
Correction: We’ll be starting at 3 pm ET, but start submitting your thoughts and questions now! 

Zoe though, right? Am I crazy?

nwkbookclub:

Hey guys! We’re trying something new today! At 1 pm ET we’re going to our first Tumblr book club chat. 

Hopefully all of you have gotten to or close to page 88 in our first book, ‘Gold’ by Chirs Cleave. What do you think so far? Tell us! We’ll start posting your thoughts, questions, etc. at 1 pm ET today. See you, on our Tumblr page, then! 

Correction: We’ll be starting at 3 pm ET, but start submitting your thoughts and questions now

Zoe though, right? Am I crazy?

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2:41 PM, July 6th, 2012

First Sentence

nwkbookclub:

Just on the other side of an unpainted metal door, five thousand men, women, and children were chanting her name.

A lot can be extracted from those 20 words. What do you think of the first sentence?

Intriguing, right? It’s from Gold, our book club book, and the best part is there’s still time to join! So go get the book

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12:35 PM, July 5th, 2012
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3:15 PM, June 29th, 2012

nwkbookclub:

And the winner is…. Gold by Chris Cleave! 

The book comes out this Tuesday, so pre-order it nowLet’s read the first quarter of the book, stopping at page 88, by Friday, July 13th. That Friday at 1 pm ET we’ll host a live chat and discuss the book so far. 

For more info on the book, here’s a video of Chris Cleave explaining his the novel. Also, did we mention Chris is on Tumblr!? And speaking of Tumblrs, make sure you’re following this one

Thank you to everyone who voted! Happy reading! 

Who’s excited!?

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