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calling all book lovers…

did you know yesterday was book lover’s day? what better day to announce that we would like to start a free people book club! first, we want to know straight from our readers if that is something you guys would like to participate in, and we also want suggestions! have you read a great book lately? let us know…it might be the first book in the free people book club!

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dani -November 8, 2009, 11:08AM

Sounds amazing, but how would it work? Dicussions online?

bark -November 8, 2009, 11:19AM


gia -November 8, 2009, 11:26AM

great idea! i’m currently reading “white oleander” by janet fitch, “the death of ivan ilyich” by leo tolstoy, and “sexus” by henry miller, all good reads so far. personally, i recommend salinger and chekhov :)

Kate -November 8, 2009, 11:49AM

Timothy Findley’s “Pilgrim” is a fabulous book. It’s definitely not an easy read, but it’s wonderfully written, and is a great book, especially if you’re a fan of historical fiction!

wilwarin -November 8, 2009, 12:09PM

What a wonderful idea. I’m a total bibliomaniac! Currently I am reading Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. As child I loved a series that was based on the book, and ever since I wished to read it. Also, it is a classic and it is never bad to know the classics, is it.
So, I wish you luck with your new project!
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teresa -November 8, 2009, 12:23PM

i’ll definitely participate! (:

Elizabeth -November 8, 2009, 1:34PM

I would definitely participate!
I recently read The Archivist by Martha Cooley. Its about T.S. Eliot’s poetry and the life of a man in his own created solitude – really beautiful!

orcyn -November 8, 2009, 2:43PM

about half way thru – in a perfect world – by laura kasischke. bought is yesterday & read about 200 pages. really feel connect to the family in the book, i think it is well written & can’t wait to finish it so i can pass it in.

Hunter Rose -November 8, 2009, 2:56PM

This is a wonderful idea. I am currently reading “Eat, Pray, Love” and it is wonderful. “The Kite Runner” and “A Thousand Splendid Suns” are both books that I think everyone should read. Good luck, hope everything goes well and people are interested! I certainly am.

Shelley -November 8, 2009, 3:01PM

I love books & I think that there would be some interesting stuff posted here. I’ve been reading “Eat, Pray, Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert, which is amazingly well written & honest. Christopher Moore is hilarious & I love Chuck Pahalniuk, but he’s not for everyone. I’d love to see what others suggest!

JolieLaid -November 8, 2009, 3:10PM

Love this idea! Always love a good book recommendation and telling others about great books!
She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb
Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
The Color of Water by James McBride
The Center of Winter by Marya Hornbacher
I think this is a great idea!

Jessie McElwee -November 8, 2009, 3:17PM

The History of Love by Nicole Krauss is one of my favorites of all time. So good!

laurie anne -November 8, 2009, 3:32PM


Chelsea -November 8, 2009, 3:34PM

This would be fun! My picks would be Water for Elephants or Her Fearful Symmetry!

Ashley Spalding -November 8, 2009, 3:45PM

I think that is a great idea!

Holli -November 8, 2009, 4:09PM

Yes! Yes! Please!! There’s a really great collection of personal essays that came out this summer in the book “Love is a Four Letter Word”. That is my recommendation. and it has comics too :)

Rain Sunae -November 8, 2009, 4:30PM

I would love to be part of a book club! I’m a student so I have a hard time sitting down with a book of my own. This would totally help me take some time out of the day for reading. I’d like to read more Miller and Nin as well as some period romances like Wuthering Heights (perfect for the holidays). It would also be fun to read something like Harry Potter with a group.

Alyssa -November 8, 2009, 4:35PM

That is a brilliant idea! Two great books I’ve read recently are The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold and Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. Ishmael by Daniel Quinn is also very good.

Gina -November 8, 2009, 4:47PM

Like Water for Chocolate – was a best seller at one point in time. its a whimsical colorful story about love and life in a spanish family.. each chapter begins with a recipe..

Megan Brzozowski -November 8, 2009, 4:48PM

A really really fantastic book is East of Eden by John Steinbeck! Everyone should give it a try!

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oana_mayo -November 8, 2009, 5:18PM

‘Le Capitaine Fracasse’ by Théophile Gautier is one of my favorite,but I’ve just finished ‘Dracula’ by Bram Stoker. Both great…

Irene -November 8, 2009, 5:29PM

I have recently read Dean Koontz ” Darkest day of the year” and i absolutely recommend it to the fullest! All though is sounds dark, its not quite so at all. Its a mixture of romance, and air of eeriness with a great twist :)

millie -November 8, 2009, 5:48PM

I LOVE THIS IDEA! I’m always looking for a new book to read and I think that this will help me find some new, awesome ones! I recently read Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. In case you don’t know, it is a historical fiction book about the building of a cathedral set in 12th century England. (It’s also a love story!) I really enjoyed it, even though it’s pretty lengthy, about 1,000 pages. I definitely recommend it to anyone who like history and romance!

katie s -November 8, 2009, 6:00PM

This is a great idea and I would love to participate! Lately I have been in love with “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosk.

melissa -November 8, 2009, 6:16PM

Yes, that would be awesome
I am reading again Walden and other stories by Thoreau and I think it would be awesome to start one. When he talks about Maine he talks about mt. kineo and spencer and all other moosehead lake which is where I did a backpacking and canoe trip!
I’m sure also people would have looks of good ideas
I am all for it!

Sam -November 8, 2009, 6:50PM

I’d love to participate!

Alissa -November 8, 2009, 7:46PM

I would totally love a FP book club! As for book suggestions… hmmm… I will have to think about it…

Jennifer -November 8, 2009, 8:40PM

A book club would be AWESOME!

Eva -November 8, 2009, 9:54PM

Oh yes! That would be wonderful, I love books and reading. I just finished The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery, that was an excellent book. A Free People book club would be amazing!

danielle -November 8, 2009, 10:09PM

yes! this is something i would definitely be interested in! :)

Sydney -November 8, 2009, 10:11PM

that sounds like an awesome idea. I could produce you a list of many worthy books :)

CaitC. -November 8, 2009, 11:22PM

Ah! Free People AND Books?? Two of my favorite things! I’ll be the first to sign up!
Heres 3 very different books by 3 very different authors (all amazing of course)
Juno & Juliet by Julian Gough
The Memoir of Ingrid Betancourt
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

becky -November 9, 2009, 12:07AM

that sounds awesome, i’d so do it :)

Georgia -November 9, 2009, 12:41AM

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery. My new favorite book, I picked it up initially because I was intrigued by the title and cover art and have since fallen in love. It is definitely a different read and would suggest it to everyone.

emily -November 9, 2009, 1:14AM

Sounds like fun! I’m in.

Mariela -November 9, 2009, 8:45AM

That is a lovely idea.
Two books Ive recently read that I adore are Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt and The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.

Kate -November 9, 2009, 9:09AM

Yes, Pleaseee!!!

Cadah -November 9, 2009, 9:17AM

I would participate! It would make me make time to read. I hate being so busy that reading gets put on hold.

Mikhaela -November 9, 2009, 9:17AM

LOVE this idea! I’m currently reading: On The Road by Jack Kerouac and Planet Walker by John Francis

Sarah -November 9, 2009, 10:12AM

Geek Love by Katharine Dunn would be an ideal book for a Free People club (which I’d love to join, by the way!). It’s magical and mysterious, with twists and weirdness but a lot of beauty, too–and it’s about a circus family…it’s fantastic.

Julie -November 9, 2009, 10:41AM

The Book Theif by Markus Zusack is one of the best books Ive read

Kristin -November 9, 2009, 11:10AM

I would love to do this! A Long Way Gone would be my suggestion :)

Anonymous -November 9, 2009, 11:18AM

Love this idea! I am book-obsessed. Right now, I’m reading “Nicholas and Alexandra” by Robert K. Massie, which is a very readable and compelling history of the last imperial tsarist family of Russia. All about the strange customs and the parties and jewels and palaces and sleighs, and then WWI and the Tsarvich Alexis and Raputin and the rise of the revolutionaries; can’t put it down.

Tori -November 9, 2009, 11:36AM

Wonderful idea!
I recently read “Cloud Atlas” by David Mitchell and must say it is one of the most superbly crafted and captivating books I have EVER read.

Maeve -November 9, 2009, 12:32PM

I whole heartedly support this idea!

Anonymous -November 9, 2009, 3:45PM

Great idea! My recommendations are
1)What is the What by Dave Eggers- this book is amazing!
2) Stealing Buddha’s Dinner
3) The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

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Anonymous -November 9, 2009, 4:35PM

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer is beautiful and my personal favorite.
It’s narrated by the most quirky 9 year old boy whos dad died in 911, but the narrative interwines with the story of his grandfather. its soooo creative with lots of visual images and its just really beautiful.

Megan Leigh -November 9, 2009, 5:31PM

I read Into the Wild by John Krakauer and Life of Pi by Yann Martel. I really enjoyed these books, and I’m super psyched about the book club!

Audrey -November 9, 2009, 8:56PM

I would LOVE to have a Free People book club! A couple of suggestions: 13 Reasons Why, The Picture of Dorian Grey, The Elegance of the Hedgehog, definitely definitely The Book Thief, and of coarse Juno and Juliet…. I cant wait!!!!

shaina -November 9, 2009, 9:01PM

i love the idea! these two books by marisa de los santos are INCREDIBLE:
love walked in
belong to me
i highly recommend

christy -November 11, 2009, 12:42AM

Currently reading Dharma Bums by Kerouac…luv it!!…will be checking out On the Road next…

alexxandra -November 11, 2009, 10:47AM

this is a brilliant idea! theres nothing like getting lost inside the pages of a great read.
im reading Dandylion Wine by Ray Bradbury right now.
its an amazing story of a boy and his vintage summer in the late 20s.
i recommend it to anyone!

Karly -November 11, 2009, 1:25PM

i LOOVE this idea! i really want to start getting into reading again and am looking for great books to read! everyone’s reccomendations already have been awesome! im excited!

Annette -November 13, 2009, 9:57AM

great idea. I love to read.

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