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Feature Tue Nov 26 2013

Book Club Presents: For What We Are Thankful

What with Turkey Day right around the corner, we here at Book Club thought we'd take a moment to recognize some of the literary happenings that made 2013 special. Here are a few things that made us bow down and proclaim, "We're not worthy! We're not worthy!" this year.

bleeding edge.jpgI'm thankful the entity that is Thomas Pynchon--be it James Patterson-like collective, or paranoid old New Yorker, or maybe even James Patterson--is still kicking coherently enough to pump out persistently relevant gems like Bleeding Edge.
--Diego Báez

I am thankful that daylight savings afforded me one extra hour for NaNoWriMo.
--Miden Wood

I'm thankful for Jennifer Weiner's uncompromising criticism of sexism in the book industry. Her hilarious #Bachelor tweets are an added bonus.
--Ines Bellina

tc boyle.jpgI'm thankful that T.C. Boyle's Stories II, another collection of stories in addition to 23 other works of genius, will ensure I can keep reading his work until the day I die (and still probably not read it all).
--Lara Levitan

I'm thankful for the abundance of reading series throughout Chicago that support our talented literary community. And let's not forget to appreciate all the hard work their organizers put into scheduling such entertaining lineups.
--John Wawrzaszek

Books-Alice_Munro_Alice-Munro_image_982w.jpgI'm orbiting-the-Earth thankful that the Nobel Prize committee chose to honor Alice Munro and her body of beautiful work this year. She's been getting it done for decades.
--Emilie Syberg

So tell us. What literary tidbit made you gush with gratitude this year?

 
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