September's Brazilian Book & Something New :o

Some of you noted in our survey that you aren't participating in our monthly read because the book you wanted wasn't chosen. So we're going to try something new.

What's Changing

This month, if you want to read the official book chosen below, great. If not, we urge you to choose one of the other Brazilian books. Mia will be reading the main book. I'll be reading another one. And I know members are excited about some of the others. So read what you want & we'll later have a fun discussion about ALL the Brazilian books!

So What's September's Brazilian Book?

If you like the main book below, read it. If not, choose any of the other Brazilian books below & we'll discuss them all at the end of September.

The main book as chosen by members & being read by Mia:

Genre: Young Adult (Sub-genres: Fiction, Magical Realism)

Amazon: 5 out of 5 (4 ratings)

Goodreads:  3.87 out of 5 (380 ratings) 

Pages: 192

Of note: A 2017 LA Times Book Prize Finalist. A NY Public Library Best Book for Teens. The author was selected to take part in a workshop by Nobel Prize winner Gabriel García Márquez himself based on this book's synopsis.

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All the other Brazilian books you can choose to read & discuss instead:

Genre:  Science Fiction (Sub-genres: Dystopian, Cultural)

Amazon:  5 out of 5 (3 ratings)

Goodreads:  4.18  out of 5 (182 ratings)

Pages: 374

Of note:  In the tradition of Nineteen Eighty-Four, but written in a strikingly Brazilian way.

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Genre:  Urban (Sub-genres: Classic, Historical)

Amazon: 4.2 out of 5 (20 ratings)

Goodreads:  4.17 out of 5 (9,244 ratings)

Pages: 280

Of note: Considered a Brazilian Lord of the Flies. The NY Times called the author "Brazil's most illustrious and venerable novelist."

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Genre: Literature (Sub-genres: Urban, Historical)

Amazon: 3.9 out of 5 (20 reviews)

Goodreads: 3.92 out of 5 (1,229 ratings)

Pages: 452

Of note: Became an internationally acclaimed hit film. Novelistic account based upon real events.

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Genre: Autobiography (Sub-genres: Special Groups, Down Syndrome)

Amazon:  Not rated

Goodreads:  3.74 out of 5 (365 ratings)

Pages: 232

Of note: Won every major Brazilian literary prize. Shortlisted for Dublin's International Literary Award. Won France's Charles Brisset Award. (If you're curious, this is the book I'll be reading. )

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Genre: Psychological (Sub-genres: Fiction, Avant-Garde)

Amazon: 3.4 out of 5 (3 ratings)

Goodreads:  3.73 out of 5 (279 ratings)

Pages: 98

Of note: Best Book of 2014 by NPR. The translator won the Susan Sontag Prize for Literary Translation with a section from this book.

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We can't wait to hear which Brazilian book you've decided to read & hear your thoughts on how we set up the reading this month!