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The Maladjusted Book Club

The Maladjusted Book Club is on a little break. Look through previous posts for recommendations on some great books to read, and leave a comment if you’re interested in participating in summer 2013.

Past Maladjusted Book Club Selections:
November:The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
September: If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This by Robin Black
August 2011: Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
May 2011: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
March 2011: I Don’t Know How She Does It by Allison Pearson
February 2011: Women Food and God by Geneen Roth and Unbearable Lightness by Portia de Rossi
December 2010: Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
October/November 2010: Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

There’s about a week left in summer as I’m writing this, so that means I wasn’t a complete liar when I said to stay tuned for the Maladjusted Book Club summer pick. But I don’t have a summer book club selection for you. I’ve been thinking about it on and off, considering whether I should […]


Welcome to the One-Year Anniversary Edition of The Maladjusted Book Club! So glad you could join. (And don’t worry if you haven’t read the book. I tried to include a little something for any wanderer who arrives here dazed and confused.) The Marriage Plot Do you think Jeffrey Eugenides watches old reruns of Felicity, that […]


I know you’re all waiting with baited breath about the next Maladjusted Book Club selection, especially because this October, the Maladjusted Book Club turns O-N-E. No, you weren’t? You were busy? You were excited to pick your own books to read? Too bad. This next one is making me gush, it’s so delicious. Somewhere in […]


When I first saw Robin Black’s collection of short stories–If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This–I was browsing in a Borders bookstore, a store that is set to close any day now. Her title was resting on a shelf under Staff Recommendations, and I immediately felt compelled by the words, the descriptions of […]


The Maladjusted Book Club September pick is the wonderful short story collection from Robin Black, titled If I Loved You, I’d Tell You This. It’s by far one of the best books I read in a long time, full of characters and circumstances that continue to linger in my head long after I’ve closed the […]


The next book club selection is an exciting one and the first ever short story collection. For September, we’re reading If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This, a group of stories I dare you not to love. Robin Black’s debut collection of short stories is flawless and beautifully written. She composed these stories over […]


Tackling the Obscure

August 1, 2011

*Even if you haven’t read this month’s Maladjusted Book Club pick, read on. You can still participate in our discussion about marriage and relationships! First, let me congratulate you Maladjusted Bookclubbers on this episode of Reading Survivor. If you’re here, I’m assuming you survived, or at a minimum, you haven’t gone blind. Jude the Obscure was […]


Dear Maladjusted Readers, I am at it again. Apologizing. If you, in your extreme kindness, are actually reading the latest Maladjusted Book Club pick, you may be muttering to yourself, “What the hell was she thinking?” And now I must confess to you, I wasn’t, fully. I picked it in a moment of irrationality, of […]


My Maladjusted Readers, I am sorry. I’ve been quite remiss in picking our next book. It’s summer, you see, and I have such a stack of books I want to read. As Commodus from Gladiator says, “All my desires are splitting my head to pieces.” He also says, “It vexes me. I’m terribly vexed.” Commodus […]


Telling the Truth

May 24, 2011

Let’s be honest. Good writing is, as Anne Lamott says, about “telling the truth,” and so I am going to say what I’ve been afraid to say for years, and what I especially have not said on this blog. Like many mom-bloggers, I want to be a writer. A published one. Except I’m afraid I won’t […]

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