Wednesday, February 08, 2006

CAUTION: Duplicate Title Alert!

Alycia has brought it to my attention that there are TWO books with the title of Save Me, Joe Louis - one by Madison Smartt Bell (the right one) and one by a M.T. Kelly (the wrong one).

Go here to Amazon to purchase the one we are reading for our February 28th meeting. Bookstores can't order it as it is out of print.

More great news... thanks to Sandy, the EBC has an opportunity to conference in Madison Smartt Bell to our next book discussion - hooray! I'm in the process of figuring out the logistics to do that. If we need to relocate to another venue more condusive to conference calls I will be sure to let you know ahead of time.

MSB's homepage.

Editorial Reviews of Save Me, Joe Louis
From Publishers Weekly

Bell's compelling sixth novel follows two small-time crooks from Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen to rural Tennessee. Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal
In his seventh novel (following Doctor Sleep , LJ 11/1/90), Bell continues his exploration of the sociological factors that drive aberrant behavior. At its outset, Macrae, a Tennessee hillbilly with an artistic bent, goes AWOL from the army and is wandering the streets of Manhattan, broke and alone. A chance encounter with a streetwise, small-time mugger propels him into a life of crime and ever-increasing violence. Unlike his companion, however, Macrae retains a sense of guilt that ultimately enables him to secure a kind of redemption--with the help of a woman he has known since childhood and a final, necessary act of personal violence. Bell does a marvelous job of depicting life on the seamier side of the tracks and in drawing his characters. Their essential humanness comes through in spite of themselves. Evidence of Bell's growing maturity as a writer, this novel belongs in most public and academic collections and is ripe for translation to the silver screen.


Blogger Stephenie said...

It's Offical! Mr. Bell WILL be joining us for a conference call at Febuary's meeting. I can even prove it:

Sure-- my number is (not listed here!). It would be a really good idea for you to email me a reminder about it the day before....

At 04:30 PM 2/8/2006, you wrote:
Hi Mr. Bell -
I got your information from Sandy Patel, a good friend of mine and fellow book club member. He said you might be available for a conference call in to the Eclectic Book Club since they will be reviewing "Save Me, Joe Louis" on
February 28th at 6:30 PM central time. We have anywhere from 8 - 12 people at a discussion each month.
We have two hard-core MSB fans in the club as well as many who will be reading you for the first time. We do have a blog if you would like to check
us out:
The mere possibility of this has the group all giddy. Please let me know if you would like to participate - you won't be sorry!

Stephenie W.

11:45 AM  
Blogger Stephenie said...

Hi Eclectic Book Club folks –

Some of you have expressed concern about not receiving the book soon enough to read it for Tuesday’s meeting. Would it be better to add an extra week to our discussion and meet on Tuesday, February 7 instead? I can check with Mr. Bell if you think this is a good idea, but I will need all of your input ASAP!

I, too just received my book. I’m blowing through it but not sure if I will be done in time.

Feel free to call me too, numbers listed below.

7:18 AM  

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