Samantha Dunn, author of “Faith in Carlos Gomez” and “Failing Paris” made the trek to Fullerton (Don’s place) to hang out with the book club yesterday. In addition to her books, Samantha is a writer for the OC Register. We learned a bit about her life and craft between mojitos, wine and good food.
We met Samantha through an introduction from our friend Hector Tobar. She’s threatened to write a story about us for the Register so we were on our best behavior and wore clean shirts.
Samantha told us a bit about come of her works in progress so we’re hoping she finds the time to finish them so we can invite her back.
Thanks as always to Vicki for preparing an awesome meal and making us laugh.
John invited Hector Tobar, author of the Barbarian Nurseries, to come out to my place to discuss his book with us . We had a great time chatting about the book we read and the book he has coming out next year (about the Chilean miners).
Hector posted the following on FB the next day “I’ve done a few book clubs since ‘The Barbarian Nurseries’ came out. Always interesting: especially when the moms start debating whether they like my character Maureen. But last night I went to a home in Fullerton and met up with a book club made up entirely of dads. They made some great food, served up some excellent sangria and sopes (just like in the party in my novel!). And, as my character Araceli would have liked, I made a point of showing up fashionably late. Cool discussion followed, especially since one of the dads was named Scott (like the dad in my novel) and has 3 kids and works in a software company (like my fictional Scott!). Nice when reality is like the stuff you make up.”
Now we can attest that Hector is a great story-teller both in print and in person. It was an honor that he’d make the long pilgrimage to the hinterlands of Fullerton to join us wine, laughs, and good conversation.
“Barbarian Nurseries” is Winner of the California Book Award for Fiction and A Los Angeles Times Bestseller.
These are the books from our reading list that I’d recommend. There are more that are really, really good, I don’t think you can go wrong with any of these. I tried to limit myself to 10, but couldn’t do it, so there you go. These are in no particular order.
The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt
The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
Under Heaven by Guy Gavriel Kay
Parrot and Olivier in America by Peter Carey
The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman
The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng
The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
Soldier of the Great War by Mark Helprin
Beloved by Toni Morrison
The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula LeGuin
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Empire Falls by Richard Russo
A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
The Barbarian Nurseries by Hecter Tobar
A Delicate Truth by John LeCarre
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain
Four Fishes by Paul Greenberg
The Swerve by Steven Greenblatt
What Should I Do by Alexander George
How Doctors Think by Gerome Groopman
The Bottom Billion by Paul Collier
Nine Parts of Desire by Geraldine Brooks
The Man Who Love China by Simon Winchester
The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins
Fooled by Randomness by Nassim Taleb
The History of the World in Six Drinks by Tom Standage
The Nine Parts of Desire by Geraldine Brooks
Stiff: The Curious Life of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach