Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks: next on the Audio Book Club

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June 3 2011 4:07 PM

Announcing the June Audio Book Club: Caleb's Crossing

Read Geraldine Brooks' new novel along with us.

In the next audio book club, Slate's Emily Bazelon and Hanna Rosin, along with The New Yorker's Margaret Talbot, will talk about Caleb's Crossing, the latest historical novel from Geraldine Brooks. Written in the style of a confessional diary, the novel tells the story of Bethia Mayfield, a young girl in 17th-century Martha's Vineyard, whose community is embroiled in tensions with the local Wampanoag Indian population. After she forms a secret friendship with Caleb, the son of a chieftan, their fates intertwine in a manner that the New York Times review called "tragically recognizable," "utterly believable," and "beautifully written from beginning to end."

OK, so that's for June 27—get your copies and start reading. Then next up in July, we have a crowd pleaser: In honor of the July 15 release of the last Harry Potter movie, we'll discuss Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the bookend of J.K. Rowling's beloved series. We'll dig into the lineage of the Elder Wand (how did Dumbledore defeat Grindelwald?), the holes in the epilogue (satisfying or no?), and the final battle (do too many beloved characters die?).

You can listen to any of our previous Audio Book Club meetings through our iTunes feed or by clicking on the links below. To download the MP3 file, right-click (Windows) or hold down the Control key while you click (Mac), and then use the "save" or "download" command to save the audio file to your hard drive.

The Killer Angels, by Michael Shaara
Moonwalking with Einstein, by Joshua Foer
Swamplandia!, by Karen Russell
Room, by Emma Donoghue
Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, by Amy Chua
Madame Bovary, by Gustave Flaubert
Lord of Misrule, by Jaimy Gordon
Remainder, by Tom McCarthy
Great House, by Nicole Krauss
Freedom, by Jonathan Franzen
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot
Super Sad Love Story, by Gary Shteyngart
The Imperfectionists, by Tom Rachman
Imperial Bedrooms, byBret Easton Ellis
Reality Hunger, by David Shields
To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
The Big Short, by Michael Lewis
Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel
White Noise, by Don DeLillo
Lit, by Mary Karr
The Original of Laura, by Vladimir Nabokov
"A Small Good Thing" and "The Bath," by Raymond Carver
The Anthologist, by Nicholson Baker
The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
A Vindication of Love, by Cristina Nehring
Thy Neighbor's Wife, by Gay Talese
"The Swimmer," by John Cheever, and "A Good Man Is Hard To Find," by Flannery O'Connor
Atmospheric Disturbances, by Rivka Galchen
Infinite Jest, by David Foster Wallace
Rabbit, Run, by John Updike
The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Night of the Gun,by David Carr
American Wife,by Curtis Sittenfeld
Brideshead Revisited,by Evelyn Waugh
Netherland, by Joseph O'Neill
Anna Karenina,by Leo Tolstoy
Beautiful Children,by Charles Bock
All the King's Men,by Robert Penn Warren
Eat, Pray, Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert
Tree of Smoke,by Denis Johnson
The Audacity of Hope,by Barack Obama
The Road,by Cormac McCarthy
The House of Mirth, by Edith Wharton
Independence Day,by Richard Ford
The Emperor's Children,by Claire Messud
The Omnivore's Dilemma, by Michael Pollan
Beloved,by Toni Morrison
Everyman,by Philip Roth
Saturday,by Ian McEwan
The Year of Magical Thinking,by Joan Didion

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