With carrot cupcakes on the table (in honor of the author’s surname) the Tutor.com Book Club met for the 26th time to discuss our August pick: The Bus Driver Who Wanted to be God by Edgar Keret.
As a book of short stories, The Bus Driver was a first for the book club and spurred a different type of dialogue. Rather than focusing on plot, our discussions turned towards the moods of each story and how they either linked together or differed. As an Israeli author, some of us felt Keret’s stories were strongly influenced by the country’s history and that this influence was the common thread throughout the collection. Many of the stories had characters from varying generations, and their differing opinions highlighted the fact that the culture we grow up in has a strong hold on the way we view the world and our surroundings.
The main point of divide was whether the stories were downright gloomy or humorous. While that most likely depends on our own sense of humor, we all agreed that the book was an original.
And in honor of our 26th book club pick, below we’ve published our entire list with our noted top 3 favorites. From autobiographies to physics we have read the gamut and are excited to get started on the next 25!
- The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb
- The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin
- Grave Digger’s Daughter by Joyce Carol Oates
- The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield (2nd Pick)
- The City & The City by China Mieville
- Brooklyn by Colm Toibin
- A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arther Conan Doyle
- Flatland, a Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin A. Abbott
- The Sex Lives of Cannibals by J. Maarten Troost
- Mole People: Life in the Tunnels Beneath NYC by Jennifer Toth
- Teekon Kinkreet/Black & White by Taiyo Matsumoto
- Unwind by Neal Shusterman
- Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less by Jeffery Archer
- The Linnet Bird by Linda Holman
- Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard by Kiran Desai
- Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem
- Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart
- Room by Emma Donaghue
- Simply Einstein: Relativity Demystified by Richard Wolfson
- Parrott & Olivier in America by Peter Carey
- Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford (3rd Pick)
- If I Stay by Gayle Forman
- A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan (Top Pick)
- My Life and Hard Times by James Thurber
- Tinkers by Paul Harding
- The Bus Driver Who Wanted to be God & Other Stories by Etgar Keret.
Which is your favorite?
We have also made the pick for September’s book club read: Machine of Death: A Collection of Stories About People Who Know How They Will Die. From various authors around the globe, Machine of Death is a genre-hopping collection of tales exploring what the world would be like if a blood test could predict your death.