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This month, the TNB Book Club features Exley, the new novel by Brock Clarke, author of the critically acclaimed An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New EnglandExley is published by the fine people of Algonquin Books in Chapel Hill.  You can keep up with all of their great titles over at the official Algonquin blog.

Members of The Club who are working their way through Exley are encouraged to use the comment board below as an open discussion thread.  Talk about the book.  Talk about its characters.  Talk about the late-great Frederick Exley.





The TNB Book Club is proud to offer its members the first FREE bonus book of the year — Our Noise:  The Story of Merge Records, by John Cook, Mac McCaughan, and Laura Ballance — which comes to us courtesy of the fine people at Algonquin Books, easily one of the most badass presses in all of publishing.

Our Noise tells the exuberant story — in words and pictures — of Merge Records, the little indie label that defied the odds to become one of the music industry’s biggest success stories.  This, folks, is the label that brings you music from bands like Arcade Fire, The Magnetic Fields, Spoon, Superchunk, and Lambchop.

A truly inspiring story of great art being made the right way in the 21st century.

Needless to say, we hope you enjoy it — and huge thanks again to Algonquin.

Figured we should open up a discussion thread here on The Feed.  For those of you who’d like to discuss Our Noise…the comment board is yours.

Have at it!




SPOILER ALERT:  In this installment, we’ll be discussing Part 3 of Room, and all aspects of the plot through page 155 of the novel.


Part 3 of Room.  “Dying.”  Easily the most dramatic, pulse-quickening section of the book so far — and one that delivers a considerable twist.

Part 2 of Room: “Unlying.”  Ma and JackerJack in continued confinement.  More information about the circumstances of their entrapment, the history of it, their bleak but resourceful day-to-day. A fuller picture of Ma’s past.  Her brother Paul.  Her parents.  Her hopes that they’re still alive.  (A reasonable expectation, considering she’s only 26.)

By request, we’re gonna open up a thread for those who have finished Room and want to discuss the full novel.  So a spoiler alert for any TNB Book Club members who have not yet had a chance to finish.  Do not read the comment board on this thread.

I’ve been a little bit outta commission this week, as my wife and I welcomed a baby daughter on Thursday—great timing, kid!—but I wanted to get the conversation started about Emma Donoghue’s Room, the first title selected for the new TNB Book Club, which kicks off this week.