Archive for July, 2013

100Monday, August 5th
11:00 am
Meeting Room B

Join us to discuss…

The 100-Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
by Jonas Jonasson

After a long and eventful life Allan ends up in a nursing home believing it to be the last stop. The only problem is that his health refuses to let him down and one day he turns 100.  Everybody is expecting him at the big celebration; the Mayor, the press, and the entire staff.  But Allan does not want to be part of it.  And he decides to climb out the window…


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LLD_SR-RGB%28300dpi%29Join us as we celebrate the end of Summer Read!
Monday, July 29 2013, at 6:30 PM
We’ll have fun, food and prizes plus a special presentation from the Morton Arboretum.

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1171770_100-year-old-manStudiocanal is joining forces with Disney Nordic to roll out the bigscreen adaptation of Jonas Jonasson’s book “The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared.” The movie will be distributed in Scandinavia, Germany, Austria, the UK, France and Australia.

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An interview with Jonas Jonasson, the author of The 100-year-old man who climbed out the window and disappeared.

After a long career as a journalist, media consultant and television producer, Jonas Jonasson decided to start a new life. He wrote a manuscript (originally called The Centenarian Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared) he sold all his possessions in Sweden and moved to a small town by Lake Lugano in Switzerland, only a few miles from the Italian border. Today he has moved back to Sweden and lives in the countryside on an island with his son and hens.

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On Monday, July 1st, the Booked for the Day Book Group met to discuss the book Heads You Lose  by Lisa Lutz and David Hayward. Here are a few of the comments made during the meeting:

The group thought that the interplay between Lutz and Hayward is what took Heads You Lose from enjoyable to comical.

We all agreed that the novel, by itself, would have been disastrous as a mystery story. There were too many lose ends and unexplained characters for the story to stand on its own.

The book was a fast read mainly because we wanted to get through the chapters as fast as possible so we could get to the notes and footnotes at the end of the chapters.

Some of our favorite “Notes” that appeared in between the chapters were:

  • P.S. About your stable of would-be collaborators, I don’t doubt that all of those authors are adept at building and resolving intricate mysteries. But I’d argue that bringing a psycho to justice on the page and co-writing a book with one require different skill sets.
  • It’s kind of funny that you remember our relationship as consisting entirely of drinking and talking. I remember it as drinking and listening.

After Hayward was criticized by Lutz for using words that she had to Google, one of Hayward’s chapters is written in large, double spaced text with a very Dick and Jane style which we all enjoyed.  The group did not think that it advanced the mystery, but it helped to build the tension between the co-authors.

Paul and Lacey, much like Lisa and David, work against each other as much as they work with each other. The way each author counters the other is what we thought made the story interesting and unexpected. For example:

  • Lisa gives Paul a stripper girlfriend who limps after experiencing a pole-dancing accident. David retaliates by making the stripper have a genius IQ.
  • Another favorite moment was when David introduces Terry, his favorite character. Lisa kills him off, then David revives him at the hospital and then Lisa kills him again and makes sure that there is no possible way he can come back to life.  She even threatens to put him through a woodchipper if David tries. David tries to fight back by introducing Terry’s cousin Harry who is very similar to Terry but Lisa quickly kills him off too.

We talked about their twitter accounts and it does appear that they are friends because of the back and forth banter on their accounts (Hayward’s twitter account states “Author of the good parts of the novel Heads You Lose”).  They also did a book tour together where they took turns blogging about the day’s events. It was very similar to the “Notes” between the chapters where they took every chance they could to blast the other one.  David Hayward is a poet, so on Lisa Lutz’s website she has a link to “Lisa’s Poetry Corner.” When you link to the page it states, “This page intentionally left blank,” which we thought was still one more dig at David Hayward. The group thought that they still had a friendship but they seemed more like siblings than anything.

After reading this book most of the members thought that they would give Lisa Lutz’s Spellman Files Series a try, which is similar to Janet Evanovich “Stephanie Plum” series.

These are just of few things mentioned during the discussion. Please feel free to add any of your thoughts in the comment section.

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There is still time to sign up for Summer Read!

Sign-up on the Library website or stop in. Logging just three books/audiobooks entitles you to a beautiful monogrammed flowerpot mug.  And each item you log counts as a virtual drawing ticket to win one of our grand prizes at the end of the program. Don’t miss out!

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