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2015

Michael 5/24/15 - "Stoner" by John Williams
"The Greatest American Novel You’ve Never Heard Of"?
Many great wines!

Will 3/31/15 - "Green on Blue" by Elliot Ackerman
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/01/books/review/elliot-ackermans-green-on-blue.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/16/books/review-in-green-on-blue-an-afghan-boy-narrates-story-of-war.html
http://trueboots.com/2015/02/15/guest-post-review-of-elliot-ackermans-green-on-blue-by-brandon-caro/
http://www.omnivoracious.com/2015/02/ben-fountain-reviews-elliot-ackermans-green-on-blue.html

Rick: 2/18/15 - “Redeployment”, by Phil Klay
Review by Dexter Filkins

2014

Scott: 12/10/14 - “The Dinner”, by Herman Koch
Good euro-weird story
Some wonderful scotch!

Martin: 10/14/14 - “The Bone Clocks”, by David Mitchell
A bit too much supernatural but wonderful writing and descriptions
http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/09/08/soul-cycle
http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/sep/07/bone-clocks-review-david-mitchell-lot-of-fun-booker
http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/sep/02/the-bone-clocks-david-mitchell-review-novel
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/31/books/review/the-bone-clocks-by-david-mitchell.html
http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2014/09/review-david-mitchells-bone-clocks-the-cloud-atlas-authors-meta-masterpiece/379445/
Some good grapes
Altamura Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2000
Ramey Larkmead Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
Conn Valley Vineyard Right Bank 2006, Michael gives it 3 stars
Opus One Opus One 2000

Michael: 8/25/14 - “A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal” by Ben Macintyre

Will: 7/10/14 - “How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia” by Mohsin Hamid

Rick: 6/10/14 - “The Good Lord Bird” by James McBride
The wild ride of John Brown, told by Onion
New York Times review
Washington Post review

Scott: 04/08/14 - “The Museum of Extraordinary Things” by Alice Hoffman
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/02/books/review/alice-hoffmans-museum-of-extraordinary-things.html?_r=0

Martin: 02/13/14 - “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” by Jean-Dominique Bauby (Author), Jeremy Leggatt (Translator)
- J-M Pillot Chassagne-Montrachet Clos Saint Marc, 2005 White Burgundy
- Sea Smoke Pinot Noir, 2009
- Sea Smoke Botella Sta Rita Hills, 2009
- Cos D'Estournel, Saint-Estephe, 2002
- Ch. Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, Pauillac, 2002
And, we watched the movie!
http://www.theguardian.com/film/2008/feb/10/philipfrench.theobserver

2013

Michael: 12/10/13 “Ministry of Special Cases” by Nathan Englander
http://www.theguardian.com/books/2007/aug/18/featuresreviews.guardianreview15
Malbecs

Will: 10/08/13 - “Billy Lynn's Long Half-time Walk” by Ben Fountain
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/20/books/review/billy-lynns-long-halftime-walk-by-ben-fountain.html?pagewanted=all
http://www.theguardian.com/books/2012/jul/06/billy-lynn-ben-fountain-review
Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction

Rick: 8/29/13 - “The Madonna on the Moon” by Rolf Bauerdick
Book could have used some editing, but it certainly launched the most philosophical discussion we've ever had; Michael's E.O. Wilson ant-based determinism vs. Martin's intelligent design / guiding hand.
A varied selection of good reds and a great spread of edibles

Scott: 7/10/13 - 'Yellow Birds' by Kevin Powers
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/aug/31/the-yellow-birds-kevin-powers-review “The Yellow Birds is a must-read book, not only because it bears witness to this particular war, but also because it ekes out some scant but vital vision of humanity from its shame and incomprehensible violence.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/07/books/the-yellow-birds-by-kevin-powers.html?_r=0

Martin: 5/22/13 - 'The Orphan Master's Son', by Adam Johnson
Another great book
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/feb/17/orphan-masters-son-adam-johnson-review
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/13/books/the-orphan-masters-son-by-adam-johnson-review.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Orphan_Master%27s_Son
Horizontal tasting of 2005 Burgundies plus a 2007 Sea Smoke “Ten” for comparison

Michael: 4/2/13 - “The Cat's Table” by Michael Ondaatje
Best book we've read for quite a while
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/16/books/review/the-cats-table-by-michael-ondaatje-book-review.html?pagewanted=all
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Cat%27s_Table
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/aug/31/cats-table-michael-ondaatje-review
As Liesl Schillinger said in the NYTimes “Ondaatje conjures images that pull strangers into the vivid rooms of his imagination, their detail illumined by his words.”
Vertical tasting of Opus Ones (’94, ’95 and ’02)
Will's ranking: '95, '94, '02

Will: 3/5/13: 3/5/13 - “Right Ho, Jeeves” by P.G. Wodehouse
Time for a lighter book
Some not so very good Italian reds

Scott: 1/28/13 - “The Round House” by Louise Erdrich
Great book, but what a depressing story
A magnum of Arnault, a nice pinot, and a surprisingly good ???

2012

Martin: 11/20/12 - “Old Devils” by Kingsley Amis
Chateauneuf du Papes

Michael: 10/17/12 - “An Ideal Husband” by Oscar Wilde
Bordeaux and Cab

Will: 9/5/12 - “A Hologram for the King”, by Dave Eggers
Meats and cheese from Formaggio
- Erbaluna Rosso Vino Rosso 2009
- Buondonna Chianti Classico 2009
- Cascina Roera Barbera D'Asti 2007

Scott: 7/25/12 - “Boleto” by Alyson Hagy
Paleo from the grill!
Will took some pictures of the wine
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/17/books/review/boleto-a-novel-by-alyson-hagy.html http://www.startribune.com/entertainment/books/153820345.html

Martin: 4/19/12 - “Tinkers” by Paul Harding
#1: Arboleda Carmenere
#2:
#3: embruix 2002
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/04/12/the-one-that-got-away/
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/19/books/19harding.html?pagewanted=all

Bill: 2/29/12 - “The Sense of an Ending” by Julian Barnes
Great book, great wines (I think we've said that before)
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/13/books/review/the-sense-of-an-ending-by-julian-barnes-book-review.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/17/books/Julian-Barness-Sense-of-an-Ending-Review.html

Michael: 1/19/12 - “The Greater Journey” by David McCullough
Awesome wines:
- 2003 Lunelles
- 2003 Sanctus
- 2003 Malescot St. Exupery
- 2000 Dominus

2011

Will: 12/05/11 - “The Paris Wife” by Pauline McLain
Spanish reds with a Cabernet Franc from the Loire.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/28/books/28book.html

Scott: 11/17/11 - “Burr” by Gore Vidal
Fine French reds expertly chosen
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burr_(novel)

Martin: 10/19/11 - “The Moviegoer” by Walker Percy.
Wow, what a book!
South African reds in their new South Boston digs

Bill: 9/6/11 - “An Object of Beauty” by Steve Martin
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/29/books/29book.html
copacino_malbecs.pdf

Argentine reds
1. Chevai del Andes, 2006, Mendoza, Argintina (see )–$65 with discount
2. Un Jour, Le Clos d'un Jour 2005, Curvee Un Jour, France–$24 with discount
3. Nico by Luca, 2005, Altos de Mdndoza, Argentina (see attached review)–$96 with discount
4. Catena Zapata, Nicasia Vinyard, 2005, Mendoza, Argentina (see attached review)–$96 with discount

Michael: 06/23/11 - Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe
In lieu of tropical island libation, French reds
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robinson_Crusoe

Will: 05/19/10 - “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” by Junot Diaz
Far too depressing…
At Ten Tables
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Junot_D%C3%ADaz

Scott (and Laura): 4/8 - 4/10/11 - “The Lotus Eaters” by Tatjana Soli
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/08/books/review/Wagner-t.html
On Popponesset Island, with spouses and lots of great food and wines too numerous to list

Martin: 3/21/11 - “A Long and Happy Life” by Reynolds Price
Price obituary

Bill: 1/20/2011–“Cutting for Stone” by Abraham Verghese
2007 Pinot Noirs–Martinelli, Robert Sinski, Hartford Court, Archery Summit with Ethiopian Cusine (for better or worse)

2010

Michael: 12/1/10 - “Motoring with Mohammed: Journeys to Yemen and the Red Sea” by Eric Hansen
French reds
Will: I knew nothing about Yemen before reading this book, now I know a lot more.
Great Photos of Yemen
http://www.luminous-landscape.com/locations/yemen_whitebread.shtml
The article makes me think we should go there soon
More photos at http://www.donwhitebread.com/ then click Galleries and Yemen

Will: 10/10/10 - “Freedom” by Jonathan Franzen
Italian reds
1) 2006 Mascarello Barbera D'Alba, Vigna San Lorenzo
2) 1998 Quintarelli Valpolicella
3) 2007 Occhipinto Il Frappato (not sure which was #3 and #4)
4) 2007 Occhipinto Siccagno Nero D'Avola
New York Times Book Review's review
”…the title, a word that has been elevated throughout American history to near-theological status, and has been twinned, for most of that same history, with the secularizing impulses of 'power.'“ “The Berglunds, introduced as caricatures, gradually assume the gravity of fully formed people, … misshapen and lopsided, like actual humans.” ”…the novel’s most ingenious device — a third-person autobiography…“
“Assaultive sex reverberates through “Freedom,” and why not? Sex is the most insistent of the “personal liberties,” and for Franzen the most equalizing.”
“The apocalpyse, when it comes, clears the way for a postlude, set in Minnesota, that is as haunting as anything in recent American fiction. In these pages, Walter, “a fanatic gray stubble on his cheeks,” seizes hold of the novel, and Franzen makes us see, as the best writers always have, that the only pathway to freedom runs through the maze of the interior life. Walter, groping toward deliverance, mourns “a fatal defect in his own makeup, the defect of pitying even the beings he most hated.” But of course it is no defect at all. It is the highest, most humanizing grace. And it cares nothing about power. Like all great novels, “Freedom” does not just tell an engrossing story. It illuminates, through the steady radiance of its author’s profound moral intelligence, the world we thought we knew.”
New York Times' review
David Brooks' op-ed “First, he argues that American culture is overobsessed with personal freedom”
“'Freedom' is a brilliantly written book that is nonetheless trapped in an intellectual cul de sac — overly gimlet-eyed about American life and lacking an alternative vision of higher ground.
Snippy review in The Atlantic

Scott Taylor: 9/1/2010 - “Invisible Bridge” by Julie Orringer
some thought too many adj, to womanly what is wrong with Obama all think he will be reelected
Michael: pick a passage
Wines all 90 plus included Domaine Gauby 2007 Red Roussilon Wine, Vielles Vignes 95pts RP, Paul Hobbs Russian River Pinot Noir 2008 * 95 pts RP, Jaboulet Aine Paul Hermitage la Chapelle 2003, Brgundy 95+ RP, Buoncristiani OPC napa valley proprietary red wine 2005 95 pts WS

Martin Carmichael: 7/2/2010 - “Out Stealing Horses” by Per Petterson
Talbot Chardonay some reds

Bill Copacino:4/12/10 “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” by Stieg Larsson
Excellent selection of French Burgundy great food

Michael Pappone: 3/23/2010 - “Kim” by Rudyard Kipling
*86 pichon and st Supra cab all good, good spicey food.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kim_(novel)

Will Viner:1/25/2010 - “The Lacuna” by Barbra Kingsolver
Fascinating whites excellent cheese

2009

Scott Taylor: 12/09/09 - “The Undertaking” by Thomas Lynch
Oysters champagne pommard burgundy 77 taylor fladgate

Martin Carmichael 10/20/09 - “Straight Man” by Richard Russo
old us Cabs Martin and Michael.

Bill Copacino 6/9/09 - “A Thousand Splendid Suns” by Khaled Hosseini
Selection of northern Italian wines from Compagna New wine store in Waltham

Michael Pappone 4/7/09 - “Deer Hunting with Jesus” by Joe Bageant
1/2 Delicious 2000 Bordeaux's paulliac, medoc st emmilion.

Will Viner: 2/12/09 - “White Ghost Girls” by Alice Greenway
Great series of Italian reds with prosciutto and excellent cheese, formed an investment club.

2008

Scott Taylor: 1/14/08 - “The Leopard” by Guseppe di Lampedusa
Italians and a 1989 Margaux bad knee food by Will book *1/2

Martin Carmichael ?

Bill Copacino:10/29/08 - “Lincoln at Gettysburg - Words that Remade America” by Garry Wills
First non fiction * dense for me
good wines cabs

Michael Pappone. 8/05/08 - “Gentlemen of the Road” by Michael Chabon
On his deck with Drew and his girl friend researcher and we drank some fantastic 1982 Bordeaux's, Copacino showed up later

Will Viner - 5/29/08 - “March” by Geraldine Brooks
assorted Italian

Scott Taylor - “The Known World” by Edward Jones
served white wine with cheese fondue

Martin Carmichael ?

Bill Copacino: 3/08 - “What is the What” by David Eggers
Barolo

Michael Pappone 1/08 - “Turing's Delirium” - Edmundo Paz Soldan
old cabs

2007

Michael Pappone: 4/25/07 - “The Aeneid” by Homer (Fagles Translation)
pinot noir

Martin Carmichael - (date) - “Absurdistan” by Gary Shteyngart

(who): (date) - “The Information” by Martin Amis

Will Viner: 2/20/07 - “Suite Francaise” by Irene Nemirovsky
Excellent selcetion of whites

Scott Taylor: “Snow” by Orhan Pamuk

2006

Martin Carmichael: 10/09/06 - “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” by Jonathan Safran Foer
Pinot Noir
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extremely_Loud_and_Incredibly_Close

Bill Copacino: 9/13/06 - “Bitter Fruit” by Achmat Dangor
Cabernet
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bitter_Fruit

Michael Pappone: 7/10/06 - “Hardboiled Wonderland and the End of the Earth” by Murikami
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hard-Boiled_Wonderland_and_the_End_of_the_World
Shiraz fruit bombs

Will Viner: 5/16/06 - “Promise of Happiness” by Justin Cartwright
Italian
The Guardian review

Scott Taylor: 4/17/06 - “The Regeneration Triology” by Pat Barker
Old Cabernet

Martin Carmichael: 1/13/06 - “Cloud Atlas” by David Mitchell
cab from weltman harlan estates

2005

Bill Copacino: 11/05/05 - “The Master” by Colm Toibin
1990-1999 Lynch Bags, 95,98 I'Evangile Bordeaux

Michael Pappone: 8/05 - “Saturday” by Ian McEwen
Arthur Miller Bordeaux collection

Will Viner: 6/05 - “Angle of Repose” by Wallace Stegner
Younger Bordeaux
Wikipedia definition of angle of repose

Scott Taylor: 5/05 - “Gilead” by Marilynn Robinson
Old Bordeaux
New York Times review