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Tom Rachman Checks In

Hi, Bookies: Here’s a nice way to start the week, with answers from The Imperfectionists author Tom Rachman to some questions that were posed. And true to form, his answers are engaging, smart, and make for a good read. From discussion leader Julia Edelstein: • I would love to know how he devised the order of the stories. Was the […]

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The Imperfectionists: “Cold War” Through “Gunman Kills”

Hi, Bookies, Well, we’ve come to the end of our October book. It was a great read, and I can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed sharing it with all of you! The last few chapters of The Imperfectionists flew by for me, and I think that’s largely due to Rachman’s deft ability to build momentum. The strange and mysterious […]

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The Imperfectionists: “Sex Lives” Through “76 Die”

Hi, Bookies: I hope you all enjoyed the third installment of Tom Rachman’s The Imperfectionists. I definitely did. It’s become difficult to stop myself from reading ahead. With each chapter, I become more enamored of Rachman’s writing style—and even more curious about how this will all turn out. To start, I want to share some exciting news: Tom Rachman has […]

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The Imperfectionists: “Global Warming” Through “U.S. General Optimistic”

Hi, Bookies: Thank you for all of your great comments on the first quarter of The Imperfectionists. I’m happy to know that I’m not the only one hoping the stories will come together in some way, and I loved hearing your reactions to the characters’ emotional pitfalls and triumphs. (And to give one specific shout-out: Ann—I thought your analysis of […]

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The Imperfectionists: “Bush Slumps…” Through “Europeans Are Lazy…”

Hi, Bookies: I hope everyone is enjoying The Imperfectionists. Thanks for reading along with me. I’m so excited to hear your thoughts. A quarter of the way in, I’m ready to classify the book as a pleasure read. Rachman can really write, and his characters jump off the page. So far, I can vividly imagine just about all of them—Lloyd […]

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Hello, Readers!

My name is Julia Edelstein, and I’m an associate editor at Real Simple magazine. I write the Simple List, contribute to the Solutions section (the home of “New Uses for Old Things”), and edit the Your Words and Book Club pages. (I’m the one who comes up with those book questions you answer on this blog. Thanks for your answers!) […]

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