Full name: Molly’s Imaginary Summer Book Club Featuring Classics of Women’s Literature Defined As Books Authored By, About or Widely Read By Women in the 20th Century, Oh Look I Made an FAQ This Year.
This year’s titles are…
No Bed of Her Own By Val Lewton: What does happen to girls thrown upon their own resources? Will it involve Curses of the Cat People? Bonus material: the Carole Lombard-Clark Gable adaptation-that-wasn’t, No Man of Her Own. (July)
She Let Him Continue By Stephen Geller: Teenage girls! They’re always trying to convince you to murder their parents for them! The book was reissued as Pretty Poison, which is also the title of the movie, starring Anthony Perkins in his best non-Norman Bates role. (September)
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Your imaginary book club is intriguing to me and I would like to receive your newsletter. How do I sign up?
A: That is what is so great about an IMAGINARY book club! You are already a member with all of the privileges, immunities, rights and honors pertaining thereto!
Q: So… how does it work then?
A: Four books are selected every year, one per month for June through September. We read the book, and I write a review/discussion/assorted thoughts/heavy-duty academic treatise the following month (e.g., we shall discuss the June selection, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, in July). Theoretically, we wrap at the end of September, but in reality it is more like Halloween or Thanksgiving. That is why the last book is usually in the horror genre or somehow involves a turkey.
Since this is an IMAGINARY book club (and the internet never forgets), you are free to read at your own pace and come back and comment with your thoughts at any time! You can read some or all of the books! You can just watch the movie versions! You can read none of the books and just learn all of the plot twists! (Spoiler: there will be spoilers)
Q: How serious is the discussion supposed to be?
A: Imaginary-serious. I welcome all comments ranging from deconstructionist literary theory to “OMG, Anthony Perkins. He is so hot.”
Q: Who chooses the books? What are the criteria?
A: I do.
The focus is on books “written by, about, or widely ready by” women in the mid-20th century, by which I mean roughly 1920-1980.
Q: Where can I see a list of past selections?
A: Right here!
Q: How do I find reviews of past selections?
A: All posts pertaining to Imaginary Summer Book Club are tagged “Imaginary Summer Book Club”.
Q: Can I recommend a book for future Imaginary Summer Book Clubs?
A: Yes! I always welcome suggestions, for both Imaginary Summer Book Club and the regular vintage YA feature. Comment on any entry or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.