September Book Club Selection: 'Broken Piano For President' by Patrick Wensink

LitReactor Book Club: 'Broken Piano For President' by Patrick Wensink

Every month here at LitReactor, we celebrate reading with a new selection in our Book Club!  For September we will be reading and discussing Broken Piano For President by Patrick Wensink, which has gotten a ton of press lately.  Here's a synopsis:

Ever drank too much and forgot what happened? Don't be embarrassed. Deshler Dean faces this problem every day of his life.

Dean is far more brilliant and productive when he's blackout drunk. In the last few months alone, he has invented a hamburger more addictive than crystal meth, scored a six-figure record contract for his terrible art rock band, and started dating a woman he doesn't even recognize. Worse yet, he has become entangled in the biggest war since the Allies took on Germany.

When rival fast food chains duke it out for control over Dean's burger-inventing genius, Dean and his band mates plunge into the absurd world of corporate paranoia and greed. As the violence of the burger wars spills out onto the streets, it's up to them to win over the hearts (and stomachs) of the American people and save the country from the equivalent of a deep-fried nuclear warhead.

Discussion for Broken Piano For President will kick off on September 1st, but you should pick up the book and start reading ASAP!  (We've provided a handy link below). Once you're locked and loaded, you can announce your presence in the Book Club. (No invitation needed!)  That thread is where all discussion about the book will go down.

If you read our August Book Club selection, A Very Minor Prophet by James Bernard Frost, make sure you check out that thread as discussion there has officially started.

Happy reading!

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Joshua Chaplinsky's picture
Joshua Chaplinsky from New York is reading a lot more during the quarantine August 3, 2012 - 7:36am

Nice, topical selection. Fun book. And Patrick has said he's gonna participate, so get involved!

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Rob from New York City is reading at a fast enough pace it would be cumbersome to update this August 3, 2012 - 8:03am

Finished this a week ago and I really, really enjoyed it. You folks will, too. Get on it. 

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PatrickWensink from Portland, OR August 3, 2012 - 5:47pm

Thanks! I'm excited to be part of the fun.

David Ireland's picture
David Ireland from London is reading Confessions of an English Opium-Eater August 6, 2012 - 9:47am

Just bought this for Kindle. Looking forward to reading it! That's a great synopsis.