We are OPEN for in-store browsing, and can't wait to see you! But we kindly ask that our customers continue to wear masks in the store for the time being, since we have no way of knowing who is or isn’t vaccinated. Additionally, we are limiting our store capacity to 8 customers at a time.
We look forward to the day when we can accommodate a packed, mask-free store once again. Until then, thank you kindly for your understanding and compliance!
Nonfiction Book Club. Thought-provoking conversation about non-fiction books.
What we're reading: I Was Told There'd Be Cake, by Sloane Crosley
Next Meeting is Tuesday, May 25th at 7:30pm
Want to join? Email Jess for Zoom info!
Contemporary Fiction Book Club: Just your regular ol' fiction book club with discussion, opinions, and wine!
What we're reading: The Pearl that Broke its Shell by Nadia Hashimi
Next Meeting is Wednesday, June 9th at 7:30pm
Want to join? Email Julie for Zoom info!
Classics in Brief Book Club: All the classics you meant to read...kept short!
What we're reading: Washington Square by Henry James
Next Meeting is Thursday, June 10th at 7:30pm
Want to join? Email Tom for Zoom info!
All Together Now, by Matthew Norman: This endearing, funny, summery novel is about a group of mid-30s friends who gather at a beach mansion for a reunion. But there's a twist! One of them is dying and he happens to be a famous billionaire. Hilarity ensues? Sure, there are drinks and jokes aplenty, but this novel -- an essential entry into the "dude lit with heart" genre -- does a wonderful job of examining friendship.
The Other Black Girl, by Zakiya Dalila Harris: If I keep hearing a book described as "Get Out" meets "The Devil Wears Prada," I'm going to read it...and, sure enough, Harris's debut novel was every bit as smart, cool, and entertaining as I wanted it to be. Nella, an assistant at a publishing house, is the only black employee in her office...until Hazel shows up, and what looks like a normal rivalry turns out to be much, MUCH more. Both a fascinating peek at publishing and a look at what solidarity among black women is supposed to mean. Good luck putting this one down!
Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982, by Cho Nam-Joo: A runaway bestseller in its native Korea, this is the kind of story that is so specific that it actually becomes universal. I read it in one afternoon.
Early Morning Riser, by Katherine Heiny: If Richard Russo and Sarah Silverman had a book baby, it might look something like this charming, hilarious tale of small town Midwestern life. This novel is about how we find happiness, no matter what hand we're dealt in life. Against all odds, despite unspeakable tragedies, despite hurdles and heartbreak, we do figure out how to be happy. If we're lucky. Sweet, touching, and laugh-out-loud funny!
Mary Jane, by Jessica Anya Blau: What if Judy Blume wrote "Almost Famous"? You'd end up with Mary Jane! This short, quick read takes place over one summer as a 14-year-old babysitter learns about music, sex, drugs, dysfunctional families, and the value of being seen. It's a little over-the-top, but isn't that what you want in a summer novel? A great diversion!
How I Learned To Hate In Ohio, by David Stuart MacLean: Barry is just your average everyday bookish 14-year-old kid, living with his parents in a quaint college town in rural Ohio. But when a new kid comes to town, it touches off a series of events that forces Barry to confront some very adult issues: racism, sex, infidelity, and more. Harrowing and hilarious, this is one of the most authentic accounts of small town life I've ever read. Absolutely loved it!
The Night Always Comes, by Willy Vlautin: Daaaamn, this book blew me away. Here is a story that is so specific yet illustrates such big, harsh realites about life for so many people in this country. Lynette works multiple jobs and barely gets by, but if she can secure enough money to buy her house, she can secure an actual future for herself, her mom, and her disabled brother. The entire story takes place over two days, as Lynette scrambles to find the money. Everything Vlautin does here -- from his tight plotting to his character development and the sense of urgency he creates -- works beautifully. This book is an absolute knockout.
Libertie, by Kaitlyn Greenidge: This lovely book illuminates a perspective that I don't see too often in fiction: That of a free black woman in the post-Civil War years. Libertie is the only daughter of an ambitious female doctor, and spends her young adulthood navigating the expectations of both her mother and society at large. Her journey takes her from Brooklyn to the Midwest to the lush hills of Haiti, but throughout, her voice is clear and distinctive and her self-reflection brings rich rewards for a reader. I really loved the book's ending, too!
Having and Being Had, by Eula Biss: I have always loved Eula Biss, and I will always love Eula Biss. Her writing does the exact thing I am drawn to: Interrogating a topic from every single angle, in a way that is memorable but not overwhelming. For this book, Biss is interrogating what it means to be a wealthy white woman buying a house, and what that means. And when I say "what that means," I mean: She asks what capitalism even is, what the purpose of capitalism is, what does having a gravy boat mean for her class, what is class, what defines the middle class, and what is the relationship between time, money, play, and art. This book feels timely and purposeful in the way that money is always timely and purposeful -- but also, an important book to read if you want to re-examine the system we live in, and maybe for some of us, a system we also reject.
Open Book, by Jessica Simpson: Well that was seriously fun to read. Self-deprecating, warm, funny, personal. And dishy without ever veering into meanness.
Time Travel for Love and Profit, by Sarah Lariviere: I can't say enough good things about this book. It made me LOL when I really needed it. It doesn't read like a kids' book at all. You'll love it, too, if you were a nerdy kid, you understand Star Trek jokes, and you're really good at suspending disbelief.
All Girls, by Emily Layden: I'll admit, Layden's lovely debut novel -- which follows a handful of students at an all-girls boarding school over the course of a scandal-plagued schoolyear -- is VERY much in my wheelhouse. But in addition to illuminating the complex feelings the girls have about school, sex, their friends and families, etc., Layden does a great job showing how an institution that's built on tradition is forced to confront some very modern problems. There's a lot going on here (I mean that in the best way), and it all adds up to a really compelling picture.
Klara And The Sun, by Kazuo Ishiguro: This novel is an absolute master class in empathy! Ishiguro's singular genius is making incredibly complex human emotions seem easily relatable. He does there in this parable told from the perspective of an Artificial Friend -- a robot. But this novel is SO human -- about how we love, hope, and connect to others. Rich with symbolism, allusion, and allegory, this is just a stunning work of art. Easily a favorite of the year!
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