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Contemporary Fiction Book Club: Just your regular ol' fiction book club with discussion, opinions, and wine!
What we're reading: The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich
Next Meeting is Wednesday, September 22nd at 7:30pm at the store. For the safety of our book clubbers, the meeting is open only to those who have been fully vaccinated.
Classics in Brief Book Club: All the classics you meant to read...kept short!
What we're reading: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Next Meeting is Thursday, October 7th at 7:00pm, offsite.
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Godspeed, by Nickolas Butler: This tale of three guys building a house in the mountains of Wyoming on an impossibly tight deadline for mysterious reasons is told with Butler's signature warmth and humanity -- even though it has the DNA of a thriller. No one cares about his characters more than Butler, even when they're flawed. This book continues a theme in Butler's work: A tension between the haves and the have-nots. This is another triumph from a terrific storyteller!
Nightbitch, by Rachel Yoder: Bizarre and disturbingly relatable, NIGHTBITCH follows one mother's evolution from successful artist, to stay-at-home parent, to dog. Yes, our nameless main character believes she is turning into a dog. This fable-like story is a unique and unapologetically brutal examination of the societal pressures of modern motherhood in conflict with the primal (and sometimes feral) instincts that are inside us all. Sink your teeth into this one!
The Paper Palace, by Miranda Cowley Heller: This book has everything -- family secrets, a love triangle, and a glorious Cape Cod setting -- that Beach Read dreams are made of. After a lifetime's worth of sexual tension, Elle -- a married mother of three -- sleeps with her childhood best friend, Jonas. And honestly, the question of whether she'll leave her family for Jonas is less compelling than everything that leads her to this point (seriously, SO MUCH happens in this book), and the author's marvelous sense of place. Loved it!
The Death of Vivek Oji, by Akwaeke Emezi: There's really something special about this book. It's mysterious. A little dark. It's beautiful. The story of family, identity, life, and death. Vivek was so alive despite what the title suggests. (I cried and that's saying something.)
People We Meet On Vacation, by Emily Henry: After being stuck at home for a year, this book is exactly what I needed. The characters are quirky and likable, and the plot is what you'd expect from a light, summer read. While this is essentially rom-com, it also explores themes of loneliness and redefining what makes a person happy. Pick this one up for your next vacation!
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!
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