++Wed, Dec 11, 7PM – Julie Orringer, author of THE INVISIBLE BRIDGE, and Kate Milliken, author IF I’D KNOWN YOU WERE COMING: STORIES. Milliken is the recent winner of the Iowa Short Fiction Award and Orringer the judge.
++Thu, Dec 19, 6:30PM – Las Comadres and Friends National Latino Bookclub meets to discuss IT’S NOT LOVE, IT’S JUST PARIS by Patricia Engel. Discussion is conducted in English. No Registration Required.
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Wed, Jan 8, 7PM – Nonfiction Bookclub meets to discuss Pitching in a Pinch: Baseball from the Inside by Christy Mathewson.
Christy Mathewson was one of the most dominant pitchers ever to play baseball. Posthumously inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame as one of the “Five Immortals,” he was an unstoppable force on the mound, winning at least twenty-two games for twelve straight seasons and pitching three complete-game shutouts in the 1905 World Series. Pitching in a Pinch, his witty and digestible book of baseball insights, stories, and wisdom, was first published over a hundred years ago and presents readers with Mathewson’s plainspoken perspective on the diamond of yore—on the players, the chances they took, the jinxes they believed in, and, most of all, their love of the game. Baseball fans will love to read first-hand accounts of the infamous Merkle’s Boner incident, Giants manager John McGraw, and the unstoppable Johnny Evers and to learn how much—and just how little—has really changed in a hundred years.
Wed, Jan 15, 7PM – Newtonville Bookclub meets to discuss The Salt God’s Daughter by Ilie Ruby
Stunning, vividly drawn, and woven with mysticism and folklore, The Salt God’s Daughter is an unforgettable tale of female rites of passage, family secrets and the enduring bonds between mothers and daughters. Set in Long Beach, California, beginning in the 1970s, this modern-day fairy tale follows two sisters as they carve out a life in a world filled with meteorological discoveries and homespun folklore, where everyday survival reveals startling discoveries about the nature of love. Raised by a mother drawn to the ocean and guided by the moon, the girls’ heritage is a mystery and in her absence, they are forced to confront the social mores of the time as they search for a place to call home. Written in a language that is altogether real and imagined, The Salt God’s Daughter is a raw, evolutionary tale about the ties that bind, and how far we’ll go to save the ones we love.
Thu, Jan 16, 6:30PM – Las Comadres and Friends National Latino Bookclub meets to discuss Title TBA. Discussion is conducted in English. No Registration Required.
Wed, Jan 29, 7PM – Celebrity Bookclub meets to discuss The Lover by Marguerite Duras. Hosted by Laura van den Berg.
An international best-seller with more than one million copies in print and a winner of France’s Prix Goncourt, The Lover has been acclaimed by critics all over the world since its first publication in 1984.
Set in the prewar Indochina of Marguerite Duras’s childhood, this is the haunting tale of a tumultuous affair between an adolescent French girl and her Chinese lover. In spare yet luminous prose, Duras evokes life on the margins of Saigon in the waning days of France’s colonial empire, and its representation in the passionate relationship between two unforgettable outcasts.
Wed, Feb 5, 7PM –Mystery Bookclub meets to discuss The Other Woman by Hank Phillippi Ryan.
Reporter Jane Ryland is tracking down a candidate’s secret mistress just days before a pivotal Senate election. Detective Jake Brogan is investigating a possible serial killer that may be hunting down Boston’s young women under the city’s bridges. As the body count rises and election looms closer, it becomes clear to Jane and Jake that their cases are connected…and that they may be facing a ruthless killer who will stop at nothing to silence a scandal.
Dirty politics, dirty tricks, and a barrage of final twists, The Other Woman is the first in an explosive new series from Hank Phillipi Ryan. Seduction, betrayal, and murder—it’ll take a lot more than votes to win this election.
Thu, Feb 13, 7PM – Newtonville Bookclub meets to discuss The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers.
“The war tried to kill us in the spring.” So begins this powerful account of friendship and loss. In Al Tafar, Iraq, twenty-one-year old Private Bartle and eighteen-year-old Private Murphy cling to life as their platoon launches a bloody battle for the city. Bound together since basic training when Bartle makes a promise to bring Murphy safely home, the two have been dropped into a war neither is prepared for.
In the endless days that follow, the two young soldiers do everything to protect each other from the forces that press in on every side: the insurgents, physical fatigue, and the mental stress that comes from constant danger. As reality begins to blur into a hazy nightmare, Murphy becomes increasingly unmoored from the world around him and Bartle takes actions he could never have imagined.
Thu, Feb 20, 6:30PM – Las Comadres and Friends National Latino Bookclub meets to discuss Title TBA. Discussion is conducted in English. No Registration Required.
Wed, Feb 26, 7PM – Celebrity Bookclub meets to discuss White Noise by Don DeLillo. Hosted by Ron MacLean.
Winner of the National Book Award, White Noise tells the story of Jack Gladney, his fourth wife, Babette, and four ultramodern offspring as they navigate the rocky passages of family life to the background babble of brand-name consumerism. When an industrial accident unleashes an “airborne toxic event,” a lethal black chemical cloud floats over their lives. The menacing cloud is a more urgent and visible version of the “white noise” engulfing the Gladneys-radio transmissions, sirens, microwaves, ultrasonic appliances, and TV murmurings-pulsing with life, yet suggesting something ominous.