This club meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM. We like to read all kinds of books that provoke thoughtful and entertaining discussions. Everybody is welcome to join in!
This month, we are reading Behold the Dreamers by debut novelist Imbolo Mbue. Behold the Dreamers is an Oprah's Book Club pick and was named Best Book of 2016 by Kirkus Reviews, NPR, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Guardian and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
"Jende Jonga, a Cameroonian immigrant living in Harlem, has come to the United States to provide a better life for himself, his wife, Neni, and their six-year-old son. In the fall of 2007, Jende can hardly believe his luck when he lands a job as a chauffeur for Clark Edwards, a senior executive at Lehman Brothers. Clark demands punctuality, discretion, and loyalty--and Jende is eager to please. Clark's wife, Cindy, even offers Neni temporary work at the Edwardses' summer home in the Hamptons. With these opportunities, Jende and Neni can at last gain a foothold in America and imagine a brighter future. However, the world of great power and privilege conceals troubling secrets, and soon Jende and Neni notice cracks in their employers' facades. When the financial world is rocked by the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the Jongas are desperate to keep Jende's job--even as their marriage threatens to fall apart. As all four lives are dramatically upended, Jende and Neni are forced to make an impossible choice. " — Publisher Marketing
Meeting on the third Tuesday of each month, our Mystery club is facilitated by author Ann Parker. The discussions are exciting and entertaining as all aspects of the stories are brought up. Our facilitator adds another perspective to the group's discussions as well, since she can look at the books from a mystery author's point of view.
This month, we're reading The Blackhouse by Peter May.
"When a grisly murder occurs on the Isle of Lewis that bears similarities to a brutal killing on the mainland, Edinburgh detective and native islander Fin Macleod is dispatched to the Outer Hebrides to investigate, embarking at the same time on a voyage into his own troubled past. As Fin reconnects with the people and places of his tortured childhood, the desolate but beautiful island and its ancient customs once again begin to assert their grip on his psyche. Every step toward solving the case brings Fin closer to a dangerous confrontation with the dark events of the past that shaped--and nearly destroyed--his life." — Publisher Marketing
Due to low attendance, the Towne Center Science Fiction Book Club is on hiatus until further notice. We will be happy to jumpstart the club again if our customers are interested! Come into the store, call or email us to let us know if you would like to attend the Sci-Fi book club! Whether you're a long time science fiction fan or just want to dip your toes into the genre, everyone is welcome!
This club meets on the fourth Monday of every month. Each discussion is lead by Brian Mahoney, who works closely with the national Great Books Group to give you an excellent reading experience. People all over the country are discussing these books and selections, why don't you join in?
This month we are reading the final two selections from the Counterparts anthology collected by the Great Books Foundation. The Counterparts anthology pairs texts on shared topics, but with contrasting viewpoints. These text challenge readers' assumptions and spark debate, making for fascinating discussions for our book club.
This month, the two texts we are reading from Counterparts are on the subject of Death. They include "The Immoderation of Ifat" and "Now We Are Five." "The Immoderation of Ifat" is a chapter from Pakistani author Sara Suleri's first book, Meatless Days, an autobiography exploring her and her family's various migrations around the world. "Now We Are Five" is an essay written by American humorist David Sedaris about the recent suicide of his sister Tiffany. These selections can be found on pages 281-312 in the Counterparts anthology.
You can visit the national Great Books Discussion Group website here: