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Interabang Book Club

Our adult book buyer Lori Feathers facilitates an interesting and lively discussion about a fiction or non-fiction title each month here at the store. Come and share your opinions about the book and glean a deeper or different understanding of it from other readers. All are welcome!


UPCOMING BOOK CLUBS

On Beauty: A Novel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143037743
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - August 29th, 2006

Wednesday, August 5 -- 6PMHaving hit bestseller lists from the New York Times to the San Francisco Chronicle, this wise, hilarious novel reminds us why Zadie Smith has rocketed to literary stardom. On Beauty is the story of an interracial family living in the university town of Wellington, Massachusetts, whose misadventures in the culture wars—on both sides of the Atlantic—serve to skewer everything from family life to political correctness to the combustive collision between the personal and the political. Full of dead-on wit and relentlessly funny, this tour de force confirms Zadie Smith’s reputation as a major literary talent. 


You Again: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062747587
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ecco - July 7th, 2020

Wednesday, September 2 -- 6PM

SPECIAL GUEST: Author Debra Jo Immergut

Abigail Willard first spots her from the back of a New York cab: the spitting image of Abby herself at age twenty-two—right down to the silver platforms and raspberry coat she wore as a young artist with a taste for wildness. But the real Abby is now forty-six and married, with a corporate job and two kids. As the girl vanishes into a rainy night, Abby is left shaken. Was this merely a hallucinatory side effect of working-mom stress? A message of sorts, sent to remind her of passions and dreams tossed aside? Or something more explosive and life-altering?

As weeks go by, Abby continues to spot her double around her old New York haunts—and soon, despite her better instincts, Abby finds herself tailing her look-alike. She is dogged by a nagging suspicion that there is a deeper mystery to figure out, one rooted far in her past. All the while, Abby’s life starts to slip from her control: her marriage hits major turbulence, her teenage son drifts into a radical movement that portends a dark coming era. When her elusive double presents her with a dangerous proposition, Abby must decide how much she values the life she’s built, and how deeply she knows herself.

You Again is an audaciously constructed novel, an unboxing of memory, desire, and regret—and an electrifying portrait of a woman hurtling toward a key crossroads in her life, where a secret lies buried like an undetonated bomb.  


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Reservoir 13 Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781936787708
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 3 - 7 business days
Published: Catapult - October 3rd, 2017

Midwinter in an English village. A teenage girl has gone missing. Everyone is called upon to join the search. The villagers fan out across the moors as the police set up roadblocks and a crowd of news reporters descends on what is usually a place of peace. Meanwhile, there is work that must still be done: cows milked, fences repaired, stone cut, pints poured, beds made, sermons written, a pantomime rehearsed.

As the seasons unfold and the search for the missing girl goes on, there are those who leave the village and those who are pulled back; those who come together and those who break apart. There are births and deaths; secrets kept and exposed; livelihoods made and lost; small kindnesses and unanticipated betrayals. An extraordinary novel of cumulative power and grace, Reservoir 13 explores the rhythms of the natural world and the repeated human gift for violence, unfolding over thirteen years as the aftershocks of a tragedy refuse to subside.


The River: A novel (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780525563532
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - March 3rd, 2020

Wynn and Jack have been best friends since college orientation, bonded by their shared love of mountains, books, and fishing. Wynn is a gentle giant, a Vermont kid never happier than when his feet are in the water. Jack is more rugged, raised on a ranch in Colorado where sleeping under the stars and cooking on a fire came as naturally to him as breathing. When they decide to canoe the Maskwa River in northern Canada, they anticipate long days of leisurely paddling and picking blueberries, and nights of stargazing and reading paperback Westerns. But a wildfire making its way across the forest adds unexpected urgency to the journey.

One night, with the fire advancing, they hear a man and woman arguing on the fog-shrouded riverbank; the next day, a man appears on the river, paddling alone. Is this the same man they heard? And if he is, where is the woman? From this charged beginning, master storyteller Peter Heller unspools a headlong, heart-pounding story of desperate wilderness survival.


The Seed Collectors Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781593766467
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 3 - 7 business days
Published: Soft Skull Press - May 10th, 2016

Great Aunt Oleander is dead. To each of her nearest and dearest she has left a seed pod. The seed pods might be deadly, but then again they might also contain the secret of enlightenment. Not that anyone has much time for enlightenment. Fleur, left behind at the crumbling Namaste House, must step into Oleander’s role as guru to lost and lonely celebrities. Bryony wants to lose the weight she put on after her botanist parents disappeared, but can’t stop drinking. And Charlie struggles to make sense of his life after losing the one woman he could truly love.

A complex and fiercely contemporary tale of inheritance, enlightenment, life, death, desire and family trees, The Seed Collectors is the most important novel yet from one of the world’s most daring and brilliant writers. As Henry James said of George Eliot’s MiddlemarchThe Seed Collectors is a ‘treasurehouse of detail’ revealing all that it means to be connected, to be part of a society, to be part of the universe and to be human.


Aloft Cover Image
$17.60
ISBN: 9781594480706
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 3 - 7 business days
Published: Riverhead Books - March 1st, 2005

At 59, Jerry Battle is coasting through life. His favorite pastime is flying his small plane high above Long Island. Aloft, he can escape from the troubles that plague his family, neighbors, and loved ones on the ground. But he can’t stay in the air forever. Only months before his 60th birthday, a culmination of family crises finally pull Jerry down from his emotionally distant course.

Jerry learns that his family’s stability is in jeopardy. His father, Hank, is growing increasingly unhappy in his assisted living facility. His son, Jack, has taken over the family landscaping business but is running it into bankruptcy. His daughter, Theresa, has become pregnant and has been diagnosed with cancer. His longtime girlfriend, Rita, who helped raise his children, has now moved in with another man. And Jerry still has unanswered questions that he must face regarding the circumstances surrounding the death of his late wife.

Since the day his wife died, Jerry has turned avoiding conflict into an art form-the perfect expression being his solitary flights from which he can look down on a world that appears serene and unscathed. From his comfortable distance, he can’t see the messy details, let alone begin to confront them. But Jerry is learning that in avoiding conflict, he is also avoiding contact with the people he loves most.


The Glass Hotel: A novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780525521143
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf - March 24th, 2020

In this captivating story of crisis and survival, Emily St. John Mandel takes readers through often hidden landscapes: campgrounds for the near-homeless, underground electronica clubs, the business of international shipping, service in luxury hotels, and life in a federal prison. Rife with unexpected beauty, The Glass Hotel is a captivating portrait of greed and guilt, love and delusion, ghosts and unintended consequences, and the infinite ways we search for meaning in our lives.

Read Lori's article on this novele here.


The Shipping News Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780671510053
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 3 - 7 business days
Published: Scribner - June 1st, 1994

Quoyle, a third-rate newspaper hack, with a “head shaped like a crenshaw, no neck, reddish hair...features as bunched as kissed fingertips,” is wrenched violently out of his workaday life when his two-timing wife meets her just desserts. An aunt convinces Quoyle and his two emotionally disturbed daughters to return with her to the starkly beautiful coastal landscape of their ancestral home in Newfoundland. Here, on desolate Quoyle’s Point, in a house empty except for a few mementos of the family’s unsavory past, the battered members of three generations try to cobble up new lives.

"Proulx focuses on a Newfoundland fishing town in a tale about a third-rate newspaperman and the women in his life -- his elderly aunt and two young daughters -- who decide to resettle in their ancestral seaside home. The transformation each of the character undergoes following move is profound. A vigorous, darkly comic, and at times magical portrait of the contemporary American family, The Shipping News enlightens readers to the powers of E. Annie Proulx's storytelling genius and her expert evocation of time and place. She is truly one of the most gifted and original writers in America today." - Lori Feathers


PAST BOOK CLUBS


The Beginning of Spring Cover Image
By Penelope Fitzgerald, Andrew Miller (Introduction by)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780544484115
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Mariner Books - April 21st, 2015

Wednesday, July 1 -- 6pm

March 1913. Moscow is stirring herself to meet the beginning of spring. English painter Frank Reid returns from work one night to find that his wife has gone away; no one knows where or why, or whether she’ll ever come back. All Frank knows for sure is that he is now alone and must find someone to care for his three young children.

Into Frank’s life comes Lisa Ivanovna, a quiet, calming beauty from the country, untroubled to the point of seeming simple. But is she? And why has Frank’s bookkeeper, Selwyn Crane, gone to such lengths to bring these two together?

“Writing so precise and lilting it can make you shiver.” — Los Angeles Times

 


The Unseen Cover Image
By Roy Jacobsen, Don Shaw (Translator), Don Bartlett (Translator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781771963190
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Biblioasis - April 21st, 2020

Wednesday, June 3 -- 6pm

Islanders are never afraid, if they were, they wouldn’t be able to live here. Born on the Norwegian island that bears her name, Ingrid Barrøy’s world is circumscribed by storm-scoured rocks and the moods of the sea by which her family lives and dies. But her father dreams of building a quay that will end their isolation, and her mother longs for the island of her youth, and the country faces its own sea change: the advent of a modern world, and all its attendant unpredictability and violence. Brilliantly translated into English by Don Bartlett and Don Shaw, The Unseen is a profoundly moving exploration of family, resilience, and fate."The Unseen will validate your belief in the power of stories to transport and transform us. With rich detail and simple yet exquisite prose, Jacobsen’s novel depicts life on a tiny Norwegian island inhabited by only one family—the Barrøys--who for centuries have made the island their home and the sea, their life.  The book opens with the christening of three-year-old Ingrid Barrøy and follows her into adulthood as she becomes a woman and mother, responsible for her family’s livelihood and continued survival on Barrøy Island. Jacobsen (along with his translators Don Bartlett and Don Shaw) makes you feel the intensity of the live and death struggle that the Barrøys confront in fulfilling their sea-bound legacy. On nearly every page are sentences so heartbreakingly beautiful that you will want to stop and read them again. The Unseen is a quiet, understated masterpiece." - Lori Feathers 


The Wanting Life Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781944700997
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Unnamed Press - February 25th, 2020

Wednesday, May 6 -- 6pm

Set in Rome, Cape Cod, and Wisconsin over the course of the summer of 2009, and Rome during the spring of 1970, The Wanting Life tells the intertwined story of three members of the Novak family: Father Paul, a closeted gay Catholic priest who’s dying of cancer and has secrets he desperately wants to share; Britta, his self-destructive sister and caretaker, who’s struggling to find meaning in a world without her beloved husband; and Maura, Britta’s daughter--a thirty-nine-year-old artist who’s facing a choice between her husband and two children, or the man she believes is her one, true love.
Featuring one of most unconventional love stories you’ll read this year, The Wanting Life is both a compulsively readable family drama about the toll that secrets and loyalty can take on us, and a gorgeous meditation on the comforts (and limits) of faith and intimacy that calls to mind novels like Marilynne Robinson’s Home, Alice McDermott’s Charming Billy, and Julian Barnes’ The Sense of an Ending.


The Bell Cover Image
By Iris Murdoch, A. S. Byatt (Introduction by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780141186696
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 3 - 7 business days
Published: Penguin Classics - December 1st, 2001

Wednesday, April 1 --- 6pmA lay community of thoroughly mixed-up people is encamped outside Imber Abbey, home of an order of sequestered nuns. A new bell is being installed when suddenly the old bell, a legendary symbol of religion and magic, is rediscovered. And then things begin to change. Meanwhile the wise old Abbess watches and prays and exercises discreet authority. And everyone, or almost everyone, hopes to be saved, whatever that may mean. Originally published in 1958, this funny, sad, and moving novel is about religion, sex, and the fight between good and evil.


Feast Your Eyes: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781501197840
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scribner - April 16th, 2019

Wednesday, March 4 -- 6pm

Feast Your Eyes, framed as the catalogue notes from a photography show at the Museum of Modern Art, tells the life story of Lillian Preston: “America’s Worst Mother, America’s Bravest Mother, America’s Worst Photographer, or America’s Greatest Photographer, depending on who was talking.” After discovering photography as a teenager through her high school’s photo club, Lillian rejects her parents’ expectations of college and marriage and moves to New York City in 1955. When a small gallery exhibits partially nude photographs of Lillian and her daughter Samantha, Lillian is arrested, thrust into the national spotlight, and targeted with an obscenity charge. Mother and daughter’s sudden notoriety changes the course of both of their lives and especially Lillian’s career as she continues a life-long quest for artistic legitimacy and recognition.


Happiness, as Such Cover Image
By Natalia Ginzburg, Minna Proctor (Translated by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780811227995
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: New Directions - June 25th, 2019

Wednesday, February 5 -- 6:00pm

The hauntingly beautiful epistolary novel from “a glowing light of modern Italian literature” (New York Times Book Review)


At the heart of Happiness, as Such is an absence—an abyss that pulls everyone to its brink—created by a family’s only son, Michele, who has fled from Italy to England to escape the dangers and threats of his radical political ties. This novel is part epistolary: his mother writes letters to him, nagging him; his sister Angelica writes, missing him; so does Mara, his former lover, telling him about the birth of her son who may be his own. Left to clean up Michele’s mess, his family and friends complain, commiserate, tease, and grieve, struggling valiantly with the small and large calamities of their interconnected lives.


Natalia Ginzburg’s most beloved book in Italy and one of her finest achievements, Happiness, as Such is an original, wise, raw, comic novel that cuts to the bone.


Invented Lives Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781947534902
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scribe Us - November 5th, 2019

Wednesday, January 8 -- 6:00pm

A family saga spanning Russia in the twentieth century to Melbourne in the late 1980s.

It is the mid-1980s. In Australia, stay-at-home wives jostle with want-it-all feminists, while AIDS threatens everyone’s sexual freedom. On the other side of the world, the Soviet bloc is in turmoil.

Mikhail Gorbachev has been in power for a year when twenty-four-year-old book illustrator Galina Kogan leaves Leningrad--forbidden ever to return. As a Jew, she’s inherited several generations worth of Russia’s chronic anti-Semitism. As a Soviet citizen, she is unprepared for Australia and its easy-going ways.

Once settled in Melbourne, Galina is befriended by Sylvie and Leonard Morrow, and their adult son, Andrew. The Morrow marriage of thirty years balances on secrets. Leonard is a man with conflicted desires and passions, while Sylvie chafes against the confines of domestic life. Their son, Andrew, a successful mosaicist, is a deeply shy man. He is content with his life and work--until he finds himself increasingly drawn to Galina.

While Galina grapples with the tumultuous demands that come with being an immigrant in Australia, her presence disrupts the lives of each of the Morrows. No one is left unchanged.

Invented Lives tells a story of exile: exile from country, exile at home, and exile from one’s true self.

It is also a story about love.


The Western Wind Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802147721
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 3 - 7 business days
Published: Grove Press - October 15th, 2019

Wednesday, December 4 -- 6:00pmHailed as “this generation’s Virginia Woolf” (Telegraph), Samantha Harvey delivers a breathtaking medieval mystery told in reverse over the course of several disquieting holy days. Written with timeless elegance, steeped in the spiritual traditions of the Middle Ages, and brimming with propulsive suspense, The Western Wind is a riveting story of faith, guilt, and the freedom of confession from “one of the UK’s most exquisite stylists” (Guardian).


Sula (Vintage International) Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781400033430
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 3 - 7 business days
Published: Vintage - June 8th, 2004

Wednesday, November 6 -- 6:00pm

Two girls who grow up to become women. Two friends who become something worse than enemies. In this brilliantly imagined novel, Toni Morrison tells the story of Nel Wright and Sula Peace, who meet as children in the small town of Medallion, Ohio. Their devotion is fierce enough to withstand bullies and the burden of a dreadful secret. It endures even after Nel has grown up to be a pillar of the black community and Sula has become a pariah. But their friendship ends in an unforgivable betrayal—or does it end? Terrifying, comic, ribald and tragic, Sula is a work that overflows with life.

“You can’t go wrong by reading or re-reading the collected works of Toni Morrison. Beloved, Song of Solomon, The Bluest Eye, Sula, everything else — they’re transcendent, all of them. You’ll be glad you read them.”--Barack Obama

Note: Due to tornado damage to our store, The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture has invited us to hold our regularly scheduled November book club at its space at 2719 Routh St, Dallas, TX 75201 in Uptown, Dallas. The discussion will still be led by book buyer and co-owner Lori Feathers. Big thanks to the Institute for their support in this time!


Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead: A Novel Cover Image
By Olga Tokarczuk, Antonia Lloyd-Jones (Translated by)
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525541332
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - August 13th, 2019

Wednesday, October 2 -- 6:00pm

FINALIST FOR THE 2019 MAN BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE

“A brilliant literary murder mystery.” -Chicago Tribune

“Extraordinary. Tokarczuk’s novel is funny, vivid, dangerous, and disturbing, and it raises some fierce questions about human behavior. My sincere admiration for her brilliant work.” -Annie Proulx


In a remote Polish village, Janina devotes the dark winter days to studying astrology, translating the poetry of William Blake, and taking care of the summer homes of wealthy Warsaw residents. Her reputation as a crank and a recluse is amplified by her not-so-secret preference for the company of animals over humans. Then a neighbor, Big Foot, turns up dead. Soon other bodies are discovered, in increasingly strange circumstances. As suspicions mount, Janina inserts herself into the investigation, certain that she knows whodunit. If only anyone would pay her mind . . .

A deeply satisfying thriller cum fairy tale, Drive Your Plow over the Bones of the Dead is a provocative exploration of the murky borderland between sanity and madness, justice and tradition, autonomy and fate. Whom do we deem sane? it asks. Who is worthy of a voice?


Mrs. Bridge Cover Image
By Evan S. Connell, James Salter (Afterword by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781582435688
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Counterpoint LLC - January 5th, 2010

Wednesday, September 4 -- 6:00pm

“Again and again. . . I find myself being a Mrs. Bridge evangelist, telling them that it’s a perfect novel, and then pressing copies on them. . . What writing Economical, piquant, beautiful, true.” --Meg Wolitzer, The New York Times

 

In Mrs. Bridge, Evan S. Connell, a consummate storyteller, artfully crafts a portrait using the finest of details in everyday events and confrontations. The novel is comprised of vignettes, images, fragments of conversations, events--all building powerfully toward the completed group portrait of a family, closely knit on the surface but deeply divided by loneliness, boredom, misunderstandings, isolation, sexual longing, and terminal isolation. In this special fiftieth anniversary edition, we are reminded once again why Mrs. Bridge has been hailed by readers and critics alike as one of the greatest novels in American literature.


The Little Red Chairs Cover Image
Currently Unavailable
ISBN: 9780316378246
Availability: Backordered
Published: Back Bay Books - December 6th, 2016

Wednesday, August 7 - 6:00pm

A fiercely beautiful novel about one woman’s struggle to reclaim a life shattered by betrayal from the 2018 winner of the PEN/ Nabokov Award for Achievement in International Literature.
 

One night, in the dead of winter, a mysterious stranger arrives in the small Irish town of Cloonoila. Broodingly handsome, worldly, and charismatic, Dr. Vladimir Dragan is a poet, a self-proclaimed holistic healer, and a welcome disruption to the monotony of village life. Before long, the beautiful black-haired Fidelma McBride falls under his spell and, defying the shackles of wedlock and convention, turns to him to cure her of her deepest pains. 

Then, one morning, the illusion is abruptly shattered. While en route to pay tribute at Yeats’s grave, Dr. Vlad is arrested and revealed to be a notorious war criminal and mass murderer. The Cloonoila community is devastated by this revelation, and no one more than Fidelma, who is made to pay for her deviance and desire. In disgrace and utterly alone, she embarks on a journey that will bring both profound hardship and, ultimately, the prospect of redemption.

Moving from Ireland to London and then to The Hague, THE LITTLE RED CHAIRS is Edna O’Brien’s first novel in ten years -- a vivid and unflinching exploration of humanity’s capacity for evil and artifice as well as the bravest kind of love.

 


Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781101947869
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf - May 7th, 2019

Wednesday, July 10 -- 6:00 pm

The stunning story of an Alabama serial killer and the true-crime book that Harper Lee worked on obsessively in the years after To Kill a Mockingbird

”A triumph on every level . . . Casey Cep has excavated this mesmerizing story and tells it with grace and insight and a fierce fidelity to the truth.” --David Grann, best-selling author of Killers of the Flower Moon


Reverend Willie Maxwell was a rural preacher accused of murdering five of his family members for insurance money in the 1970s. With the help of a savvy lawyer, he escaped justice for years until a relative shot him dead at the funeral of his last victim. Despite hundreds of witnesses, Maxwell’s murderer was acquitted--thanks to the same attorney who had previously defended the Reverend.

Sitting in the audience during the vigilante’s trial was Harper Lee, who had traveled from New York City to her native Alabama with the idea of writing her own In Cold Blood, the true-crime classic she had helped her friend Truman Capote research seventeen years earlier. Lee spent a year in town reporting, and many more years working on her own version of the case.

Now Casey Cep brings this story to life, from the shocking murders to the courtroom drama to the racial politics of the Deep South. At the same time, she offers a deeply moving portrait of one of the country’s most beloved writers and her struggle with fame, success, and the mystery of artistic creativity.


The Last Painting of Sara de Vos: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250118325
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 3 - 7 business days
Published: Picador - April 4th, 2017

Wednesday, June 5 -- 7PM

“Smith’s new novel unfolds slowly, and each moment of illumination offers a glimpse into the true heart of this quiet, captivating tale. Spanning more than three centuries, it is the story of three lives --a female master painter of the Dutch Golden Age, a moneyed New York patent attorney, and an art history student turned one-time art forger -- each changed by one haunting painting. Filled with hurt, grief, and deceit, but also layered with love, grace, and regret, The Last Painting of Sara de Vos is a wonderful read, beautifully written.” 
— Heather Duncan (M), Tattered Cover Book Store, Denver, CO

Amsterdam, 1631: Sara de Vos becomes the first woman to be admitted as a master painter to the city’s Guild of St. Luke. Though women do not paint landscapes (they are generally restricted to indoor subjects), a wintry outdoor scene haunts Sara: She cannot shake the image of a young girl from a nearby village, standing alone beside a silver birch at dusk, staring out at a group of skaters on the frozen river below. Defying the expectations of her time, she decides to paint it.

New York City, 1957: The only known surviving work of Sara de Vos, At the Edge of a Wood, hangs in the bedroom of a wealthy Manhattan lawyer, Marty de Groot, a descendant of the original owner. It is a beautiful but comfortless landscape. The lawyer’s marriage is prominent but comfortless, too. When a struggling art history grad student, Ellie Shipley, agrees to forge the painting for a dubious art dealer, she finds herself entangled with its owner in ways no one could predict.

Sydney, 2000: Now a celebrated art historian and curator, Ellie Shipley is mounting an exhibition in her field of specialization: female painters of the Dutch Golden Age. When it becomes apparent that both the original At the Edge of a Wood and her forgery are en route to her museum, the life she has carefully constructed threatens to unravel entirely and irrevocably.

 


The Stranger's Child (Vintage International) Cover Image
Currently Unavailable
ISBN: 9780307474346
Availability: Special Order
Published: Vintage - September 4th, 2012

Wednesday, May 1 -- 7pmOur pick for May's book club is The Stranger's Child, a National Book Critics Award finalist from the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Line of Beauty and The Sparsholt Affair: a magnificent, century-spanning saga about a love triangle that spawns a myth, and a family mystery, across generations.
 
In the summer of 1913, George Sawle brings his Cambridge schoolmate—a handsome, aristocratic young poet named Cecil Valance—to his family’s home outside London. George is enthralled by Cecil, and soon his sister, Daphne, is equally besotted by him. That weekend, Cecil writes a poem that, after he is killed in the Great War and his reputation burnished, will become a touchstone for a generation, a work recited by every schoolchild in England. Over time, a tragic love story is spun, even as other secrets lie buried—until, decades later, an ambitious biographer threatens to unearth them.


The Immortalists Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780735215092
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 3 - 7 business days
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - February 5th, 2019

Wednesday, April 3 -- 7pm

Our book for this month is The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin. 

If you knew the date of your death, how would you live your life?

It’s 1969 in New York City’s Lower East Side, and word has spread of the arrival of a mystical woman, a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. The Gold children--four adolescents on the cusp of self-awareness--sneak out to hear their fortunes.

The prophecies inform their next five decades. Golden boy Simon escapes to the West Coast, searching for love in ’80s San Francisco; dreamy Klara becomes a Las Vegas magician obsessed with blurring reality and fantasy; eldest son Daniel struggles to maintain security as an army doctor post-9/11; and bookish Varya throws herself into longevity research, where she tests the boundary between science and immortality.

Both a dazzling family love story and a sweeping novel of remarkable ambition and depth, The Immortalists probes the line between destiny and choice, reality and illusion, this world and the next. It is a deeply moving testament to the power of story, the nature of belief, and the unrelenting pull of familial bonds


A Long Way from Home (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780525435990
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - February 5th, 2019

Wednesday, March 6 -- 7pm

Our pick for March's book club is A Long Way from Home. Irene Bobs loves fast driving. Her husband is the best car salesman in southeastern Australia. Together they enter the 1954 Redex Trial, a weeks-long endurance contest of a car race that circles the entire continent. With them is their lanky, fair-haired navigator: deposed quiz show champion and failed schoolteacher Willie Bachhuber. If they win the Redex, the Bobs name alone will get them a dealership, and Willie will have recharged a life currently ground to a halt. But before any of that might happen, their official strip maps will lead them, without warning, out of the comfortable white Australia they know so well. A breakneck, often hilarious, eye-opening adventure that at the same time reminds us how white people took possession of a timeless culture—the high purpose they invented, and the crimes they committed along the way—A Long Way from Home is Peter Carey’s late-style masterpiece.

 


Good Morning, Midnight Cover Image
Currently Unavailable
ISBN: 9780393303940
Availability: Out of Print
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - December 17th, 1999

Wednesday, February 6 -- 7pm

Our pick for February's Book Club is Good Morning, Midnight. This is the story of Sasha Jensen, who has returned to Paris, the city of both her happiest moments and her most desperate. Her past lies in wait for her in cafes, bars, and dress shops, blurring all distinctions between nightmare and reality. When she is picked up by a young man, she begins to feel that she is still capable of desires and emotions. Few encounters in fiction have been so brilliantly conceived, and few have come to a more unforgettable end.


 


In Your Hands Cover Image
By Ines Pedrosa, Andrea Rosenberg (Translator)
Currently Unavailable
ISBN: 9781503901933
Availability: Special Order
Published: Amazon Crossing - October 16th, 2018

Wednesday, January 2 -- 7PM

Our book for this month is In Your Hands, an internationally acclaimed, award-winning novel spanning three generations of women united in their struggle for independence and fulfillment against oppressionThrough revealing journals, snapshots of a turbulent era, and private letters, the lives of these three generations unfold, embracing all that has separated them and all that binds them--their strength, their secrets, and their search for love through the currents of change.

 


The Plague (Vintage International) Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780679720218
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - May 7th, 1991

Wednesday, October 3 -- 7PM

A haunting tale of human resilience in the face of unrelieved horror, Camus’ novel about a bubonic plague ravaging the people of a North African coastal town is a classic of twentieth-century literature.


The Days of Abandonment Cover Image
By Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein (Translated by)
$15.00
ISBN: 9781933372006
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Europa Editions - September 1st, 2005

Wednesday, September 5 -- 7PM


The Human Stain: American Trilogy (3) (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780375726347
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - May 8th, 2001

Wednesday, August 8 -- 7PM


Scoop Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316216371
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 3 - 7 business days
Published: Back Bay Books - December 11th, 2012

Thursday, July 12 -- 7PM

 


On Chesil Beach Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780307386175
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Anchor - June 10th, 2008

WEDNESDAY, June 6th -- 7 PM

It's 1962, and Florence and Edward are celebrating their wedding in a hotel on the Dorset coast. Yet as they dine, the expectation of their marital duties become overwhelming. Unbeknownst to them both, the decisions they make this night will resonate throughout their lives. With exquisite prose, Ian McEwan creates in ON CHESIL BEACH a story of lives transformed by a gesture not made or a word not spoken.

 


All the Birds, Singing: A Novel Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780345802507
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 3 - 7 business days
Published: Vintage - January 6th, 2015

Wednesday, May 2 -- 7PM


A Separation: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780399576119
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 3 - 7 business days
Published: Riverhead Books - February 6th, 2018

Wednesday, April 11 -- 7PM


The Picture of Dorian Gray (Modern Library Classics) Cover Image
By Oscar Wilde, Jeffrey Eugenides (Introduction by)
$9.00
ISBN: 9780375751516
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Modern Library - June 1st, 1998

Wednesday, March 7 -- 7PM

 


The Woman Upstairs (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307743763
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Published: Vintage - February 4th, 2014

Wednesday, February 7 -- 7PM

Our February book club selection is THE WOMAN UPSTAIRS by the wonderful Clair Messud. Told with urgency, intimacy, and piercing emotion, this New York Times bestselling novel is the riveting confession of a woman awakened, transformed, and abandoned by a desire for a world beyond her own. Nora Eldridge is a reliable, but unremarkable, friend and neighbor, always on the fringe of other people’s achievements. But the arrival of the Shahid family--dashing Skandar, a Lebanese scholar, glamorous Sirena, an Italian artist, and their son, Reza--draws her into a complex and exciting new world. Nora’s happiness pushes her beyond her boundaries, until Sirena’s careless ambition leads to a shattering betrayal.


The Bridge of San Luis Rey Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780060757502
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 3 - 7 business days
Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - September 2nd, 2014

Wednesday, January 3 -- 7PM

 


The Exception Cover Image
$18.65
ISBN: 9781400096657
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Published: Anchor - July 8th, 2008

WEDNESDAY, November 8 -- 7PM

Our November book club read is THE EXCEPTION by Christian Jungersen: a provocative novel that explores conflicts, both interoffice and on the international scale. When workers at a Danish non-profit that investigates genocide starts receiving death threats, they suspect the Serbian war criminal whom they have exposed. But then, the office workers begin to suspect each other. Jungersen’s novel is a psychological thriller quite unlike any other.


My Heart Hemmed in Cover Image
By Marie Ndiaye, Jordan Stump (Translator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781931883627
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 3 - 7 business days
Published: Two Lines Press - July 11th, 2017

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4 -- 7PM

MY HEART HEMMED IN is extraordinary: an original and suspenseful novel that exposes all that is monstrous and ugly in the way that we regard those around us -- our tendency to harbor suspicions, judgments and prejudices against people we do not want or even try, to understand. Ndiaye takes us inside the disturbing mind of Nadia, her unforgettable protagonist, with writing that is arresting; the tension, immediately palpable, builds steadily. The temptation to turn the pages quickly is great but the prose is so fine that you will want to savor it. With its unsettling atmosphere reminiscent of Doris Lessing’s THE FIFTH CHILD, Ndiaye’s brilliant novel obtains pride of place with the very best literary horror. MY HEART HEMMED IN is a morality tale for our times.


The Summer That Melted Everything: A Novel Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250131676
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - July 3rd, 2017

 WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 -- 7 PM

Our September book club pick is Tiffany McDaniel’s THE SUMMER THAT MELTED EVERYTHING, a novel set in small-town Ohio during the sizzling hot summer of 1984. When a successful prosecuting attorney begins to believe that neither his profession nor his religious faith will bring justice to victims of evil, he places an ad in the local newspaper inviting the devil to town. Soon a self-proclaimed devil does appear in the form of a young, poor black boy whose very presence exposes citizens’ deepest fears, disrupting the town’s bucolic tranquility. THE SUMMER THAT MELTED EVERYTHING is a gothic treasure, so original and masterfully written that you will wish that the long, hot summer would never end.


Imagine Me Gone Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316261333
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 3 - 7 business days
Published: Back Bay Books - February 21st, 2017

 WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2 -- 7 PM

Our first book club selection is Adam Haslett’s IMAGINE ME GONE, a 2017 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction finalist. Haslett’s novel is the story of an everyday American family and its singular journey traversing the joys and sorrows, successes and disappointments that life throws its way. Haslett uses multiple narrators to color the narrative and bring to focus the quiet but profound repercussions of mental illness.


The Infatuations (Vintage International) Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780307950734
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 3 - 7 business days
Published: Vintage - April 22nd, 2014

Wednesday, November 7