Store Sponsored Book Clubs

 

Book Club meets the first Tuesday of the month, October 2nd at 6:30pm

Geek Book Club meets the second Tuesday of the month, November 13th at 7:00pm 

**NEW** Young Adult Book Club meets the third Monday of the month, September 24th at 7:00pm

Foodie Book Club meets the last Tuesday of the month, October 30th at 7:00pm

 

Book Club

The Book Club meets the first Tuesday of the month. Join us this month, October 2nd at 6:30pm.

October Selection:

When The English Fall by David Williams

A riveting and unexpected novel that questions whether a peaceful and non- violent community can survive when civilization falls apart. 

Again, all are asleep, but I am not. I need sleep, but though I read and I pray, I feel too awake. My mind paces the floor.

There are shots now and again, bursts here and there, far away, and I cannot sleep. I think of this man in his hunger, shot like a rabbit raiding a garden. For what, Lord? For stealing corn intended for pigs and cattle, like the hungry prodigal helpless in a strange land.

I can hear his voice.
 

When a catastrophic solar storm brings about the collapse of modern civilization, an Amish community is caught up in the devastating aftermath. With their stocked larders and stores of supplies, the Amish are unaffected at first. But as the English (the Amish name for all non-Amish people) in the cities become increasingly desperate, they begin to invade nearby farms, taking whatever they want and unleashing unthinkable violence on the gentle communities. 

Written as the diary of an Amish farmer named Jacob who tries to protect his family and his way of life, When the English Fall examines the idea of peace in the face of deadly chaos. Should members of a nonviolent society defy their beliefs and take up arms to defend themselves? And if they do, can they survive? 

David Williams's debut novel is a thoroughly engrossing look into the closed world of the Amish, as well as a thought-provoking examination of how we live today and what remains if the center cannot hold.

 

Book Club members receive 20% off their purchase. 

 

 

Geek Book Club

The Geek Book Club meets the second Tuesday of the month at the back of the store. Join us this month, November 13th at 7PM.

November Selection:

6255949Semiosis by Sue Burke

Did you know plants communicate with each other? According to NPR science correspondent Robert Krulwich: "What feels to us like a quiet day in the forest may in fact be a hurly-burly of wafting, pulsing, clicking plant-to-plant communication. And sometimes the chatter leaps across species lines." Sue Burke, in her debut novel, Semiosis, spins this knowledge into a remarkable tale of interspecies interaction.

From an Earth devastated by global warming, 50 people journey to a similar planet, where "stars without constellations and legends shone overhead," and barks and roars fill the nights. On the now-named Commonwealth of Pax, they hope to create a society in full harmony with nature, but come to realize that while the fauna poses dangers, the flora is the bigger problem. "We were civilians in a warlord's territory. We were in a genuine battleground." The settlers believe plants can't outthink humans. They are wrong.

Burke's world-building is phenomenal: animals (playful furry fippocats, vicious ground eagles); snow vines and evil orange trees; remnants of the Glassmakers, earlier alien colonists. Told by characters over a span of a century, her most audacious creation in Semiosis is the rainbow bamboo, discovered in year 34. The colonists sense the bamboo is friendly; in turn, "he" recognizes them as an intelligent species like himself. Communication is needed.

In a fight for both survival and coexistence, the bamboo (named Stevland) becomes the main protagonist--the most compelling of Burke's characters. But all her creations--people, animals, plants--are riveting in this exploration of cooperation versus natural aggression, and repeating the mistakes of the past.


 

 

Geek Book Club members receive 20% off their purchase. 

 

 

Young Adult Book Club

The Young Adult Book Club will meet the third Monday of the month. Join us for our first meeting on Monday, September 17th at 7:00pm. No signups are required, but feel free to join our Facebook group and fill out a general interest survey.

September Selection:

Picture Us In The Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert

 

Danny Cheng has always known his parents have secrets. But when he discovers a taped-up box in his father's closet filled with old letters and a file on a powerful Silicon Valley family, he realizes there's much more to his family's past than he ever imagined. 
Danny has been an artist for as long as he can remember and it seems his path is set, with a scholarship to RISD and his family's blessing to pursue the career he's always dreamed of. Still, contemplating a future without his best friend, Harry Wong, by his side makes Danny feel a panic he can barely put into words. Harry and Danny's lives are deeply intertwined and as they approach the one-year anniversary of a tragedy that shook their friend group to its core, Danny can't stop asking himself if Harry is truly in love with his girlfriend, Regina Chan. 
When Danny digs deeper into his parents' past, he uncovers a secret that disturbs the foundations of his family history and the carefully constructed façade his parents have maintained begins to crumble. With everything he loves in danger of being stripped away, Danny must face the ghosts of the past in order to build a future that belongs to him.

 

Young Adult Book Club members receive 20% off their purchase. 

 

 

Foodie Book Club

The Foodie Book Club meets the last Tuesday of the month. Join us this month, October 30th at 7:00pm.

October Selection:

Out of Line by Barbara Lynch

"If you have an appetite for culinary adventure, you'll devour the feisty and fun memoir" ( Elle magazine) by James Beard award-winning chef, restaurateur, and Top Chef judge Barbara Lynch as she recounts her rise from her rough "Southie" childhood to culinary stardom.

Celebrated chef Barbara Lynch--named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in 2017--credits the defiant spirit of her upbringing in tough, poor "Southie," a neighborhood ruled by the notorious Whitey Bulger gang, with helping her bluff her way into her first professional cooking jobs; develop a distinct culinary style through instinct and sheer moxie; then dare to found an empire of restaurants ranging from a casual but elegant "clam shack" to Boston's epitome of modern haute cuisine. As award-winning chef Ana Sortun raves, "Her heroic story inspires us to remain true to who we are and honor our dreams with conviction."
One of seven children born to an overworked single mother, Lynch was raised in a housing project. She earned a daredevil reputation for boosting vehicles (even a city bus), petty theft, drinking and doing drugs, and narrowly escaping arrest--haunted all the while by a painful buried trauma.

Out of Line describes Lynch's remarkable process of self-invention, including her encounters with colorful characters of the food world, and vividly evokes the magic of creation in the kitchen. It is also a love letter to South Boston and its vanishing culture, governed by Irish Catholic mothers and its own code of honor. "Foodies will enjoy the vivid language used to describe Lynch's food exploits, and old neighbors will be treated to a trip around south Boston through the eyes of a local" ( Library Journal). Through her story, Lynch explores how the past--both what we strive to escape from and what we remain true to--can strengthen and expand who we are.

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Foodie Book Club members receive 20% off their purchase.