There’s no need to go to the trouble of getting a large group together for a book group each month (unless you want to). I have a book group for two, and it’s going just fine.
Here were our book selections for July through September:
Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan
I love the twists and turns but the end kind of fell flat for me. After one of the regulars commits suicide inside the bookstore, a clerk named Lydia uses the clues he left behind to solve one of the biggest mysteries of her life and give a voice to his, but she will need to come out from hiding from her past in order to do so. My favorite part of the story, however, was the affection the bookstore employees, especially Lydia, had for their regulars known as the bookfrogs. As someone who works in a large urban library, I encounter so often those who people don’t see or honestly choose not to, and their stories are just as important as the ones we lend.
Magicians Impossible by Brad Abraham
Two magician factions, The Invisible Hand and the Golden Dawn, are at war, and in the middle is Jason Bishop. After his father commits suicide, Jason discovers he is much more important than he thought. His father was an agent for the Hand and was murdered by the Dawn, but secrets are revealed, sides are taken, and the battles rage on. This book was so much fun! It pulled me in relatively quickly and the action descriptions were wonderful! Sometimes in battle scenes I can get pretty bored. Hope this continues as a series….
What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons
Very eye opening and heart wrenching it’s not a book you can pin down. It travels from past to present but in a very lyrical and stunning way. Thandi, the main character, tells her story of what made her, what defined her, what’s torn her apart, and what’s divided her–from struggling to fit in as a South African in America through losing her mother to cancer through her pregnancy and being a mother–all of it was like reading a memoir rather than a work of fiction.
Our book selections for October through December; check back for reviews in early January!
- Amaro: The Spirited World of Bittersweet, Herbal Liqueurs with Cocktails, Recipes, and Formulas by Brad Thomas Parsons
- Educated by Tara Westover
- The Heart by Maylis de Kerangal
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~posted by Kara P.