Great Group Reads Bookclub meeting, Tuesday, June 4th at 7:00pm


BONFIRE BY CELTCome and discuss Invitation to a Bonfire by by Adrienne Celt (Bloomsbury)

Tuesday, June 4th, 7:00-8:15pm
Panera Bread, 5940 Fairview Rd., Charlotte, NC

A selection from the 2018 National Reading Group Month’s Great Group Reads (list)

In the 1920s, Zoya Andropova, a young Soviet Union refugee, finds herself in the alien landscape of an all-girls New Jersey boarding school. Having lost her family, and home, Zoya struggles to belong, a task made more difficult by the malice her peers heap on scholarship students and her new country’s paranoia about Russian spies. When she meets the visiting writer and fellow Russian émigré Leo Orlov–whose books Zoya has privately obsessed over for years–her luck seems to have taken a turn for the better. But she soon discovers that Leo is not the solution to her loneliness: he’s committed to his art and bound by the sinister orchestrations of his brilliant wife, Vera.As the reader unravels the mystery of Zoya, Lev, and Vera’s fate, Zoya is faced with mounting pressure to figure out who she is and what kind of life she wants to build. Grappling with class distinctions, national allegiance, and ethical fidelity–not to mention the powerful magnetism of sex–Invitation to a Bonfire investigates how one’s identity is formed, irrevocably, through a series of momentary decisions, including how to survive, who to love, and whether to pay the complicated price of happiness.

Summer Reading Preview 2019 from Park Road Books: full list

 

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Park Road Books 2019 Summer Reads Preview

Sally Brewster, owner of Park Road Books, curated a list of must-reads for Summer 2019. Here are 16 titles to get you through this season and beyond!

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang (July, $15.00 Pb., Berkley), Fiction, Contemporary Romance

Death and Other Happy Endings by Melanie Cantor (July, $26.00 HC, Pamela Dorman), Contemporary Romance, Domestic Fiction

Deep River by Karl Marlantes (July, $30.00 HC, Atlantic Monthly), Historical Fiction, WWI Fiction

Furious Hours: Murder, Fruad and the Last Hours of Harper Lee by Casey Cep (May, $26.95 HC, Knopf), Biography, True Crime

The Ghosts of Eden Park: the Bootleg King, the Women Who Pursued Him, and the Murder that Shocked Jazz-Age America by Karen Abbott (August, $28.00 HC, Crown), True Crime/Murder, 20th Century History, Biography & Memoir

Hotbox: Inside Catering, the World’s Riskiest Business by Matt & Ted Lee (April, $28.00 HC, Henry Holt), Cooking, Food Writing

In West Mills by De’Shawn Charles Winslow (June $26.00 HC, Bloomsbury), Historical Fiction, Southern Fiction

Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey (June, $25.99 HC, Tor), Mystery, Suspense, Contemporary Fantasy

Patsy by Nicole Dennis-Benn (June, $26.95 HC, Liveright), Literary Fiction

Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev (May $15.99 PB, William Morrow), Contemporary Romance, Domestic Fiction

The Substitution Order by Martin Clark  (July $27.95 HC, Knopf), Thriller, Humorous Fiction, Legal Fiction

The Swallows by Lisa Lutz (August $27.00 HC, Ballantine), Mystery, Suspense, Psychological Fiction, Humorous Fiction

Things you Save In a Fire by Catherine Center (August $26.99 HC, St. Martin’s Press), Domestic Fiction

This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger (September $27.00 HC, Atria), Mystery, Historical Fiction

Time After Time by Lisa Grunwald (June $27.00 HC, Random House), Historical Fiction

Wanderers by Chuck Wendig (July $28.99 HC, Delray), Science Fiction, Suspense, Apocalyptic

Find all these books at https://www.parkroadbooks.com

*Attention, self-published authors, PRB offers special discounts for current WNBA-Charlotte members. Go to their stock your books section and learn more.

 

Great Group Reads Bookclub meeting, Tuesday, May 7 at 7:00pm

widows of malabar hillCome and discuss The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Masey (Soho Press).
From the publisher’s website summary: 
1920s India: Perveen Mistry, Bombay’s first female lawyer, is investigating a suspicious will on behalf of three Muslim widows living in full purdah when the case takes a turn toward the murderous. The author of the Agatha and Macavity Award-winning Rei Shimura novels brings us an atmospheric new historical mystery with a captivating heroine.

Inspired in part by the woman who made history as India’s first female attorney, The Widows of Malabar Hill is a richly wrought story of multicultural 1920s Bombay as well as the debut of a sharp and promising new sleuth.

Tuesday, May 7th, 7:00-8:15pm
Panera Bread, 5940 Fairview Rd., Charlotte, NC

A selection from the 2018 National Reading Group Month’s Great Group Reads (list)

*Then, join us again Tuesday, June 4, as we discuss Invitation to a Bonfire by Adrienne Celt (Bloomsbury). Same time, same location.

Join us at the next Great Group Reads Bookclub meeting! April 2 at 7pm!

Come out and discuss  A Vain Conversation by Anthony Grooms (U. of South Carolina Press).

Vain ConversationFrom the publisher’s website summary: Inspired by true events, The Vain Conversation reflects on the 1946 lynching of two black couples in Georgia from the perspectives of three characters—Bertrand Johnson, one of the victims; Noland Jacks, a presumed perpetrator; and Lonnie Henson, a witness to the murders as a ten-year-old boy. Lonnie’s inexplicable feelings of culpability drive him in a search for meaning that takes him around the world and ultimately back to Georgia, where he must confront Jacks and his own demons, with the hopes that doing so will free him from the grip of the past.

In The Vain Conversation, Anthony Grooms seeks to advance the national dialogue on race relations. With complexity, satire, and sometimes levity, he explores what it means to redeem, as well as to be redeemed, when dealing with America’s race violence, and he speaks to the broader issues of oppression and violence everywhere.

Tuesday, April 2nd, 7:00-8:00pm
Panera Bread, 5940 Fairview Rd., Charlotte, NC

A selection from the 2018 National Reading Group Month’s Great Group Reads (list)

*Then, join us again Tuesday, May 7, as we discuss The Widows of Malabar Hill (Soho Press). Same time, same location.

Join us at the next Great Group Reads Book Club meeting — Tuesday, March 5, at 7 PM!

Come out and discuss The Lido by Libby Page (Simon & Schuster, Inc.)

Lido CoverFrom the publisher’s website summary: Rosemary Peterson has lived in Brixton, London, all her life but everything is changing. The library where she used to work has closed. The family grocery store has become a trendy bar. And now the lido, an outdoor pool where she’s swum daily since its opening, is threatened with closure by a local housing developer. It was at the lido that Rosemary escaped the devastation of World War II; here she fell in love with her husband, George; here she found community during her marriage and since George’s death.

Twentysomething Kate Matthews has moved to Brixton and feels desperately alone. A once promising writer, she now covers forgettable stories for her local paper. That is, until she’s assigned to write about the lido’s closing. Soon Kate’s portrait of the pool focuses on a singular woman: Rosemary. And as Rosemary slowly opens up to Kate, both women are nourished and transformed in ways they never thought possible.

In the tradition of Fredrik Backman’s A Man Called Ove, The Lido is a charming, feel-good novel that captures the heart and spirit of a community across generations—an irresistible tale of love, loss, aging, and friendship.

Tuesday, March 5th, 7:00-8:00pm
Panera Bread, 5940 Fairview Rd., Charlotte, NC

A selection from the 2018 National Reading Group Month’s Great Group Reads (list)

Then, join us again on April 2nd, as we discuss A Vain Conversation by Anthony Grooms (U. of South Carolina Press). Same time & Location.

Join us Monday, April 11, for our SPRING MEET THE AUTHORS EVENING

April 11 —

Spring Meet the Authors Evening
with Four Carolinas Authors!  

Monday, April 11
7 – 9 PM
Park Road Books  
Park Road Shopping Center
4139 Park Road, Charlotte 28209  

Our April meeting will feature four outstanding authors from the Carolinas, including……

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Taylor Brown, FALLEN LAND
(St. Martin’s Press)   http://www.taylorbrownfiction.com/

Mary Glickman, AN UNDISTURBED PEACE
(Open Road Media)  http://maryglickman.com/

Susan Higginbotham, HANGING MARY
(Sourcebooks Landmark)  http://www.susanhigginbotham.com/

Ashley Warlick, THE ARRANGEMENT
(Viking)  http://www.ashleywarlick.com/

 Our special guests will join us for an evening of conversation and refreshments. Each author will speak briefly about her or his book, and there will be plenty of opportunity for one-on-one questions and discussion. Park Road Books will sell books.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to meet these four novelists and get signed copies of their new books.

Please DO bring your friends and fellow book club members, too. We want to make sure we greet our guest authors with a large and enthusiastic audience!

If you have questions about our Spring 2016 Meet the Authors Evening, please contact Susan Walker at susan.walker.books@gmail.com or 612-382-5868.  Thanks!

Come to the next WNBA Charlotte “Great Group Reads” Book Club meeting — Tuesday, January 6, 7 PM

We have a terrific book club in our chapter! 

As our reading guide, we’re taking the list of 2014 Great Group Reads titles recommended for book clubs during WNBA’s National Reading Group Month.

Our book for our January 6 meeting is….18467818 An Untamed State

 

  AN UNTAMED STATE

  by Roxane Gay

  Grove Press, Black Cat

Roxane Gay is a powerful new literary voice whose short stories and essays have already earned her an enthusiastic audience. In AN UNTAMED STATE, she delivers an assured debut about a woman kidnapped for ransom, her captivity as her father refuses to pay and her husband fights for her release over thirteen days, and her struggle to come to terms with the ordeal in its aftermath.

Mireille Duval Jameson is living a fairy tale. The strong-willed youngest daughter of one of Haiti’s richest sons, she has an adoring husband, a precocious infant son, by all appearances a perfect life. The fairy tale ends one day when Mireille is kidnapped in broad daylight by a gang of heavily armed men, in front of her father’s Port au Prince estate. Held captive by a man who calls himself The Commander, Mireille waits for her father to pay her ransom. As it becomes clear her father intends to resist the kidnappers, Mireille must endure the torments of a man who resents everything she represents.

AN UNTAMED STATE is a novel of privilege in the face of crushing poverty, and of the lawless anger that corrupt governments produce. It is the story of a willful woman attempting to find her way back to the person she once was, and of how redemption is found in the most unexpected of places. AN UNTAMED STATEestablishes Roxane Gay as a writer of prodigious, arresting talent.

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Roxane Gay’s writing has appeared in Best American Short Stories 2012, Best Sex Writing 2012, Oxford American, American Short Fiction, West Branch, Virginia Quarterly Review, NOON, The New York Times Book Review, Bookforum, The Los Angeles Times, The Nation, The Rumpus, Salon, The Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy culture blog, and many others. She is the co-editor of PANK and essays editor for The Rumpus. She teaches writing at Eastern Illinois University. Her first book, AYITI, is a collection of fiction and nonfiction about the Haitian diaspora experience. She is also the author of the essay collection BAD FEMINIST, published by Harper Perennial in 2014. 

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Our meetings take place on the first Tuesday of each month, 7 PM, at the Panera on Fairview near SouthPark – see dates below. We have chosen books to take us through to next October when there will be a new Great Group Reads list released. If you have questions about our Book Club, please contact Kristen Knox at whitreidsmama@yahoo.com .

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These are the books we’re reading in 2014-2015:

November 4 – THE ROSIE PROJECT by Graeme Simsion (Simon & Schuster, 978-1476729091) 
 
December 2 – THE ORPHANS OF RACE POINT by Patry Francis (Harper Perennial, 978-0062281302)
 
January 6 — AN UNTAMED STATE by Roxane Gay (Black Cat, 978-0802122513) 
 
February 3 – THE WORLD OF RAE ENGLISH by Lucy Rosenthal (Black Lawrence Press, 978-1937854393)
 
March 3 – MARCHING TO ZION by Mary Glickman (Open Road Media, 978-1480435629) 
 
April 7 — CHILDREN OF THE JACARANDA TREE by Sahar Delijani (Atria Books, 978-1476709109) 
 
May 5 — THE STORIED LIFE OF A.J. FIKRY by Gabrielle Zevin (Algonquin Books, 978-1616203214) 
 
June 2 — THE PROMISE by Ann Weisgarber (Skyhorse Publishing, 978-1629142364) 
 
July 7 — ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE by Anthony Doerr (Scribner, 978-1476746586) 
 
August 4 — EUPHORIA by Lily King (Atlantic Monthly Press, 978-0802122551) 
 
September 1 — EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU by Celeste Ng (Penguin Press, 978-1594205712) 
 
October 6 — WHAT IS VISIBLE by Kimberly Elkins (Twelve, 978-1455528967) 
 
For more information, please go to our Book Club page
 

Come to the next WNBA Charlotte “Great Group Reads” Book Club meeting — Tuesday, November 4, 7 PM

We have a terrific book club in our chapter! 

As our reading guide, we’re taking the list of 2014 Great Group Reads titles
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Our book for our November 4 meeting is….

THE ROSIE PROJECT
By Graeme Simsion 
Simon & Schuster 

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An international sensation, this hilarious, feel-good novel is narrated by an oddly charming and socially challenged genetics professor on an unusual quest: to find out if he is capable of true love.
 
smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver.Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. He is a man who can count all his friends on the fingers of one hand, whose lifelong difficulty with social rituals has convinced him that he is simply not wired for romance. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a “wonderful” husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and he embarks upon The Wife Project. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which he approaches all things, Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical—most definitely not a barmaid, a 
 
Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent—and on a quest of her own. She is looking for her biological father, a search that a certain DNA expert might be able to help her with. Don’s Wife Project takes a back burner to the Father Project and an unlikely relationship blooms, forcing the scientifically minded geneticist to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie—and the realization that love is not always what looks good on paper.
 
The Rosie Project is a moving and hilarious novel for anyone who has ever tenaciously gone after life or love in the face of overwhelming challenges.

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Our meetings take place on the first Tuesday of each month, 7 PM, at the Panera on Fairview near SouthPark – see dates below. We have chosen books to take us through to next October when there will be a new Great Group Reads list released. If you have questions about our Book Club, please contact Kristen Knox at whitreidsmama@yahoo.com .

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These are the books we’re reading in 2014-2015:
 
November 4 — THE ROSIE PROJECT by Graeme Simsion (Simon & Schuster, 978-1476729091) 
 
December 2 — THE ORPHANS OF RACE POINT by Patry Francis (Harper Perennial, 978-0062281302)
 
January 6 — AN UNTAMED STATE by Roxane Gay (Black Cat, 978-0802122513) 
 
February 3 — THE WORLD OF RAE ENGLISH by Lucy Rosenthal (Black Lawrence Press, 978-1937854393)
 
March 3 — MARCHING TO ZION by Mary Glickman (Open Road Media, 978-1480435629) 
 
April 7 — CHILDREN OF THE JACARANDA TREE by Sahar Delijani (Atria Books, 978-1476709109) 
 
May 5 — THE STORIED LIFE OF A.J. FIKRY by Gabrielle Zevin (Algonquin Books, 978-1616203214) 
 
June 2 — THE PROMISE by Ann Weisgarber (Skyhorse Publishing, 978-1629142364) 
 
July 7 — ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE by Anthony Doerr (Scribner, 978-1476746586) 
 
August 4 — EUPHORIA by Lily King (Atlantic Monthly Press, 978-0802122551) 
 
September 1 — EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU by Celeste Ng (Penguin Press, 978-1594205712) 
 
October 6 — WHAT IS VISIBLE by Kimberly Elkins (Twelve, 978-1455528967) 
 
For more information, please go to our Book Club page

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Join us April 22 for our lively program on Latin American and Latino Women Writers and Literature in Translation!

Latin American and Latino Women Writers and Literature in Translation

Monday, April 22, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
at the office of Consolidated Planning
We’ll meet in one of the conference rooms
— follow our signs when you arrive
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4201 Congress Street, Suite 295,
Charlotte, NC 28209


Please note: The office building where we are meeting LOCKS its outside doors and elevators at 7 PM, so please be sure to arrive on time for our meeting!  If you find yourself locked out, please call Susan Walker at 612-382-5868 (cell), and someone will come to let you in. Thanks!

Latin American and Latina women writers — Julia Alvarez, Esmerelda Santiago, Sandra Cisneros, and many, many more — offer us a wide range of wonderful fiction, non-fiction and poetry in Spanish and in English translation. Join us for an exciting discussion of these writers with Magdalena Maiz-Peña, Professor of Hispanic Studies at Davidson College. A list of recommended books will be provided at the meeting, too.

Professor Magdalena Maiz-Peña specializes in twentieth-century Latin American Women Writers, Life-Writing and the Politics of representation, and Contemporary Latin American literary and cultural narratives. Her teaching interests include Basic and Intermediate language courses, Introduction to Hispanic literatures and cultures, Contemporary Latin American literatures, and The Latin American City and its historical and cultural representation.   She is the author of Identidad, nación y gesto autobiográfico, and co-editor of Modalidades de representación del sujeto auto/biográfico femenino. Her recent publications have appeared in Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and the U.S. Maiz-Peña is presently working on a book project on Urban Spaces, Gender, and Cultural Production in Mexico 1920-1950.

 

At Davidson College she has been awarded The Thomas Jefferson Teaching Award (1995), the ODK Outstanding Teaching Award (1997), and the Hunter-Hamilton Love of Teaching Award (2006). She was recently recognized for her work on the Latino Community with the Latin American Coalition Award (2007).

Don’t miss this entertaining evening with Magdalena!  You’ll learn at lot, laugh a lot, and come away with a list of books you can’t wait to read!!

 

WNBA Charlotte’s Book Club meets next Tuesday, April 2!

Our next book is
Equal of the Sun by Anita Amirrezvani
Scribner, trade paperback, $17
[Additional info]

Discussion is on April 2, 7:00 PM, at the Panera at 5940 Fairview, right near SouthPark Mall. If you need more info, please contact Kristen Knox at whitreidsmama@yahoo.com .

 Legendary women—from Anne Boleyn to Queen Elizabeth I to Mary, Queen of Scots—changed the course of history in the royal courts of sixteenth-century England. They are celebrated in history books and novels, but few people know of the powerful women in the Muslim world, who formed alliances, served as key advisers to rulers, lobbied for power on behalf of their sons, and ruled in their own right. In Equal of the Sun, Anita Amirrezvani’s gorgeously crafted tale of power, loyalty, and love in the royal court of Iran, she brings one such woman to life, Princess Pari Khan Khanoom Safavi.

Iran in 1576 is a place of wealth and dazzling beauty. But when the Shah dies without having named an heir, the court is thrown into tumult. Princess Pari, the Shah’s daughter and protégé, knows more about the inner workings of the state than almost anyone, but the princess’s maneuvers to instill order after her father’s sudden death incite resentment and dissent. Pari and her closest adviser, Javaher, a eunuch able to navigate the harem as well as the world beyond the palace walls, are in possession of an incredible tapestry of secrets and information that reveals a power struggle of epic proportions.

Based loosely on the life of Princess Pari Khan Khanoom, Equal of the Sun is a riveting story of political intrigue and a moving portrait of the unlikely bond between a princess and a eunuch. Anita Amirrezvani is a master storyteller, and in her lustrous prose this rich and labyrinthine world comes to vivid life with a stunning cast of characters, passionate and brave men and women who defy or embrace their destiny in a Machiavellian game played by those who lust for power and will do anything to attain it.

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Our meetings take place on the first Tuesday of each month, 7 PM at the Panera on Fairview near SouthPark. We have chosen books to take us through to next October when there will be a new Great Group Reads list released.  Here’s what we’ve read and will be reading:

December 4:  I Married You For Happiness by Lily Tuck [click here for more info about our discussion]

January 8: The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin [click here for more info about our discussion]

February 5: Blue Asylum by Kathy Hepinstall

March 5: The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

April 2: Equal of the Sun by Anita Amirrezvani

May 7: Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal by Jeannette Winterson

June 4: An Age of Madness by David Maine

July 2: The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman

August 6: Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward

September 3: Boleto by Alison Hagy

October 1: In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner