Come to the next WNBA Great Group Reads Book Club meeting! Tuesday, February 2, 7 PM

We have a terrific book club in our chapter! 

As our reading guide, we take the list of 2015 Great Group Reads titles recommended for book clubs during WNBA’s National Reading Group Month. Starting in November 2015, we’re reading books from the current 2015 Great Group Reads list.  See below!

 

Our book for our February 2 meeting is….

 

Without You 20685373Without You, There Is No Us:
My Time with the Sons of North Korea’s Elite
by Suki Kim
Crown, hardcover

A haunting memoir of teaching English to the sons of North Korea’s ruling class during the last six months of Kim Jong-il’s reign

Every day, three times a day, the students march in two straight lines, singing praises to Kim Jong-il and North Korea: Without you, there is no motherland. Without you, there is no us. It is a chilling scene, but gradually Suki Kim, too, learns the tune and, without noticing, begins to hum it. It is 2011, and all universities in North Korea have been shut down for an entire year, the students sent to construction fields—except for the 270 students at the all-male Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST), a walled compound where portraits of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il look on impassively from the walls of every room, and where Suki has accepted a job teaching English. Over the next six months, she will eat three meals a day with her young charges and struggle to teach them to write, all under the watchful eye of the regime.

Life at PUST is lonely and claustrophobic, especially for Suki, whose letters are read by censors and who must hide her notes and photographs not only from her minders but from her colleagues—evangelical Christian missionaries who don’t know or choose to ignore that Suki doesn’t share their faith. As the weeks pass, she is mystified by how easily her students lie, unnerved by their obedience to the regime. At the same time, they offer Suki tantalizing glimpses of their private selves—their boyish enthusiasm, their eagerness to please, the flashes of curiosity that have not yet been extinguished. She in turn begins to hint at the existence of a world beyond their own—at such exotic activities as surfing the Internet or traveling freely and, more dangerously, at electoral democracy and other ideas forbidden in a country where defectors risk torture and execution. But when Kim Jong-il dies, and the boys she has come to love appear devastated, she wonders whether the gulf between her world and theirs can ever be bridged.

Without You, There Is No Us offers a moving and incalculably rare glimpse of life in the world’s most unknowable country, and at the privileged young men she calls “soldiers and slaves.”Suki Kim 8581

Suki Kim is the author of the award-winning novel The Interpreter and the recipient of Guggenheim, Fulbright, and Open Society fellowships. She has been traveling to North Korea as a journalist since 2002, and her essays and articles have appeared in the New York Times, Harper’s, and the New York Review of Books. Born and raised in Seoul, she lives in New York.

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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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Here are the books we’ll be reading in 2015-2016!

November 3 — Dietland by Sarai Walker (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

December 1 — All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews (McSweeny’s)

January 5 — Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League
by Jonathan Odell 
(Maiden Lane Press)

February 2 — Without You, There Is No Us by Suki Kim (Crown)

 March 1 — Landfall by Ellen Urbani (Forest Avenue Press)

April 5  — The Secret Wisdom of the Earth by Christopher Scotton
(Grand Central Publishing)

May 3 — Henna House by Nomi Eve (Scribner)

June 7 — Orphan #8 by Kim van Alkemade (William Morrow)

July 5 — The Wonder Garden by Lauren Acampora (Grove Press)

August 2 — Make Your Home Among Strangers by Jeannine Capó Crucet
(St. Martin’s Press)

September 6 — Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg
(Gallery Books/Scout Press)

October 4 — No. 4 Imperial Lane by Jonathan Weisman (Twelve)

Come to the next WNBA Great Group Reads Book Club meeting! Tuesday, January 5, 7 PM

We have a terrific book club in our chapter! 

As our reading guide, we take the list of 2015 Great Group Reads titles recommended for book clubs during WNBA’s National Reading Group Month. Starting in November 2015, we’re reading books from the current 2015 Great Group Reads list.  See below!

Our book for our January 5 meeting is….

Our book for our January 5, 2016,  meeting is….

Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks LeagueMiss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League
by Jonathan Odell

Maiden Lane Press, paperback

Set in pre-Civil Rights Mississippi, Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League is the story of two young mothers, Hazel and Vida one wealthy and white and the other poor and black who have only two things in common: the devastating loss of their children, and a deep and abiding loathing for one another. Embittered and distrusting, Vida is harassed by Delphi s racist sheriff and haunted by the son she lost to the world. Hazel, too, has lost a son and can t keep a grip on her fractured life. After drunkenly crashing her car into a manger scene while gunning for the baby Jesus, Hazel is sedated and bed-ridden. Hazel s husband hires Vida to keep tabs on his unpredictable wife and to care for his sole surviving son. Forced to spend time together with no one else to rely on, the two women find they have more in common than they thought, and together they turn the town on its head. It is the story of a town, a people, and a culture on the verge of a great change that begins with small things, like unexpected friendship.Jonathan Odell

Jonathan Odell tell us more about himself and his writing:
Born in Mississippi, I grew up in the Jim Crow South and became involved in the civil rights movement in college. I hold a master’s degree in counseling psychology and have been active in human resource development for over 30 years, including holding the position of Vice President of Human Resources for a Minneapolis based corporation and later founding my own consulting companies.

I am the author of the acclaimed novel The Viewfrom Delphi, which deals with the struggle for equality in pre-civil rights Mississippi, my home state. My novel The Healing explores the subversive nature story plays in the healing of an oppressed people and was published by Nan A. Talese/Doubleday early 2012. In 2015 Maiden Lane released Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League, a reimagining of my first novel.

My short stories and essays have appeared in Stories from the Blue Moon Café (Macadam/Cage 2004), Men Like That (University of Chicago Press, 2001), Letters of the Twentieth Century (Dial Press, 1999), Breaking Silence (Xanthus Press, 1996), Speakeasy Literary Magazine, and the Savannah Literary Journal.

 

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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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Here are the books we’ll be reading in 2015-2016!

November 3 — Dietland by Sarai Walker (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

December 1 — All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews (McSweeny’s)

January 5 — Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League by Jonathan Odell(Maiden Lane Press)

February 2 — Without You, There Is No Us by Suki Kim (Crown)

 March 1 — Landfall by Ellen Urbani (Forest Avenue Press)

April 5  — The Secret Wisdom of the Earth by Christopher Scotton (Grand Central Publishing)

May 3 — Henna House by Nomi Eve (Scribner)

June 7 — Orphan #8 by Kim van Alkemade (William Morrow)

July 5 — The Wonder Garden by Lauren Acampora (Grove Press)

August 2 — Make Your Home Among Strangers by Jeannine Capó Crucet (St. Martin’s Press)

September 6 — Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg (Gallery Books/Scout Press)

October 4 — No. 4 Imperial Lane by Jonathan Weisman (Twelve)

Come to the next WNBA Great Group Reads Book Club meeting! Tuesday, December 1, 7 PM

We have a terrific book club in our chapter! 

As our reading guide, we take the list of 2015 Great Group Reads titles recommended for book clubs during WNBA’s National Reading Group Month. Starting in November, we’ll be reading books from the new 2015 Great Group Reads list.  See below!

Our book for our December  meeting is….

 

ALL MY PUNY SORROWS 24612419ALL MY PUNY SORROWS
by Miriam Toews

McSweeney’s
Paperback published July 28, 2015
(first published in hardcover April 15, 2014)

Elf and Yoli are sisters. While on the surface Elfrieda’s is an enviable life (she’s a world-renowned pianist, glamorous, wealthy, and happily married) and Yolandi’s a mess (she’s divorced and broke, with two teenagers growing up too quickly), they are fiercely close—raised in a Mennonite household and sharing the hardship of Elf’s desire to end her own life. After Elf’s latest attempt, Yoli must quickly determine how to keep her family from falling apart, how to keep her own heart from breaking, and what it means to love someone who wants to die.

All My Puny Sorrows is the latest novel from Miriam Toews, one of Canada’s most beloved authors, not only because her work is rich with deep human feeling and compassion, but because her observations are knife-sharp and her books wickedly funny. And this is Toews at her finest: a story that is as much comedy as it is tragedy, a goodbye grin from the friend who taught you how to live.

Miriam Toews is the author of five previous novels: Summer of My Amazing Luck, A Boy of Good Breeding, A Complicated Kindness, The Flying Troutmans, and Irma Voth, and one work of nonfiction, Swing Low: A Life. She lives in Toronto.Miriam Toews

This book is a New York Times 2015 Gift Guide Selection.

Check out Miriam Toews’ interview in the LA Review of Books

A New York Times Sunday Book Review Paperback Row selection

A New York Times Editors’ Choice pick for the week of November 26, 2014

One of The Washington Post’s top 50 fiction books for 2014

A Slate Book Review Favorite Books of the Year selection

A Boston Globe Best Fiction of 2014 Pick

One of Ms. Magazine’s Great Reads for Fall 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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Here are the books we’ll be reading in 2015-2016!

November 3 — Dietland by Sarai Walker (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

December 1 — All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews (McSweeny’s)

January 5 — Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League by Jonathan Odell (Maiden Lane Press)

February 2 — Without You, There Is No Us by Suki Kim (Crown)

 March 1 — Landfall by Ellen Urbani (Forest Avenue Press)

April 5  — The Secret Wisdom of the Earth by Christopher Scotton (Grand Central Publishing)

May 3 — Henna House by Nomi Eve (Scribner)

June 7 — Orphan #8 by Kim van Alkemade (William Morrow)

July 5 — The Wonder Garden by Lauren Acampora (Grove Press)

August 2 — Make Your Home Among Strangers by Jeannine Capó Crucet (St. Martin’s Press)

September 6 — Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg (Gallery Books/Scout Press)

October 4 — No. 4 Imperial Lane by Jonathan Weisman (Twelve)

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Come to the next WNBA Great Group Reads Book Club meeting! Tuesday, October 6, 7 PM

We have a terrific book club in our chapter! 

As our reading guide, we’ve taken the list of 2014 Great Group Reads titles recommended for book clubs during WNBA’s National Reading Group Month. Starting in November, we’ll be reading books from the new 2015 Great Group Reads list.  Check back for more info!

Our book for our October 6 meeting is….

 

What Is Visible 9781455528950_0e406WHAT IS VISIBLE
by Kimberly Elkins

Twelve

A vividly original literary novel based on the astounding true-life story of Laura Bridgman, the first deaf and blind person who learned language and blazed a trail for Helen Keller.

At age two, Laura Bridgman lost four of her five senses to scarlet fever. At age seven, she was taken to Perkins Institute in Boston to determine if a child so terribly afflicted could be taught. At age twelve, Charles Dickens declared her his prime interest for visiting America. And by age twenty, she was considered the nineteenth century’s second most famous woman, having mastered language and charmed the world with her brilliance. Not since The Diving Bell and the Butterfly has a book proven so profoundly moving in illuminating the challenges of living in a completely unique inner world.

With Laura – by turns mischievous, temperamental, and witty – as the book’s primary narrator, the fascinating kaleidoscope of characters includes the founder of Perkins Institute, Samuel Gridley Howe, with whom she was in love; his wife, the glamorous Julia Ward Howe, a renowned writer, abolitionist, and suffragist; Laura’s beloved teacher, who married a missionary and died insane from syphilis; an Irish orphan with whom Laura had a tumultuous affair; Annie Sullivan; and even the young Helen Keller.

Deeply enthralling and rich with lyricism, WHAT IS VISIBLE chronicles the breathtaking experiment that Laura Bridgman embodied and its links to the great social, philosophical, theological, and educational changes rocking Victorian America. Given Laura’s worldwide fame in the nineteenth century, it is astonishing that she has been virtually erased from history. WHAT IS VISIBLE will set the record straight.

Kimberly Elkins was a finalist for the National Magazine Award and has published fiction and nonfiction in theAtlanticBest New American VoicesIowa ReviewChicago TribuneGlamour, and Village Voice, among others. WHAT IS VISIBLE is her first novel.

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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) 

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Come to the next WNBA Great Group Reads Book Club meeting! Tuesday, September 1, 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 September 1 meeting is….

EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOUEverything I Never Told You 9780143127550_cb5be
by Celeste Ng
Penguin Books

A haunting debut novel about a mixed-race family living in 1970s Ohio, and what happens when their favorite daughter is found drowned at the bottom of a lake near their home.

Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet…So begins the story of this exquisite debut novel, about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee; their middle daughter, a girl who inherited her mother’s bright blue eyes and her father’s jet-black hair. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue—in Marilyn’s case that her daughter become a doctor rather than a homemaker, in James’s case that Lydia be popular at school, a girl with a busy social life and the center of every party.

When Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together tumbles into chaos, forcing them to confront the long-kept secrets that have been slowly pulling them apart. James, consumed by guilt, sets out on a reckless path that may destroy his marriage. Marilyn, devastated and vengeful, is determined to find a responsible party, no matter what the cost. Lydia’s older brother, Nathan, is certain that the neighborhood bad boy Jack is somehow involved. But it’s the youngest of the family—Hannah—who observes far more than anyone realizes and who may be the only one who knows the truth about what happened.

A profoundly moving story of family, history, and the meaning of home, Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait, exploring the divisions between cultures and the rifts within a family, and uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another.

Celeste Ng grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Shaker Heights, Ohio, in a family of scientists. She attended Harvard University and earned an MFA from the University of Michigan (now the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan), where she won the Hopwood Award. Her fiction and essays have appeared in One Story, TriQuarterly, Bellevue Literary Review, the Kenyon Review Online, and elsewhere, and she is the recipient of the Pushcart Prize. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her husband and son.

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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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Come to the next WNBA Great Group Reads Book Club meeting! Tuesday, August 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 recommended for book clubs during WNBA’s National Reading Group Month.

Our book for our August 4 meeting is….

EUPHORIA Euphoria paperback 9780802123701_2765d
by Lily King
Grove Press paperback

A New York Times Bestseller
Winner of the 2014 Kirkus Prize
Winner of the 2014 New England Book Award for Fiction
A Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award

A Best Book of the Year for:

New York Times Book ReviewTime, NPR, Washington PostEntertainment WeeklyNewsday,VogueNew York MagazineSeattle TimesSan Francisco ChronicleWall Street JournalBoston GlobeThe GuardianKirkus Reviews, Amazon, Publishers Weekly, Our Man in Boston, Oprah.com, Salon

Euphoria is Lily King’s nationally bestselling breakout novel of three young, gifted anthropologists of the ‘30’s caught in a passionate love triangle that threatens their bonds, their careers, and, ultimately, their lives. Inspired by events in the life of revolutionary anthropologist Margaret Mead, Euphoria is “dazzling … suspenseful … brilliant…an exhilarating novel.”—Boston Globe

Lily King is the author of the novels The Pleasing HourThe English Teacher, and Father of the Rain, a New York Times Editor’s Choice and winner of the New England Book Award for Fiction. King is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and the Maine Fiction Award twice. She lives with her husband and children in Maine.

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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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Come to a special Great Group Reads Book Club meeting with guest author Ann Weisgarber! Tuesday, June 2, 6:30 PM, at Park Road Books

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 June 2 meeting is….

PB cover of The Promise-1 (534x800)

THE PROMISE
by Ann Weisgarber
author of The Personal History of Rachel DuPree 

Skyhorse Publishing

 A special note about our June 2 meeting!  

Tuesday, June 2
6:30 PM
Park Road Books, Park Road Shopping Center, Charlotte

We’re delighted to announce that Ann Weisgarber, author of THE PROMISE, our Great Group Reads Book Club selection for June, will join us in person for a lively discussion of her novel.

On this occasion, we will meet at Park Road Books at 6:30 PM, combining our book club with the store’s book club.  The more the merrier!

This event is open to the public, so please invite your own book club members, friends, anyone who would be interested in joining us this evening. We look forward to seeing you there!

THE PROMISE is out in paperback now from Skyhorse Publishing. Get your copy today!

A Women’s National Book Association 2014 Great Group Read Selection
The Pulpwood Queen Bonus Book of the Year Award
The Pulpwood Queen Book Club Pick for October
Finalist, The Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction
Finalist, Spur Award for Best Western Historical Fiction
Finalist, The Ohioana Book Award for Fiction

In THE PROMISE, critically acclaimed and award-winning novelist Weisgarber returns with a deeply moving story about the Galveston, Texas 1900 Storm, the worst natural disaster in the United States in the twentieth century. While there are accounts of what happened to the city of Galveston and its residents, little has been written about what happened to the families on the rural, isolated end of the island, something Weisgarber sought to remedy.

The story begins a few weeks before the storm and is told by two narrators. The first narrator, Catherine Wainwright, is a concert pianist fleeing scandal and Ohio society by marrying Oscar Williams, a recently widowed dairy farmer who lives on the island. The second narrator is Nan Ogden, the local young woman Oscar hired to care for his home and small, grieving son, Andre.

Nan has grown attached to Oscar and Andre, and she struggles to accept Catherine in the household. As for Catherine, she is overwhelmed by her secrets, by motherhood, and by the rougher surroundings. But when the hurricane strikes, Catherine and Nan are tested as never before.

Weisgarber Picture credit Christine Meeker (2) (589x800)Ann Weisgarber’s first novel was The Personal History of Rachel DuPree, which actress Viola Davis’s JuVee Productions has optioned the film rights. For her first novel, Weisgarber was nominated for England’s 2009 Orange Prize and for the 2009 Orange Award for New Writers. In the United States, she won the Stephen Turner Award for New Fiction and the Langum Prize for American Historical Fiction. She was shortlisted for the Ohioana Book Award and was a Barnes and Noble Discover New Writer. Weisgarber serves on the selection committee for the Langum Prize in American Historical Fiction and is a member of the Texas Institute of Letters. Originally from Ohio, she now divides her time between Sugar Land, Texas and Galveston, Texas.

To learn more, please visit her website at http://annweisgarber.com.

SELECTED PRAISE FOR THE PROMISE

“Warm and winning.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

“With The Promise, Weisgarber has delivered a second novel of finely drawn characters anchored by historical events. It’s the sort of tale that you find yourself staying up late at night to finish.”—Dallas Morning News

“The narration is split between Catherine and Nan, Weisgarber doing an admirable job in distinguishing between the two, the voice of each ringing out clearly. So, too, her description of the storm itself is wonderfully atmospheric, the fear of her protagonists mounting minute by minute, the tension as thick as the heavy Texan summer air. Combine this with heartbreaking historical details, such as an entire orphanage swept away by the sea, and you have the perfect ingredients for vintage historical fiction.”—The Independent (UK)

“… The Promise is the work of a skilled storyteller….a beautiful, deeply engaging story about love, loss, and the power of secrets to change our lives.”—Booklist

“…full of surprises, impossible to predict.”—Florida Weekly

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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, May 5, 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 May 5 meeting is….

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 THE STORIED LIFE OF A.J. FIKRY
 by Gabrielle Zevin
 Algonquin Books
 trade paperback

On the faded Island Books sign hanging over the porch of the Victorian cottage is the motto “No Man Is an Island; Every Book Is a World.” A. J. Fikry, the irascible owner, is about to discover just what that truly means.

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. His wife has died, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. Slowly but surely, he is isolating himself from all the people of Alice Island-from Lambiase, the well-intentioned police officer who’s always felt kindly toward Fikry; from Ismay, his sister-in-law who is hell-bent on saving him from his dreary self; from Amelia, the lovely and idealistic (if eccentric) Knightley Press sales rep who keeps on taking the ferry over to Alice Island, refusing to be deterred by A.J.’s bad attitude. Even the books in his store have stopped holding pleasure for him. These days, A.J. can only see them as a sign of a world that is changing too rapidly.

And then a mysterious package appears at the bookstore. It’s a small package, but large in weight. It’s that unexpected arrival that gives A. J. Fikry the opportunity to make his life over, the ability to see everything anew. It doesn’t take long for the locals to notice the change overcoming A.J.; or for that determined sales rep, Amelia, to see her curmudgeonly client in a new light; or for the wisdom of all those books to become again the lifeblood of A.J.’s world; or for everything to twist again into a version of his life that he didn’t see coming. As surprising as it is moving, The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry is an unforgettable tale of transformation and second chances, an irresistible affirmation of why we read, and why we love. 

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Gabrielle Zevin has published six novels. Her debut, Margarettown, was a selection of the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers program. The Hole We’re Inwas on Entertainment Weekly’s Must List and was a New York Times Editor’s Choice. Entertainment Weekly wrote, “Every day newspaper articles chronicle families battered by the recession, circling the drain in unemployment and debt or scraping by with minimum-wage jobs. But no novel has truly captured that struggle until now.” Publishers Weekly called the novel “a Corrections for our recessionary times.”

Of all her books, she is probably best known for the young adult novel Elsewhere.Elsewhere, an American Library Association Notable Children’s Book, was nominated for a Quill Award and received the Borders Original Voices Award. The book has been translated into over twenty languages. Of Elsewhere, the New York Times Book Review wrote, “Every so often a book comes along with a premise so fresh and arresting it seems to exist in a category all its own… Elsewhere, by Gabrielle Zevin, is such a book.” 

http://www.gabriellezevin.com

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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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A special note about our June 2 meeting!  

PB cover of The Promise-1 (534x800)We’re delighted to announce that Ann Weisgarber, author of THE PROMISE, our Great Group Reads Book Club selection for June, will join us in person for a lively discussion of her novel.

On this occasion, we will meet at Park Road Books at 6:30 PM.  

This event is open to the public, so please invite your own book club members, friends, anyone who would be interested in joining us this evening. We look forward to seeing you there!

THE PROMISE is out in paperback now from Skyhorse Publishing. Get your copy today!

  

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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, April 7, 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 April 7 meeting is….

CHILDREN OF THE JACARANDA TREE Children of Jacaranda Tree 9781476709109_372f0

by Sahar Delijani 
(Atria Books)

A COUNTRY DIVIDED BY REVOLUTION 
– A PEOPLE UNITED BY LOVE

Neda is born in Tehran’s Evin Prison, where her mother is allowed to nurse her for a few months before the arms of a guard appear at the cell door one day and, simply, take her away. In another part of the city, three-year-old Omid witnesses the arrests of his political activist parents from his perch at their kitchen table, yogurt dripping from his fingertips. More than twenty years after the violent, bloody purge that took place inside Tehran’s prisons, Sheida learns that her father was one of those executed, that the silent void firmly planted between her and her mother all these years was not just the sad loss that comes with death, but the anguish and the horror of murder.

These are the Children of the Jacaranda Tree. Set in post-revolutionary Iran from 1983 to 2011, this stunning debut novel follows a group of mothers, fathers, children, and lovers, some related by blood, others brought together by the tide of history that washes over their lives. Finally, years later, it is the next generation that is left with the burden of the past and their country’s tenuous future as a new wave of protest and political strife begins.

Children of the Jacaranda Tree is an evocative portrait of three generations of men and women inspired by love and poetry, burning with idealism, chasing dreams of justice and freedom. Written in Sahar Delijani’s spellbinding prose, capturing the intimate side of revolution in a country where the weight of history is all around, it is a moving tribute to anyone who has ever answered its call. 

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Sahar Delijani was born in Tehran in 1983 and grew up in California, where she graduated from the University of California, Berkeley. She lives with her husband in Turin, Italy. Children of the Jacaranda Tree is her first novel.

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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, March 3, 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 March 3 meeting is….

17912858MARCHING TO ZION 
by Mary Glickman 
(Open Road Media) 

 The forbidden, tempestuous, and tragic love story of a beautiful Jewish immigrant and a debonair black man in the South during the early twentieth century.

Mags Preacher, a young black woman with a dream, arrives in St. Louis from the piney woods of her family home in 1916, hoping to learn the beauty trade. She knows nothing about Jews except that they killed the Lord Jesus Christ. Then she begins working for Mr. Fishbein, an Eastern European émigré who fled the pogroms that shattered his life to become the proprietor of Fishbein’s Funeral Home. By the time he saves Mags from certain death during the 1917 race riots in East St. Louis, all her perceptions have changed. But Mr. Fishbein’s daughter, the troubled redheaded beauty Minerva, is a different matter. There is something wrong with the girl, something dangerous, something fateful. And it is Magnus Bailey, Mags’ first friend in the city, who learns to what heights and depths the girl’s willful spirit can drive a man.

Marching to Zion is the tragic love story of Minerva Fishbein and Magnus Bailey, a charismatic black man and the longtime business partner of Minerva’s father. From the brutal riots of East St. Louis to Memphis, Tennessee, during the 1920s and the Depression, Marching to Zion is a tale of passion, betrayal, and redemption during an era in America when interracial love could not go unpunished. Readers of Mary Glickman’s One More River will celebrate the return of Aurora Mae Stanton, who joins a cast of vibrant new characters in this tense and compelling Southern-Jewish novel that examines the price of love and the interventions of fate. 

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 Born Mary Kowalski on the south shore of Boston, Massachusetts, Mary Glickman grew up the fourth of seven children in a traditional Irish-Polish Catholic family. Her father had been a pilot in the Army Air Force and later flew for Delta Air Lines. From an early age, Mary was fascinated by faith. Though she attended Catholic school and as a child wanted to become a nun, her attention eventually turned to the Old Testament and she began what would become a lifelong relationship with Jewish culture. “Joseph Campbell said that religion is the poetry that speaks to a man’s soul,” Mary has said, “and Judaism was my soul’s symphony.”

The origins of her love for all things Southern arose from a sabbatical year. In 1987, Mary and Stephen first traveled to the south of Spain, soaking in the life of a fishing village called La Cala. After seven months abroad and, hoping to extend their time away, they sought a warm—and more affordable—locale. The romance of Charleston, South Carolina, its Spanish moss, antebellum architecture, and rich cultural life beckoned.

Since she moved permanently to South Carolina in 2008, Mary’s life long dream of publishing a novel has been realized.  Her first novel, Home in the Morning, is in development for film by Jim Kohlberg, director of The Music Never Stopped (Sundance 2011). Her second novel, One More River, was a Finalist for the 2011 National Jewish Book Award in Fiction. Her third novel,Marching to Zion, was launched in November, 2013.

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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