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
 

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