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Did you know I co-host a book club?

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November 2022

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November Book Picks

With the holidays coming and a shorter month, we only chose two books this month.

“Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing” - It is #nonfictionnovember, so obviously this month we had to go with a great non-fiction book!  We had a lot to choose from, but ultimately went with this one from Matthew Perry because we knew it would make us laugh, cry and be great for discussion. In this book, Perry shares his private struggles with addiction. Candid, self-aware, and told with his trademark humor, Perry vividly details his lifelong battle with the disease.  I subscribe to scribd so I will be listening to him share his story with his own voice.

“We Are The Light” - our BOTM club pick is We Are The Light, by oddly enough, another Matthew!  Matthew Quick has written a captivating, uplifting novel that balances the quicksand of grief and the daily miracle of love. The humorous, soul-baring story of Lucas Goodgame offers an antidote to toxic masculinity and celebrates the healing power of art. In this tale, Quick reminds us that guardian angels are all around us—sometimes in the forms we least expect.

Want to join @bookfriendsbookclub this month?  Just click on either picture below and it will take you to the book friends book club IG page. From there comment or DM with both or which book you want to join. Or comment on this blog posting too!

IG Chats will be formed and details on discussion dates and zoom calls will follow!


 

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October 2022

🎃 October Book Picks 🎃

Hey Book Friends! It’s October so you know what that means!? It’s time for new @bookfriendbookclub picks!!!

This month, we are really excited about our picks! Okay, Okay, we say that every month. But you have no idea how much @mommaleighellensbooknook @k2reader and myself agonize over so many great books! WE WANT TO READ ALL THE BOOKS! I think we came up with some great ones that are on theme for October and fall. Book discussions take place on discord and author chats (if available) on zoom. More information on exact times to follow once you sign up and are added to an IG group. IG groups are a great way to meet more people in the book community!

First, Jaqueline in Paris by Ann Mah. FYI, This is an October @bookofthemonth pick. From the bestselling author of The Lost Vintage, a rare and dazzling portrait of Jacqueline Bouvier’s college year abroad in postwar Paris. An intimate and electrifying story of love and betrayal, and the coming-of-age of an American icon – before the world knew her as Jackie. Chat 10/19 (Wed.) Out Now! @marinerbooks @annmah

Next, The Night Ship by Jess Kidd. FYI, This is an October @aardvarkbookclub pick. Based on a real-life event, an epic historical novel from the award-winning author of Things in Jars that illuminates the lives of two characters: a girl shipwrecked on an island off Western Australia and, three hundred years later, a boy finding a home with his grandfather on the very same island. Chat 10/23! Out 10/4. @atriabooks @jesskidd

Lastly, Hester by Laurie Lico Albanese. FYI, This is also an October Book of the Month pick! A vivid reimagining of the woman who inspired Hester Prynne, the tragic heroine of Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, and a journey into the enduring legacy of New England's witchcraft trials. Chat 10/30! Out 10/4. @stmartinspress @lauriealbanese
One, two, or all three…we would love to have you join us! Comment below or DM me, if you prefer. Make sure to follow @bookfriendsbookclub to stay in the loop and for all the fun!


 

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September 2022

Hey Friends!  It’s September so you know what that means!?  It’s time for new @bookfriendbookclub picks!!!

This month, we are staying true to our roots and have 3 historical fiction picks.  This is our favorite genre and makes for wonderful knowledge and discussions. Book discussions take place on discord and author chats on zoom.  More information on exact times to follow once you sign up join an IG group.

First up, “The Thread Collectors by Shaunna J. Edwards and Alyson Richman is the original story of a Black woman in New Orleans and a Jewish woman in New York, both of whom are fighting for the cause of freedom and Union victory through their needlework during the Civil War. Their lives converge in unexpected ways in an unforgettable story of female strength, hope and friendship. This collaborative work is magnificent—a true revelation!”  This book is scheduled for 9/18

Next, The Two Lives of Sara by Catherine Adel West: A young mother finds refuge and friendship at a boardinghouse in 1960s Memphis, Tennessee, where family encompasses more than just blood and hidden truths can bury you or set you free.  This book is scheduled for 9/25

Lastly, The Winter Orphans by Kristin Beck: A poignant and ultimately triumphant novel based on the incredible true story of children who braved the formidable danger of guarded, wintry mountain passes in France to escape the Nazis.  This book is scheduled for 10/2

Diversity, different regions and different time periods . . . Something for everyone!  Comment below or click on the flyer on the right hand side of the page to join in on any of these chats and author zooms!!

Can you believe it’s already September!?  Fall is my favorite season!


 

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AUGUST 2022

It’s that time again!!

Announcing the @bookfriendsbookclub picks for August!  We have lots of variety here and two author zooms at the end of the month.  So let us know below if you want to join us.  Details on each book are below!

The Codebreakers Secret: From the author of Radar Girls comes a new dual timeline, dual narrative mystery set in Hawaii.  Linking a female codebreaker in 1943 and a journalist in 1965 and a decades old secret that comes to light.  *August 28th*

The Librarian Spy:
From the author of The Last Bookshop in London comes a moving new novel following two women in 1941 Lisbon an Lyon. Inspired by the true history of America’s library spies of World War II.  *August 14th*

Stay Awake: From the author of The Night Swim comes a new fast paced thriller about a woman who wakes up with a knife + a note and no memory of how she got there or what happened.  *August 21st*

Discussions are Sunday nights on Discord, followed by an author chat via zoom (when available).

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