Philly Book Club - all genres, downtown cafe Pages

A casual monthly meetup at a neighborhood cafe,
where we discuss books of all genres, collectively selected by the group.

From our Welcome/Home page:

We brought our group to Meetup.com in April 2010, but we actually began our monthly book discussions in September 2009. We have been having our meetings the first Wednesday evening of every month, 7pm at Red Hook Coffee & Tea (765 S 4th St - between Fitzwater & Catharine in Queen Village). The meetings are generally wrapped up by 8:30pm. We are casual and enthusiastic; our members enjoy reading and collectively choosing and discussing books on a monthly basis.

We take turns selecting the books for each month. We determine our book for a given month two months ahead of the meetup. A pre-determined member brings three book selections to the meeting (& posts online beforehand), and after we discuss the book at hand, we vote on the new book. We are sticking with paperbacks (affordable - under $15, practical, & accessible), and under 400 pages if we can. All genres are open. Our club is currently free and open to all. Please join us!

As of July 2012 we are initiating a "three strikes" attendance policy. We would love to have everyone join us for all of our meetings but space is limited, and allows us to only have about 20-25 people attend each meeting. If you have RSVP'ed yes, and something comes up, kindly change your RSVP status, so that others who are available can join us. One attains a "strike" by not showing up after having RSVP'ed yes. There will be no penalization for changing your RSVP status prior to the meeting. As such, it is recommended that all attendees are members of the meetup group, to get an accurate gauge of attendance. Thanks!

In November we will discuss our current pick:
JUST KIDS by Patti Smith
and at our next meeting in December we will discuss:
A WRINKLE IN TIME by Madeleine L'Engle



Here is the list of our previously read books (newest to oldest):

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan
D.V. by Diana Vreeland
Case Hisotires by Kate Atkinson
Flaubert's Parrot Julian Barnes
Damned by Chuck Palaniuk
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark
Heat by Bill Buford
If Today Be Sweet by Thrity Umrigar
The Boy Kings of Texas by Domingo Martinez
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
Suite Française by Irene Nemirovsky
The Plot Against America by Philip Roth
Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart
The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
Atonement by Ian McEwan
Travels with Charley: In Search of America by Charles Steinbeck
The Dream Archipelago-Christopher Priest
The Man Who Was Thursday- G.K. Chesterton
The Things They Carried - Tim O'Brien
The Maltese Falcon - Dashiell Hammett
Father Goriot - Honoré de Balzac
The Cave - José Saramago
My Life in France - Julia Child & Alex Prud'Homme
Nurtureshock: New Thinking About Children - Po Bronson & Ashley Merryman
Sex with Kings - Eleanor Herman
Await Your Reply - Dan Chaon
Manhattan Transfer - John Dos Passos
The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother - James McBride
Just Like Someone Without Mental Illness Only More So - Mark Vonnegut
The Believers - Zoe Heller
Finding Nouf - Zoe Ferraris
House of Mirth - Edith Wharton
Priceless - Robert K. Wittman
The New Kings of Nonfiction - edited and introduced by Ira Glass
Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
Flashman and the Dragon - George MacDonald Fraser
The Brooklyn Follies: A Novel - Paul Auster
The Big Sleep - Raymond Chandler
Consider the Lobster - David Foster Wallace
The Ginger Man - J.P. Donleavy
Bright Shiny Morning - James Frey
Sunflowers - Sheramy Bundrick
Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates - Tom Robbins
The Lazarus Project - Aleksandar Hemon
100 Years of Solitude - Gabriel García Márquez
The Road - Cormac McCarthy

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