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August Book Club Meeting, Alternative Meeting

  • Aug 23, 2014 · 10:00 AM
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Our August book is This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper. This book is very popular so get your library request for this book in early.

The death of Judd Foxman's father marks the first time that the entire Foxman clan has congregated in years. There is, however, one conspicuous absence: Judd's wife, Jen, whose affair with his radio-shock-jock boss has recently become painfully public. Simultaneously mourning the demise of his father and his marriage, Judd joins his dysfunctional family as they reluctantly sit shiva and spend seven days and nights under the same roof. The week quickly spins out of control as longstanding grudges resurface, secrets are revealed and old passions are reawakened. Then Jen delivers the clincher: she's pregnant.

This Is Where I Leave You is being released in September as a major motion picture starring Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda, and Adam Driver.


When their father passes away, four grown siblings, bruised and banged up by their respective adult lives, are forced to return to their childhood home and live under the same roof together for a week, along with their over-sharing mother and an assortment of spouses, exes and might-have-beens. Confronting their history and the frayed states of their relationships among the people who know and love them best, they ultimately reconnect in hysterical and emotionally affecting ways amid the chaos, humor, heartache, and redemption that only families can provide - driving us insane even as they remind us of our truest, and often best, selves.

This Is Where I Leave You is Jonathan Tropper's (One Last Thing Before I Go) most accomplished work to date, and a riotously funny, emotionally raw novel about love, marriage, divorce, family, and the ties that bind-whether we like it or not.

Book Availability at the Howard Count Public Library

This Is Where I Leave You is available for checkout at the Howard County Public Library. The Howard County Public Library has:

(17) Copies of the book.

(4) Copies of the book in large print.

This book is very popular so get your library request for this book in early.

Howard County Library Central Branch

10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy

Columbia, MD 21044


Branch Hours

Mon. - Thurs. 10 am - 9 pm

Fri. - Sat. 10 am - 6 pm

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  • Wayne M.

    I really appreciate today's discussion. I loved the book and loved everyone's participation. See you next month.

    August 23, 2014

  • daffidol

    Running late....should be there around 1045 Wayne thanks for being so flexible with people coming late

    August 23, 2014

  • Penny D.


    Can't make it today. don't feel well. Was really looking forward to discussing the book. See you in Sept. What's the the Sept. book?

    August 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will be late; I hope that's not a problem

    August 23, 2014

    • Wayne M.

      Not a problem, show up when you can. We normally meet from 10 until noon or however long until we feel that we have discussed the book.

      1 · August 23, 2014

  • Wayne M.

    Here is one last question to think about before we meet. See you Saturday.

    Discuss Judd's mother and her relationship with each of her children. Do you think that Hillary Foxman was truly a bad mother? Was there any real irony in her being a child-rearing guru? What was your opinion of her character?

    August 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Everybody. I had to change my RSVP to the "Alternative meeting" because a conflict. Looking forward to meet you all.

    1 · August 15, 2014

  • Wayne M.

    I hope that you enjoy this weekend's beautiful weather and if you decide to do some reading this weekend, here is a question to think about.

    What's wrong with these people! Whom do you finger as the most dysfunctional family member, including spouses? Which character do you find...funniest...most despicable...most sympathetic? Be honest, now: any of them you identify with?

    August 15, 2014

  • Wayne M.

    Hola everyone,

    I hope that your reading is going well and that you are enjoying our book, "This Is Where I Leave You." I'm looking forward to our discussion next week. As you are reading, here is a question to think about. Let's discuss this next week.

    Is the Foxman family really in mourning? How can you tell? As an atheist, why does Mort request that his family sit shiva after his death?

    August 13, 2014

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