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For all of you NYC folks in your 20s and 30s, this is an off-shoot of the "20/30 something book club". (You don't have to be a member of both.) This is for the hardcore reader who feels he or she wants to tackle some major works. We read books that have at least one edition that is at least around 500 pages, and can be twice as long. We read fiction and non-fiction to provide variety. Since the books read can crack skulls with their bulk, we get together once every 2 months to give us enough time to git 'em done. If you're not intimidated, if you want to test your mettle, if you want to flex those biblio-biceps of yours, then step right up and join us Big Apple biblio-bruisers for the bookish fun you've always craved and deserve. It's time to kick ass and chew gum, and leave others in awe of our literary fortitude!

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"The Time Traveler's Wife," by Audrey Niffenegger

Houndstooth Pub

A love story for February. A love story with science fiction thrown in. Double yeah! And with 1.4 MILLion reviews on Goodreads, it's an incredibly sought after read. Can't go wrong with this 500-pager! From Goodreads: A funny, often poignant tale of boy meets girl with a twist: what if one of them couldn't stop slipping in and out of time? Highly original and imaginative, this debut novel raises questions about life, love, and the effects of time on relationships. Audrey Niffenegger’s innovative debut, "The Time Traveler’s Wife," is the story of Clare, a beautiful art student, and Henry, an adventuresome librarian, who have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six, and were married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry thirty-one. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity in his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous, his experiences unpredictable, alternately harrowing and amusing. "The Time Traveler’s Wife" depicts the effects of time travel on Henry and Clare’s marriage and their passionate love for each other as the story unfolds from both points of view. Clare and Henry attempt to live normal lives, pursuing familiar goals—steady jobs, good friends, children of their own. All of this is threatened by something they can neither prevent nor control, making their story intensely moving and entirely unforgettable.

"Lonesome Dove," by Larry McMurtry

Houndstooth Pub

Considered quite possibly the best Western novel every written. Quintessential, as many would describe it. In any case, we read great books here, the thick, heavy kind. This one fulfills all the requirements. So let's have at it! From Goodreads: A love story, an adventure, and an epic of the frontier, Larry McMurtry’s Pulitzer Prize— winning classic, "Lonesome Dove," the third book (first published) in the Lonesome Dove tetralogy, is the grandest novel ever written about the last defiant wilderness of America. Journey to the dusty little Texas town of Lonesome Dove and meet an unforgettable assortment of heroes and outlaws, whores and ladies, Indians and settlers. Richly authentic, beautifully written, always dramatic, "Lonesome Dove" is a book to make us laugh, weep, dream, and remember.

"Cape Cod," by William Martin

Houndstooth Pub

We've been to NYC, we've traveled out West, so let's go northeast now to one of the most recognized spits of land in the country. One of those sweeping multi-generational epics that we should have probably immersed ourselves in by now but haven't yet. Well, here's your chance, with a highly-rated one at that! From Goodreads: "Engrossing...entertaining...the perfect book to take to the beach." - Boston Herald Two families, both carried by the Mayflower across stormy seas... both destined to generations of proud leadership, shameful intrigue, and passion for the sandy crest of land that became their heritage... This is the story of the Bigelow and Hilyard clans, from their first years on America's shores, through the fury of her wars and the glory of her triumphs, to our own time when young Geoff Hilyard must fight to save both his marriage to a Bigelow heir and the windswept coast he loves. It is a struggle that will take him deep into the past, to a centuries-old feud that never died.. And on a dangerous quest for a priceless relic of American history that has lain hidden in the Cape for over two hundred years.

"Drood", by Dan Simmons

Houndstooth Pub

Victorian England. Charles Dickens. A mystery unsolved to this day. Real-life events. Sign right up! From Goodreads: Drood… is the name and nightmare that obsesses Charles Dickens for the last five years of his life. On June 9, 1865, Dickens and his mistress are secretly returning to London, when their express train hurtles over a gap in a trestle. All of the first-class carriages except the one carrying Dickens are smashed to bits in the valley below. When Dickens descends into that valley to confront the dead and dying, his life will be changed forever. And at the core of that ensuing five-year nightmare is… Drood… the name that Dickens whispers to his friend Wilkie Collins. A laudanum addict and lesser novelist, Collins flouts Victorian sensibilities by living with one mistress while having a child with another, but he may be the only man on Earth with whom Dickens can share the secret of… Drood. Increasingly obsessed with crypts, cemeteries, and the precise length of time it would take for a corpse to dissolve in a lime pit, Dickens ceases writing for four years and wanders the worst slums and catacombs of London at night while staging public readings during the day, gruesome readings that leave his audiences horrified. Finally he begins writing what would have been the world’s first great mystery masterpiece, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, only to be interrupted forever by… Drood. Based on actual biographical events, Drood explores the still-unresolved mysteries of one of our greatest writer’s dark final days in a profoundly original tale that confirms Lincoln Child’s assessment of New York Times bestselling author Dan Simmons as “a giant among novelists."

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"A Tree Grows in Brooklyn," by Betty Smith

Cafe Hestia

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