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November: The Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Our November selection is New York Times bestseller and modern gothic classic "The Shadow of the Wind", by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. *** ATTENTION: We will be in the LIBRARY this month at the Democracy Center, to your LEFT as you enter the building. *** *** Consider chipping in to help out with the costs for hosting this meetup - contribute to our meetup group at https://tinyurl.com/bookclub-chipin *** Barcelona, 1945: A city slowly heals in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, and Daniel, an antiquarian book dealer’s son who mourns the loss of his mother, finds solace in a mysterious book entitled The Shadow of the Wind, by one Julián Carax. But when he sets out to find the author’s other works, he makes a shocking discovery: someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book Carax has written. In fact, Daniel may have the last of Carax’s books in existence. Soon Daniel’s seemingly innocent quest opens a door into one of Barcelona’s darkest secrets--an epic story of murder, madness, and doomed love. “ Anyone who enjoys novels that are scary, erotic, touching, tragic and thrilling should rush right out to the nearest bookstore and pick up The Shadow of the Wind. Really, you should.” --Michael Dirda, The Washington Post "Wonderous... masterful... The Shadow of the Wind is ultimately a love letter to literature, intended for readers as passionate about storytelling as its young hero." --Entertainment Weekly (Editor's Choice) "One gorgeous read." --Stephen King *** Remember to bring $$$ for the collection we take up for the Democracy Center! *** See you there! Diane

Democracy Center

45 Mt. Auburn St. · Cambridge, MA

What we're about

This is a group for all those who miss the pleasure of digging into a new book with the knowledge that on the other side of the cover they will have the opportunity for engaging conversation! Prepare yourself for some mid-brow chatter, snacks, and reading. We're aiming for one book a month, democratic voting selection, and wide array of subject matters probably heavily leaning towards fiction. Did I mention the snacks?

Here are a few useful tips for joining our discussions:

- You're welcome to join even if you haven't finished the book! Often people who haven't finished find the discussion a helpful motivator to finish things up. The one caveat is, be prepared for spoilers.

- You're welcome to join even if you're on the wait list. We certainly wouldn't want to turn anyone away.

- Newcomers are always welcome! We enjoy hearing new points of view and fresh perspectives.

- Typically we meet at the Democracy Center (45 Mt Auburn St., Cambridge MA) in the Rosa Parks room. The Rosa Parks room is on your right after you walk through the front door on Mt. Auburn St. The Democracy Center is a free, non-profit space that is very generously offering us its space, but doesn't have any food service. So you won't be able to order food or drinks, but feel free to bring your own! We'll also pass the hat for donations to the Democracy Center at the end - so if you could chip in a few bucks, that would be lovely.

- The group is volunteer-run and we definitely encourage members to step up and help out. If you are interested in leading a discussion, joining the organizers group, or organizing a one-off event (like a movie outing, trivia night, author event at a local bookstore, etc.) please get in touch! The more the merrier.

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