• #19: “The Storied Life of AJ Fikry" by Gabrielle Zevin

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    • What we'll do: We will be discussing "The Storied Life of AJ Fikry" A brief Synopsis of the book: A. J. Fikry's life is not at all what he expected it to be. His wife has died; his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history; and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. Slowly but surely, he is isolating himself from all the people of Alice Island—from Chief Lambiase, the well-intentioned police officer who's always felt kindly toward him; from Ismay, his sister-in-law, who is hell-bent on saving A.J. from his dreary self; from Amelia, the lovely and idealistic (if eccentric) Knightley Press sales rep who persists in taking the ferry to Alice Island, refusing to be deterred by A.J.'s bad attitude. Even the books in his store have stopped holding pleasure for him. These days, he can only see them as a sign of a world that is changing too rapidly. And then a mysterious package appears at the bookstore. It's a small package, though large in weight—an unexpected arrival that gives A.J. the opportunity to make his life over, the ability to see everything anew. It doesn't take long for the locals to notice the change overcoming A.J., for the determined sales rep Amelia to see her curmudgeonly client in a new light, for the wisdom of all those books to become again the lifeblood of A.J.'s world. Or for everything to twist again into a version of his life that he didn't see coming • What to do 1. Get the book asap and read before the event 2. If by some unfortunate reason or sheer laziness, you were unable to read the book, come anyway - But be prepared for spoilers! 3. Discuss fun books, movies and other stuff, letting conversation sway to different topics while we also vote for future books to read and make some friends.

  • #Short 12: The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

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    • What we'll do: We will be discussing The Testaments by Margaret Atwood A brief Synopsis of the book: More than fifteen years after the events of The Handmaid’s Tale, the theocratic regime of the Republic of Gilead maintains its grip on power, but there are signs it is beginning to rot from within. At this crucial moment, the lives of three radically different women converge, with potentially explosive results. Two have grown up as part of the first generation to come of age in the new order. The testimonies of these two young women are joined by a third voice: a woman who wields power through the ruthless accumulation and deployment of secrets. As Atwood unfolds The Testaments, she opens up the innermost workings of Gilead as each woman is forced to come to terms with who she is, and how far she will go for what she believes. "Dear Readers: Everything you’ve ever asked me about Gilead and its inner workings is the inspiration for this book. Well, almost everything! The other inspiration is the world we’ve been living in." --Margaret Atwood • What to do 1. Get the book asap and read before the event 2. If by some unfortunate reason or sheer laziness, you were unable to read the book, come anyway - But be prepared for spoilers! 3. Discuss fun books, movies and other stuff, letting conversation sway to different topics while we also vote for future books to read and make some friends.

  • #19: “The Bastard of Istanbul" by Elif shafak

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    • What we'll do: We will discussing “The Bastard of Istanbul" by Elif shafak A brief Synopsis of the book: One rainy afternoon in Istanbul, a woman walks into a doctor's surgery. 'I need to have an abortion', she announces. She is nineteen years old and unmarried. What happens that afternoon will change her life. Twenty years later, Asya Kazanci lives with her extended family in Istanbul. Due to a mysterious family curse, all the Kaznci men die in their early forties, so it is a house of women, among them Asya's beautiful, rebellious mother Zeliha, who runs a tattoo parlour; Banu, who has newly discovered herself as clairvoyant; and Feride, a hypochondriac obsessed with impending disaster. And when Asya's Armenian-American cousin Armanoush comes to stay, long hidden family secrets connected with Turkey's turbulent past begin to emerge. • What to do 1. Get the book asap and read before the event 2. If by some unfortunate reason or sheer laziness, you were unable to read the book, come anyway - But be prepared for spoilers! 3. Discuss fun books, movies and other stuff, letting conversation sway to different topics while we also vote for future books to read and make some friends.