This is a group for people who like reading, sharing, discussing, and (every once in a while) smelling books. What's that you say? There are already a bunch of book clubs? Well, I'd like to think that this one will knock those other clubs out of the water with our (forthcoming) charismatic, smart, funny crowd. We'll pick our books together as we go along, and all genres are welcome. New (and old!) members are welcome to jump in at any point. Anyway, come join us and see what it's all about!
Our June 2019 selection is Rules of Civility by Amor Towles. This is an encore for this author, as we really enjoyed A Gentleman in Moscow and wanted to explore another example of his refined writing.
Goodreads notes: On the last night of 1937, twenty-five-year-old Katey Kontent is in a second-rate Greenwich Village jazz bar with her boardinghouse roommate stretching three dollars as far as it will go when Tinker Grey, a handsome banker with royal blue eyes and a tempered smile, happens to sit at the neighboring table. This chance encounter and its startling consequences propel Katey on a yearlong journey from a Wall Street secretarial pool toward the upper echelons of New York society and the executive suites of Condé Nast--rarefied environs where she will have little to rely upon other than a bracing wit and her own brand of cool nerve.
Reserve early at library - this one’s popular.
Our April 2019 selection is A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II by Sonia Purnell. This is “A compelling biography of a masterful spy, and a reminder of what can be done with a few brave people -- and a little resistance.” - NPR. Sounds like a great summer read. 4.5 stars on Goodreads, who say:
“In 1942, the Gestapo sent out an urgent transmission: "She is the most dangerous of all Allied spies. We must find and destroy her."
The target in their sights was Virginia Hall, a Baltimore socialite who talked her way into Special Operations Executive, the spy organization dubbed Winston Churchill's "Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare." She became the first Allied woman deployed behind enemy lines and--despite her prosthetic leg--helped to light the flame of the French Resistance, revolutionizing secret warfare as we know it.”
What fun. Just don’t confuse this with Oscar Wilde’s “A Woman of No Importance.” Or Kate Konopicky’s. Or Alan Bennett’s. Or Allen Crafton and Robert Gard’s. Or...