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Salutations!

We may be the first NYC book club specifically created for folks in their 20s and 30s, though we've expanded to welcome those 18-45-ish**. Well, we've been around for quite awhile anyway, over 10 years and counting!

We've had a ton of great readers, read a smorgasbord of books, and enjoyed lively conversations over great food & drink, through Zoom, and on blankets in the parks. Our discussions are organic, meandering through the books with no set structure or agenda. We look forward to having you join us and becoming a part of our growing circle of friends!

**Don't forget to check out our sister group, The Millennialish LongReads Book Club, which meets at the same place on the same day right before this one, just every-other month!

A few quick items of note:

1. If you RSVP for a meeting and then can't make it, we just ask that you un-RSVP.

2. We provide a 60-day free trial for you to see if our group's a good fit. We have $5 annual dues (which works out to 40 cents a meeting) to help cover Meetup's costs for running a group. You can pay online or in person.

3. We have done other things as well, such as: going to the movies to see the film adaptation of a selection; attending BookCon when it's in the City; meeting authors at their signings; and, hitting the parks.

4. All of our selections are determined by...YOU! Periodically, we ask our members for future selection suggestions, compile them into a poll, and then everyone votes. The books that garner the most votes make up our next batch of titles.

5. Here's a sampling of our past reads:

  • "A Visit from the Goon Squad," by Jennifer Egan
  • "The Handmaid's Tale," by Margaret Atwood
  • "Room," by Emma Donoghue
  • "A Good Man Is Hard to Find," by Flannery O'Connor
  • "The City We Became," by N.K. Jemisin
  • "Super Sad True Love Story," by Gary Shteyngart
  • "Flowers for Algernon," by Daniel Keyes
  • "A Tale for the Time Being," by Ruth Ozeki
  • "The Sun Also Rises," by Ernest Hemingway
  • "Middlesex," by Jeffrey Eugenides
  • "The Devil in the White City," by Erik Larson
  • "Freedom," by Jonathan Franzen
  • "Ready Player One," by Ernest Cline
  • "Wuthering Heights," by Emily Brontë
  • "Never Let Me Go," by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • "Slaughterhouse-Five," by Kurt Vonnegut
  • "Behold the Dreamer," by Imbolo Mbue
  • "Rebecca," by Daphne du Maurier
  • "The Night Circus," by Erin Morgenstern
  • "The Goldfinch," by Donna Tartt
  • "Piranesi," by Susanna Clarke
  • "American Pastoral," by Philip Roth
  • "The Big Sleep," by Raymond Chandler
  • "Let the Great World Spin," by Colum McCann
  • "The Leftovers," by Tom Perrotta
  • "Mexican Gothic," by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," by Douglas Adams
  • "Speak, Memory," by Vladimir Nabokov
  • "Gone Girl," by Gillian Flynn
  • "The Giver," by Lois Lowry
  • "In Cold Blood," by Truman Capote
  • "A Confederacy of Dunces," by John Kennedy Toole
  • "Snow Crash," by Neal Stephenson
  • "The Dinner," by Herman Koch
  • "Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore," by Robin Sloan

Looking forward to meeting you soon!

Jason

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"Hamnet," by Maggie O'Farrell

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Historical fiction is one of our club's favorite genres to return to, and this choice doth immerse us in the life of the English language's most admired writer and one of the world's most respected plays. Published last year, it hath since become a NYT-bestseller and a National Book Critics Circle winner. With themes echoing today's current events according to appraisers, our discussion ardently approacheth!

To wit, unless the weather be inclement, we shall meeteth in Centr'l Park's Sheep Meadow near Le Pain Quotidien. If we can't meeteth outwith, a Zoom invitation shall be couriered to thee by thy email.

From Goodreads:

A New York Times Notable Book (2020)
Best Book of 2020: Guardian, Financial Times, Literary Hub, and NPR

A thrilling departure: A short, piercing, deeply moving new novel from the acclaimed author of "I Am, I Am, I Am", about the death of Shakespeare's eleven-year-old son Hamnet--a name interchangeable with Hamlet in fifteenth-century Britain--and the years leading up to the production of his great play.

England, 1580. A young Latin tutor--penniless, bullied by a violent father--falls in love with an extraordinary, eccentric young woman: a wild creature who walks her family's estate with a falcon on her shoulder and is known throughout the countryside for her unusual gifts as a healer. Agnes understands plants and potions better than she does people, but once she settles with her husband on Henley Street in Stratford she becomes a fiercely protective mother and a steadfast, centrifugal force in the life of her young husband, whose gifts as a writer are just beginning to awaken when his beloved young son succumbs to bubonic plague.

A luminous portrait of a marriage, a shattering evocation of a family ravaged by grief and loss, and a hypnotic recreation of the story that inspired one of the greatest literary masterpieces of all time, Hamnet is mesmerizing and seductive, an impossible-to-put-down novel from one of our most gifted writers.

Bonus Meeting: "Fevered Star," by Rebecca Roanhorse

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We recently read Rebecca Roanhorse's Black Sun, and attendees enthusiastically wanted to read the sequel as a group when it came out. Well, it's out! So let's dig into the second installment of this unique and much enjoyed high-fantasy series by our book club!

From Goodreads:

Return to The Meridian with New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Roanhorse’s sequel to the most critically hailed epic fantasy of 2020 Black Sun—finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, Lambda, and Locus awards.

There are no tides more treacherous than those of the heart. —Teek saying

The great city of Tova is shattered. The sun is held within the smothering grip of the Crow God’s eclipse, but a comet that marks the death of a ruler and heralds the rise of a new order is imminent.

The Meridian: a land where magic has been codified and the worship of gods suppressed. How do you live when legends come to life, and the faith you had is rewarded?

As sea captain Xiala is swept up in the chaos and currents of change, she finds an unexpected ally in the former Priest of Knives. For the Clan Matriarchs of Tova, tense alliances form as far-flung enemies gather and the war in the heavens is reflected upon the earth.

And for Serapio and Naranpa, both now living avatars, the struggle for free will and personhood in the face of destiny rages. How will Serapio stay human when he is steeped in prophecy and surrounded by those who desire only his power? Is there a future for Naranpa in a transformed Tova without her total destruction?

Welcome back to the fantasy series of the decade in Fevered Star—book two of Between Earth and Sky.

"The Henna Artist," by Alka Joshi

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Translated into 23 languages, this debut novel written by the 62-year-old Joshi has been acquired by Netflix for screen adaptation. With one sequel so far, this title has been on many members' TBR lists, and now you can check it off your list by reading it together! Considered lush, beautiful, and deep, we're diving into mid-20th-Century India this month!

Unless the weather is inclement, we'll be meeting in Central Park's Sheep Meadow near Le Pain Quotidien. If we can't meet outside, a Zoom invitation will be emailed.

From Goodreads:

Vivid and compelling in its portrait of one woman’s struggle for fulfillment in a society pivoting between the traditional and the modern, "The Henna Artist" opens a door into a world that is at once lush and fascinating, stark and cruel.

Escaping from an abusive marriage, seventeen-year-old Lakshmi makes her way alone to the vibrant 1950s pink city of Jaipur. There she becomes the most highly requested henna artist—and confidante—to the wealthy women of the upper class. But trusted with the secrets of the wealthy, she can never reveal her own…

Known for her original designs and sage advice, Lakshmi must tread carefully to avoid the jealous gossips who could ruin her reputation and her livelihood. As she pursues her dream of an independent life, she is startled one day when she is confronted by her husband, who has tracked her down these many years later with a high-spirited young girl in tow—a sister Lakshmi never knew she had. Suddenly the caution that she has carefully cultivated as protection is threatened. Still she perseveres, applying her talents and lifting up those that surround her as she does.

"People We Meet on Vacation," by Emily Henry

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You voted for it, and August makes for the perfect time to read this contemporary beach-read romcom! New York City, a wedding in Palm Springs, annual vacations, best friend fallout, and more. This widely read novel sounds like it'll be a fun read from the very popular author!

From Goodreads:

Two best friends. Ten summer trips. One last chance to fall in love.

Poppy and Alex. Alex and Poppy. They have nothing in common. She’s a wild child; he wears khakis. She has insatiable wanderlust; he prefers to stay home with a book. And somehow, ever since a fateful car share home from college many years ago, they are the very best of friends. For most of the year they live far apart—she’s in New York City, and he’s in their small hometown—but every summer, for a decade, they have taken one glorious week of vacation together.

Until two years ago, when they ruined everything. They haven’t spoken since.

Poppy has everything she should want, but she’s stuck in a rut. When someone asks when she was last truly happy, she knows, without a doubt, it was on that ill-fated, final trip with Alex. And so, she decides to convince her best friend to take one more vacation together—lay everything on the table, make it all right. Miraculously, he agrees.

Now she has a week to fix everything. If only she can get around the one big truth that has always stood quietly in the middle of their seemingly perfect relationship. What could possibly go wrong?

From the New York Times bestselling author of Beach Read, a sparkling new novel that will leave you with the warm, hazy afterglow usually reserved for the best vacations.

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