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We may be the first NYC book club specifically created for folks in their 20's and 30's**; well, we've been around for quite awhile anyway, 8 years and counting. We've had a ton of great readers, read a smorgasbord of books, and enjoyed lively conversations over delectable food and drink. Our discussions are organic and intimate, 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 bibliophile friends!

**Don't forget to check out our sister group, The 20/30-Something 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: A Novel," by Emma Donoghue

"A Good Man Is Hard to Find," by Flannery O'Connor

"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

"American Pastoral," by Philip Roth

"The Big Sleep," by Raymond Chandler

"Sentimental Education," by Gustave Flaubert

"Let the Great World Spin," by Colum McCann

"The Leftovers," by Tom Perrotta

"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

"The Little Dog Laughed," by Douglas Carter Beane

"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!


Upcoming events (5+)

"The Clockwork Dynasty," by Daniel H. Wilson

Houndstooth Pub

From our last poll, this selection beat out 7 other titles. It's got a beautiful cover and has plenty of rave reviews. Looking forward to this discussion! From Goodreads: Follow a race of human-like machines that have been hiding among us for untold centuries. Present day: When a young anthropologist specializing in ancient technology uncovers a terrible secret concealed in the workings of a three-hundred-year-old mechanical doll, she is thrown into a hidden world that lurks just under the surface of our own. With her career and her life at stake, June Stefanov will ally with a remarkable traveler who exposes her to a reality she never imagined, as they embark on an around-the-world adventure and discover breathtaking secrets of the past... Russia, 1725: In the depths of the Kremlin, the tsar's loyal mechanician brings to life two astonishingly humanlike mechanical beings. Peter and Elena are a brother and sister fallen out of time, possessed with uncanny power, and destined to serve great empires. Struggling to blend into pre-Victorian society, they are pulled into a legendary war that has raged for centuries. The Clockwork Dynasty interweaves past and present, exploring a race of beings designed to live by ironclad principles, yet constantly searching for meaning. As June plunges deeper into their world, her choices will ultimately determine their survival or extermination.

"The Air You Breathe," by Frances de Pontes Peebles

Houndstooth Pub

This title has won our latest poll! It took an early lead and never relinquished its most-favored position among you. So, let's dig into this highly-rated gem and prep from some excellent ensuing discussion! From Goodreads: The story of an intense female friendship fueled by affection, envy and pride--and each woman's fear that she would be nothing without the other. Skinny, nine-year-old orphaned Dores is working in the kitchen of a sugar plantation in 1930s Brazil when in walks a girl who changes everything. Graça, the spoiled daughter of a wealthy sugar baron, is clever, well fed, pretty, and thrillingly ill behaved. Born to wildly different worlds, Dores and Graça quickly bond over shared mischief, and then, on a deeper level, over music. One has a voice like a songbird; the other feels melodies in her soul and composes lyrics to match. Music will become their shared passion, the source of their partnership and their rivalry, and for each, the only way out of the life to which each was born. But only one of the two is destined to be a star. Their intimate, volatile bond will determine each of their fortunes--and haunt their memories. Traveling from Brazil's inland sugar plantations to the rowdy streets of Lapa in Rio de Janeiro, from Los Angeles during the Golden Age of Hollywood back to the irresistible drumbeat of home, "The Air You Breathe" unfurls a moving portrait of a lifelong friendship--its unparalleled rewards and lasting losses--and considers what we owe to the relationships that shape our lives.

BookCon 2019: The Ultimate Book Lover's Experience!

acob Javits Convention Center

Are you bookish? Love books? Need more books? Heck, want books before they're even out yet? Want to meet some of your favorite authors? Want to be part of the biggest book celebration of the year? Every industry has its yearly convention, and the publishing industry is no different. Book Expo America (BEA) has a public portion of their convention during its final days, called BookCon. BookCon is the ultimate bookfest for book lovers! All the major publishers and other book-related companies (there's some really cool ones out there) display their wares, and dozens of authors preside over signings and panel discussions. This year, this huge event will take place right here in NYC at the Javits Center. So if you'd like to join us--rubbing elbows with publishing insiders, shaking hands and snapping pictures with authors and celebrities, and probably bagging a ton of books (for purchase and for FREE)--we'll be meeting at the corner of 11th Ave. and 36th Street, right in front of the Center, at 9:15AM (we'll give enough time for the morning stragglers to get their coffee and still try to be at the front of the line.) Tickets are available for $30. Here is the website for all the info you need: http://www.thebookcon.com. Bring energy, good walking shoes, some cash if you want to make any purchases, and a big enough bag to carry your bounty. There's lots to do all day, so we'll probably go our separate ways inside--we can keep in touch via messaging if you find something great you want to share--and, if you stay for the day, we'll go out for a bite afterward and bask in the afterglow of this one-of-a-kind experience. See ya there!

"An American Marriage," by Tayari Jones

Houndstooth Pub

This title has won a solid second place in our latest selections poll! It remained the strongest runner-up the entire time the poll was up. Time to immerse ourselves in one of the most currently discussed books on shelves! From Goodreads: Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. In this deft exploration of love, loyalty, race, justice, and both Black masculinity and Black womanhood in 21st century America, Jones achieves that most-elusive of all literary goals: the Great American Novel.

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"Pachinko," by Min Jin Lee

Houndstooth Pub

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