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"Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance," by Ruth Emmie Lang
• What we'll do So, this title stayed tied with September's selection during our last poll's entirety. That coupled with the nature of the story for a fantastical October read, we'll be reading this one for October. You have spoken for this one as well. Here we go! From Goodreads: "Exquisite and adventurous" -- Bustle, "11 New Fiction Books You Need" Orphaned, raised by wolves, and the proud owner of a horned pig named Merlin, Weylyn Grey knew he wasn’t like other people. But when he single-handedly stopped that tornado on a stormy Christmas day in Oklahoma, he realized just how different he actually was. That tornado was the first of many strange events that seem to follow Weylyn from town to town, although he doesn’t like to take credit. As amazing as these powers may appear, they tend to manifest themselves at inopportune times and places. From freak storms to trees that appear to grow over night, Weylyn’s unique abilities are a curiosity at best and at worst, a danger to himself and the woman he loves. But Mary doesn’t care. Since Weylyn saved her from an angry wolf on her eleventh birthday, she’s known that a relationship with him isn’t without its risks, but as anyone who’s met Weylyn will tell you, once he wanders into your life, you’ll wish he’d never leave. "Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance" tells the story of Weylyn Grey’s life from the perspectives of the people who knew him, loved him, and even a few who thought he was just plain weird. Although he doesn’t stay in any of their lives for long, he leaves each of them with a story to tell. Stories about a boy who lives with wolves, great storms that evaporate into thin air, fireflies that make phosphorescent honey, and a house filled with spider webs and the strange man who inhabits it. There is one story, however, that Weylyn wishes he could change: his own. But first he has to muster enough courage to knock on Mary’s front door. In this warm debut novel, Ruth Emmie Lang teaches us about adventure and love in a beautifully written story full of nature and wonder. • What to bring • Important to know

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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

"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 Lowery

"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!

Allison, Jason, and Jen

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