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Hi friends! As we come to the close of 2022, we will embark on one of our favorite book club traditions: the annual book swap! The idea is simple: think back to this past year and pick a book you absolutely LOVED. Get a copy of the book (used or new, it doesn't matter), wrap it up, and we will have a fun White Elephant type of swap! Everyone will leave with a new favorite book!
After the book swap, we'll discuss a short and sweet book of NYC poetry, Song of the Closing Doors. Here's the description, and link https://www.amazon.com/Song-Closing-Doors-Patrick-Phillips/dp/0593321421/
"From New York City subway encounters to memories of pickup basketball games on Fourth Street, a love letter to the past, and to all the relationships and memories our homeplaces hold, from the National Book Award finalist.
“I will consider a slice of pizza," opens Phillips's poem "Jubilate Civitas." "For rare among pleasures in Gotham, it is both / exquisite and blessedly cheap." Thus, as throughout this collection, he celebrates a simple pleasure that "in a time of deceit . . . is honest and upright, steadfast and good"; even the busted buttons we press when waiting to cross the street make for elegy in a collection that brings us this poet at his burnished best.
Phillips finds his love of a complex, vibrant city extends to his dearest people—he writes for his friend Paul, dying of cancer; for his wife’s stormy eyes when they fight; for the baby boy he once woke at night to feed and change. All these and more pass through Phillips's elegant yet colloquial lines, in a book that shines with love and honesty on every page. As he writes, "If you're reading this / we were once friends.""
Very much looking forward to connecting with you all in December! Big hugs!