Next Meetup

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
Come join us for a discussion about "Things Fall Apart" by Chinua Achebe. A link to the paper version on Amazon: We will meet at Chapter House Cafe (in the basement) on 9th St. between South and Bainbridge. We will be wrapped up by 8:30pm. $10 Gift Card Give Away!--Each month, the organizer will ask a question from our reading. The person to answer correctly will win a $10 gift certificate to! Note - ***please avoid No-Shows*** -- do your best to not take up a Yes spot unless you are sure you can be there - we generally have a full house! If your RSVP changes, please update it on the site accordingly. Finishing the book is ideal but not a requirement, as we often juggle a lot in the day-to-day! We do, however, appreciate attendees attempting to complete the book, as it makes for a fuller discussion. Our talks as well as our book choices are always quite varied and enriching.

Chapterhouse Cafe & Gallery

620 S 9th St · Philadelphia, PA


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    We brought our group to in April 2010, but we actually began our monthly book discussions in September 2009. We have been having our meetings the first Wednesday evening of every month, 7pm at Chapter House Cafe at 620 S. 9th Street (on 9th street between South St. and Bainbridge St.). The meetings generally go no later than 8:30pm. We are casual and enthusiastic; our members enjoy reading and collectively choosing and discussing books on a monthly basis. Just to spice things up a bit we have a trivia question at each meeting on the book for that month. The winner gets a gift certificate for Amazon.

    We take turns selecting the books for each month. We determine our book for a given month two months ahead of the meetup. A member volunteers to bring three book selections to the meeting (& posts online beforehand), and after we discuss the book at hand, we vote on the new book. We are sticking with paperbacks (affordable - under $15, practical), and under 400 pages if we can. All genres are open. We also try not to read a book that we have read before. We ask members to give $2 for each meet up to help offset the costs of maintaining our MeetUp page. Movie nights are free for anyone to attend. Please join us!

    Here is the list of our previously read books (newest to oldest):

    Best Boy by Eli Gottlieb

    Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

    The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson

    Lila by Marilynne Robinson

    The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

    We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

    Beloved by Toni Morrison

    Paddy Clarke, Ha Ha Ha by Roddy Doyle

    The Boy with the Bamboo Heart by Chantal Jauvin

    Where We Belong by Emily Giffin

    The Hours by Michael Cunningham

    Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

    The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

    Dept. of Speculation by Jewnny Offill

    The Last Word by Hanif Kureishi

    Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children by Ranson Riggs

    Long Bourn by Jo Baker

    Tumbling by Diane McKinney-Wetsone

    I Shall be Near to You by Erin Lindsay McCable

    Then we Came to the End by Joshua Ferris

    The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara

    Washington Square by Henry James

    Dubliners by James Joyce

    Gun with Occasional Music by Jonathan Lethem

    The Brief and Wondrous life of Oscar Wao

    Lucky Us by Amy Bloom

    Tess of the D' Urbervilles

    The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

    The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

    The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kid

    Ready Player One by Ernist Cline

    Bossy Pants by Tina Fey

    The Alchemist by Pauolo Coelho

    Tomorrow There will be Apricots by Jessica Soffer

    The Maltese Falcon by Dashielle Hammett

    The Night Inspector by Frederick Busch

    The Circle By Dave Eggers

    Dead Cat Bounce by Norman Green

    And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hossenini

    Manhattan Transfer by John Dos Passos

    The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

    Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

    John Dies at the End by Davis Wong

    The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

    The Farming of Bones by Edwidge Dandicat

    Fifth Business by Robertson Davies

    Never Let Me Go by Kakuo Ishiguro

    The Immortal Life of Henriette Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

    A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

    Just Kids by Patti Smith

    The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

    Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan

    D.V. by Diana Vreeland

    Case Histories by Kate Atkinson

    Flaubert's Parrot by Julian Barnes

    Damned by Chuck Palahniuk

    The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark

    Heat by Bill Buford

    If Today by Sweet by Thrity Umrigar

    They Boy Kings of Texas by Domingo Martinez

    Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

    Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky

    The Plot Against America by Philip Roth

    Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart

    The Leftovers by Tom Perotta

    Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

    Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy

    Atonement by Ian McEwan

    The Dream Archipelago by Christopher Priest

    Travels with Charley: In Search of America by John Steinbeck

    The Man Who Was Thursday - G.K. Chesterton

    The Things They Carried - Tim O'Brien

    The Maltese Falcon - Dashiell Hammett

    Father Goriot - Honoré de Balzac

    The Cave - José Saramago

    My Life in France - Julia Child & Alex Prud'Homme

    Nurtureshock: New Thinking

    About Children - Po Bronson & Ashley Merryman

    Sex with Kings - Eleanor Herman

    Await Your Reply - Dan Chaon

    Manhattan Transfer - John Dos Passos

    The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother - James McBride

    Just Like Someone Without Mental Illness Only More So - Mark Vonnegut

    The Believers - Zoe Heller

    Finding Nouf - Zoe Ferraris

    House of Mirth - Edith Wharton

    Priceless - Robert K. Wittman

    The New Kings of Nonfiction - edited and introduced by Ira Glass

    Frankenstein - Mary Shelley

    Flashman and the Dragon - George MacDonald Fraser

    The Brooklyn Follies: A Novel - Paul Auster

    The Big Sleep - Raymond Chandler

    Consider the Lobster - David Foster Wallace

    The Ginger Man - J.P. Donleavy

    Bright Shiny Morning - James Frey

    Sunflowers - Sheramy Bundrick

    Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates - Tom Robbins

    The Lazarus Project - Aleksandar Hemon

    100 Years of Solitude - Gabriel García Márquez

    The Road - Cormac McCarthy

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