We meet on the North Shore, typically in Salem, Peabody, Danvers.
If you like to read. You want to hang out once a month with people that read. We’ll be picking books from different genres, some will be classics, others new. If you’re reading taste isn’t eclectic, not to worry, come when it’s a book you’re interested in, and skip the others, or try a new genera.
This is a very welcoming group. People arrive between 6:30-7pm, so don’t fret the start time.
We start with an anonymous vote on what you thought of the book. This gives everyone a chance to honestly say what they though without getting biased by others. The conversations that happen after that are always lively!
You didn’t finish the book or didn’t even read the book.. no problem. Come anyway, you’ll meet nice people and get to discuss what book we’ll read the following month.
Everything is done in an open and democratic way. This book club belongs to us all and we all get a voice.
Looking at real estate isn’t usually a life-or-death situation, but an apartment open house becomes just that when a failed bank robber bursts in and takes a group of strangers hostage. The captives include a recently retired couple who relentlessly hunt down fixer-uppers to avoid the painful truth that they can’t fix their own marriage. There’s a wealthy bank director who has been too busy to care about anyone else and a young couple who are about to have their first child but can’t seem to agree on anything, from where they want to live to how they met in the first place. Add to the mix an eighty-seven-year-old woman who has lived long enough not to be afraid of someone waving a gun in her face, a flustered but still-ready-to-make-a-deal real estate agent, and a mystery man who has locked himself in the apartment’s only bathroom, and you’ve got the worst group of hostages in the world.
Each of them carries a lifetime of grievances, hurts, secrets, and passions that are ready to boil over. None of them is entirely who they appear to be. And all of them—the bank robber included—desperately crave some sort of rescue. As the authorities and the media surround the premises these reluctant allies will reveal surprising truths about themselves and set in motion a chain of events so unexpected that even they can hardly explain what happens next.
Rich with Fredrik Backman’s “pitch-perfect dialogue and an unparalleled understanding of human nature” ( Shelf Awareness), Anxious People is an ingeniously constructed story about the enduring power of friendship, forgiveness, and hope—the things that save us, even in the most anxious times.