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About Us
We read a variety of worthwhile literature from around the world and across time. Different genres, different styles, there’s something for everyone. It’s all too easy to zone out in front of the TV or get stuck in a pile of endless “beach reads,” so we use book club to explore the hidden and not-so-hidden literary gems. Things that make you think, really...
Location
VMFA is our home base, but we are currently holding our meetings virtually.
When do we meet?
Our book club meetings are scheduled monthly at 11:30 am on Sundays.
What might we read?
Often fiction, sometimes classics, sometimes books that you may never have heard of, and sometimes modern day popular literature. Check out our calendar to see past reads and upcoming events. What we won't read - Jodi Piccoult, Twilight, Danielle Steele, etc...

Upcoming events (2)

Blackwater Volume 1

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Please join us for our October book pick; Michael McDowell's Blackwater Volume One. Halloween costumes are always welcome at our October meeting! Please note that we have adjusted our starting time to 10:30 am to give us a better opportunity for outside seating. Be sure to check the event page the morning of the meeting, we will shift to online if inclement weather prevents us from meeting outside.

Summary:
"Blackwater is the saga of a small town, Perdido, Alabama, and Elinor Dammert, the stranger who arrives there under mysterious circumstances on Easter Sunday, 1919. On the surface, Elinor is gracious, charming, anxious to belong in Perdido, and eager to marry Oscar Caskey, the eldest son of Perdido’s first family. But her beautiful exterior hides a shocking secret. Beneath the waters of the Perdido River, she turns into something terrifying, a creature whispered about in stories that have chilled the residents of Perdido for generations. Some of those who observe her rituals in the river will never be seen again ...

Originally published as a series of six volumes in 1983, Blackwater is the crowning achievement of Michael McDowell, author of the Southern Gothic classics Cold Moon Over Babylon and The Elementals and screenwriter of Beetlejuice and The Nightmare Before Christmas. (Valancourt Books)

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

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Please join us for our November book pick; the Ken Kesey classic; One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. A reminder that we have adjusted our starting time to 10:30 am to give us a better opportunity for outside seating. Be sure to check the event page the morning of the meeting, we will shift to online if inclement weather prevents us from meeting outside.
Summary:
Set almost exclusively within the walls of a mental hospital, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest tells the story of the clash between repression, embodied by Nurse Ratched, and rebellion, embodied by Randle Patrick McMurphy. The hospital is its own micro-universe, with its hierarchy: the patients are classified as either Acutes or Chronics. Acutes are considered functioning and curable, while the Chronics are those who have been permanently damaged by the staff’s treatments, which include lobotomy and shock therapy. The only instance where we see patients outside the hospital is during a fishing trip, which ends up galvanizing them.(Angelica Frey, ThoughtCo, 2019).

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Cloud Cuckoo Land

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