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"Manhattan Beach" by Jennifer Egan
(shortened from Goodreads) Brooklyn during the Great Depression. Anna Kerrigan, nearly twelve years old, accompanies her father to the house of a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family. Years later, her father has disappeared and the country is at war. Anna works at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where women are allowed to hold jobs that had always belonged to men. She becomes the first female diver, the most dangerous and exclusive of occupations, repairing the ships that will help America win the war. She is the sole provider for her mother, a farm girl who had a brief and glamorous career as a Ziegfield folly, and her lovely, severely disabled sister. At a night club, she chances to meet Styles, the man she visited with her father before he vanished, and she begins to understand the complexity of her father’s life, the reasons he might have been murdered. Mesmerizing, hauntingly beautiful, with the pace and atmosphere of a noir thriller and a wealth of detail about organized crime, the merchant marine and the clash of classes in New York, Egan’s first historical novel is a masterpiece, a deft, startling, intimate exploration of a transformative moment in the lives of women and men, America and the world.

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We read a variety of worthwhile literature from around the world and across time. Different genres, different styles, there’s something for everyone. In this day and age, when it’s all too easy to zone out in front of the TV or get stuck in a pile of endless “beach reads,” we use book club to explore the hidden and not-so-hidden literary gems. Things that make you think, really...

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We currently meet at Amuse at the VMFA. Payment options include a check, cash (please bring small bills) or the square cash app. Amuse only does one check so we have to all put it on my card.

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Currently, our book club meetings are scheduled monthly, for Sunday brunch around noon.

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Usually 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...

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