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Yes, book clubs still exist! Yes, you are not the only lit lover left. Yes, you don't have to live near a major metro area to praise the prose to all who will listen. Bibliophiles, book worms, and casual perusers unite! The Pocono Book Club is the first, the original, the authentic, the best literary get-together in the Greater Pocono Mountain region. Since 2015, we've met once a month in a relaxing gastronomic setting to discuss everyone's thoughts on the book-of-the-month. Young or old, man or woman, tall or short, come enter the fold--our two criteria are that you enjoy reading and talking about what you read over good food & drink. Fiction is our mainstay, but non-fiction can work as well; medium-lengthed is our distance, but we can handle the long and short; in-person and virtual both happen; after all, variety makes life more interesting. We mix things up from time to time with additional features, including: theater screenings, grab bags, book festivals, and author participation. Your thoughts matter, join a group that will appreciate them in proper bookish fashion.

Here’s a sample of what we’ve read over these past 5 fantastic years:

“Life of Pi,” by Yann Martel

“Lincoln in the Bardo,” by George Saunders

“I am Malala,” by Malala Yousafzai

“The Snow Child,” by Eowyn Ivey

"The Island of Sea Women," by Lisa See

“The Gods of Gotham,” by Lindsay Faye

“The Girls of Murder City,” by Douglas Perry

“The Martian,” by Andy Weir

“The Library Book,” by Susan Orlean

“Lust for Life,” by Irving Stone

“Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald,” by Therese Anne Fowler

“Empire Falls,” by Richard Russo

"The Couple Next Door," by Shari Lapena

"Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania," by Erik Larson

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"The Secret History," by Donna Tartt

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For nigh thirty years, Donna Tartt has been intriguing her readers and enjoying an ever-growing fervent fanbase. You might recognize her name from her magnum opus of a few years ago, "The Goldfinch"; well, here is her debut novel, the one that started it all and has become what is universally considered a modern-day classic. This literary fiction novel is considered arguably the best means of introduction to her famed, award-winning authorial talent. It's a darker, whydunit mystery set at a Vermont boarding school that may very well produce a lively, prolonged discussion at our meeting!

From Goodreads:

Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality they slip gradually from obsession to corruption and betrayal, and at last - inexorably - into evil.

"Mr. Dickens and His Carol," by Samantha Silva

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A Christmasey historical fiction novel to round out the year! Charles Dickens, a beloved Christmas tale, Victorian London, a book about books--sounds good for the holiday season, doesn't it? Based on real history with real characters, this well-researched shorter book will hopefully delight us during this final leg of our shared 2021 reading journey!

From Goodreads:

Charles Dickens should be looking forward to Christmas. But when his latest book, 'Martin Chuzzlewit', is a flop, his publishers give him an ultimatum. Either he writes a Christmas book in a month or they will call in his debts and he could lose everything. Dickens has no choice but to grudgingly accept ...

Our 6th Annual Holiday Book Grab-Bag!!!

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With the Holiday Season in full swing, we will be having our 6th annual Holiday Book Grab Bag to stay in tune with holiday spirits! This is our most popular event!

Here's how it works:
1. Select a work of fiction that is under 500 pages that has really meant a lot to you. New or used, it's all good, just as long as we haven't previously read it for the book club.
2. Wrap it up like a Christmas present and bring it with you to our meeting.
3. We'll put all the wrapped books into a big bag.
4. We'll draw lots to see in what order we pick a book; whoever picks 1 will go first and on down the numeric line.
5. Everyone unwraps their picks and chaos ensues, lol, j/k! If you want to swap the book you pulled out (for example, you own it or have already read it), then feel free to.
6. It's yours now, you won it! Read it and bring your prize back to our January meeting to give us your thoughts :-).

This is always a fun time! See you there!!!

The 6th Annual Holiday Grab-Bag Follow-Up!

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***Important note! If we're snowed in, we'll have this meeting on Zoom and I'll email you the invitation.**

This particular gathering, our 6th annual, will be different from our other meetings: Instead of everyone reading and discussing one title, we'll each be reading and discussing our own book with the group!

Whichever book you won at our December Holiday Book Grab-Bag is the one you'll bring to this meeting. Let us know what you thought of it! We'll each take a turn to talk about our book and see what conversation ensues. With your giver having read the book, at least two people will be able to provide insights!

***If you couldn't attend our Holiday Book Grab-Bag, that's fine too. Bring a book for discussion that you've read over the Holiday Season that the book club hasn't had as a previous selection. The more the merrier!***

This is our most popular event after the book grab-bag itself.

See you then!!!

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"Hour of the Witch," by Chris Bohjalian

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