What we're about

Welcome to all you ladies who are 40+! It is your time to get out of the house and expand your mind with some great literature and food for thought! We are here:

*to share your thoughts and ideas over a book that you HAVE to talk about
*to start reading all those books you've been wanting to read
*to read a book that goes deeper than the latest fluff
*to get out of the house to have an adult conversation
*to start new friendships

We will meet once a month at our favorite coffee/wine bar. It is a great place to grab a drink or tasty snack as we mull over our book of the month. Our book choices will range from classic literature, current best sellers, and cult favorites. Some of my favorite reads have been from a genre I would not have tried!

So let's open the pages and start The New Chapter!

Upcoming events (5+)

THE ASTONISHING COLOR OF AFTER by X.R. Pan

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Spring embodies hope and renewal so X.R. Pan's novel is the fitting read! "Leigh Chen Sanders is absolutely certain about one thing: When her mother died by suicide, she turned into a bird. Leigh, who is half Asian and half white, travels to Taiwan to meet her maternal grandparents for the first time. There, she is determined to find her mother, the bird. In her search, she winds up chasing after ghosts, uncovering family secrets, and forging a new relationship with her grandparents. And as she grieves, she must try to reconcile the fact that on the same day she kissed her best friend and longtime secret crush, Axel, her mother was taking her own life. Alternating between real and magic, past and present, friendship and romance, hope and despair, The Astonishing Color of After is a novel about finding oneself through family history, art, grief, and love." Goodreads

THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas

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One of the most talked about and highly reviewed book and movie of the year . . . let's read it! "Wrenching, soul stirring, funny, endearing, painful, and frustratingly familiar, this novel offers a powerful look at a few weeks in a fairly typical teen girl's life -- with one horrific exception. Sure she worries about school, issues with friends, and her secret boyfriend, but she's also the sole witness to the fatal shooting of her best friend by a police officer. In The Hate U Give, author Angie Thomas manages to bring humanity -- deep, emotionally binding, full-bodied humanity -- to the victims of police brutality and the families and friends they leave behind. " Common Sense Media

STRANGE THE DREAMER by Laini Taylor

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'Strange the Dreamer' is a young adult masterpiece to be savored This novel is a sparkling, mesmerizing Fabergé egg. If you ever loved Philip Pullman’s “His Dark Materials” trilogy, puzzled over Greek mythology, or read literally any fairy tale, “Strange the Dreamer” will move you. Here's every fantasy lover's dream: a fiercely imaginative, lushly told story with fantastic and complex characters full of yearning.

THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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If you are able to put down Nora Roberts' series, here is another page turner to read this summer! "Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?" Goodreads

Past events (26)

THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW by A. J. Finn

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