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Are you a solitary creature who lives in constant danger of being crushed by a stack of books? When company comes, do you have to move books off the sofa so they can sit down? Or maybe you're an avid reader looking for other avid readers in a culture that seems uninterested in reading anything more complicated than a cereal box? If so, you've come to the right place.

We'll meet the third Sunday of every month to discuss literary fiction. Why "literary" fiction? It's not because we're a snooty bunch of unemployed English majors--well, not all of us, anyway; it's just that literary fiction gives us more to chew on than those sugary mass-market confections, which, delightful though they may be, tend to melt in your mouth like cotton candy, leaving you ultimately unsatisfied.

So it's all downers and broccoli, right? A bunch of sighing pseudo-intellectuals wearing black eye shadow and berets? No, we don't take ourselves that seriously, and we have a lot of fun. And because we choose books by poll, you'll have some say in what we read. So won't you join us? All are welcome.

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Oct Meetup: American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson

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Note that RSVPs for this meetup open on Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 8:00 PM. For our October Meetup, we are going to read "American Spy" by Lauren Wilkinson. It was published in 2019 and the hardcover edition runs 292 pages. The GoodReads blurb is What if your sense of duty required you to betray the man you love? One woman struggles to choose between her honor and her heart in this enthralling espionage drama that deftly hops between New York and West Africa. It's 1986, the heart of the Cold War, and Marie Mitchell is an intelligence officer with the FBI. She's brilliant, but she's also a young black woman working in an old boys' club. Her career has stalled out, she's overlooked for every high-profile squad, and her days are filled with monotonous paperwork. So when she's given the opportunity to join a shadowy task force aimed at undermining Thomas Sankara, the charismatic, revolutionary president of Burkina Faso whose Communist ideology has made him a target for American intervention, she says yes. Yes, even though she secretly admires the work Thomas is doing for his country. Yes, even though she is still grieving over the mysterious death of her sister, whose example led Marie to this career path in the first place. Yes, even though a furious part of her suspects she's being offered the job because of her appearance and not her talent. In the year that follows, Marie will observe Thomas, seduce him, and ultimately have a hand in the coup that will bring him down. But doing so will change everything she believes about what it means to be a spy, a lover, a sister, and a good American. Inspired by true events -- Thomas Sankara is known as “Africa's Che Guevara” -- this novel knits together a gripping spy thriller, a heartbreaking family drama, and a passionate romance. This is a face of the Cold War you've never seen before, and it introduces a powerful new literary voice.

Nov Meetup: The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

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For November we are reading The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead.

Dec Meetup: My Name is Lucy Barton by Emily Strout

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For December we are reading My Name is Lucy Barton by Emily Strout.

January Meetup: The Unwomanly Face of War by Svetlana Alexievich

For January we are reading The Unwomanly Face of War by Svetlana Alexievich.

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Sept Meetup: The Overstory by Richard Powers

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