What we're about

1) The purpose of this book club is to cultivate a literary community in the city of Detroit. A community that is centered on meaningful and engaging discussions surrounding books. Additionally, the purpose is to support the Detroit community by hosting our meetups at various local businesses in the city and the metro area.

2) You should join if you have an interest or passion for books and reading, an interest or passion in building a community, an interest or passion in supporting local businesses in Detroit, or all of the above!

3) We will discuss our thoughts and perspectives of the month's chosen book while dining at a local business in the city. We will get to know each other while also getting to know a new or old business owner right in our city.

4) This is about building community, too, so feel free to attend even if you didn't read OR finish the book. We'd still love to meet you! :)

5) Lastly, there will be a $5/meetup fee to offset the costs of meetup.com for the administrator of the group.

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October book discussion "The Bastard of Istanbul" by Elif Shafak

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Our book club's first time reading more than one book by an author! For September we will be reading Elif Shafak's "The Bastard of Istanbul". Those cost will be $5 to offset the “meetup” costs.

In her second novel written in English, Elif Shafak confronts her country's violent past in a vivid and colorful tale set in both Turkey and the United States.
At its center is the "bastard" of the title, Asya, a 19-year-old woman who loves Johnny Cash and the French Existentialists, and the four sisters of the Kazanci family, who all live together in an extended household in Istanbul. They include Zehila, the zestful, headstrong youngest sister, who runs a tattoo parlor and is Asya's mother; Banu, who has newly discovered herself as a clairvoyant; Cevriye, a widowed high-school teacher; and Feride, a hypochondriac obsessed with impending disaster. Their one (estranged) brother lives in Arizona with his wife and her Armenian daughter, Armanoush. When Armanoush secretly flies to Istanbul in search of her identity, she finds the Kazanci sisters and becomes fast friends with Asya. A secret is uncovered that links the two families and ties them to the 1915 Armenian deportations and massacres.
Full of vigorous, unforgettable female characters, The Bastard of Istanbul is a bold, powerful tale that will confirm Shafak as a rising star of international fiction.


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September movie meetup and book discussion “Silent Twins”

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