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Our coffee shop meeting format is pick ANY book in the world that's on topic, as long as it's published and available. In keeping with the new year, the topic for this meeting is someone making a major intentional change in his or her life. Becoming a better person, being a worse person, changing personal identity, changing gender identity, going underground, emerging from underground, breaking addiction (as long as it worked at least for a while), changing careers as long as the change is dramatic...as long as the change is intentional and not imposed by authorities, family, or circumstances like a disaster any book about is fair game for this meeting.In can be old, new fiction, nonfiction, how-to, cheesy or serious, novel, biography, memoir, graphic novel...you get the picture. I'll update this to mention some titles I'm reading or have read.
Recovering from the holidays, keeping up with those pesky resolutions, new school term, no more sleigh bell fairy dust and cookies…January can be a challenge, even in sunny FL. That’s why we’re starting the new year’s sit down dining/curated list meeting series with some SHORT reads culled from reputable “best of 2018” lists. Fiction, memoir, essays, graphic fiction, and even a how-to! Some are breezy and some are heavy, so be sure to do a bit of research before you commit to one based on the title or cover art. As always, I’ve tried for authors of diverse age and background. 1. For visual art fans, “Monster Portraits” by Sofia Samatar, illustrated by Del Samatar. The first time we’ve featured a book by sibling team, I feel safe in saying. 2. Self-help from a real life expert if fear sometimes holds you back “Mastering Fear: A Navy SEAL’s Guide.” By Brandon Webb and John David Mann. Nuff said. 3. “Friday Black” Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah Sci-fi tinged short stories look at race relations. 4. “The Friend” By Sigrid Nunez An acclaimed short novel featuring a Great Dane. 5. For fans of fashion and street photography, “Fashion Climbing, A Memoir With Photographs” By Bill Cunningham 6. Essay collection about the experience in America of people with East Asian heritage, “The Souls of Yellow Folk” by Wesley Yang. 7. Another essay collection, this one on the humorous end of things, “Look Alive out There” By Sloane Crosley Here's the venue's brunch menu: http://nbbistro.com/menus/sunday-brunch/