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We meet in the store the first Thursday of each month at 7pm and the third Wednesday of each month at 9am. We usually average 8 - 12 participants, no fee, no reservations required. All are welcome. Call us for any other information you need: 425-775-2789.

See just below for the current book club choices; see the bottom of the page for books from 2015 and so far in 2016; and see here for a partial list of books we have chosen in previous years.




Bookclub choices for 2017:

 

 

cover: translation of love

July 6 & 19, 2017. The Translation of Love by Lynne Kutsukake.

Against the backdrop of occupied Tokyo, a young girl searches for her missing older sister, who has disappeared into the world of bars and dance halls. In the process, her story will become intertwined with those of others trying to make sense of their lives in a post-war world.
An emotionally gripping portrait of a battered nation, this novel mines this turbulent period to show how war irrevocably shapes the lives of people on both sides—and how resilience, friendship, and love translate across cultures and borders no matter the circumstances.

 

 

cover: lab girlAugust 3 & 16, 2017. Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography

Geobiologist Hope Jahren has spent her life studying trees, flowers, seeds, and soil. Lab Girl is her revelatory treatise on plant life—but it is also a celebration of the lifelong curiosity, humility, and passion that drive every scientist. In these pages, Hope takes us back to her Minnesota childhood, where she spent hours in unfettered play in her father’s college laboratory. She tells us how she found a sanctuary in science, learning to perform lab work “with both the heart and the hands.” She introduces us to Bill, her brilliant, eccentric lab manager. And she extends the mantle of scientist to each one of her readers, inviting us to join her in observing and protecting our environment. Warm, luminous, compulsively readable, Lab Girl vividly demonstrates the mountains that we can move when love and work come together. 

 

 

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September 7 & 20, 2017. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi.
Winner of the PEN/ Hemingway Award

Ghana, eighteenth century: two half sisters are born into different villages, each unaware of the other. One will marry an Englishman and lead a life of comfort in the palatial rooms of the Cape Coast Castle. The other will be captured in a raid on her village, imprisoned in the very same castle, and sold into slavery.
 
Homegoing follows the parallel paths of these sisters and their descendants through eight generations: from the Gold Coast to the plantations of Mississippi, from the American Civil War to Jazz Age Harlem. Yaa Gyasi’s extraordinary novel illuminates slavery’s troubled legacy both for those who were taken and those who stayed—and shows how the memory of captivity has been inscribed on the soul of our nation.

 

 

cover: CommonwealthOctober 5 & 18, 2017. Commonwealth: A Novel by Ann Patchett.

The acclaimed, bestselling author—winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize—tells the enthralling story of how an unexpected romantic encounter irrevocably changes two families’ lives.

One Sunday afternoon in Southern California, Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating’s christening party uninvited. Before evening falls, he has kissed Franny’s mother, Beverly—thus setting in motion the dissolution of their marriages and the joining of two families.
Spanning five decades, this new novel explores how a chance encounter reverberates through the lives of the four parents and six children involved. Spending summers together in Virginia, the Keating and Cousins children forge a lasting bond that is based on a shared disillusionment with their parents and the strange and genuine affection that grows up between them.

Told with equal measures of humor and heartbreak, Commonwealth is a meditation on inspiration, interpretation, and the ownership of stories. It is a brilliant and tender tale of the far-reaching ties of love and responsibility that bind us together.

 

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November 2 & 15, 2017. The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero by Timothy Egan.

In this exciting and illuminating work, National Book Award winner Timothy Egan delivers a story, both rollicking and haunting, of one of the most famous Irish Americans of all time. A dashing young orator during the Great Hunger of the 1840s, Thomas Francis Meagher led a failed uprising against British rule, for which he was banished to a Tasmanian prison colony for life. But two years later he was “back from the dead” and in New York, instantly the most famous Irishman in America. Meagher’s rebirth included his leading the newly formed Irish Brigade in many of the fiercest battles of the Civil War. Afterward, he tried to build a new Ireland in the wild west of Montana—a quixotic adventure that ended in the  great mystery of his disappearance, which Egan resolves convincingly at last.

 

No meeting in December, as usual.

 

cover: The NixJanuary 4 & 17, 2018. The Nix by Nathan Hill.

It’s 2011, and Samuel Andresen-Anderson hasn’t seen his mother, Faye, in decades—not since she abandoned the family when he was a boy. Now she’s reappeared, having committed an absurd crime that electrifies the nightly news and inflames a politically divided country. The media paints Faye as a radical hippie with a sordid past, but as far as Samuel knows, his mother was an ordinary girl who married her high-school sweetheart. Which version of his mother is true? Two facts are certain: she’s facing some serious charges, and she needs Samuel’s help.

To save her, Samuel will have to embark on his own journey, uncovering long-buried secrets about the woman he thought he knew, secrets that stretch across generations and have their origin all the way back in Norway, home of the mysterious Nix. As he does so, Samuel will confront not only Faye’s losses but also his own lost love, and will relearn everything he thought he knew about his mother, and himself.

 







 

Books we have discussed so far in 2017:


June 2017. Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson.
May 2017. Everyone Brave Is Forgiven by Chris Cleave.
April 2017. Go Set a Watchman: A Novel by Harper Lee.
March 2017. All The Wild That Remains: Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner, and the American West by David Gessner.
February 2017.
The Plover: A Novel by Brian Doyle.
January 2017. Last Bus to Wisdom: A Novel by Ivan Doig.

 

 


 

Books we discussed in 2016:

November 2016. Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson.
October 2016. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler.
September 2016. My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman.
August 2016. Binocular Vision: Short Stories by Edith Pearlman.
July 2016. The Wright Brothers by David McCullough.
June 2016. The Sea Runners by Ivan Doig.
May 2016. West with the Night by Beryl Markham.
April 2016. Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine.
March 2016. Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner.
February 2016. Euphoria by Lily King.
January 2016.
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

 



See here for a list of even more books our book club has chosen to discuss over the past several years.

 


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