BOOK CLUBS:

Our wonderful book clubs will continue to “meet” online via Zoom. If you have not joined us yet for a meeting and are interested, please email [email protected] and let her know which club or clubs you are interested in joining. Thank you for your loyalty to Books & Books and please stay safe and be well, Books are discounted 20% at the stores for members of the club.

 

All meetings will be held on the last Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm

January 25, 2024 General Fiction Tyler, Anne. Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant (320) (1982) Follows the lives of siblings and explores their experiences and recollections of growing up with their mother after the family is deserted by their father.

February 29, 2024 Classic Hurston, Zora Neale. Their Eyes Were Watching God (238) (1937) Set in central and southern Florida, explores the growth of a vibrant, but voiceless, teenage girl into a woman with her finger on the trigger of her own destiny.

March 28, 2024 Mystery Christie, Agatha. The Secret Adversary (266) (1922) Introduces the characters of Tommy and Tuppence, who meet and agree to start their own business as The Young Adventurers. They are hired for a job that leads them both to many dangerous situations.

April 25, 2024 Historical Fiction Chevalier, Tracy. The Girl with the Pearl Earring (233) (1999) Set in 17th-century Delft, Holland, presents a fictional account of Vermeer, the model, and the painting.

May 30, 2024 Nonfiction Hurston, Zora Neale. Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo” (193) (2018) Based on the author’s interviews in 1927 with Oluale Kossola (also known as Cudjoe Lewis), presumed to be the last survivor of the Middle Passage.

June 27, 2024 General Fiction Jin, Meng. Little Gods (280) (2020) A sharp yet expansive exploration of the aftermath of unfulfilled dreams, an immigrant story in negative that grapples with our tenuous connections to memory, history, and self. July 25, 2024 Classic Cather, Willa. O, Pioneers (159) (1913) Tells the story of a family of Swedish-American immigrants in the farm country of Nebraska, at the turn of the 20th century.

August 29, 2024 Mystery Forsythe, Frederick. The Day of the Jackal (358) (1971) Political thriller about a professional assassin who is contracted by the OAS, a French dissident paramilitary organization, to kill Charles de Gaulle.

September 26, 2024 General Fiction Otsuka, Julie. The Buddha in the Attic (129) (2011) About Japanese picture brides immigrating to America in the early 1900s.

October 24, 2024* Science Fiction Ishiguro, Kazuo. The Buried Giant (317) (2015) An elderly Briton couple, living in a fictional post-Arthurian England in which no-one can retain long-term memories, search for their son.

November 21, 2024* Nonfiction Raven, Catherine. Fox & I (272) (2021) A poignant and remarkable tale of friendship, growth, and coping with inevitable loss—and of how that loss can be transformed into meaning.

December 19, 2024* Classic Stegner, Wallace. The Spectator Bird (214) (1976) Both an observation of Americans returning to the “old country” during post-World War II Europe, as well as a deep meditation on the blessings and frustrations of a long marriage.

*Meetings moved forward a week to avoid holidays.


 

 

Zoom Book Club Best Practices:

1)      Find a quiet place in your home where you are less likely to be interrupted.
2)      Use the “mute” function on the screen when you are not speaking in case unexpected noises occur in your background.
3)      If you need to move around with your device, you can also mute your picture temporarily. It is the option next to the audio mute.
4)      As the moderator, I will try to be sure everyone gets a chance to speak. If you have made a point, please allow others to answer to the same topic before moving on to another one.
5)      To be sure all get a chance to respond and not accidentally interrupt, please raise your hand, either to the camera or using the “raise hand” option on your screen. This option is on the bottom left of the screen if you are using a phone or a tablet. If you are on a computer, you have to first click on Participants and then click on Raise Hand.
6)      After we have had 30-40 minutes of good book discussion, feel free to bring up related topics of other books, films, current events, etc. Thanks!!

 


WellRead Black Girl Book Club

 

WellRead Black Girl is an online community and in-real-life book club hosted nationwide. In 2019, the American Booksellers Association partnered with WellRead Black Girl to bring book club meetings to independent bookstores with the goal of amplifying Black women writers. If you’re interested in joining the Miami Chapter, please email well[email protected]

 


FRENCH BOOK CLUB

Bienvenue à tous et à toutes! Please join the French Book Club, free of charge and open to all! We have been meeting the 2nd Monday of each month @ 8:00 PM since October 2015 at the Coral Gables store, and temporarily via ZOOM since April 2020. We discuss in French contemporary Francophone authors. For more information and/or for Zoom invites, please contact Dr. María Antonieta García at [email protected]