Virtual 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 26, 2023: Baldwin, James. Go Tell It on the Mountain (240) Classics In one of the greatest American classics, Baldwin chronicles a fourteen-year-old boy’s discovery of the terms of his identity.
February 23, 2023: Follett, Ken. Eye of the Needle (339). Europe. Mystery His code name was “The Needle.” He was a German aristocrat of extraordinary intelligence—a master spy with a legacy of violence in his blood, and the object of the most desperate manhunt in history. . . .
March 30, 2023: Garcia Marquez, Gabriel. Chronicle of a Death Foretold (120) Classics The gripping story of the murder of a young aristocrat that puts an entire society—not just a pair of murderers—on trial.
April 27, 2023: Patchett, Ann. The Dutch House (337) Fiction Set over the course of five decades, The Dutch House is a dark fairy tale about two smart people who cannot overcome their past.
May 25, 2023: Durrell, Lawrence. Justine (253) Classics Durrell’s masterpiece, set in Alexandria on the eve of WWII, is one of the world’s greatest romances, rich in political and sexual intrigue.
June 29, 2023: Mosley, Walter. Devil in a Blue Dress (263). Los Angeles, CA. Mystery The first novel by “master of mystery” Walter Mosley, featuring Easy Rawlins, the most iconic African American detective in all of fiction.
July 27,2023: Angelou, Maya. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (304) Classics The memoir captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words that can make the world right.
August 31, 2023: Spiegelman, Art. Maus I: A Survivor’s Tale: My Father Bleeds History (159) Nonfiction A brutally moving work of art—widely hailed as the greatest graphic novel ever written—Maus recounts the chilling experiences of the author’s father during the Holocaust, with Jews drawn as wide-eyed mice and Nazis as menacing cats.
September 28, 2023: Greene, Graham. Our Man in Havana (256) Classics MI6’s man in Havana is Wormold, a former vacuum-cleaner salesman turned reluctant secret agent out of economic necessity.
October 26, 2023: Tokarczuk, Olga. Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead (288). Poland. Mystery This is an extraordinary and disturbing tale — a mystery that becomes more complex as the story continues, accompanied by witty observations on man, nature, justice, and identity.
November 30, 2023: Forster, E.M. Passage to India (416) Classics A masterly portrait of a society in the grip of imperialism, the novel depicts the fate of individuals caught between the great political and cultural conflicts of the modern world.
December 28, 2023: Zhang, C Pam. How Much of These Hills Is Gold (288) Fiction Set during the American gold rush, this is the story of siblings Lucy and Sam as they wander the western expanse to give their father a proper burial.
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!!
Well–Read Black Girl Book Club
Well–Read Black Girl is an online community and in-real-life book club hosted nationwide. In 2019, the American Booksellers Association partnered with Well–Read 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]