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Novel Ideas - The Overstory

Wednesday, July 24, 12pm
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Join Novel Ideas for a reading group discussion of The Overstory by Richard Powers!

National Book Award winner Richard Powers’s twelfth novel is a sweeping, impassioned work of activism and resistance that is also a stunning evocation of—and paean to—the natural world. From the roots to the crown and back to the seeds, The Overstory unfolds in concentric rings of interlocking fables that range from antebellum New York to the late twentieth-century Timber Wars of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. There is a world alongside ours—vast, slow, interconnected, resourceful, magnificently inventive, and almost invisible to us. This is the story of a handful of people who learn how to see that world and who are drawn up into its unfolding catastrophe.

Get The Overstory for 20% off in store and online during the months of June and July!

Parking: Lot one block north; street parking (meters free after 7pm). For directions and public transportation information, click here.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 - 12:00pm

Novel Ideas - Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

Wednesday, June 26, 12pm
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Join Novel Ideas for a reading group discussion of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman!

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond’s big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one. Soon to be a major motion picture produced by Reese Witherspoon, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is the smart, warm, and uplifting story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes. . .

Get Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine for 20% off in store and online during the months of May and June!

Parking: Lot one block north; street parking (meters free after 7pm). For directions and public transportation information, click here.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 12:00pm

Novel Ideas - If I Had Two Lives

Wednesday, May 22, 12pm
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Join Novel Ideas for a reading group discussion of If I Had Two Lives by Abbigail N. Rosewood!

As a child, isolated from the world in a secretive military encampment with her distant mother, she turns for affection to a sympathetic soldier and to the only other girl in the camp, forming two friendships that will shape the rest of her life. As a young adult in New York, cut off from her native country and haunted by the scars of her youth, she is still in search of a home. She falls in love with a married woman who is the image of her childhood friend, and follows strangers because they remind her of her soldier. When tragedy arises, she must return to Vietnam to confront the memories of her youth - and recover her identity. An inspiring meditation on love, loss, and the presence of a past that never dies, the novel explores the ancient question: do we value the people in our lives because of who they are, or because of what we need them to be?

Get If I Had Two Lives for 20% off in store and online during the months of April and May!

Parking: Lot one block north; street parking (meters free after 7pm). For directions and public transportation information, click here.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 12:00pm

Gay Men's Reading Group - Tinderbox

Thursday, July 25, 7:30pm
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Join the Gay Men's Reading Group for a discussion of Tinderbox by Robert W. Fieseler!

Buried for decades, the Up Stairs Lounge tragedy has only recently emerged as a catalyzing event of the gay liberation movement. In revelatory detail, Robert W. Fieseler chronicles the tragic event that claimed the lives of thirty-one men and one woman on June 24, 1973, at a New Orleans bar, the largest mass murder of gays until 2016. Relying on unprecedented access to survivors and archives, Fieseler creates an indelible portrait of a closeted, blue- collar gay world that flourished before an arsonist ignited an inferno that destroyed an entire community. 

Get Tinderbox for 20% off in store and online during the months of June and July!

Parking: Lot one block north; street parking (meters free after 7pm). For directions and public transportation information, click here.

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 7:30pm

Gay Men's Reading Group - Arcade

Thursday, February 28, 7:15pm
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Join the Gay Men's Reading Group for a discussion of Arcade by Drew Nellins Smith!

A new world opens up to Sam when, fresh from a breakup, he discovers a XXX peepshow on the outskirts of town. More than a mere venue for closeted men to meet for anonymous sex, it's an underground subculture populated by regular players, and marked by innumerable coded rules and customs. A welcome diversion from his dead-end job and the compulsive cyberstalking of the cop who broke his heart, Sam returns to the arcade again and again. When the bizarre setting triggers reflections on his own history and theories, he contemplates his anxious, religious upbringing in small-town Texas, the frightening overlap between horror movies and his love life, and the false expectations created by multiple childhood viewings of Close Encounters of the Third Kind. As his connection to the place strengthens, and his actions both outside and within the peepshow escalate, Sam wavers between dismissing the arcade as a frivolous pastime and accepting it as the most meaningful place in his life.

Get Arcade for 20% off in store and online during the months of January and February!

Parking: Lot one block north; street parking (meters free after 7pm). For directions and public transportation information, click here.

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 7:30pm

Gay Men's Reading Group - Blackfish City

Thursday, June 27, 7:30pm
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Join the Gay Men's Reading Group for a discussion of Blackfish City by Sam J. Miller!

After the climate wars, a floating city is constructed in the Arctic Circle, a remarkable feat of mechanical and social engineering, complete with geothermal heating and sustainable energy. The city’s denizens have become accustomed to a roughshod new way of living, however, the city is starting to fray along the edges—crime and corruption have set in, the contradictions of incredible wealth alongside direst poverty are spawning unrest, and a new disease called “the breaks” is ravaging the population. When a strange new visitor arrives—a woman riding an orca, with a polar bear at her side—the city is entranced. The “orcamancer,” as she’s known, very subtly brings together four people—each living on the periphery—to stage unprecedented acts of resistance. By banding together to save their city before it crumbles under the weight of its own decay, they will learn shocking truths about themselves. 

Get Blackfish City for 20% off in store and online during the months of May and June!

Parking: Lot one block north; street parking (meters free after 7pm). For directions and public transportation information, click here.

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 7:30pm

Gay Men's Reading Group - The Starboard Sea

Thursday, May 23, 7:30pm
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Join the Gay Men's Reading Group for a discussion of The Starboard Sea by Amber Dermont!

Jason Prosper grew up in the elite world of Manhattan penthouses, Maine summer estates, old-boy prep schools, and exclusive sailing clubs. A smart, athletic teenager, Jason maintains a healthy, humorous disdain for the trappings of affluence, preferring to spend afternoons sailing with Cal, his best friend and boarding-school roommate. When Cal commits suicide during their junior year at Kensington Prep, Jason is devastated by the loss and transfers to Bellingham Academy. There, he meets Aidan, a fellow student with her own troubled past. They embark on a tender, awkward, deeply emotional relationship. When a major hurricane hits the New England coast, the destruction it causes brings with it another upheaval in Jason's life, forcing him to make sense of a terrible secret that has been buried by the boys he considers his friends.

Get The Starboard Sea for 20% off in store and online during the months of April and May!

Parking: Lot one block north; street parking (meters free after 7pm). For directions and public transportation information, click here.

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 7:30pm

Gay Men's Reading Group - The Temple

Thursday, April 25, 7:30pm
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Join the Gay Men's Reading Group for a discussion of The Temple by Stephen Spender!

Beyond the wonderful insights...there is a portrait of the world in the eye of the storm between two world wars. It is a novel of awakening awakening to sex, yes...but also an awakening to the presence of evil in the world and to the possibilities of love and friendship.

Get The Temple for 20% in store and online during the months of March and April!

Parking: Lot one block north; street parking (meters free after 7pm). For directions and public transportation information, click here.

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 7:30pm

Humble Beginnings - There There

Wednesday, November 20, 7pm
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Join Humble Beginnings for a reading group discussion of There There by Tommy Orange!

Tommy Orange’s There There is the story of twelve unforgettable characters, Urban Indians living in Oakland, California, who converge and collide on one fateful day. There There is a wondrous and shattering portrait of an America few of us have ever seen. It’s “masterful…white-hot…devastating” (The Washington Post) at the same time as it is fierce, funny, suspenseful, thoroughly modern, and impossible to put down. Here is a voice we have never heard—a voice full of poetry and rage, exploding onto the page with urgency and force. Tommy Orange has written a stunning novel that grapples with a complex and painful history, with an inheritance of beauty and profound spirituality, and with a plague of addiction, abuse, and suicide. This is the book that everyone is talking about right now, and it’s destined to be a classic.

Get There There for 20% off in store and online during the months of October and November!

Parking: Lot one block north; street parking (meters free after 7pm). For directions and public transportation information, click here.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 7:00pm

Humble Beginnings - Carrie

Wednesday, October 16, 7pm
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Join Humble Beginnings for a reading group discussion of Carrie by Stephen King!

An unpopular teenage girl whose mother is a religious fanatic is tormented and teased to the breaking point by her more popular schoolmates and uses her hidden telekinetic powers to inflict a terrifying revenge.

Get Carrie for 20% off in store and online during the months of September and October!

Parking: Lot one block north; street parking (meters free after 7pm). For directions and public transportation information, click here.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 7:00pm

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