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Book Group Mixer, August 2016

We offer Book Group Mixers several times a year. These mixers are a great way to meet other individuals interested in joining an existing book group or starting a new one. The events have featured presentations by authors and representatives of publishing houses, lots of great giveaways, raffle prizes, and staff recommendations of great book group titles. Subscribe to our Book Ends e-mail to learn about upcoming mixers.

People Like You By Margaret Malone

People Like You is, first and foremost, gorgeously written. Each page of the slim collection contains treasures of language that are a joy to behold, and Malone’s writing feels effortless even in its literary intensity. The stories all concern being stuck—in less-than-perfect relationships, addiction, infertility—and the characters struggle within a powerlessness that seeps onto the reader and troubles deeply. By the end, however, the recurring thread of one set of characters comes out on the other side, and hope is restored. I loved this book. —Chorel

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ISBN: 9780989302364
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Atelier26 Books - November 17th, 2015

The Marriage of Opposites By Alice Hoffman

Alice Hoffman’s striking dream of a novel is based on the life of Rachel Pomie Petit Pissarro and her favorite son—a man who would become the famed father of impressionist painting. Growing up in a Jewish refugee community on tropical St. Thomas in the 1800s, strong-willed Rachel dreams of the cool, rainy streets of Paris. Under a stern mother and kind-hearted father, her best friend is the mixed-race daughter of her family’s servant; she is uninterested in the proper ways of womanhood and society’s tight-laced expectations. Arranged to marry a widower to save the family business (and become the mother of his three children), Rachel instead follows forbidden passions—sparking a scandal that turns her community against her. Hoffman fills these pages with the island’s magic and color, winding a familial tale of wanderlust and examining the tightrope walk between tradition and independence, love, and logic.  —Julia

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ISBN: 9781451693607
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Simon & Schuster - June 7th, 2016

The Last Unicorn By Peter S. Beagle

If ever there was a book that lived up to the hype, it’s this magical tale about a unicorn and her quest to find the rest of her kind. It’s thoughtful and measured, slyly funny and satirical, and movingly beautiful and heartfelt at just the right moments. It felt like this book has belonged in my heart even before I read it, and was just waiting for me to find it. —Jax
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ISBN: 9780451450524
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Ace - January 1st, 1991

The People in the Trees By Hanya Yanagihara

This novel is the perfect smart beach read for August. Norton Perina, a young, arrogant doctor, accepts an invitation to travel to a remote tropical island to study the native inhabitants, who seem to live for hundreds of years. The People in the Trees is dark, consuming, and crackling with energy.  —Kat

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ISBN: 9780345803313
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Anchor - May 6th, 2014

My Sunshine Away By M.O. Walsh

This book grabbed me from the beginning and left me stunned by its penetrable depths at the ways light and shadow can interweave so explicably during adolescence. A coming-of-age story with a twist; set in Southern Louisiana, we meet a 14-year-old boy who is overly taken by his first love. When a violent crime breaks into the reality of the boy’s romance, first love becomes a point of suspect and intrigue and no one is left untouched. This is storytelling at its best, where mystery, innocence, memory, and truth collide in ways that leave nothing unturned. Book groups will have plenty to discuss. In the end, My Sunshine Away makes us reexamine how childhood shapes us into who we are and who we aren’t. It calls to examine the singular edge that exists in the juxtaposition of holding on tightly to one’s dreams, next to the way the deep pull of nostalgia can lead us astray from our truth. This is a captivating read. —S.M.C.
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ISBN: 9780425278109
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - April 5th, 2016

Hundred Thousand Kingdoms By N.K. Jemisin

Yeine is the leader of a people far from the center of civilization, but the death of her mother calls her to the heart of the empire and entangles her in more than a dispute over inheritance. I was so blown away by this book that I felt shaken and exhilarated by it. Even if you don’t normally read fantasy, this is one that is so meaty, you need to try it. —Jax
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ISBN: 9780316043915
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Orbit - February 25th, 2010

Rules of Civility By Amor Towles

Spanning the single year of 1938, Towles creates a rich atmosphere for smart, young Katey Kontent as she and her boardinghouse roommate meet Tinker Grey of the upper echelons of New York at a jazz club on New Year’s Eve. The year that follows becomes an adventure and learning experience for Katey and her new friends, as the musicality of the times nearly swells in the background. There is much to discuss in this fully engaging, enjoyable read.  —Melinda

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ISBN: 9780143121169
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Penguin Books - June 26th, 2012

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry By Frederik Backman

This is one of those warm-hearted books that still packs a literary punch. Elsa is seven years old and quirky. She struggles making friends her own age because she’s just as concerned about their using proper grammar as she is about their ability to make up a rousing imaginative game. Here, we might refer to her as an “old soul,” but in Elsa’s world she is known as weird and odd. Elsa survives her loneliness because her grandmother stands in as Elsa’s best friend. Granny is a firecracker of feelings and impulses. She shoots at people with paint balls, dances when the moment takes her, and has no problem giving her opinion regardless of the social setting. When Elsa’s grandmother dies, Elsa is cast into the role of delivering letters of apologies to all the people Granny affronted while alive. With a flurried pace of wild narrative and incredible setting, this book had me laughing and tearing sentences apart. In some ways, this is a story of one child’s passage through grief, but it is also a depiction of the highlights of life and how being ourselves is really the only way to forge a connection. A beautiful and lasting story.  —S.M.C.

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ISBN: 9781501115073
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Published: Washington Square Press - April 5th, 2016

Yes Please By Amy Poehler

If you need a book that will make you think more deeply about self-growth, inspire you to engage more fully with your passions, and make you laugh so hard that you startle people around you, then this is the book for you. If you’ve never heard of this remarkable woman, then this book will make you fall in love with her—and if you have, get ready to adore her even more. —Jax
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ISBN: 9780062268358
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Published: Dey Street Books - September 1st, 2015

Spinster By Kate Bolick

Inspired by five female writers and thinkers (her “awakeners”), Bolick charts the perception of unmarried women through history, wondering why, still, the choice to be unmarried past child-bearing age must be a social statement. Heavily memoir with substantial history and theory, Spinster is a deeply engaging reflection of the honest passion, fear, and triumph Bolick uncovers as she welcomes cravings for self-knowledge and solitude. Her mission: to simply examine (not even, at first, to challenge) the inevitability that a woman’s life should revolve around the marriage question. Bolick writes with such rare intelligence and elegance that her thesis is only half the joy of reading this book; so much pleasure lies in enjoying her gorgeous nonfiction prose. A truly candid, personal chapter in modern feminist thought—A Room of One’s Own of our generation.  —Julia

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ISBN: 9780385347150
Availability: Backordered
Published: Crown - April 19th, 2016


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