Book Group Mixer, Mar 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.

Robert Peace was a bold, brilliant young man who fought to overcome the vicious social injustice and racism that still underlies American life. With commanding honesty and depth, Hobbs—who was Peace’s close friend—traces Peace’s unique and tough childhood in Newark, his accomplishments, his murder. An illuminating account of struggle and a brutal reality-check about poverty, class, and “The American Dream” that many of us don’t want to acknowledge. —Julia

The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476731919
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Published: Scribner Book Company - July 28th, 2015

This history of oral contraception is carried along by its engaging cast of characters. The Birth of the Pill is timely, important, and sure to spark conversation.—Rachel

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The Birth of the Pill: How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex and Launched a Revolution Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393351897
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 19th, 2015

A fascinating and unusual story of World War II, told through the perspective of…books. Desperate for diversion, and fighting an enemy who burned books publicly, American soldiers wanted to read. Publishers came together to produce cheap, portable paperbacks of bestselling and classic titles that fit the pockets of a soldier. The effect that those books had on the war and on an entire generation of soldiers cannot be overstated. I promise you’ve never read a history book like this before. —Kat

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When Books Went to War: The Stories That Helped Us Win World War II Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780544570405
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Published: Mariner Books - October 27th, 2015

Set before and after the Revolutionary War, the Story of Land and Sea is an unusual and immersive novel. There is a gentleness to this story that makes you forget you’re reading about a war, and much of the story is intimately removed from the front lines. Instead we see the people – husbands and wives, fathers and daughters, mothers and sons, quiet, steadfast, and ordinary lives that might otherwise be forgotten. —Kat

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ISBN: 9780062335951
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Published: Harper Perennial - July 21st, 2015

This book is a delightful, immensely readable novel that is more layered than it seems. Written as if it was memoir, Nyguyen introduces us to Lee, a Vietnamese-American who struggles between holding her own identity and staying connected to her mother and grandfather—immigrants that came to America during the Vietnam War. Moving from Vietnam to America, Lee’s mother and grandfather were able to bring very few belongings with them, and yet they held on to one thing: a gold pin with a relief sketching of a small house on it, left behind in their Saigon restaurant by an American reporter named Rose. And so begins the literary mystery that makes this book a page-turner. Following a hunch, Lee begins a journey from the American mid-west, to Vietnam, and back to America again, following the trail that perhaps this pin is somehow connected to the quintessential-American family—that of Laura Ingalls Wilder. What follows is a literary mystery that bears light to the complexity the immigration story—revealing the layered depths that make up the pioneer spirit, family loyalty, and just what it means to call a place home.  —S.M.C.

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ISBN: 9780143126225
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Published: Penguin Books - January 27th, 2015

This gorgeous book exemplifies the best of science fiction, where a journey to a new planet is also a quest for meaning, for identity, for love. It asks, what would you sacrifice in pursuit of your dreams, or in service to your God? If you’re looking for a deeply moving book that will make you laugh, cry, and search your soul, this is the one you have been searching for. —Jax

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ISBN: 9780449912553
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Published: Ballantine Books - September 8th, 1997

Nayomi Munaweera’s debut novel confronts the entirety of the Sri Lankan Civil War as told through the lives of several families, and the eyes of the Sinhala and Tamils, the rebel Tigers fighting and the immigrants who leave, providing an expansive context that is intimately felt. The lush landscape and love stories, all touched by ethnic barriers and war, add an emotional depth and sense of wonder to a complex period in history. —Melinda
 

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ISBN: 9781250051875
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - January 5th, 2016

If you can bear to have lived it, I can at least bear to listen. In some ways this line is the heart of Cynthia Bond’s debut novel, Ruby. Every sentence seems infused with the contradiction of dark history and memory paired with the expansive reach of love and light. Spanning the depth of racial and sexual brutality in a small town in East Texas, we watch Ruby Bell grow from a beautiful child to a feral woman—someone that is plagued by what she has seen. Ruby is haunted. She lives a fever dream where ghosts talk to her, and history assaults her, and yet, there is one person, Ephram, the gentle deeply observant man that has loved Ruby his whole life that may be able to redeem her pain. Bond’s lyricism and talent has been compared to Toni Morrison or William Faulkner, and there is no denying such comparisons, but this book is also a stunning, poetic, part ghost story/part love story that stands fiercely on its own. This is an exquisite lasting read. —S.M.C.

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Ruby (Oprah's Book Club 2.0) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780804188241
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Published: Hogarth Press - February 10th, 2015

The Portable Veblen is the story of a dreamy young woman who falls in love with an ambitious scientist, and struggles to know how much of herself she must hide or give up in order to be truly, happily married. Veblen is a thoroughly smart and entertaining novel about identity, family, and squirrels. —Kat

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ISBN: 9781594206856
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Published: Penguin Press - January 19th, 2016

This book is absolutely lovely! It has all the charm and wit of an Austen novel, and the characters are all marvelously endearing and enjoy discussing books almost as much as I do. At the same time, the backdrop of England recovering from World War II gives it a poignancy that only heightens the joyful moments. The epistolary style is also spot on, and it feels as though you are being granted a window into these people’s lives. I resisted this book for far too long, and I encourage you to show better sense and pick it up! —Jax

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Random House Reader's Circle) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385341004
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Published: Dial Press - May 5th, 2009

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