Welcome to our Book Club Corner, where each month we highlight books new to paperback we think would make perfect picks for your next book club discussion. If you’re looking to join a book club, we host a wide variety of free, bookseller-run book clubs right here at BookPeople. Join us! We love to talk books.
Featured Books of the Month:
The Thing About December by Donal Ryan
While the Celtic Tiger rages, and greed becomes the norm, Johnsey Cunliffe desperately tries to hold on to the familiar, even as he loses those who all his life have protected him from a harsh world. Following the deaths first of his father and then his mother, Johnsey inherits the family farm, and a healthy bank account, both of which he proves incapable of managing on his own. Village bullies and scheming land-grabbers stand in his way, no matter where he turns. Though companionship, and the promise of love, enter his life as a result of a hospital stay following a brutal beating, Johnsey remains a lonely man struggling to keep up with a world that moves faster than he does. You’ll discuss loss, wealth, solitude, and community.
—Finalist, Novel of the Year, The Irish Book Awards
–Finalist, The Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year
–A September 2014 Indie Next Pick
The Good Lord Bird by James McBride
Fifteen-year-old Jess is on a road trip to the end of the world. Her evangelical father has packed up the family and left their Montgomery, Alabama, home behind to drive west in anticipation of the rapture, hoping to save as many souls as possible before the imminent Second Coming. With her long-suffering mother and her rebellious sister Elise, Jess hands out tracts to nonbelievers at every rest stop, Waffle House, and gas station along the way. Through sticky diners and in crowded motel pools, beneath bleached bedspreads and in the backseat of the family car, Jess and Elise whisper and squabble their way across the country. But as doomsday approaches, Jess can’t seem to work up any real fear about the apocalypse when her sister’s secret pregnancy and their increasingly frayed parents loom so much larger. You’ll discuss family, religion, the American highway, and growing up.
Arian recommends this book: “This book, it would seem in some ways, is a bit of a love letter; to the South, the American road trip, and, most definitely, to being a girl. Mary Miller has taken every raw part of adolescence and written it down in authentic and beautiful detail. It’s a must read for anyone looking for accurate, strong and remarkable female voices in literature.”
Featured Wine of the Month:
Scrumptious, chocolatey and smooth, there is no better way to welcome Autumn than with this port. Good luck saving any of this bottle for later. You can find it in Austin at Trader Joe’s for around ten dollars. This is a great wine to read by.
Featured Book Club Event:
Bret Anthony Johnson
Remember Me Like This (fiction; hardcover)
Tuesday, September 9 at 7pm
BookPeople is pleased to work with the New Writers Project of the University of Texas for this event in our collaborative New Writers Tour series. Together, we will welcome Bret Anthony Johnston to BookPeople to speak about & sign his new novel, Remember Me Like This. A gripping story with the pace of a thriller but the nuanced characterization and deep empathy of some of the literary canon’s most beloved novels, Remember Me Like This introduces Bret Anthony Johnston as one of the most gifted storytellers writing today. With his sophisticated and emotionally taut plot and his shimmering prose, Johnston reveals that only in caring for one another can we save ourselves. Join us this evening as Bret Anthony Johnston speaks and signs. A perfect evening out for book clubs!