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Book Club Selections for this month –
Main Selection | Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore
by Matthew J. Sullivan
Lydia works at the Bright Ideas bookstore where she keeps a meticulously crafted existence among her beloved books, eccentric colleagues and the so-called “BookFrogs”—those lonely regulars who spend every day marauding the store’s shelves. When a young BookFrog named Joey kills himself in the bookstore’s upper room, Lydia’s life comes unglued. Always Joey’s favorite bookseller, he has been bequeathed his meagre possessions of trinkets and books to her. When Lydia flips through his books, they seem to contain a hidden message. What does it have to do with her? As Lydia untangles the mystery of Joey’s suicide, she unearths a long buried memory from her own violent childhood. Details from that night begin to circle back. Her distant father returns, along with an obsessive local cop, and the murderer who came into Lydia’s life long ago and, as she soon discovers, never completely left…
When a bookshop patron commits suicide, his favorite store clerk must unravel the puzzle he left behind in this “intriguingly dark, twisty” (Kirkus Reviews) debut novel from an award-winning short story writer.
Lydia Smith lives her life hiding in plain sight. A clerk at the Bright Ideas bookstore, she keeps a meticulously crafted existence among her beloved books, eccentric colleagues, and the BookFrogs—the lost and lonely regulars who spend every day marauding the store’s overwhelmed shelves.
Discussion Questions: Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore
Greek Selection | Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella
Lottie is convinced that Richard will finally propose—after all, he has been dropping hints about a “big question”. But he doesn’t and Lottie is completely crushed. On the rebound, she rushes into marriage with Ben, an old flame she met in Greece 15 years ago, and they fly back to the Greek island of their youthful adventures. Her big sister, Fliss, is concerned and will do anything to protect Lottie. This novel is a fast-paced, hilarious, laugh-out-loud comedy filled with bubbly banter and a charming cast of characters.
#1 New York Times bestselling author Sophie Kinsella returns with her trademark blend of sparkling wit and playful romance in this page-turning story of a wedding to remember—and a honeymoon to forget.
Lottie just knows that her boyfriend is going to propose, but then his big question involves a trip abroad—not a trip down the aisle. Completely crushed, Lottie reconnects with an old flame, and they decide to take drastic action. No dates, no moving in together, they’ll just get married . . . right now. Her sister, Fliss, thinks Lottie is making a terrible mistake, and will do anything to stop her. But Lottie is determined to say “I do,” for better, or for worse.
Discussion Questions: Wedding Night
Just for Fun Selection | American Housewife by Helen Ellis
These twelve weird and zany short stories cover a myriad of entertaining subjects, including a Manhattan apartment murder, a reality TV show, a book club, a gallery opening and the fitting room of a legendary lingerie shop. American Housewife is a quirky and funny book about writing and womanhood, providing us with a surreal view of some very desperate housewives.
A NATIONAL BESTSELLER
“Catchy, smart and very, very funny.” —The Washington Post
Meet the women of American Housewife. They wear lipstick, pearls, and sunscreen, even when it’s cloudy. They casserole. They pinwheel. And then they kill a party crasher, carefully stepping around the body to pull cookies from the oven.
Taking us from a haunted pre-war Manhattan apartment building to the unique initiation ritual of a book club, these twelve delightfully demented stories are a refreshing and wicked answer to the question: “What do housewives do all day?”
Children’s Selection | I Am Jack by Anna Myatt
Kids really like dogs and so every child will enjoy Jack’s story. This heartwarming new book is all about a pet dog’s love for his family. A beautiful story you will want to read to your little one over and over again. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of I am Jack will be donated to the Daughters of Penelope Foundation.
A Humble Gift by Danielle Lazarakis
A heartwarming tale of two friends celebrating what makes them unique as they explore the beautiful world around them.
About the Author
Danielle Lazarakis is a Greek-American author and illustrator of Children’s Books and Adult Contemporary Fiction. She was born in the San Francisco Bay Area during a time when smart phones didn’t exist, and you had to use the encyclopedia to find out the answers to the fifty-thousand questions that pop into your mind on a daily basis. Despite these struggles, she had an amazing childhood with an amazingly whimsical single mother, who always encouraged imagination and creativity in her two children. Danielle is also an actress, small business owner, and professional living-room fort builder.
Foundation Book Club Chairman
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