Book Group

Our Book Group at Byrd’s Books meets each month on a Thursday from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. each month (see calendar). For information call: 203-730-2973. Any cancellations due to weather will be posted on our website and our Facebook page.

June 26th (note date change) Book Group pick: Tenth of December by George Saunders

NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST – NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY “THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW”

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About the book: Writing brilliantly and profoundly about class, sex, love, loss, work, despair, and war, Saunders cuts to the core of the contemporary experience. These stories take on the big questions and explore the fault lines of our own morality, delving into the questions of what makes us good and what makes us human.

One of the most important and blazingly original writers of his generation, George Saunders is an undisputed master of the short story, and “Tenth of December” is his most honest, accessible, and moving collection yet.

 

July 17th Book Group pick: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

Mr. PenumbraThe Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco webdesign drone — and serendipity sheer curiosity and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new job working the night shift at Mr Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore. After just a few days on the job Clay finds that this store is even more curious than the name suggests.

“A jaunty, surprisingly old-fashioned fantasy about the places where old and new ways of accessing knowledge meet..the book cleverly uses the technological age in the service of its fantasy…Sloan’s ultimate answer to the mystery of what keeps people solving Penumbra’s puzzle is worth turning pages to find out.”–Tess Taylor, San Francisco Chronicle

August 21st Book group pick: A Tale For the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

About the book:

Tale For the TimeIn Tokyo, sixteen-year-old Nao has decided there’s only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates’ bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao first plans to document the life of her great grandmother, a Buddhist nun who’s lived more than a century. A diary is Nao’s only solace–and will touch lives in ways she can scarcely imagine. Across the Pacific, we meet Ruth, a novelist living on a remote island who discovers a collection of artifacts washed ashore in a Hello Kitty lunchbox–possibly debris from the devastating 2011 tsunami. As the mystery of its contents unfolds, Ruth is pulled into the past, into Nao’s drama and her unknown fate, and forward into her own future.

Full of Ozeki’s signature humor and deeply engaged with the relationship between writer and reader, past and present, fact and fiction, quantum physics, history, and myth, “A Tale for the Time Being” is a brilliantly inventive, beguiling story of our shared humanity and the search for home.

September 18th Book group pick is “Under a Summer Sky” by Connecticut author Nan Rossiter. The author will attend this Book Group!

About the book:  Under a Summer

New York Times bestselling author Nan Rossiter transports readers to Cape Cod with a warm, compelling story of family, new beginnings, and finding the courage to love honestly and well

The old Cape Cod house that Laney Coleman shares with her minister husband Noah and their five boys is usually brimming with cheerful chaos. There’s nothing fancy about the ancient kitchen or the wooden floors scuffed by the constant parade of activity and the clicking claws of their two Labrador retrievers. It’s a place to savor the sea breeze wafting through the windows, or sip coffee on the porch before another hectic day begins. This summer, life promises to be even busier than usual, because Noah’s younger brother, Micah, wants to hold his upcoming wedding on their property.

Though thrilled that Micah has found happiness after past heartache, Laney is apprehensive about having her home turned upside down. She has other concerns too her youngest son is being bullied at school, and Noah’s father is not the robust patriarch he once was, in mind or body. As the bride and groom’s large, close-knit families gather, there will be joyful celebration but also unexpected sorrows and revelations, and a chance to store up a lifetime of memories during the fleeting, precious days of summer.

 

 

 

 

 

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