The Book Group at Byrd’s Books meets each month from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. on the the third Thursday of each month. For information call: 203-730-2973. Any cancellations due to weather will be posted on our website and our Facebook page.
December Book Group Pick: This Book Group will meet Thursday December 19th. We will have a very small celebration together- cookies….etc…:-)
The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff
“Thought-provoking and charming”.– “Library Journal”. Not all Great Masters of Wisdom are venerable graybeards. One is as familiar to us as that beloved teddy bear Winnie the Pooh. From the “how” of Pooh to the Tao of Pooh is a simple, effortless, joyous step. . . a delicious journey to Pooh Corner illuminated by the timeless teachings of the Taoist immortals.
About the author (etc.):
Benjamin Hoff grew up in a rural area a few miles from Portland, Oregon–at the opposite end of the valley in which Opal Whiteley wrote her diary. As a child, he, like Opal, preferred to spend his time outdoors, observing animals, insects, and plants. From an early age, he, too, loved to write. He is the author of the “New York Times “bestselling The Tao of Pooh and The Te of Piglet.
A. A. Milne was born in 1882 in London. He was a playwright and journalist as well as a poet and storyteller. His classic children’s books were inspired by his son, Christopher Robin. Milne died in 1956.
Ernest H. Shepard was born in 1879 in England. His pictures of the Pooh characters are based on real toys owned by Christopher Robin Milne. Shepard died in 1976.
January Book Group pick: This Book Group will meet Thursday January 16th
Brewster by Mark Slouka
About the book: A powerful story about an unforgettable friendship between two teenage boys and their hopes for escape from a dead-end town.
“The dark undertow of Slouka’s prose makes Brewster instantly mesmerizing, a novel that whirls the reader into small-town, late 1960s America with mastery, originality, and heart.” –Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer Prize winning author of A Visit from the Goon Squad
“It would not be an overstatement to suggest that Brewster could become the latest addition to the American canon of coming-of-age stories, enchanting readers with its soulful story of love, loss and the vagaries of the teenage heart.” –Karen Ann Cullotta
About the author:
Mark Slouka is the author of four previous works of fiction including Lost Lake, a New York Times Notable Book, and The Visible World, a finalist for the British Book Award. His 2011 essay collection, “Essays from the Nick of Time,” was the winner of the PEN/Diamonstein-Speilvogel Award. A contributing editor at Harper’s, Slouka’s work has also appeared in Best American Short Stories, Best American Essays, and the PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories. He lives in Brewster, New York.
We have invited the author to attend this Book Group meeting- if he is available (scheduling) he said he would be glad to come!