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.

 April 17th Book Group pick: The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown

weird sistersA major new talent tackles the complicated terrain of sisters, the power of books, and the places we decide to call home. Lovely . . . This novel should appeal to Shakespeare lovers, bibliophiles, fans of novels in academic settings, and stories of sisterhood. The narration is a creative and original blending of the three ‘Weird Sisters’ as one.”–”Library Journal.”

About the book: Unwillingly brought together to care for their ailing mother, three sisters who were named after famous Shakespearean characters discover that everything they have been avoiding may prove more worthwhile than expected.

This book is also a World Book Night title for 2014.

May 15th Book Group pick: The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World

by Michael Pollan


About the book: Every schoolchild learns about the mutually beneficial dance of honeybees and flowers: the bee collects nectar and pollen to make honey and, in the process, spreads the flowers’ genes. In “The Botany of Desire, ” Pollan ingeniously demonstrates how people and domesticated plants have formed a similarly reciprocal relationship.

“A whimsical, literary romp through man’s perpetually frustrating and always unpredictable relationship with nature.”
–Los Angeles Times

This book is also a World Book Night title for 2014.

June 19th Book Group pick: Tenth of December by George Saunders



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