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.
October 16th Book Group pick: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
The art of love is never a science: Meet Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially inept professor of genetics, who’s decided it’s time he found a wife. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which Don approaches all things, he designs the Wife Project to find his perfect partner: a sixteen-page, scientifically valid survey to filter out the drinkers, the smokers, the late arrivers.
Rosie Jarman possesses all these qualities. Don easily disqualifies her as a candidate for The Wife Project (even if she is “quite intelligent for a barmaid”). But Don is intrigued by Rosie’s own quest to identify her biological father. When an unlikely relationship develops as they collaborate on The Father Project, Don is forced to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie―and the realization that, despite your best scientific efforts, you don’t find love, it finds you. Arrestingly endearing and entirely unconventional, Graeme Simsion’s distinctive debut “navigates the choppy waters of adult relationships, both romantic and platonic, with a fresh take (“USA TODAY”). “Filled with humor and plenty of heart, “The Rosie Project” is a delightful reminder that all of us, no matter how we’re wired, just want to fit in” (“Chicago Tribune”).
November 20th Book group pick: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn’t thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she’d claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse where she once lived, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy.
A groundbreaking work as delicate as a butterfly’s wing and as menacing as a knife in the dark, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is told with a rare understanding of all that makes us human, and shows the power of stories to reveal and shelter us from the darkness inside and out.
A brilliantly imaginative and poignant fairy tale from the modern master of wonder and terror, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is Neil Gaiman’s first new novel for adults since his #1 New York Times bestseller Anansi Boys.
This bewitching and harrowing tale of mystery and survival, and memory and magic, makes the impossible all too real…
For a video discussion of the book for Book Clubs, watch here.
December 18th Book Group pick: Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair by Anne Lamont
What do we do when life lurches out of balance? How can we reconnect to one other and to what’s sustaining, when evil and catastrophe seem inescapable?
These questions lie at the heart of “Stitches,” Lamott’s profound follow-up to her “New York Times”-bestselling “Help, Thanks, Wow.” In this book Lamott explores how we find meaning and peace in these loud and frantic times; where we start again after personal and public devastation; how we recapture wholeness after loss; and how we locate our true identities in this frazzled age. We begin, Lamott says, by collecting the ripped shreds of our emotional and spiritual fabric and sewing them back together, one stitch at a time.
It’s in these stitches that the quilt of life begins, and embedded in them are strength, warmth, humor, and humanity.
January 15th Book Group pick: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
A faded sign hangs above the porch of the Victorian cottage that is home to Island Books. It bears the adage”NO MAN IS AN ISLAND; EVERY BOOK IS A WORLD.”A. J. Fikry, the bookstore s irascible owner, is about to discover what that means.” ‘The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry’ reminds us of what saves us all from a life of loneliness and isolation: our sense of empathy; our ability to love and be loved; our willingness to care and be cared for.” ~ Garth Stein, author of “The Art of Racing in the Rain”