Book Group

Our Book Groups (regular and history) at Byrd’s Books meet on Thursdays from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. each month (see calendar). These are open Book Groups, you are welcome to come if you would like to join us for discussions. For information call: 203-730-2973. We make every effort to have the book available in paper for the Book Groups and choose a hardcover only rarely.

The History Book Group meets the second Thursday of the month and the general Book Group meets the third Thursday of the month (changed for holiday conflicts)

Any cancellations due to weather will be posted on our website and our Facebook page.  Some of us meet at 6:30 for take-out. Please email Alice (alice@byrdsbooks.com) to join in for the meal before the discussion. 

 

January 17th Book Group: Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

“From New York Times bestselling author Anthony Horowitz comes Magpie Murders, a … reimagining of the classic whodunit (a la Agatha Christie) with a contemporary mystery wrapped around it”. A New York Times Bestseller | #1 Indie Next Pick | NPR Best Book of 2017 | Amazon Best Book of 2017 | Washington Post Best Book of 2017 | Esquire Best Book of 2017

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February 14th History Book Group: Inglorious Empire: What the British Did to India by Shashi Tharoor

Inglorious Empire tells the real story of the British in India and reveals how Britain’s rise was built upon its plunder of India.

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February 21st Book Group: Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

With incredible empathy, intelligence, and candor, Jodi Picoult tackles race, privilege, prejudice, justice, and compassion–and doesn’t offer easy answers. Small Great Things is a remarkable achievement from a writer at the top of her game.

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March 14th History Book Group: 1913: The Year Before the Storm by Florian Illes

“A fascinating new structure of writing… With exceptional wit and understanding, Illies shows the societal and cultural changes propelling man toward modern art, new thought processes and war.” Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW

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March 21st Book Group: Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi

A modern reimagining of the Snow White fairy tale follows the experiences of a woman who marries a Massachusetts single father and succumbs to vanity when the birth of her baby reveals her husband to be a light-skinned African American.

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April 11th History Book Group: How Europe Underdeveloped Africa by Walter Rodney

The classic work of political, economic, and historical analysis, powerfully introduced by Angela Davis

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April 18th Book Group: In the Woods by Tana French

Twenty years after witnessing the violent disappearances of two companions from their small Dublin suburb, detective Rob Ryan investigates a chillingly similar murder that takes place in the same wooded area, a case that forces him to piece together his traumatic memories.

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May 9th : History Book Group: TBA

May 16th Book Group: Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Living with his grandparents and toddler sister on a Gulf Coast farm, Jojo navigates the challenges of his mother’s addictions and his grandmother’s terminal cancer before the release of his father from prison prompts a road trip. National Book Award winner.

 

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June 20th Book Group: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

When, in 1922, [Count Alexander Rostov] is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, [he’s] sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him a doorway into a much larger world of emotional discovery.

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