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. 

November 8th History Book Group: The Templars by Dan Jones

A narrative history of the Knights Templar draws on extensive original sources to separate fact from myth, exploring their actual work and influence, the reasons they fell out of favor, and whether or not they were guilty of heresy. Only available in hardcover.

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November 15th Book Group: Portrait of a Sister by Laura Bradford

“Laura Bradford’s Portrait of a Sister is women’s fiction at its finest. Set among the Amish, the story puts on full display the power of love for family, the unique love shared by sisters, and the relationships that define our world. I read Portrait of a Sister in one sitting and I loved every single page.”
–New York Times bestselling author Linda Castillo

The author will either attend or SKYPE this session with us!

BUY online or pick up at the store.

 

December 13th History Book Group: American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West by Nate Blakeslee

The enthralling story of the rise and reign of O-Six, the celebrated Yellowstone wolf, and the people who loved or feared her.

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December 20th Book Group: Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin

“It’s brilliant and hilarious, and it makes you wince in recognition–for the double-standard that relegates scandalized women to a life of shame even as their married lovers continue with their careers (and often their marriages), for the insatiable appetite we have for every last detail, for the ease and speed with which we stop seeing people as multilayered humans. It’s the sort of book that invites us to examine our long-held beliefs and perceptions . . . It has a heart. And a spine. It’s exactly, I would argue, what we need more of right now.”
— Chicago Tribune

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January 10th History Book Group: Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West by Dee Brown

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee is Dee Brown’s classic, eloquent, meticulously documented account of the systematic destruction of the American Indian during the second half of the nineteenth century. A national bestseller in hardcover for more than a year after its initial publication, it has sold over four million copies in multiple editions and has been translated into seventeen languages.

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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 28th Book Group: Small Great Things by Jodi Picault

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 REVIE

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March 28th 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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