A twisty psychological thriller. A fictional glimpse into AI’s future. A portrait of mother and daughter navigating loss. Whatever your literary tastes, our August book club picks offer a range of options. Choose from one of these selections or come and share your own recent reads. Chose from online or in-person meetings, check out (or download) this month’s picks and get ready to read and discuss.
Tuesday, August 8 at 7pm
The Swimmers by Julie Otsuka
The swimmers are unknown to each other except through their private routines (slow lane, fast lane), and the solace each takes in their morning or afternoon laps. But when a crack appears at the bottom of the pool, they are cast out into an unforgiving world. One of these swimmers is Alice, who is slowly losing her memory. Without the fellowship of other swimmers and the routine of her daily laps she is plunged into dislocation and chaos and swept into memories of her childhood. Alice’s estranged daughter, reentering her mother’s life too late, witnesses her devastating decline.
Thursday, August 10 at 7pm
Meeting virtually – register here
Read and discuss great Chinese books you’ve read
Who is Maud Dixon? By Alexandra Andrews
Florence Darrow has always felt she was destined for greatness, but after a disastrous affair with her married boss, she starts to doubt herself. All that changes when she sets off for Morocco with her new boss, the celebrated but reclusive author Maud Dixon. Amidst the colorful streets of Marrakesh and the wind-swept beaches of the coast, Florence begins to feel she’s leading the sort of interesting, cosmopolitan life she deserves. But when she wakes up in the hospital after a terrible car accident, with no memory of the previous night—and no sign of Maud—a dangerous idea begins to take form. . .
Thursday, August 24 at 12pm
Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
Here is the story of Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities, who, from her place in the store, watches carefully the behavior of those who come in to browse, and of those who pass on the street outside. She remains hopeful that a customer will soon choose her. Klara and the Sun is a thrilling book that offers a look at our changing world through the eyes of an unforgettable narrator, and one that explores the fundamental question: what does it mean to love?