Sunday, February 28, 2010

Book Buzz at The Bookstore's 10th Annual Book Group NIght

Pictured here are Jane, Jenny and Margie at The Bookstore's 10th Annual Book Group Night, holding some books that they just "couldn't put down."

In case you couldn't make it, we're posting a list of staff picks we discussed that night, along with a list of favorites from the local book clubs. If your club didn't make it, or if your favorite isn't listed below, feel free to add a comment with your own book club recommendation!

Jane's Picks:
Generosity by Richard Powers (paperback 8/10)
Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier (hardcover 1/10)
Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt (hardcover 1/10)
The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters (paperback 5/10)
Strength in What Remains by Tracy Kidder (paperback 5/10)
Stray Affections by Charlene Baumbich (paperback)
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead (Newbery 2010, hardcover)

Jenny's Picks:
The Crying Tree by Naseem Rekha (paperback 6/10)
Delicate Edible Birds by Lauren Groff (hardcover 1/09)
Spooner by Pete Dexter (hardcover 9/09)
Under This Unbroken Sky by Shandi Mitchell (hardcover 9/09)
Peace by Richard Bausch (paperback)
A Fraction of the Whole by Steve Toltz (paperback)

Sue's Picks:
Ms. Hempl Chronicles by Sarah Shun-Lie Bynum (paperback)
Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill (paperback)
The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa (paperback)
Last Night in Twisted River by John Irving (paperback 6/10)
This Is Where I Leave You By Jonathan Tropper (paperback 6/10)
Let The Great World Spin by Colum McCann (NBA 2009, paperback)
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese (paperback)

Margie's Picks:
Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin (hardcover 1/10)
The Girl Who Fell From the Sky by Heidi Durrow (hardcover 2/10)
Where the God of Love Hangs Out by Amy Bloom (hardcover 1/10)
One Amazing Thing by Chitra Divakaruni (hardcover 2/10)
Homer and Langley by E.L. Doctorow (paperback 8/10)
The Postmistress by Sarah Blake (hardcover 2/10)
The Hummingbird's Daughter by Luis Urrea (paperback)

Even More Picks:
Litte Bee by Chris Cleave (paperback 2/10)
A Short History of Women by Kate Walbert (paperback 6/10)
Manhood for Amateurs by Michael Chabon (paperback 5/10)
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (2/10)
Half the Sky by Sheryl WuDunn (paperback 6/10)
A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore (paperback 9/10)
31 Hours by Masha Hamilton (hardcover 9/09)
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (Booker Prize 2009, hardcover)
Notes from the Underwire by Quinn Cummings (paperback)
Union Atlantic by Adam Haslett (hardcover 2/10)

Your Book Club Favorites:
Little Bee by Chris Cleave
Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
31 Hours by Masha Hamilton
Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum
Sarah's Key by Tatiana Rosnay
Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall
Moonflower Vine by Jetta Carleton
Still Alice by Lisa Genova
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

We'd love to make this an ongoing list, so whenever you have a great book club discussion, just post a comment here or send us an e-mail ( and we'll add it to the list!

1 comment:

  1. Congrats on your 10th annual book club night. What a dreamy picture of you gals. Hot-cha-cha!

    I just want to take a public moment here to THANK YOU for so many courtesies and kindnesses, but especially for loving books. I hope the people of Glen Ellyn realize what a fantastic resource they have in your store.

    I just read through your lists and am DOING A HAPPY DANCE to find Stray Affections AND Don't Miss Your Life! on your Staff Favorite picks! Last year was quite a year for me, with two books releasing. I can't think of a more meaningful list to find my name on.

    I'm bookmarking this blog post so I can start reading my way through the REST of your listings too. You now your stuff.

    Peace and grins,


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