Thursday, March 3, 2011

Book Club Night at The Bookstore

We had a great turnout of dedicated book club reps at our 11th Annual Book Club Night on Tuesday, March 1st. If you couldn't make it, below is a list of each bookseller's recommendations as well as the books that were chosen as the "Best Discussion Book of 2010" by local book clubs.

Here is a photo of Jenny discussing one of her faves, Paul Auster's Sunset Park. This was after the crowd gave her a big round of applause for being the Chicago Tribune's Indie Bookseller Cover Girl on February 26th!

Jane's Picks:

Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland
Swamplandia! by Karen Russell
The Sherlockian by Graham Moore
The Passage by Justin Cronin
A Novel Bookstore by Laurence Cosse
Global Soccer Mom by Shayne Moore*

*Jane was totally inspired by Shayne's book launch last week, and wants us all to join Shayne's mission to go out and get things done!

Jenny's Picks:

Sunset Park by Paul Aster
The Fates Will Find Their Way by Hannah Pittard*
Caribou Island by David Vann
Father of the Rain by Lily King
Union Atlantic by Adam Haslett
A Friend of the Family by Lauren Grodstein
The Surrendered by Chang Rae Lee

*Jenny freely admits she totally stole this one from Margie, but Jenny gave it such a great blurb ("this could be set in Glen Ellyn") all Margie had to do was give her the thumb's up from the back of the room.

Sue's Picks:

Illumination by Kevin Brockmeier*
All Is Forgotten, Nothing is Lost by Lan Samantha Chang
Let's Take The Long Way Home by Gail Caldwell
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
Memory Wall: Stories by Anthony Doerr
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
Elegies for the Brokenhearted by Christie Hodgen
The Hand That First Held Mine by Maggie O'Farrell

*Sue's already announcing this might be her favorite book of 2011. And it's only March!

Margie's Picks:

Wingshooters by Nina Revoyr
You Know When the Men Are Gone by Siobhan Fallon
The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht
The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown
The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran
A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True by Brigid Pasulka*

*We are very excited to announce that Brigid Pasulka will be appearing at the Second Annual Downtown Glen Ellyn Bookfest on June 18, 2011. We're encouraging our book clubs to read this terrific book in advance and come to our Featured Author Luncheon ready to chat.

Book Clubs' Own Best Discussion Books of 2010:

Still Alice by Lisa Genova (3 book clubs agreed)
Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
Cutting for Stone by Adam Verghese
Look Me In The Eye by John Robison
Brooklyn by Colm Toibin
Acts of Faith by Philip Caputo
Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Shafer & Burrows
Beneath the Marble Sky by John Shorts
Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle
This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper

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