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Book Club Bash Choices: August 2019

Quail Ridge Books
Fall Book Club Bash
August 26 & August 27, 2019

Fiction

Bunny by Mona Awad (Viking $26). Wealthy, aggressively feminine, and embarrassingly childlike, the Bunnies alternately annoy and intrigue MFA writing student Samantha until suddenly she is invited to become a Bunny herself. Her reality quickly descends into Bunny chaos: a darkly funny mix of blood magic gone wrong, miniature cupcakes, and creative revenge. (Kiwi)

French Exit by Patrick DeWitt (Ecco $16.99). Subtly satirical, irreverent, and just plain funny, this is a book I recommend to anyone, whether a member of a book club or not. As Hurricane Florence blew through last summer, knocking out power for most of the night, this was my stalwart companion. I had a blast! (Samantha)

A Lucky Man by Jamel Brinkley (Graywolf Press, $16). A finalist for the National Book Award, this extraordinary collection defies easy description. Brinkley writes fearlessly and without sentiment about race, class, gender, and sex, but also about dancing, laughing, tenderness, and regret. These stories will transport you. (Tony)

The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner (Scribner $17). Rachel Kushner puts us inside the head of Romy Hall, who is in prison for killing her stalker. There are no punches pulled here. Romy's world is full of darkness, yet Kushner finds humor and beauty in it as well. (Tony)

Normal People by Sally Rooney (Faber & Faber $16.95). Follow a young Irish couple through high school and into college as they repeatedly get together and break up, despite maintaining intense (and confusing) feelings for each other. A unique coming of age story about two complicated people trying to find their place in the world. (Kiwi)

The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna by Juliet Grames (Ecco $27.99). This novel is a richly layered, fictionalized history of the author's own Italian immigrant family that is poetic, empathetic, heart-wrenching, and crucial for understanding the multifaceted people who comprise our country today. (Kiwi)

Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver (Harper $29.99, paperback October 2019 $17.99). On the corner of Sixth and Plum, Vineland NJ, two families and multiple generations in two different centuries struggle with financial, political and changing social norms. The novel examines the question of where one finds physical, emotional and social shelter in the midst of change. (Anne)

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan (Vintage $16.95). A slave on a plantation in Barbados in the 1800s, George Washington Black receives a gift: he is chosen to help his master’s brother, who is building a flying machine. This is a story of a young boy on an amazing adventure, navigating air, water, and the evils of slavery. (Mamie)

A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum (Harper $26.99, paperback February 2020). The book begins with the chilling statement. "I was born without a voice....”  Such is reality for a young Palestinian-American girl. Pulling from her own experience, the author exposes the place of women in her culture, perhaps for the first time in American literature. (Samantha)

Women Talking by Miriam Toews (Bloomsbury $24, paperback March 2020). Between 2005 and 2009, over 100 girls and women in a remote Mennonite community woke to find that they had been sexually assaulted and were told that they were victims of demonic possession. In this fictional account, the women, who are illiterate, confront their choices in the face of the crime. (Anne)

 

Nonfiction

Burning Down the Haus: Punk Rock, Revolution, and the Fall of the Berlin Wall by Tim Mohr (Algonquin $16.95). Mohr traces the evolution of a movement started by a handful of East Berlin teens inspired by a new kind of music heard from the other side of the wall. They become an integral part of the movement that brought down the Berlin wall and the government. (Tony)

The Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep (Knopf $26.95). Harper Lee wanted to write a true crime story. She was fascinated by the murder trial of Reverend Willie Maxwell, and you will be too. The portrait of this best-loved and most private author provides three-stories-in-one. (Anne)

Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations by Mira Jacob (One World $30). Everyone is talking about this graphic memoir! Jacob looks at important events and topics of the twenty-first century, and answers deep questions for her son as he examines the world through young eyes. The text is accompanied by beautiful, meaningful collages. (Mamie)

 

Poetry

Driving Through the Country Before You Are Born by Ray McManus (University of South Carolina Press $14.95). Get every poetry book you can by this award-winning South Carolina poet! In person he’s rough-talking, cigarette-smoking, and tattooed, but his heart is made of gold. (Mamie)

 

Fall releases by favorite book club authors

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett: The Dutch House is a fascinating setting, described in exquisite detail. It represents the rejection and longing of a brother and sister and the tension between their father and his two wives.

Grand Union by Zadie Smith: Smith’s first story collection contains stories of an alarming future, stories that read like free-writes—riffs from the mind of a brilliant writer—and stories that drift into absurdity.

The Water Dancer by Ta Ne’hisi Coates: Coates tries his hand at fiction with this compelling story of a young slave boy. Channeling Toni Morrison through beautiful, mystical writing.

Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson: Firmly planted in the setting of so many of Jacqueline Woodson’s novels—Brooklyn—Red at the Bone crosses years and generations and addresses important events of recent history.

Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don’t Know by Malcolm Gladwell: Misreading a stranger can have dire consequences. Once again, Gladwell forces us to think in new ways.

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Bunny: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525559733
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Published: Viking - June 11th, 2019

"Jon Swift + Witches of Eastwick + Kelly 'Get In Trouble' Link + Mean Girls + Creative Writing Degree Hell! No punches pulled, no hilarities dodged, no meme unmangled! O Bunny you are sooo genius!" —Margaret Atwood, via Twitter

"A wild, audacious and ultimately unforgettable novel." Michael Schaub, Los Angeles Times 


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French Exit: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062846938
Availability: On our shelves now
Published: Ecco - June 11th, 2019

Soon to be a Major Motion Picture Starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Lucas Hedges, directed by Azazael Jacobs

A Recommended Read from:
Vanity Fair * Entertainment Weekly * Vulture * The Millions * Publishers Weekly * Esquire


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A Lucky Man: Stories Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555978433
Availability: On our shelves now
Published: Graywolf Press - June 4th, 2019

FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION


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The Mars Room: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781476756585
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Published: Scribner - May 7th, 2019

TIME’S #1 FICTION TITLE OF THE YEAR • NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF 2018

FINALIST for the MAN BOOKER PRIZE and the NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD

LONGLISTED for the ANDREW CARNEGIE MEDAL

An instant New York Times bestseller from two-time National Book Award finalist Rachel Kushner, The Mars Room ea


At school Connell and Marianne pretend not to know each other. He’s popular and well-adjusted, star of the school football team, while she is lonely, proud, and intensely private. But when Connell comes to pick his mother up from her job at Marianne’s house, a strange and indelible connection grows between the two teenagers—one they are determined to conceal.

A year later, they’re both studying at Trinity College in Dublin. Marianne has found her feet in a new social world while Connell hangs at the sidelines, shy and uncertain. Throughout their years at university, Marianne and Connell circle one another, straying toward other people and possibilities but always magnetically, irresistibly drawn back together. And as she veers into self-destruction and he begins to search for meaning elsewhere, each must confront how far they are willing to go to save the other.

Sally Rooney brings her brilliant psychological acuity and perfectly spare prose to a story that explores the subtleties of class, the electricity of first love, and the complex entanglements of family and friendship.

This is the UK paperback edition of the book. It is also available as a US hardcover.


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The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062862822
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Published: Ecco - May 7th, 2019

From Calabria to Connecticut: a sweeping family saga about sisterhood, secrets, Italian immigration, the American dream, and one woman's tenacious fight against her own fate


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Unsheltered: A Novel Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780062684561
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Published: Harper - October 16th, 2018

A New York Times Bestseller

Named one of the Best Books of the Year (2018) by NPR, O, The Oprah Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, Christian Science Monitor and Newsweek


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Washington Black Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780525563242
Availability: On our shelves now
Published: Vintage - April 9th, 2019

One of the TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR New York Times Book Review


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A Woman Is No Man: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062699763
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Published: Harper - March 5th, 2019

The New York Times bestseller and Read with Jenna TODAY SHOW Book Club pick telling the story of three generations of Palestinian-American women struggling to express their individual desires within the confines of their Arab culture in the wake of shocking intimate violence in their community—now available as a limited O


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Women Talking Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781635572582
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - April 2nd, 2019

National Bestseller
Winner of the Brooklyn Public LIbrary Literary Prize for Fiction
Shortlisted for the Governor General's Award for Fiction
Shortlisted for the Reading Women Award


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Burning Down the Haus: Punk Rock, Revolution, and the Fall of the Berlin Wall Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781616209797
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Published: Algonquin Books - September 3rd, 2019

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY  Rolling Stone * BookPage * Amazon *  Rough Trade
Longlisted for the Carnegie Medal for Excellence

“[A] riveting and inspiring history of punk’s hard-fought struggle in East Germany.” —The New York Times Book Review

“A thrilling and essential social history


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Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781101947869
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Published: Knopf - May 7th, 2019

ONE OF PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA'S FAVORITE BOOKS OF 2019

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF 2019 BY Time, LitHub, Vulture, Glamour, O Magazine, Town and Country, Suspense Magazine, Inside Hook

New York Times
Best Seller

 


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Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399589041
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Published: One World - March 26th, 2019

A “beautiful and eye-opening” (Jacqueline Woodson), “hilarious and heart-rending” (Celeste Ng) graphic memoir about American identity, interracial families,  and the realities that divide us, from the acclaimed author of The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing.


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Driving Through the Country Before You Are Born (South Carolina Poetry Book Prize) Cover Image
By Ray McManus, Kate Daniels (Foreword by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781570037023
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Published: University of South Carolina Press - April 8th, 2007

Selected by Kate Daniels as the winner of the South Carolina Poetry Book Prize, Driving through the Country before You Are Born is the first collection of poetry from Ray McManus. The speaker in these poems searches for redemption and solace while navigating from a traumatic loss in the past to a present fraught with violence and self-destruction.


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The Dutch House: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062963673
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Published: Harper - September 24th, 2019

Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize


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Grand Union: Stories Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525558996
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Published: Penguin Press - October 8th, 2019

Longlisted for the Carnegie Medal! 

A dazzling collection of short fiction


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The Water Dancer: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780399590597
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Published: One World - September 24th, 2019

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB PICK • From the National Book Award–winning author of Between the World and Me, a boldly conjured debut novel about a magical gift, a devastating loss, and an underground war for freedom.


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Red at the Bone: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525535270
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 17th, 2019

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR

"A spectacular novel that only this legend can pull off." -Ibram X. Kendi, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of  HOW TO BE AN ANTIRACIST, in The Atlantic


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Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780316478526
Availability: On our shelves now
Published: Little, Brown and Company - September 10th, 2019

A Best Book of the Year: The Financial Times, Bloomberg, Chicago Tribune, and Detroit Free Pres