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Upcoming Book Club Events

    • 06/14/2023
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Location is provided upon registration.

    Our host for this month is Penny Kelly.

    Our book is "The Lost Apothecary: A Novel," by Sarah Penner.

    Hidden in the depths of eighteenth-century London, a secret apothecary shop caters to an unusual kind of clientele. Women across the city whisper of a mysterious figure named Nella who sells well-disguised poisons to use against the oppressive men in their lives. But the apothecary’s fate is jeopardized when her newest patron, a precocious twelve-year-old, makes a fatal mistake, sparking a string of consequences that echo through the centuries.

    Meanwhile in present-day London, aspiring historian Caroline Parcewell spends her tenth wedding anniversary alone, running from her own demons. When she stumbles upon a clue to the unsolved apothecary murders that haunted London two hundred years ago, her life collides with the apothecary’s in a stunning twist of fate—and not everyone will survive.

    • 07/12/2023
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Location is provided upon registration.

    Our host for this month is Elise Kay.

    Our book is "The Starless Sea: A Novel," by Erin Morgenstern.

    From the author of “The Night Circus’” comes the story of Zachary Ezra Rawlins, a graduate student in Vermont who discovers a mysterious book hidden in the stacks. As he turns the pages, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, key collectors, and nameless acolytes, he reads something strange: a story from his own childhood. 

    Bewildered by the book and to understand how his own life came to be recorded, Zachary uncovers a series of clues—a bee, a key, and a sword—that lead him to a masquerade party in New York, to a secret club, and through a doorway to an ancient library-like place hidden far below the surface of the earth. What Zachary finds in this curious place is more than just a buried home for books and their guardians. He learns of those who have sacrificed much to protect this realm, relinquishing their sight and their tongues to preserve this archive, and also of those who are intent on its destruction. 

    Together with Mirabel, a fierce, pink-haired protector of the place, and Dorian, a handsome, barefoot man with shifting alliances, Zachary travels the twisting tunnels, darkened stairwells, crowded ballrooms, and shores of this magical world, discovering his purpose—in both the mysterious book and in his own life.

    • 08/09/2023
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Location is provided upon registration.

    Our host for this month is Chris Benson.

    Our book is "Remarkably Bright Creatures: A Novel," by Shelby Van Pelt.

    After Tova Sullivan’s husband died, she began working the night shift at the Sowell Bay Aquarium, mopping floors and tidying up. Keeping busy always helped her cope. Something she had been doing since her eighteen-year-old son mysteriously vanished on a boat in Puget Sound over thirty years ago.

    Tova becomes acquainted with curmudgeonly Marcellus, a giant Pacific octopus living at the aquarium. Marcellus knows more than anyone can imagine but wouldn’t dream of lifting one of his eight arms for his human captors—until he forms a remarkable friendship with Tova. Ever the detective, Marcellus deduces what happened the night Tova’s son disappeared. And now Marcellus must use every trick his old invertebrate body can muster to unearth the truth for her before it’s too late. The story is a beautiful examination of how loneliness can be transformed with the slightest touch from another living thing.

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