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Book Club Info for 2024

BookSmart Book Club 2024
Meets the 2nd Thursday of the month @7 pm - for zoom link or directions to meetings please email
brad@mybooksmart.com

 

JANUARY 3rd Thursday of the month due to schedule conflict.: The Light Pirate - Lily Brooks-Dalton

Set in a world where Florida faces the restless onslaught of extreme vveather and rising sea levels, The Light Pirate is a story of a small coastal town preparing for a powerful hurricane.Divided into four parts -- power, water, light, and time. Silicon Valley Reads - Hardcover

 

 

FEBRUARY: The Book Eaters -Sunyi Dean

Out on the Yorkshire Moors lives a secret line of people for whom books are food, and who retain all of a book's content after eating it. To them, spy novels are a peppery snack; romance novels are sweet and delicious. Eating a map can help them remember destinations, and children, when they misbehave, are forced to eat dry, musty pages from dictionaries.

 

 

MARCH: The Personal Librarian -Marie Benedict, Victoria Christopher

A remarkable novel about J.P. Morgan's personal librarian, Belle da Costa Greene, the Black American woman who was forced to hide her true identity and pass as white in order to leave a lasting legacy that enriched our nation.

 

 

APRIL: The House of Mirth -Edith Wharton

A black comedy of manners about vast wealth and a woman who can define herself only through the perceptions of others. The beautiful Lily Bart lives among the nouveaux riches of New York City- people whose millions vvere made in railroads, shipping, land speculation and banking. In this morally and aesthetically bankrupt world, Lily, age twenty-nine, seeks a husband who can satisfy her cravings for endless admiration and all the trappings of wealth.

 

 

MAY: Project Hail Mary -Andy Weir

Ryland Grace is the sole survivor on a desperate, last-chance mission - and if he fails, humanity and the Earth itself will perish. Except that right now, he doesn't know that. He can't even remember his own name, let alone the nature of his assignment or how to complete it. All he knows is that he's been asleep for a very, very long time. And he's just been awakened to find himself millions of miles from home, with nothing but two corpses for company.

 

 

JUNE: Horse -Geraldine Brooks

Based on the remarkable true story of the record-breaking thoroughbred Lexington, Horse is a novel of art and science, love and obsession, and our unfinished reckoning with racism.
A thrilling story about humanity in all its ugliness and beauty ....

 

 

JULY: Our Missing Hearts -Celeste Ng

Our Missing Hearts is an old story made new, of the ways supposedly civilized communities can ignore the most searing injustice. It's about the lessons and legacies we pass on to our children, and the povver of art to create change.

 

 

AUGUST: Solito -Javier Zamora

A young poet tells his story of his migration from El Salvador to the United States at the age of nine, in this gripping tale of bravery, perseverance, and seeking one's family. (Nonfiction)

 

 

 

SEPTEMBER: The Unseen -Roy Jacobsen

Shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2017! Nobody can leave an island. An island is a cosmos in a nutshell, where the stars slumber in the grass beneath the snow. But occasionally someone tries ... Ingrid Barroy is born on an island that bears her name - a holdfast for a single family, their livestock, their crops, their hopes and dreams. Her father dreams of building a quay that will connect them to the mainland, but closer ties to the wider world come at a price. A moving exploration of family, resilience, and fate.

 

 

OCTOBER: Before the Devil Knows You're Here -Autumn Krause

 

In 1836 Wisconsin, Catalina's determination to keep her family alive is tested when a bark­covered man abducts her brother, prompting her to delve into a vvorld of strange beasts and tormented spirits as she uncovers the deep-rooted connection between her fate and the Man of Sap. YA novel

 

 

NOVEMBER: Iona lverson's Rules for Commuting -Clare Pooley

Nobody ever talks to strangers on the train. It's a rule. But what would happen if they did? An escapist read that will transport you, cheer you, and make you smile-and make you, too, wish you had Iona's gift for bringing out the best in everyone.

 

 

DECEMBER: PARTY!
The 2nd Thursday of the month Savory and sweet food –bring a wrapped book and you will go home with a book!
This is also the night we choose the books for next year!

 

 

JANUARY 2025: The Silicon Valley Reads book for this year. What is Silicon Valley Reads? Silicon Valley Reads is a community engagement program that features books and an annual theme to bring people together by providing more than 100 free, public events each year in February and March.