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Calling all readers: Are you looking to shake up your book club game? Maybe you've been wanting to join a book club but haven't taken the plunge?
If so, UAPL's newest book discussion group, The Reading Cafe at Whole Foods, might just be your answer. Join us as we eat, drink and discuss a variety of titles by debut authors. From memoirs to historical fiction, dystopian to thriller - the group is designed to push you out of your reading comfort zone and get you talking. Who knows - you may even discover your next favorite book!
The group was formed in June of 2014 with the idea of taking the traditional book club and shaking it up a bit by meeting outside of the library's walls. The casual, bustling atmosphere of the cafe at Whole Foods on Lane Avenue promotes lively discussions and participants may snack on provided refreshments or choose to purchase their own food and drink (including beer and wine at happy hour prices) from the cafe.
We meet the first Wednesday of every other month (on even-numbered months, for those keeping score) because, let's face it - we're all busy with our lives and sometimes meeting every month can seem like a burden to our already jam-packed schedules. Our next meeting will be Wednesday, October 7th at 6:30pm in the cafe area of Whole Foods on Lane Avenue
Selected titles range the gamut from fiction to nonfiction and everything in between but are always author's first works.
Registration isn't necessary. If you're interested in attending, stop by the Adult Department desk and ask for a copy of October's book, Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J Ryan Stradal. We set copies aside so you don't have to worry about reserving a copy - just pick it up, check it out, and start reading.
Those interested in recieving email updates (such as upcoming titles and title arrivals) may send an email to jdowning[at]ualibrary.org to be added to the Reading Cafe email list.
Check out some of the title's we've read in the past below:
Coming Clean: A Memoir by Kimberly Rae Miller
Ever wonder what it would be like to grow up with hoarders as parents? Kimberly Rae Miller dishes it all in this powerful coming-of-age tale about just that. We’ve all got that spot in our house that’s the place we put things that we’re saving for later because we know we’re actually going to use them. Right? Yes? Then months later we stumble across those same prized objects and pitch or donate them because, well, who has the time to do all the things?
Imagine, if you will, that messy place being your entire house and add in never throwing away anything on top of that and you’ll sort of get the idea what it’s like to walk a day in Kim’s shoes. She wasn’t able to ever have friends over and often had to conceal her parents messes and behaviors for fear of children’s services coming and separating her from them. Even worse, one house she and her parents occupied was so messy that it caught fire and they lost absolutely everything they owned. You’d think this would mean a fresh, clean start in a new, uncluttered home but that’s not case as things quickly start to pile up again. But don’t just take my word for it, read this engrossing title for yourself to learn all about what it’s like to be the child of hoarders. For tackling such serious stuff, it’s quite an enjoyable read but be warned as there are a few graphic moments (think bugs, messes, and even a suicide attempt) that aren’t for the faint of heart.
If you like this title, you should also check out the nonfiction book Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things by Randy Frost and the YA novel Dirty Little Secrets by C.J. Omololu.
Doctor Sleep : a novel by Stephen King
Doctor Sleep is not a re-telling of Jack Torrence and the creepy Overlook Motel. The book works as a stand-alone novel, a bit of a sequel, but truly a new story with recurring characters from The Shining.
Starting with a summary of Danny and his mother's life over the past thirty five years, Doctor Sleep moves into the present where we find Danny coming to terms with his past; recovering from an abusive alcoholic father and fighting his own battle with sobriety. Doctor Sleep is a humane story with a twist, characters can read minds, see the future, and communicate telepathically. However humane, King's ability to scare the heck out of you is still powerfully strong!
The Knitted Slipper book: Slippers and House Shoes for the Entire Family by Katie Startzman
I am always looking for a last minute knitted project I can use as a gift. The beauty of this book is half the patterns are felted making the knitting part fast and the felting part a cover up for any mistakes, perfect!
Fun, functional, and an offering of slipper & shoe options with patterns ranging from whimsical to practical. Get out that leftover skein of wool, grab your needles, and whip up a quick gift.