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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:
Wiser: Getting Beyond Groupthink to Make Groups Smarter by Cass R. Sunstein
Great book for anyone in collaborative decision making or management situations. Understandable and actionable, this book is about groups comprised of like-minded thinkers who often amplify, rather than correct, errors in judgment. They become more polarized and adopt more extreme positions than the ones they began with. Great suggestions on how to correct “group think,” and identify vulnerabilities in existing practices.
Anyone involved in making decisions would enjoy this book.
A Kim Jong-Il Production: The Extraordinary True Story of a Kidnapped Filmmaker, His Star Actress, and a Young Dictator’s Rise to Power, by Paul Fischer
In this fascinating book, film producer Paul Fischer combines interviews, research, and first-hand investigation to tell the strange story of Kim Jong-Il’s kidnapping of South Korea’s leading director and his star actress ex-wife. Obsessed with film since he was a child, Kim Jong-Il used North Korea’s Ministry for Propaganda to build his power within the regime, making the only movies that the isolated North Korean people were allowed to view. As Kim’s ambitions eclipsed his country’s limited filmmaking ability, he decided to recruit new talent—forcibly.
Choi Eun-Hee was South Korea’s biggest and most beloved star; Shin Sang-Ok, her director ex-husband, ran the largest film production company in South Korea. Kim kidnapped both in 1978, and after torturing Shin into compliance, the two began making films for North Korea’s captive audience. With success—their films played to packed theaters for months and won international awards—came the opportunity to escape via a chase straight out of a spy novel.
A must-read for anyone interested in the history and culture of North Korea.
Half-Resurrection Blues, by Daniel José Older
Carlos Delacruz is an agent of New York City’s Council of the Dead, charged with protecting the living and maintaining order among New York’s ghosts. He’s also an Inbetweener: after dying and coming back to life, Carlos gained the ability to see and speak with ghosts—and lost all memory of his past. He believes he’s the only Inbetweener in New York until the Council of the Dead orders him to hunt down a rogue sorcerer who turns out to be an Inbetweener, too. Soon, Carlos is untangling the threads of a conspiracy that threatens to bring down the walls between the dead and the living for good—and whose mastermind might be the man responsible for Carlos’s almost-death.
While the plot occasionally meanders, veteran short-story writer Older’s voice crackles with profane and hilarious life in his debut novel. A must-read for fans of urban fantasy.