Midtown Reader Book Club

Midtown Reader has been hosting a monthly book club since January of 2017.

Each month we feature a different book, with staff or members of the community leading discussion.

Books will be available for purchase in store at a 10% discount.

ALL are welcome!

Upcoming Selections

June: Severance by Ling Ma

Wednesday, June 24th at 6:00 PM

Online via Zoom | Click here to register

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Midtown Reader Book Club meets every month, with staff or members of the community leading discussion. ALL are welcome! Our June selection is Severance by Ling Ma. Books are available for purchase at a 10% discount; call us at (850) 425-2665 to have your copy delivered for free, or to pick it up safely at the store!

Our meeting will be held over the online conferencing platform Zoom. Register in advance for this meeting here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing the link to use to join the meeting on the 24th.


ABOUT THE BOOK

Candace Chen, a millennial drone self-sequestered in a Manhattan office tower, is devoted to routine. With the recent passing of her Chinese immigrant parents, she’s had her fill of uncertainty. She’s content just to carry on: She goes to work, troubleshoots the teen-targeted Gemstone Bible, watches movies in a Greenpoint basement with her boyfriend. So Candace barely notices when a plague of biblical proportions sweeps New York. Then Shen Fever spreads. Families flee. Companies cease operations. The subways screech to a halt. Her bosses enlist her as part of a dwindling skeleton crew with a big end-date payoff. Soon entirely alone, still unfevered, she photographs the eerie, abandoned city as the anonymous blogger NY Ghost.​ Candace won’t be able to make it on her own forever, though. Enter a group of survivors, led by the power-hungry IT tech Bob. They’re traveling to a place called the Facility, where, Bob promises, they will have everything they need to start society anew. But Candace is carrying a secret she knows Bob will exploit. Should she escape from her rescuers?

July: Patsy by Nicole Dennis-Benn

Wednesday, July 29th at 6:00 PM

Online via Zoom | Click here to register

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Midtown Reader Book Club meets every month, with staff or members of the community leading discussion. ALL are welcome! Each month, the book club books are available for purchase at a 10% discount; call us at (850) 425-2665 reserve yours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Heralded for writing “deeply memorable . . . women” (Jennifer Senior, New York Times), Nicole Dennis-Benn introduces readers to an unforgettable heroine for our times: the eponymous Patsy, who leaves her young daughter behind in Jamaica to follow Cicely, her oldest friend, to New York. Beating with the pulse of a long-withheld confession and peppered with lilting patois, Patsy gives voice to a woman who looks to America for the opportunity to love whomever she chooses, bravely putting herself first. But to survive as an undocumented immigrant, Patsy is forced to work as a nanny, while back in Jamaica her daughter, Tru, ironically struggles to understand why she was left behind. Greeted with international critical acclaim from readers who, at last, saw themselves represented in Patsy, this astonishing novel “fills a literary void with compassion, complexity and tenderness” (Joshunda Sanders, Time), offering up a vital portrait of the chasms between selfhood and motherhood, the American dream and reality.

August: Trust Exercise by Susan Choi

Wednesday, August 26th at 6:00 PM

Online via Zoom | Click here to register

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Midtown Reader Book Club meets every month, with staff or members of the community leading discussion. ALL are welcome! Each month, the book club books are available for purchase at a 10% discount; call us at (850) 425-2665 reserve yours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

In an American suburb in the early 1980s, students at a highly competitive performing arts high school struggle and thrive in a rarified bubble, ambitiously pursuing music, movement, Shakespeare, and, particularly, their acting classes. When within this striving “Brotherhood of the Arts,” two freshmen, David and Sarah, fall headlong into love, their passion does not go unnoticed—or untoyed with—by anyone, especially not by their charismatic acting teacher, Mr. Kingsley.

 

The outside world of family life and economic status, of academic pressure and of their future adult lives, fails to penetrate this school’s walls—until it does, in a shocking spiral of events that catapults the action forward in time and flips the premise upside-down. What the reader believes to have happened to David and Sarah and their friends is not entirely true—though it’s not false, either. It takes until the book’s stunning coda for the final piece of the puzzle to fall into place—revealing truths that will resonate long after the final sentence.

 

As captivating and tender as it is surprising, Susan Choi's Trust Exercise will incite heated conversations about fiction and truth, and about friendships and loyalties, and will leave readers with wiser understandings of the true capacities of adolescents and of the powers and responsibilities of adults.

September: All Adults Here by Emma Straub

Wednesday, September 30th at 6:00 PM

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Midtown Reader Book Club meets every month, with staff or members of the community leading discussion. ALL are welcome! Each month, the book club books are available for purchase at a 10% discount; call us at (850) 425-2665 reserve yours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

A warm, funny, and keenly perceptive novel about the life cycle of one family–as the kids become parents, grandchildren become teenagers, and a matriarch confronts the legacy of her mistakes. From the New York Times bestselling author of Modern Lovers and The Vacationers.


When Astrid Strick witnesses a school bus accident in the center of town, it jostles loose a repressed memory from her young parenting days decades earlier. Suddenly, Astrid realizes she was not quite the parent she thought she’d been to her three, now-grown children. But to what consequence?

Astrid’s youngest son is drifting and unfocused, making parenting mistakes of his own. Her daughter is pregnant yet struggling to give up her own adolescence. And her eldest seems to measure his adult life according to standards no one else shares. But who gets to decide, so many years later, which long-ago lapses were the ones that mattered? Who decides which apologies really count? It might be that only Astrid’s thirteen-year-old granddaughter and her new friend really understand the courage it takes to tell the truth to the people you love the most.

In All Adults Here, Emma Straub’s unique alchemy of wisdom, humor, and insight come together in a deeply satisfying story about adult siblings, aging parents, high school boyfriends, middle school mean girls, the lifelong effects of birth order, and all the other things that follow us into adulthood, whether we like them to or not.

October: Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Arnett

Wednesday, October 21st at 6:00 PM

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Midtown Reader Book Club meets every month, with staff or members of the community leading discussion. ALL are welcome! Each month, the book club books are available for purchase at a 10% discount; call us at (850) 425-2665 reserve yours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

What does it take to come back to life? For Jessa-Lynn Morton, the question is not an abstract one. In the wake of her father’s suicide, Jessa has stepped up to manage his failing taxidermy business while the rest of the Morton family crumbles. Her mother starts sneaking into the taxidermy shop to make provocative animal art, while her brother, Milo, withdraws. And Brynn, Milo’s wife—and the only person Jessa’s ever been in love with—walks out without a word. It’s not until the Mortons reach a tipping point that a string of unexpected incidents begins to open up surprising possibilities and second chances. But will they be enough to salvage this family, to help them find their way back to one another? Kristen Arnett’s breakout bestseller is a darkly funny family portrait; a peculiar, bighearted look at love and loss and the ways we live through them together.

November: Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep

Wednesday, November 11th at 6:00 PM

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Midtown Reader Book Club meets every month, with staff or members of the community leading discussion. ALL are welcome! Each month, the book club books are available for purchase at a 10% discount; call us at (850) 425-2665 reserve yours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Reverend Willie Maxwell was a rural preacher accused of murdering five of his family members for insurance money in the 1970s. With the help of a savvy lawyer, he escaped justice for years until a relative shot him dead at the funeral of his last victim. Despite hundreds of witnesses, Maxwell’s murderer was acquitted—thanks to the same attorney who had previously defended the Reverend.
 
Sitting in the audience during the vigilante’s trial was Harper Lee, who had traveled from New York City to her native Alabama with the idea of writing her own In Cold Blood, the true-crime classic she had helped her friend Truman Capote research seventeen years earlier. Lee spent a year in town reporting, and many more years working on her own version of the case.

Now Casey Cep brings this story to life, from the shocking murders to the courtroom drama to the racial politics of the Deep South. At the same time, she offers a deeply moving portrait of one of the country’s most beloved writers and her struggle with fame, success, and the mystery of artistic creativity.

December: Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips

Wednesday, December 16th at 6:00 PM

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Midtown Reader Book Club meets every month, with staff or members of the community leading discussion. ALL are welcome! Each month, the book club books are available for purchase at a 10% discount; call us at (850) 425-2665 reserve yours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

One August afternoon, two sisters—Sophia, eight, and Alyona, eleven—go missing from a beach on the far-flung Kamchatka Peninsula in northeastern Russia. Taking us through the year that follows, Disappearing Earth enters the lives of women and girls in this tightly knit community who are connected by the crime: a witness, a neighbor, a detective, a mother. We are transported to vistas of rugged beauty—open expanses of tundra, soaring volcanoes, dense forests, the glassy seas that border Japan and Alaska—and into a region as complex as it is alluring, where social and ethnic tensions have long simmered, and where outsiders are often the first to be accused. In a story as propulsive as it is emotionally engaging, Julia Phillips’s powerful novel brings us to a new understanding of the intricate bonds of family and community, in a Russia unlike any we have seen before.

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