With each passing day we are getting closer and closer to hosting our Book du Mois Meeting in The Whisper Room! As soon as it is safe to do so, we will be opening our doors to you, but until then, we will continue cozying up at home with a drink and meeting via Zoom. Here's the scoop on our April, May, and June Book du Mois picks, and stay tuned for announcements about the Candle and Cocktail du Mois!
In April, we will explore Matt Haig's The Midnight Library. In this bestselling literary fiction novel, there exists a library that contains within its volumes all of your possible realities. This library can tell you what would have happened if you had gone to a different college, had not broken up with that old lover, or had the pancakes instead of the waffles for breakfast. Would you visit the library and get lost in its tomes? What if you could return to your reality after having researched all of your best possible outcomes, would you make different decisions? Nora, the protagonist of The Midnight Library, faces these questions, and we can't wait to see what decisions shape her life! We will meet to discuss The Midnight Library on Saturday, April 24 at 11am.
Content Warnings: suicide, cancer, death, drugs, alcohol, depression
In May, we will get to know the Vance family through J.D. Vance's memoir, Hillbilly Elegy. Vance tells the story of his childhood and his family history as he understands it, dismantling the façade of the American Dream as he does. This book is as much about a man escaping his upbringing as it is about honoring his origins. We will meet to discuss Hillbilly Elegy on Saturday, May 29 at 11am.
Content Warning: drug abuse, domestic abuse, death threats, suicide, alcoholism
In June, we will experience Ocean Vuong’s seemingly autobiographical novel, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous. Vuong’s protagonist, Little Dog, writes a letter to his mother, who cannot read or speak English, describing the events of his life with both compassion and brutal honestly. Vuong explores the realities of race, class, and masculinity as Little Dog struggles with domestic violence, drug abuse, and the inter-generational trauma of the Vietnam War. This coming of age novel reveals the power and joy of telling one’s own story, and is also a part of our Pride Month reading list that is coming soon. We will meet to discuss On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous on Saturday, June 26 at 11am.
Content Warning: domestic abuse, drug addiction, homophobia, mental illness, violence, and depictions of war
Join us on Saturday, February 28, at 11 am via Zoom for a delicious discussion of The Office of Historical Corrections by Danielle Evans. Although it is completely free, registration is required (check out the button below to register). The Office of Historical Corrections is a collection of short stories exploring human relationships and how the past haunts our present. We cannot wait until we can open up our Whisper Room doors, but until then our resident bartender, Alexis, has shared her perfect Cocktail du Mois that you all can make at home and sip with us! So check out the recipe, grab a copy of The Office of Historical Corrections in store or at either of the links below, and we can't wait to see you all on Saturday Feb 28!
Rêves De Chèvrefeuille (Honeysuckle Dreams)
1 Shot of Bayou Satsuma Rum, 1 oz St. Germain, 1 oz honey syrup, 1 oz lime juice, shaken and pour into martini glass, garnished with lime slice and half sugar rim.
It’s winter and what feels better after a long week of work, or a long week of not working, than cozying up with a good read and a delicious cocktail? The Office of Historical Corrections, gave us sweet, citrusy vibes and we’re running with it!
With winter’s surplus of citrus, and delicious satsumas growing in my entire neighborhood’s backyards, we were inspired to bring this month’s book flavors to life. What’s in this winter’s elixir? You have locally made (and absolutely delicious) Bayou Satsuma Rum, the iconic elderflower liqueur — St. Germain, fresh squeezed lime juice, and a dash of sweet, golden nectar otherwise known as honey. Give that a good shake with ice, pour into your most extravagant martini or coupe glass and viola! If you really want to take it to the next level, or you just enjoy being fancy, give your showy glass a sugar rim, and top your cocktail off with a slice of lime.
Bayou Satsuma Rum is the perfect base for a delicious, soul-warming cocktail. It adds a faintly sweet citrus to the creamy vanilla of Bayou’ silver rum. St. Germain brings the elegance. It’s pleasantly floral and sweet without being too sugary. Fresh squeezed lime juice, key words — fresh squeezed, gives the tartness any good cocktail deserves, and pairs beautifully with the honey syrup! Honey, in my humble opinion, is the best of the sweeteners! Mix equal parts honey and hot water, stir, and let it sit. Now you have yourself the perfect last touch for the Rêves De Chèvrefeuille!
This drink is perfect for that friend who “really wants to get into Rum but hasn’t found THE drink that turns them,” for that winter gathering you’re planning to host, or if you’re just looking for the cocktail that satisfies every inch of your pallet. This is the one! Try Honeysuckle Dreams and you’ll be dreaming about it for weeks!
Owners Blair and Endya have been having so much fun at our monthly Book du Mois Club meetings, and we are excited to start announcing our book picks quarterly so all of us have a ton of time to read and plan around the Book du Mois club date! So here’s our Winter 2021 Lineup:
In January, we will explore a new thriller that has been topping the bestselling charts: When No One Is Watching by Alyssa Cole. In this book, Cole looks at gentrification and its racists roots and imagines this process at its extreme. This book has been described as “Get Out” meets “Rear Window” and we can’t wait to see how uncomfortable this psychological thriller can make us! January’s Book du Mois Club meeting will take place via Zoom on January 30 at 4pm. Use the buttons below to register and buy the book and/or audiobook, or stop by the store and pick up a copy!
In February, we will switch format to a novella/short story series that has been making waves: The Office of Historical Corrections by Danielle Evans. Evans has been applauded by many for her unique and insightful voice. In this novella series, she tells short stories in the lives of her characters that each speak to a greater historical, cultural, and racial issue. Although these stories are fiction, we expect Evans can provide an interesting perspective on American history this Black History Month. February’s Book du Mois Club meeting will be on February 27 at 4pm. We have not yet decided whether the event will be via Zoom or in person in The Whisper Room, so stay tuned for that announcement! Use the buttons below to buy the book and/or audiobook, or stop by the store and pick up a copy!
In March, we will venture into new sci-fi territory with Jeff Vandermeer’s acclaimed Annihilation. In this book, Area X has been cut-off from the rest of the world for decades, and with each planned expedition into the territory, stranger and stranger things are happening to the explorers. Vandermeer takes us on the latest expedition with an anthropologist, a surveyor, a psychologist, and our narrator, a biologist, to discover not only the strange things lurking in Area X, but also the strange secrets these explorers bring with them. March’s Book du Mois Club meeting will be on March 27 at 4pm. We have not yet decided whether the event will be via Zoom or in person in The Whisper Room, so stay tuned for that announcement! Use the buttons below to buy the book and/or audiobook, or stop by the store and pick up a copy!
November’s Book du Mois was such a success! We are so happy with the response for The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue. For December, we’re bringing you a holiday romance that will sweep you right off your feet! Released in October 2020, In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren is a mistletoe kiss on a wintry night.
The elevator pitch: “Mae is stuck in a time loop, repeating the same holiday week with the same wonderful people, and the same two brothers she’s known all her life. One she’s been in love with for thirteen years and one … she accidentally drunkenly made out with the night before she was stuck in the never-ending Groundhog Day loop. So, why? Why is Mae stuck? And how does she get out so she can spend forever with her true love?”
Our Book du Mois Club to discuss In a Holidaze will be on Friday, December 18, 2020 at 5:30-6:30 p.m. via Zoom. But that’s not all!!! The most exciting news of all: Authors, Christina and Lauren, will be joining via Zoom to discuss their novel with us! Our meeting begins and 5:30 and they will hop on at 6:00! Please, email us questions you have for the authors before the meeting to email@example.com. We are so excited!
Click the button below to register for the event (the event is FREE, but requires registration), and get your copy of In a Holidaze in store, online, via Bookshop, or via Libro.fm.
As we move into November, the Beausoleil Books family is excited to begin our “Book du Mois” (Book of the Month) series! Each month we will select a book to honor with the “Book du Mois” title. It may be a new release. It may be a classic. It may be horror. It may be romance. There are no rules, and we look forward to hearing everyone’s suggestions for future books!
At the end of each month, Beausoleil Books will host a Book du Mois Club. During Covid-19, these events will be held on Zoom. This format allows us all to stay safe, and still participate in a fun book discussion. Once it is safe to meet in person, we look forward to hosting our book discussions in the Whisper Room (maybe alongside our Vin du Mois). During the Book du Mois Club, owners Blair and Endya will lead a discussion of the month’s book, and look forward to hearing what everyone thinks of the month’s selection.
We will be kicking off with our November Book du Mois pick: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab!! Released in October 2020, this book is a historical fantasy novel spanning Addie’s 300 year life. The Elevator Pitch: “A young woman makes a bargain with the devil to live forever, in exchange, everyone forgets her. Three hundred years later she meets a man in a bookstore who finally remembers her. How far will she go to leave her mark on the world?”
Our Book du Mois Club to discuss The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue will be on Saturday, November 21, 2-3 pm via Zoom. Click the button below to register for the event (the event is FREE, but requires registration), and get your copy of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue in store, online, via Bookshop, or via Libro.fm.
We look forward to hearing everyone’s thoughts on one of our most anticipated releases this year! See you all on November 21!