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