In March our Open Book Club will read The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald. A debut novel to charm all readers, TROBWR shows beyond all doubt that it’s books, along with love, that make the world go round.
Broken Wheel, Iowa, has never seen anyone like Sara, who traveled all the way from Sweden just to meet her book-loving pen pal, Amy. When she arrives, however, she finds Amy's funeral guests just leaving. The residents of Broken Wheel are happy to look after their bewildered visitor—there's not much else to do in a dying small town that's almost beyond repair. You certainly wouldn't open a bookstore. And definitely not with the tourist in charge. You'd need a vacant storefront (Main Street is full of them), books (Amy's house is full of them), and...customers.
This feel-good novel is the perfect cup of tea for any book lover and offers plenty of discussion topics, including that age-old question, "Can you judge a book by its cover?"
Island Book's open book club meets the last Thursday of every month at 7:30pm. Our staff facilitator chooses both fiction and nonfiction titles. All are welcome to attend, and if you purchase your book here in the store you'll always get a 10% discount.