Whether you’re already a participant in our Open Book Club or toying with the idea of giving it a try, take a look at what we’ll be reading in the next few months. (We won’t be offended if you borrow these choices for your private book clubs either–they’re good picks!) We come together on the last Thursday of every month at 7:30pm and the staff chooses both fiction and nonfiction titles. Anyone is welcome to attend, and if you purchase your book here in the store you’ll always get a 10% discount. You can also join our Facebook group and chat about what we’re reading in between meetings.
Us&Them by Bahiyyih Nakhjavani (August 30th): James had strong opinions about this book and it’s his pick, so he will be taking over as moderator at this discussion. Lili and Goli have argued endlessly about where their mother, Bibijan, should live since the Iranian Revolution. They disagree about her finances too, which remain blocked as long as she insists on waiting for her son–still missing but not presumed dead yet–to return from the Iran-Iraq war. But once they begin to “share” the old woman, sending her back and forth between Paris and Los Angeles, they start asking themselves where the money might be coming from. Only their Persian half-sister in Iran and the Westernized granddaughter of the family have the courage to face up to the answers, and only when Bibijan finally relinquishes the past can she remember the truth ... continued