This month's choice for the Hatchet Coffee Book Club is Sacre Bleu by Christopher Moore, known for his comedic novels. We realized at the last meeting that we hadn't attempted any comedy books. Most of us had heard of or previously read something by Christopher Moore. Mary's favorite book by this author is A Dirty Job, about a man who unintentionally becomes the next Reaper and must learn the ropes so that souls can be harvested in time. Oh, he also runs a thrift store and is a single dad to a baby girl who ends up being guarded by Hell Hounds. So, that's the type of novel that Christopher Moore writes and we thought this one, about the death of Vincent Van Gogh, would be a great place to start.
Here's the official summary:
In July 1890, Vincent van Gogh went into a cornfield and shot himself. Or did he?
Vincent’s friends, baker-turned-painter Lucien Lessard and bon vivant Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, have their doubts. Now they’re determined to answer the questions surrounding van Gogh’s untimely death—like who was the crooked little “color man” Vincent claimed was stalking him across France . . . and why had the painter recently become deathly afraid of a certain shade of blue? Ooh la la, quelle surprise, and zut alors, what follows is a surreal odyssey and brothel-crawl deep into the art world of late-nineteenth-century Paris, as the one, the only, Christopher Moore cooks up a delectable confection of intrigue, passion, and art history . . . with cancan girls, baguettes, and fine French cognac thrown in for good measure.
Sounds awesome, right? You can get your copy of the book from the store with a 15% discount until the end of the month. If you'd like to purchase online, we have the following the formats available:
Due to an author event that we had to schedule on the last Thursday, we're meeting on the last Friday instead for July. We'll meet at the Hatchet Coffee lounge on July 27th at 7:30pm. We'll have free wine and snacks for book club members to share. Bring a friend and come discuss the book with us, even if you weren't able to completely finish it or if you didn't like it. You can see the Facebook event & RSVP here.
Relevant Reviews & Interviews
Washington Post Review--"Book World: ‘Sacre Bleu: A Comedy d’Art’ concocts a new ending for van Gogh"
Kirkus Review--"Sacre Bleu by Christopher Moore"
NPR Interview--"Art, Mystery, and Posh Pigments in 'Sacre Bleu'"
Recording of Live Interview about "Noir", his new book
This month's choice for the Hatchet Coffee Book Club is the National Book Award winner-Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward. We'd decided as a group that we wanted to read this book back when it was only available in hardcover. However, due to the dark nature of the story, we chose to wait until there was more sunshine in the day before we jumped into Jesmyn Ward's tragic family tale.
Don't know what the book is about? Here's what the publisher says:
Jojo is thirteen years old and trying to understand what it means to be a man. He doesn’t lack in fathers to study, chief among them his Black grandfather, Pop. But there are other men who complicate his understanding: his absent White father, Michael, who is being released from prison; his absent White grandfather, Big Joseph, who won’t acknowledge his existence; and the memories of his dead uncle, Given, who died as a teenager.
His mother, Leonie, is an inconsistent presence in his and his toddler sister’s lives. She is an imperfect mother in constant conflict with herself and those around her. She is Black and her children’s father is White. She wants to be a better mother but can’t put her children above her own needs, especially her drug use. Simultaneously tormented and comforted by visions of her dead brother, which only come to her when she’s high, Leonie is embattled in ways that reflect the brutal reality of her circumstances.
When the children’s father is released from prison, Leonie packs her kids and a friend into her car and drives north to the heart of Mississippi and Parchman Farm, the State Penitentiary. At Parchman, there is another thirteen-year-old boy, the ghost of a dead inmate who carries all of the ugly history of the South with him in his wandering. He too has something to teach Jojo about fathers and sons, about legacies, about violence, about love.
You can get your copy of the book from the store with a 15% discount until the end of the month. If you'd like to purchase online, we have the following the formats available:
We'll meet at the Hatchet Coffee lounge on June 28th at 7:30pm. We'll have free wine and snacks for book club members to share. Bring a friend and come discuss the book with us, even if you weren't able to completely finish it or if you didn't like it. You can see the Facebook event & RSVP here.
Relevant Reviews & Interviews
New York Times Review--U.S. Poet Laureate, Tracey K. Smith, Reviews Jesmyn Ward's Sing, Unburied, Sing
Washington Post Review--Jesmyn Ward’s powerful new novel, ‘Sing, Unburied, Sing’
The Atlantic Review--Jesmyn Ward's Eerie, Powerful Unearthing of History
NPR Fresh Air Interview--For Jesmyn Ward, Writing Means Telling The 'Truth About The Place That I Live In'
PBS News Hour Interview--Jesmyn Ward Answers Your Questions About 'Sing, Unburied, Sing'
This month's Hatchet Coffee book club pick is A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway. We haven't read many classics or memoirs together so we wanted to diversify the types of books we've been reading.
Here's the summary:
Begun in the autumn of 1957 and published posthumously in 1964, Ernest Hemingway's A Moveable Feast captures what it meant to be young and poor and writing in Paris during the 1920s. A correspondent for the Toronto Star, Hemingway arrived in Paris in 1921, three years after the trauma of the Great War and at the beginning of the transformation of Europe's cultural landscape: Braque and Picasso were experimenting with cubist form; James Joyce, long living in self-imposed exile from his native Dublin, had just completed Ulysses; Gertrude Stein held court at 27 Rue de Fleurus, and deemed young Ernest a member of une generation perdue; and T.S. Eliot was a bank clerk in London. It was during these years that the as-of-yet unpublished young writer gathered the material for his first novel The Sun Also Rises, and the subsequent masterpieces that followed.
Among these small, reflective sketches are unforgettable encounters with the members of Hemingway's slightly rag-tag circle of artists and writers, some also fated to achieve fame and glory, others to fall into obscurity. Here, too, is an evocation of the Paris that Hemingway knew as a young man - a map drawn in his distinct prose of the streets and cafes and bookshops that comprised the city in which he, as a young writer, sometimes struggling against the cold and hunger of near poverty, honed the skills of his craft.
A Moveable Feast is at once an elegy to the remarkable group for expatriates that gathered in Paris during the twenties and a testament to the risks and rewards of the writerly life.
We are so excited to talk about this book together and share our own stories about our experiences with Hemingway's works and knowledge about his life.
You can get your copy of the book at the bookstore for $16 but you'll always get 15% off book club titles. You can also purchase the book from us in other formats online:
We will meet at the Hatchet Coffee lounge on Thursday, May 31 at 7:30pm. There will be free wine & snacks for book club members. Please attend even if you weren't able to finish the book or if you didn't like it--some of our best conversations have been when the group is divided. As always, we welcome new members with open arms. See y'all at the end of the month!
This month's Hatchet Coffee pick is The Left Hand of Darkness by the late Ursula K. Le Guin. After reading last month's book, Astrophysics for People In A Hurry, we decided to move into science fiction with our next book. With the recent death of Le Guin and the fascinating summary, it was a simple choice.
Here's the summary:
While on a mission to the planet Gethen, a world whose inhabitants can change their gender, earthling Genly Ai is sent by leaders of the nation of Orgoreyn to a concentration camp from which the exiled prime minister of the nation of Karhide tries to rescue him, in this Hugo and Nebula Award-winning novel.
The last book club was very engaging and we're hoping to have another large gathering to discuss this month's title. Please join us on March 29th at 7:30pm at the Hatchet Coffee lounge. Until then, you can get your copy of the March choice in paperback at the bookstore for 15% off the list price of $9.99. You can also purchase it from us online in various formats and have it shipped to your home for free or available to download immediately. See below for links and prices.
Audiobook: $24.99 (or just $0.99 with your first month of membership on Libro.fm!)
Dear Hatchet Coffee lovers, if you haven't joined the Hatchet Coffee Book Club yet then you are seriously missing out. We meet on the last Thursday of each month (unless there's a conflict with holidays) and discuss an incredible book together while we share alcohol of some sort. Last month we had hot toddies, which were delicious, and in September, we had spiced rum apple cider. This month, we'll share a bottle of wine together while we chat about Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter--the story of an almost love affair between a young Italian innkeeper and a beautiful American starlet that spans 50 years and almost the entire globe. Romantic, funny, and purely enjoyable this book is perfect for the stressful beginning of the holiday season.
You can get your copy for 15% off when you purchase it from Foggy Pine Books. We even have a little display with all of this month's book club titles. If you prefer to read it as an ebook, you can get it here from our online store and download for immediate reading. If you'd rather listen to the book, you can get a digital audiobook from our indie partner Libro.fm to start listening today or you can have the audio CD sent straight to your home from our online store. Regardless of how you ingest the material, we want you to come to this month's book club and tell us what you thought. This is a great opportunity to meet other people in our community who love books as much as you do! It's always a good time and we welcome new members with gusto.
We'll also be discussing ideas for books that we want to read together at the beginning of 2018! So, come armed with recommendations!
The Hatchet Coffee book club has been so much fun this summer! We're really looking forward to Fall though and have some really great things planned for the October meeting. The September meeting, however, will be held as usual with the exception of offering hot apple cider with rum, instead of wine.
The book we're reading and discussing together this month is The Genius of Birds by Jennifer Ackerman.
Ackerman, an award-winning science writer, tours the globe to reveal what makes birds capable of such extraordinary feats of mental prowess. Birds are astonishingly intelligent creatures. According to revolutionary new research, some birds rival primates and even humans in their remarkable forms of intelligence. In The Genius of Birds, acclaimed author Jennifer Ackerman explores their newly discovered brilliance and how it came about.
As she travels around the world to the most cutting-edge frontiers of research, Ackerman not only tells the story of the recently uncovered genius of birds but also delves deeply into the latest findings about the bird brain itself that are shifting our view of what it means to be intelligent. At once personal yet scientific, richly informative and beautifully written, The Genius of Birds celebrates the triumphs of these surprising and fiercely intelligent creatures.
We can't wait to discuss her findings together and share all of our own bird stories. We welcome anyone to attend. We do things a little differently with our book club--even if you haven't finished the book or if you didn't like it, we still want you to come. The goal is to unite our community through a love a literature, not to scold anyone about their reading habits or preferences. So, come out to meet the Hatchet Coffee book club on Thursday, September 28th at 7:30pm. We'll be meeting at the Hatchet Coffee location on 200 Den Mac Rd in Boone.
Hello folks! Welcome to the new digital home of the Hatchet Coffee Book Club!
Foggy Pine Books and Hatchet Coffee partner together to bring you a monthly book club at their location each month. We meet the final Thursday at 7:30pm. Alcohol drinks will be provided for those who are age 21 and up. If you can, please RSVP to our Facebook event so we can prepare properly for our guests. We hope you'll join us for great conversations about great books.
This month's meeting will be held on Thursday, June 29th at 7:30pm. We will be reading and discussing Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, in honor of Pride Month.
Book Summary: Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.
With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.
You can purchase a paperback copy of the book at the store for $9.99 & receive 15% off.
You can purchase the ebook here for $9.99.
You can purchase the audiobook here for $19.99--or sign up for a monthly membership and get your first book for $0.99!
Here's what we're reading next:
July: Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
August: Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey
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