We're ringing in 2019 with a classic science fiction story by Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Our group hasn't read a science fiction book in a while and we wanted something fun and exciting to read at the beginning of the year. Douglas Adams was a prolific author, script writer, humorist, satirist, and dramatist. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is one of his most famous works and has been turned into a radio series and a film. He also wrote the series Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency and for the well-known time travel show, Doctor Who.
Let's learn a little more about our book club book though. Here's the summary from the publisher:
Seconds before Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.
Together, this dynamic pair began a journey through space aided by a galaxyful of fellow travelers: Zaphod Beeblebrox—the two-headed, three-armed ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch president of the galaxy; Trillian (formerly Tricia McMillan), Zaphod’s girlfriend, whom Arthur tried to pick up at a cocktail party once upon a time zone; Marvin, a paranoid, brilliant, and chronically depressed robot; and Veet Voojagig, a former graduate student obsessed with the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he’s bought over the years. Where are these pens? Why are we born? Why do we die? For all the answers, stick your thumb to the stars!
So, if you want to go on a space adventure, learn the meaning of life, and figure out why you always bring a towel to space, join us at the new Hatchet Coffee lounge for the January meeting.
If this sounds like something you'd like to read, you can get your copy of the book from the store with a 15% discount until the end of January. If you'd like to purchase online, we have the following the formats available:
We'll meet at Foggy Pine Books on January 31st 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
The Guardian Review--"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams"
Kirkus Review--"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"
BBC Radio 4 Interviews--"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"
This month, after the dark, psychological trip that Shirley Jackson took us on in October, we wanted something lighter and more encouraging. Mary thought The Alchemist would be the perfect book to read together. It's long been a book club classic because it's themes are universal: follow your dreams, listen to your heart, there's a place for all of us in this world. We can't wait for this month's book club discussion and hope you'll join us with your perspective.
So, what exactly is The Alchemist about? Read the publisher's summary:
Combining magic, mysticism, wisdom and wonder into an inspiring tale of self-discovery, The Alchemist has become a modern classic.
Paulo Coelho's masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different—and far more satisfying—than he ever imagined. Santiago's journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life's path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams.
Sounds lovely, right? The perfect read for cleansing your literary palate! 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 November 29th 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
Medium.com Review -- "Book Review on Will Smith's Favorite Book The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho"
The Guardian Review -- "The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho--Review"
Oprah.com Interview -- "Oprah Learns the Secret to Paulo Coelho's Timeless Wisdom"
This month we decided to read a classic, something we haven't done much of together. Since it's October and spooky stories abound, we thought Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House would be the perfect choice, especially when the Netflix special comes out this month too!
Here's the official summary:
First published in 1959, Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House has been hailed as a perfect work of unnerving terror. It is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a “haunting”; Theodora, his lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers—and soon it will choose one of them to make its own.
We can't wait to be terrified! This book club should be interesting. We hope you have some ghost stories to share! 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 October 25th 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
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!
Hatchet Coffee Lounge