If one of your new year's resolutions was to read more, we encourage you to join the Foggy Pine Book Club and come discuss each month's selection with us. This month, we're reading The View from Saturday by E. L. Konigsburg. We're also excited to announce the first three books that the Foggy Pine Book Club is reading for 2019. So, read on to find out what we have coming up and what this month's book is about.
In an effort to read more diversely, our book club decided together to read more books by people of color. To that end, we chose to read The Good Son by South Korean author You-Jeong Jeong for the month of February. For the month of March, we are reading Heads of the Colored People by Nafissa Thompson-Spires, a Black American author and professor. You can view the events on our event calendar and Facebook page. You can also buy both books in advance at Foggy Pine Books, both in-store or online.
What about the book we're reading this month, though? We're excited to read a novel by Newberry Award-winning author, E. L. Konigsburg, especially since we haven't read a middle grade book together before. This book came highly recommended from one of our book club members and we're looking forward to discussing it's themes and scenes together. This is the summary the publisher gives on their website: Mrs. Olinski, returning to teaching after having been injured in an automobile accident, found that her Academic Bowl team became her answer to finding confidence and success. What she did not know, at least at first, was that her team knew more than she did the answer to why they had been chosen. This is a tale about a team, a class, a school, a series of contests and, set in the midst of this, four jewel-like short stories -- one for each of the team members -- that ask questions and demonstrate surprising answers.
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 26th 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
Sorry I got a little slack during the holiday season. We had a December meeting but multiple sicknesses and tradgedies meant that we ended up canceling it. I hope everyone is healthy and happy in the new year! The next book club meeting is Saturday, January 21st at 7:30pm. We will be discussing Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman, who is a Nobel Prize winner for Economics (2002) and has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom (2013). The book has won many awards, including: National Academy of Sciences Best Book Award (2012) and Best Book of the Year (2011) by The New York Times Book Review, Globe and Mail, The Economist, and The Wall Street Journal.
I chose it for these reasons and also because I, personally, have a difficult time finishing nonfiction books, even if they're really interesting to me. My hope is that having it as part of the book club will encourage me to read outside of my comfort zone. Also, the book just sounds like something that's worth knowing. Using the language of economics, Kahneman discusses the two main types of thinking that humans possess: slow (or logical) thinking and fast (or intuitive) thinking. The book covers why we think these ways and how we can harness the power of each thinking type for maximum success in our lives.
If you choose to purchase this book club book from Foggy Pine Books, we will give you a 15% discount. This brings us to the new book club program that we'd like to offer members of any local book club. If you belong to a book club and are interested in having your books available for purchase at the bookstore, we would love to accomodate you. All that we require is a list of the current and upcoming books for your club and how many members are in your club. We'll be sure to get a few copies in stock. Then, anyone purchasing a book for their book club from us will get a 15% discount. All we need is the book list! So, send a representative in from your club or have them email me at email@example.com to get an account set up.
Finally, I want to talk a little bit about what's coming up for the Foggy Pine book club. Next month, we'll be reading Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. After February, we do not have any books queued up for the rest of the year. We will be deciding what books we want to read for the next six months during our next two meetings. If you are a Foggy Pine book club member (or you want to be!) please come to the next two meetings with at least two suggestions for book club selections during 2017. I will keep a list of the books to vote on at February's meeting. After that, I will post the list here on our website and on our social media for all members.
I look forward to meeting with everyone in a few weeks and to talking about this month's selection. Don't forget to sign up for January's meeting with the form at the end of this post.
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