Welcome to Foggy Pine Books newest book club: Pride Among the Pines! We are so excited to feature books by queer authors with queer characters to our community. Keep reading to find out more!
Grace (she/they) and Mary (they/them) are both lovers of queer literature, and as a queer-owned book store we thought it was about time we started a book club for it! Mary is the owner of the store and a long-time reader of queer lit; they love queer fantasy and memoirs the most, and started out with Oscar Wilde's works. That said, they'll read almost anything if you tell them there's a great queer character! Grace started working at Foggy Pine as a bookseller at the end of February. They were sucked into the world of queer lit through Nina Varela’s duology Crier’s War, a sapphic fantasy. She enjoys queer fantasy and history over anything else! We hope you will join us in this very, very gay book club! We will start out meeting online via Google Meet only with the intention & hope to be able to meet in person later this year. This book club is not limited to queer people - we hope our allies in the community will join us as well!
We will be meeting the second Friday of every month at 7:30pm, starting on September 10th!
So, what's the book about?
With her newly completed PhD in astronomy in hand, twenty-eight-year-old Grace Porter goes on a girls’ trip to Vegas to celebrate. She is not the kind of person who goes to Vegas and gets drunkenly married to a woman whose name she doesn’t know…until she does exactly that.
This one moment of departure from her stern ex-military father’s plans for her life has Grace wondering why she doesn’t feel more fulfilled from completing her degree. Staggering under the weight of her father’s expectations, a struggling job market and feelings of burnout, Grace flees her home in Portland for a summer in New York with the wife she barely knows.
When reality comes crashing in, Grace must face what she’s been running from all along—the fears that make us human, the family scars that need to heal and the longing for connection, especially when navigating the messiness of adulthood.
If this sounds like something you would like to read, you can get your copy of the book from the store for 15% off when you order with us: online, over the phone (828.386.1219), or via email. If you're looking for an audiobook, our partners at Libro.fm have it available for easy access on our affiliate website. You can get it here. You can also get it in e-book format, as well! We have a new e-book partner called My Must Reads & you can buy the e-book here.
We are open to the public again (Mon-Sat from 11am-7pm) so you can pickup orders at the register. However, you can also pickup your book using our pickup basket at the front door or the drive thru window. We offer free media mail shipping for orders $30+ & local delivery (within Boone town limits). Getting your book to you as conveniently as possible is important to us! Please let us know how we can help you get your copy of our book club book this month!
Finally, you can RSVP on the Facebook event to get reminders & updates about any changes. Do that here! We will announce each month's book here on our dedicated blog which will include interviews with the author of each month's book and reviews to help you decide. This blog will also be a space where we make book club related announcements & share them with our club members. We encourage you to leave comments to let us know what you think of the book we've chosen each month or to make suggestions for future titles!
We hope to see you for our very fist Pride Among the Pines meeting on Friday, September 10th at 7:30pm!
Reviews & Interviews
Honey Girl - Kirkus Reviews
Morgan Rogers' debut novel 'Honey Girl' is the type of coming-of-age story we need - Seattle Times
Chatting with Morgan Rogers on Honey Girl - SheReads
In 'Honey Girl,' Morgan Rogers Mines Queer Love and Mental Burnout - ShondaLand
Max Ruthless (they/them) -- Store Owner