HOW IT WORKS
Order the book and you'll automatically be enrolled in book club.
We'll email you to let you know when your book comes in.
Before the event, we'll email you a reminder that book club's coming up.
Bada bing, bada boom!
WHAT TO EXPECT
Book clubs will be led by one of the store owners and will be an interactive group discussion.
The store will be closed for regular shopping during book club so please don’t be late
15% discount on books (no merch or prints) up to 30 minutes after the event
Buying the book online is your "ticket"
When you arrive for book club, check in at the desk with your name
WHAT TO BRING
We encourage you to bring your own fold-out chair or cushion for the floor. Our small shop has limited space and limited seating options.
Feel free to bring non-alcoholic beverages, but please avoid bringing snacks.
LET US DESCEND
By Jesmyn Ward
Wednesday, November 29th
Historical Fiction - Literary Fiction
“‘Let us descend,’ the poet now began, ‘and enter this blind world.’” —Inferno, Dante Alighieri
Let Us Descend is a reimagining of American slavery, as beautifully rendered as it is heart-wrenching. Searching, harrowing, replete with transcendent love, the novel is a journey from the rice fields of the Carolinas to the slave markets of New Orleans and into the fearsome heart of a Louisiana sugar plantation.
Annis, sold south by the white enslaver who fathered her, is the reader’s guide through this hellscape. As she struggles through the miles-long march, Annis turns inward, seeking comfort from memories of her mother and stories of her African warrior grandmother.
Throughout, she opens herself to a world beyond this world, one teeming with spirits: of earth and water, of myth and history; spirits who nurture and give, and those who manipulate and take. While Ward leads readers through the descent, this, her fourth novel, is ultimately a story of rebirth and reclamation.
By Bryan Washington
Thursday, November 30th
Literary Fiction - LGBTQ+
Cam is living in Los Angeles and falling apart after the love of his life has died. Kai's ghost won't leave Cam alone; his spectral visits wild, tender, and unexpected. When Cam returns to his hometown of Houston, he crashes back into the orbit of his former best friend, TJ, and TJ's family bakery. TJ's not sure how to navigate this changed Cam, impenetrably cool and self-destructing, or their charged estrangement. Can they find a way past all that has been said - and left unsaid - to save each other? Could they find a way back to being okay again, or maybe for the first time?
When secrets and wounds become so insurmountable that they devour us from within, hope and sustenance and friendship can come from the most unlikely source. Spanning Los Angeles, Houston, and Osaka, Family Meal is a story about how the people who know us the longest can hurt us the most, but how they also set the standard for love. With his signature generosity and eye for food, sex, love, and the moments that make us the most human, Bryan Washington returns with a brilliant new novel.