Book Club

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Last Thursday of each month, 10.00 am to 11.00 am.

Our next book is Hitch by Katherine Hind to be discussed on Thursday 26 September.

About this month’s book:

Amelia stands beside a highway in the Australian desert, alone except for her dog and the occasional road train that speeds past her raised thumb.

After her mother’s funeral, Amelia was confronted by Zach and reminded of the relationship they had when she was a teenager. She feels complicit and remains unable to process what happened. So she ran. Her best friend, Sid, is Zach’s cousin and the one person in the world she can depend upon.

But, of course, the road isn’t safe either. Amelia is looking for generosity or human connection in the drivers she finds lifts with, and she does receive that. But she is also let down.

Hitch is a raw exploration of consent and its ambiguities, personal agency and the choices we make. It’s the story of twenty-something Amelia and her dog Lucy hitchhiking from one end of the country to the other, trying to outrun grief and trauma, and moving ever closer to the things she longs to escape.

Kathryn Hind, winner of the inaugural Penguin Literary Prize, writes with acuity, empathy and wisdom. She is a shining new light on the Australian literary scene.

For more details, please get in touch with one of our well-read staff members.


Second Thursday of each month, 4.30 pm to 5.00 pm. The next meeting is on Thursday 12 September.

Due to the wide age range of members of this bookclub, there is no set book to read for each month. Instead, we encourage those attending to bring in their favourite book or the last book they read and share it with the group.

Please RSVP on 02 4365 5288 or email the store to secure your place.

For more details or if you have any questions, please get in touch with one of our well-read staff members.

BOOK FACE erina fair -YOUng adult book club


Last Friday of each month, 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm.

Join us for a discussion of our first non-fiction book club pick, When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi to be discussed on Friday 27 September.

About this month’s book:

At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade's training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, the next he was a patient struggling to live. When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi's transformation from a medical student asking what makes a virtuous and meaningful life into a neurosurgeon working in the core of human identity - the brain - and finally into a patient and a new father.

What makes life worth living in the face of death? What do you do when when life is catastrophically interrupted? What does it mean to have a child as your own life fades away? Paul Kalanithi died while working on this profoundly moving book, yet his words live on as a guide to us all. When Breath Becomes Air is a life-affirming reflection on facing our mortality and on the relationship between doctor and patient, from a gifted writer who became both.

For more details, please get in touch with one of our well-read staff members.


Second Tuesday of each month, 4.00 pm to 5.00 pm.

Our next book is Monuments by Will Kostakis to be discussed on Tuesday 15 October.

This month we are lucky enough to have award-winning YA author Will Kostakis joining us for our book club discussions! Despite the attendance of our special guest author, book club will run as usual with no reservations required — just read the book beforehand and then show up on the day! More info HERE.

About this month’s book:

When Connor Giannopoulos discovers a Monument under his high school, he doesn't have any idea how much his life is going to change forever. It turns out that immortality and strength beyond his wildest dreams is a bit more responsibility than he bargained for.

All 16-year-old Connor is trying to do is avoid his ex-best friend when he stumbles upon a trapdoor to a secret chamber under his school. But when Sally Rodgers breaks into the same secret chamber looking for an ancient being, things take an unexpected turn . . . and Connor's life will never be the same again.

Along with the mysterious Sally and, later on, his new friend Locky, Connor discovers the Monuments - gods who have been buried for generations - who created the world and hid themselves away from humanity to keep everyone safe. But now they're exposed and vulnerable, and Connor isn't sure who, himself included, can be trusted with the knowledge and the power these gods have.

Monuments is the first book in an exciting new duology from YA star, Will Kostakis.

For more details, please get in touch with one of our well-read (and very excited) staff members.

BOOK FACE Gungahlin - young adult book club


First Thursday of each month, 6.30 pm to 8.00 pm.

Our next book is Too Much Lip by Melissa Lucashenko to be discussed on Thursday 3 October.

About this month’s book:

Wise-cracking Kerry Salter has spent a lifetime avoiding two things – her hometown and prison. But now her Pop is dying and she’s an inch away from the lockup, so she heads south on a stolen Harley.

Kerry plans to spend twenty-four hours, tops, over the border. She quickly discovers, though, that Bundjalung country has a funny way of grabbing on to people. Old family wounds open as the Salters fight to stop the development of their beloved river. And the unexpected arrival on the scene of a good-looking dugai fella intent on loving her up only adds more trouble – but then trouble is Kerry’s middle name.

Gritty and darkly hilarious, Too Much Lip offers redemption and forgiveness where none seems possible.

For more details, please get in touch with one of our well-read staff members.


BOOK FACE Orion Springfield - Young Adult Book club

Last Thursday of each month, 7.00 pm to 8.00 pm.

Our next book is It Sounded Better in My Head by Nina Kenwood to be discussed on Thursday 26 September.

About this month’s book:

When her parents announce their impending separation, Natalie can’t understand why no one is fighting or at least mildly upset. And now that Zach and Lucy, her two best friends, have fallen in love, she’s feeling slightly miffed and decidedly awkward.

Where does she fit in now? And what has happened to the version of her life that played out like a TV show—with just the right amount of banter, pining and meaningful looks?

Nothing is going according to plan.

But then an unexpected romance comes along and shakes things up even further.

For more details, please get in touch with one of our well-read staff members.


First Thursday of each month, 6.00 pm to 7.00 pm.

Our next book is The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas to be discussed on Thursday 3 October.

About this month’s book:

To smack or not to smack is the question that reverberates through the interconnected lives dissected in Christos Tsiolkas' award-winning novel.

At a suburban barbecue, a man slaps a child who is not his own.

It is a single act, but the slap reverberates through the lives of everyone who witnesses it.

Told through the eyes of eight of those present at the barbecue, this acclaimed bestseller is an unflinching interrogation of the life of the modern family. Poignant and provocative, The Slap makes us question the nature of commitment and happiness, compromise and truth. Whose side are you on?

For more details, please get in touch with one of our well-read staff members.

 

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