Books on Tap – NEW MEETING LOCATION!

This book club typically meets one Wednesday of each month to talk books, socialize, and kick back with a cold one.  Meetings take place at Arbor Brewing Co. Plymouth Taproom, 777 W. Ann Arbor Trail Plymouth, MI 48170, in Downtown Plymouth.

Books for the current month’s selection may be obtained from the Reader’s Advisory desk on the main level of the Library. To receive email updates on this group, please register through our events calendar 

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Current Selection

Wednesday, December 14 at 7 p.m.Sabrina and Corinna Book Cover
Sabrina & Corina by Kali Fajardo-Anstine
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published April 2nd 2019 by One World
Register for the December 14 discussion here.

Kali Fajardo-Anstine’s magnetic story collection breathes life into her Latina characters of indigenous ancestry and the land they inhabit in the American West. Against the remarkable backdrop of Denver, Colorado—a place that is as fierce as it is exquisite—these women navigate the land the way they navigate their lives: with caution, grace, and quiet force.

In “Sugar Babies,” ancestry and heritage are hidden inside the earth but tend to rise during land disputes. “Any Further West” follows a sex worker and her daughter as they leave their ancestral home in southern Colorado only to find a foreign and hostile land in California. In “Tomi,” a woman leaves prison and finds herself in a gentrified city that is a shadow of the one she remembers from her childhood. And in the title story, “Sabrina & Corina,” a Denver family falls into a cycle of violence against women, coming together only through ritual.

Sabrina & Corina is a moving narrative of unrelenting feminine power and an exploration of the universal experiences of abandonment, heritage, and an eternal sense of home. (From the Publisher)


Upcoming Selections

My Soul to Keep Book CoverWednesday, January 11 at 7 p.m.
My Soul to Keep by Tananarive Due
Paperback, 346 pages
Published April 8th 1998 by Harper Voyager
Register for the January 11 discussion here.

When Jessica marries David, he is everything she wants in a family man: brilliant, attentive, ever youthful. Yet she still feels something about him is just out of reach. Soon, as people close to Jessica begin to meet violent, mysterious deaths, David makes an unimaginable confession: More than 400 years ago, he and other members of an Ethiopian sect traded their humanity so they would never die, a secret he must protect at any cost. Now, his immortal brethren have decided David must return and leave his family in Miami. Instead, David vows to invoke a forbidden ritual to keep Jessica and his daughter with him forever. Harrowing, engrossing and skillfully rendered, My Soul to Keep traps Jessica between the desperation of immortals who want to rob her of her life and a husband who wants to rob her of her soul. With deft plotting and an unforgettable climax, this tour de force reminiscent of early Anne Rice will win Due a new legion of fans. 

Wednesday, February 15 at 7 p.m.A Woman is No Man Book Cover
A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum
Hardcover, 339 pages
Published March 5th 2019 by Harper
Register for the February 15 discussion here.

In her debut novel Etaf Rum tells the story of three generations of Palestinian-American women struggling to express their individual desires within the confines of their Arab culture in the wake of shocking intimate violence in their community—a story of culture and honor, secrets and betrayals, love and violence. Set in an America at once foreign to many and staggeringly close at hand, A Woman Is No Man is an intimate glimpse into a controlling and closed cultural world, and a universal tale about familyand the ways silence and shame can destroy those we have sworn to protect.

In Brooklyn, eighteen-year-old Deya is starting to meet with suitors. Though she doesn’t want to get married, her grandparents give her no choice. History is repeating itself: Deya’s mother, Isra, also had no choice when she left Palestine as a teenager to marry Adam. Though Deya was raised to believe her parents died in a car accident, a secret note from a mysterious, yet familiar-looking woman makes Deya question everything she was told about her past. As the narrative alternates between the lives of Deya and Isra, she begins to understand the dark, complex secrets behind her community. 


Previously Discussed Books
2022
Why Fish Don’t Exist: A Story of Loss, Love, and the Hidden Order of Life by Lulu Miller
A Night in the Lonesome October by Roger Zelazney
A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi
Interior Chinatown by Charles Wu
Amber & Clay by Laura Amy Schlitz
The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones
The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes & Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty
Good Talk: A memoir in conversations by Mira Jacob

2021
Haymaker by Adam Schuitema
The Daughters of Ys by M. T. Anderson
We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Barry
The Power by Naomi Alderman
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
Quichotte by Salman Rushdie
Alice isn’t Dead by Joseph Fink
Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
The Monsters We Make By Kali White
Horns by Joe Hill
The Dutch House by Ann Patchet
Why We Swim by Bonnie Tsui

2020
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
My Dear Hamilton by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie
Night Theater by Vikram Paralkar
The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
The Good Neighbor by Maxwell King
The Leavers by Lisa Ko
The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner
We Cast a Shadow by Maurice Carlos Ruffin
My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh

2019
Elevation by Stephen King
The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
World War Z by Max Brooks
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard
Little Fires Everywhere by Celest Ng
Kindred by Octavia Butler
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

2018
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain – available via Interlibrary Loan
The Call of Cthulhu and other weird stories by H.P. Lovecraft
The Round House by Louise Erdrich
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
Orfeo by Richard Powers
The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

2017
If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino
The Accursed by Joyce Carol Oates
On Beauty by Zadie Smith
Moo by Jane Smiley
Libra by Don Delillo
The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish by David Rakoff
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
I Wear The Black Hat by Chuck Klosterman

2016
The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld
The Magicians by Lev Grossman
The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
A Thousand Years of Good Prayers by Yiyun Li
Train Dreams by Denis Johnson
Humboldt’s Gift by Saul Bellow
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

2015
Once Upon a River by Bonnie Jo Campbell
White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi
Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson
May We Be Forgiven by A.M. Homes
Hope: A Tragedy by Shalom Auslander
How To Be Both by Ali Smith
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk
The Princess Bride by William Goldman
The Sparrow by Maria Doria Russell
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Tenth of December by George Saunders

2014
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
City of Thieves by David Benioff
Hunger by Knut Hamsun
A Good Man Is Hard to Find, and other stories by Flannery O’Connor
The Good Lord Bird by James McBride
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
The Contortionist’s Handbook by Craig Clevenger
An Untamed State by Roxane Gay
Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson

2013
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Asterios Polyp by David Mazzucchelli
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle: A Novel by Haruki Murakami
Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell
Perfume: The Story of a Murder by Patrick Suskind

2012
A Night of Serious Drinking by René Daumal
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
How Should A Person Be? by Sheila Heti
Goodbye Columbus and Five Short Stories by Philip Roth
What is the What by Dave Eggers
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
Honored Guest: Stories by Joy Williams

2011
Just Kids by Patti Smith
Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart
Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon
Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut
The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore

updated 11/25/2022 by Dee