Speculation Books & Curious currently hosts four different book clubs monthly in store. There's a bookclub for everyone: Speculation Book Club, the orginal, reads anything from thrillers to historical romance, staying within the general fiction genre. Our Geek Book Club reads all things, well, geeky: science fiction, fantasy, and every October, a horror book. If you're less about wizards and prefer food, check out our Foodie Book Club, where, you guessed it, they read books about food, both nonfiction and fiction. Finally, we have our newest member, the Nonfiction Book Club. They read anything from murder trials of the 21st century to travel writing and memiors. Take a peek at each one below to find out what they're reading for the current month.
Speculation Book Club
The Guest Room
When Richard Chapman offers to host his younger brother's bachelor party, he expects a certain amount of debauchery. He sends his wife, Kristin, and young daughter off to his mother-in-law's for the weekend, and he opens his Westchester home to his brother's friends and their hired entertainment. What he does not expect is this: bacchanalian drunkenness, a dangerously intimate moment in his guest bedroom, and two naked women stabbing and killing their Russian bodyguards before driving off into the night. In the aftermath, Richard's life rapidly spirals into a nightmare. The police throw him out of his home, now a crime scene; his investment banking firm puts him on indefinite leave; and his wife finds herself unable to forgive him for the moment he shared with a dark-haired girl in the guest room. But the dark-haired girl, Alexandra, faces a much graver danger. In one breathless, violent night, she is free, running to escape the police who will arrest her and the gangsters who will kill her in a heartbeat.
Speculation Book Club meets the first Monday of every month in store. Join them this month on March 7 at 6:30 pm
Geek Book Club
The Night Circus
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it, no paper notices plastered on lampposts and billboards. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within these nocturnal black-and-white striped tents awaits an utterly unique, a feast for the senses, where one can get lost in a maze of clouds, meander through a lush garden made of ice, stare in wonderment as the tattooed contortionist folds herself into a small glass box, and become deliciously tipsy from the scents of caramel and cinnamon that waft through the air. Welcome to Le Cirque des Rêves. Beyond the smoke and mirrors, however, a fierce competition is under way--a contest between two young illusionists, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood to compete in a "game" to which they have been irrevocably bound by their mercurial masters. Unbeknownst to the players, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will.
The Geek Book Club meets the second Monday of every month in store. Join them this month on March 14 at 7:00 pm
Foodie Book Club
Best Food Writing 2015
Anthony Bourdain, John T. Edge, Jonathan Gold, Francis Lam, Ruth Reichl, Calvin Trillin, Alice Waters. These are just some of the celebrated writers and foodies whose work has appeared in Best Food Writing over the past fifteen years. Whether written by an established journalist or an up-and-coming blogger, the essays offered in each edition represent the cream of that year's crop in food writing. And 2015 promises to uphold the same high standards with a dynamic mix of writers offering provocative journalism, intriguing profiles, moving memoir, and more.
The Foodie Book Club meets the third Monday of every month in store. Join them this month on March 21 at 7:00 pm
Nonfiction Book Club
The mysterious disappearance of Michael Rockefeller in New Guinea in 1961 has kept the world and his powerful, influential family guessing for years. Now, Carl Hoffman uncovers startling new evidence that finally tells the full, astonishing story. Retracing Rockefeller's steps, Hoffman traveled to the jungles of New Guinea, immersing himself in a world of headhunters and cannibals, secret spirits and customs, and getting to know generations of Asmat. Through exhaustive archival research, he uncovered never-before-seen original documents and located witnesses willing to speak publically after fifty years.
The Nonfiction Book Club meets the last Monday of every month in store. Join them this month on March 28 at 7:00 pm