Aesop's Book Club

Welcome to Aesop’s Book Club! Our goal is to bring people together who love to discuss all things literary. Every month we choose one book to discuss but we cover lots of other topics so if you haven’t finished the book (or started), feel free to join us anyway!

We meet on the last Tuesday of every month at 11:00am and the last Thursday of the month for an evening discussion at 7:00pm. You can attend either. We ask that you register online so we can set up accordingly but feel free to stop in last minute if you forget (we all do sometimes and can always set up another chair!)

We aim for lively, diverse, engaging discussion. If you have a book you just absolutely loved and would recommend, this is a great place to share. Hope to see you soon!

Upcoming Book Club Discussions

July 30 / August 1

The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

 

 

 

Past Selections

June
Castle of Water by Dane Huckelbridge (4.25 stars)
Paired with green bananas, coconut water and banana daiquiris

This was a perfect book to kick off summer. Dane Huckelbridge's debut novel was a crowd pleaser with most of us going from not wanting to put the book down to not wanting it to end. Barry and Sophie are total strangers and the sole survivors of a small plane crash. Very different people with very different backgrounds, the story revolves around their quest to survive on a small island and how their relationship evolves given their hopeless situation. The story is told in the third person very effectively, alternating from past and present and between Barry and Sophie. A little bit of history, some seemingly random facts and other character stories are sprinkled throughout to give context to the story. Hucklebridge has you rooting for Barry and Sophie from the get go and some of the scenes he creates will stay with you long after the book is over. A great read for both men and women.
 
Paired with za’atar rolls, hummus and a cup of chai tea with extra mint

This powerful, debut novel captivated the group and made for a good discussion. Recommended as a well written, engaging story but be in the mood for dark moments and a heavy plot line.  The story follows 3 generations of Palestinian women trying to make a better life for themselves and their daughters.  A lot of complex emotions and family dynamics are exposed as they try to break the cycle they have been born into... ultimately, they all want to feel like they have a say in how they live their life. 
 
April
Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid (5 stars)
Paired with a mimosa and ibuprofen

This book was a unanimous 5 star read and made for a great discussion. The style of writing was unique, fun and refreshing. It was a love story at its heart but in a way that surprised most of us. The character development was very well done and the band came to life on the pages. We wanted to research the people, listen to the songs and jump into the the rock and roll world Taylor Jenkins Reid created! The story read like a Rolling Stone Magazine interview, following eight or nine different people, which made it easy to follow read and gave lots of different perspectives (which depending on the storyline was interesting, hilarious or heartbreaking). We also discussed the strength of the female characters, which relationships were most impactful and how the decisions of one person could affect so many.

March
One In-A-Million Boy by Monica Wood (5 stars)
Paired with Ona’s tomato soup cupcakes and milk

February
Home Fire by Kamila Shansie (4.5 stars)
Paired with fresh cherries and Pimms 

Other Book Club Recommendations

The Mother-In-Law by Sally Hepworth
There, There by Tommy Orange
Zenobia July by Lisa Bunker
Golden Child by Claire Adam
Save the Plums by Ruth Riechl
How to Be a Good Creature by Sy Montgomery
The Last Romantics by Tara Conklin
Beartown by Fredrik Bachman
My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis Graves
The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff
Pride, Prejudice and Other Flavors by Sonaki Dev
The Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden
My Dear Hamilton by Stephanie Dray & Laura Kamoie 
Maisy Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspeare
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
City of Thieves by David Benioff