Fall 2017 Book Groups
Appletree is pleased to offer two Book Groups this fall! Books In A Bar will journey to France with two forays into French history and culture. Launching in October, our new Young Adult Book Group will look at fairy tales reimagined!
Books In A Bar
Vive la France!
Meet us at Nighttown for a glass of wine and great discussion. Appletree staff members Ed Alix and Kristina Eisenhower will be your guides!
On Tuesday, October 17th, 7-9 pm, we will discuss When Paris Went Dark: The City of Light Under German Occupation, 1940-1944 (Little Brown) by Ronald Rossbottom.
Please note the date change! Nighttown has a very large event on October 16th, so we decided to move to October 17th when Nighttown will be not as busy!
On June 14, 1940, German tanks entered a silent and nearly deserted Paris. Eight days later, France accepted a humiliating defeat and foreign occupation. Subsequently, an eerie sense of normalcy settled over the City of Light. Many Parisians adapted themselves to the situation-even allied themselves with their Nazi overlords. At the same time, amidst this gloom of German ruthlessness, shortages, and curfews, a resistance arose. Parisians of all stripes-Jews, immigrants, adolescents, communists, rightists, cultural icons such as Colette, de Beauvoir, Camus and Sartre, as well as police officers, teachers, students, and store owners-rallied around a little known French military officer, Charles de Gaulle. When Paris Went Dark evokes with stunning precision the detail of daily life in a city under occupation, and the brave people who fought against the darkness.
On Monday, November 13th, 7-9 pm, we will discuss Hunting and Gathering (Riverhead Books) by Anna Gavalda.
Prize-winning author Anna Gavalda has galvanized the literary world with an exquisite genius for storytelling. Here, in her epic new novel of intimate lives-and filled with the “humanity and wit” that has made it a bestselling sensation in France, Gavalda explores the twists of fate that connect four people in Paris. Comprised of a starving artist, her shy, aristocratic neighbor, his obnoxious but talented roommate, and a neglected grandmother, this curious, damaged quartet may be hopeless apart, but together, they may just be able to face the world.
Fairy Tales Reimagined
Writers have long drawn upon the rich cache of stories, themes, characters, and questions offered by fairy tales. In recent years, YA writers have used these to produce imaginative tales of teens navigating their way through challenging circumstances and the challenges of growing up. Ellie Piszel and Erica Steinweg will lead the discussion. The group meets at Appletree on the 1st Saturday of October and November!
On Saturday, October 7th, 2-4 pm, we will discuss Bound (Simon Pulse) by Donna Jo Napoli and “Cinderella” from The Complete Fairy Tales by Charles Perrault.
Young Xing Xing is bound to her late father’s second wife and daughter. Bound to a life of servitude as a young girl in ancient China, where a woman is valued less than livestock. Bound to be alone, with no parents to arrange for a suitable husband. Xing Xing spends her days taking care of her half sister, Wei Ping, who cannot walk because of her foot bindings, the painful tradition for girls who are fit to be married. Even so, Xing Xing is content to practice her gift for poetry and calligraphy, and to dream of a life unbound by the laws of family and society. But all of this is about to change as Stepmother, who has spent nearly all of the family’s money, grows desperate to find a husband for Wei Ping. Xing Xing soon realizes that this greed and desperation may threaten not only her memories of the past, but also her dreams for the future.
The book for November 4th will be announced shortly.
Customers who register for a meeting are eligible for a discount on the purchase of the book. Sign-up below, email us, or call the store, 216-791-2665 to register and order the book!