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MDBW Book Club

Journey Through Our Book Club Archives

Unearth the literary gems that have enriched our book club gatherings in the past. Delve into the pages of our archive to discover the diverse and captivating stories that have sparked conversations and created lasting memories. Join us on a virtual journey through the captivating world of literature we've explored in previous months, each book leaving its unique imprint on our collective reading experience.

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The Reading List

by Sara Nisha Adams

In this heartwarming debut, widower Mukesh's quiet life in a London suburb takes an unexpected turn when teenager Aleisha discovers a mysterious list of books in the local library. As Aleisha immerses herself in the novels, each story becomes a source of solace amidst her own challenges. When Mukesh, seeking a connection with his granddaughter, crosses paths with Aleisha, a shared reading journey begins. The magic of fiction becomes a lifeline, helping both lonely souls find joy and escape the weight of their grief.

Hello Beautiful

by Ann Napolitano

"Hello Beautiful" unfolds as an emotionally rich tale of a family grappling with the transformative power of love. William Waters escapes a haunted childhood through basketball and finds solace in Julia Padavano, a spirited woman with a close-knit family. However, a dark past resurfaces, unraveling their carefully laid plans and testing the sisters' unyielding loyalty. This profoundly moving narrative explores the enduring strength of love amid adversity and portrays the beauty that arises when we choose to embrace someone not despite their flaws but because of them.

Lessons in Chemistry 
by Bonnie Garmus

In the early 1960s, chemist Elizabeth Zott challenges the norms at the all-male Hastings Research Institute. Despite the unscientific view of equality, Calvin Evans, a brilliant scientist, falls for Elizabeth's mind. Life takes an unpredictable turn, and Elizabeth becomes a single mother, later finding unexpected fame on the cooking show Supper at Six. Her revolutionary approach to cooking challenges the status quo, making her an unconventional influencer. "Lessons in Chemistry" is a laugh-out-loud, shrewdly observant tale with an original and vibrant protagonist.

Everything is Under Control

by Phyllis Grant

This memoir navigates the complex landscape of appetite, tracing its evolving desires with sparse and poignant prose. From her challenging days as a dancer at Juilliard to her experiences in New York City's four-star kitchens, and ultimately to California after 9/11, where she becomes a mother, Grant unveils the revealing contours of her life. This narrative, written with the transparency of a diarist, captures the highs and lows of young adulthood, motherhood, and a life centered around the kitchen. Accompanied by tried-and-true recipes, it's a heartrending yet unsentimental exploration of longing and sustenance.

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