MARTHA MERRELL’S BOOK CLUBS

Martha Merrell’s hosts a variety of book clubs and is pleased to offer the following services free-of-charge to area clubs.

We can:

  • Provide a meeting space for clubs
  • Provide a selection of books for your club to choose from
  • Special order club selections
  • Provide a 15% discount on club selections
  • Facilitate discussions
  • No-charge consulting on new books and current trends
  • Share what other clubs are reading

We invite you to stop by our location at 231 West Main Street in the Avalon Square Building.

Discover what we have to offer!

Contact us to set up your club meeting at the store on a regular monthly basis. If you are interested in using our space on a more occasional basis, feel free to schedule a time with us as well.  (New surroundings can be just what your book club needs to invigorate itself.)  We will gladly accommodate your group’s needs including light refreshments, lunch or dinner. 

UPCOMING BOOK CLUBS

Monday Morning Group meets at 10:30 AM

10/10         The Cold Millions by Jess Walter     (Waukesha Reads)

 

“The Dolans live by their wits, jumping freight trains and lining up for day work at crooked job agencies.  Sixteen-year-old Rye yearns for a steady job and a home.  His older brother Gig dreams of a better world, fighting alongside other union men for fair pay and decent treatment. Enter Ursula the Great, a vaudeville singer who performs with a live cougar and introduces the brothers to a far more dangerous creature: a mining magnate determined to keep his wealth and his hold on Ursula.

Dubious of Gig’s idealism, Rye finds himself drawn to a fearless nineteen-year-old activist and feminist named Elizabeth Gurley Flynn. However, a storm is coming that threatens to overwhelm them all.  Rye will be forced to decide where he stands. Is it enough to win the occasional battle, even if you cannot win the war?”

 

11/14         Hotel Nantucket by Elin Hilderbrand

 

“Fresh off a bad breakup with a longtime boyfriend, Nantucket sweetheart Lizbet Keaton is desperately seeking a second act. When she’s named the new general manager of the Hotel Nantucket — a once Gilded Age gem turned abandoned eyesore– she hopes that her local expertise and charismatic staff can win the favor of their new London billionaire owner Xavier Darling, as well as that of Shelly Carpenter, the wildly popular Instagram tastemaker, who can help put them back on the map. While the Hotel Nantucket appears to be a blissful paradise, complete with a celebrity chef-run restaurant and an idyllic wellness center, there’s a lot of drama behind closed doors. The staff (and guests) have complicated pasts and the hotel can’t seem to overcome the bad reputation it earned in 1922 when a tragic fire killed nineteen-year-old chambermaid Grace Hadley. With Grace gleefully haunting the halls, a staff harboring all kinds of secrets, and Lizbet’s own romantic uncertainty, is the Hotel Nantucket destined for success or doom?”

 

12/12         White Bird by R. J. Palacio (graphic novel)

 

“Grandmère’s heartrending story of how she, a young Jewish girl, was hidden by a family in a Nazi-occupied French village during World War II; how the boy she and her classmates once shunned became her savior and best friend.  Sara’s harrowing experience movingly demonstrates the power of kindness to change hearts, build bridges, and even save lives. As Grandmère tells Julian, it always takes courage to be kind, but in those days, such kindness could cost you everything. “

 

 

Monday Afternoon Group meets at 2:30 PM

10/10         The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

“In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet weekly in the Jigsaw Room to discuss unsolved crimes; together they call themselves the Thursday Murder Club.  When a local developer is found dead with a mysterious photograph left next to the body, the Thursday Murder Club suddenly find themselves in the middle of their first live case.  As the bodies begin to pile up, can our unorthodox but brilliant gang catch the killer, before it’s too late?

 

11/14         Wonder by R. J. Palacio

“August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school.  Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid, but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. Beginning from Auggie’s point of view and expanding to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others, the perspectives converge to form a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance.”

 

Wednesday Evening Book Group meets at 5:45 PM

10/5          The Cold Millions by Jess Walter     (Waukesha Reads)

 

“The Dolans live by their wits, jumping freight trains and lining up for day work at crooked job agencies.  Sixteen-year-old Rye yearns for a steady job and a home.  His older brother Gig dreams of a better world, fighting alongside other union men for fair pay and decent treatment. Enter Ursula the Great, a vaudeville singer who performs with a live cougar and introduces the brothers to a far more dangerous creature: a mining magnate determined to keep his wealth and his hold on Ursula.

Dubious of Gig’s idealism, Rye finds himself drawn to a fearless nineteen-year-old activist and feminist named Elizabeth Gurley Flynn. However, a storm is coming that threatens to overwhelm them all.  Rye will be forced to decide where he stands. Is it enough to win the occasional battle, even if you cannot win the war?”

 

11/2           The Book Woman’s Daughter by Kim Richardson

 

“In the beautiful Kentucky mountains, Honey Lovett has always known that the old ways can make a hard life harder. As the daughter of the famed blue-skinned, Troublesome Creek packhorse librarian, Honey and her family have been hiding from te law all her life. When her mother and father are imprisoned, Honey realizes she must fight to stay free or risk being sent away for good.

Picking up her mother’s old packhorse library route, Honey begins to deliver books to the remote hollers of Appalachia. Honey is looking to prove that she doesn’t need anyone telling her how to survive. The route can be treacherous with some folks aren’t as keen to let a woman pave her own way.  If Honey wants to bring the freedom books provide to the families who need it most, she’s going to have to fight for her place, while learning that the extraordinary women who run the hills and hollers can make all the difference in the world.”

 

 

Avalon Book Group meets at 2 PM on Mondays

 

10/3          The Cold Millions by Jess Walter     (Waukesha Reads)

 

“The Dolans live by their wits, jumping freight trains and lining up for day work at crooked job agencies.  Sixteen-year-old Rye yearns for a steady job and a home.  His older brother Gig dreams of a better world, fighting alongside other union men for fair pay and decent treatment. Enter Ursula the Great, a vaudeville singer who performs with a live cougar and introduces the brothers to a far more dangerous creature: a mining magnate determined to keep his wealth and his hold on Ursula.

Dubious of Gig’s idealism, Rye finds himself drawn to a fearless nineteen-year-old activist and feminist named Elizabeth Gurley Flynn. However, a storm is coming that threatens to overwhelm them all.  Rye will be forced to decide where he stands. Is it enough to win the occasional battle, even if you cannot win the war?”

 

11/7           The Book Woman’s Daughter by Kim Richardson

 

“In the beautiful Kentucky mountains, Honey Lovett has always known that the old ways can make a hard life harder. As the daughter of the famed blue-skinned, Troublesome Creek packhorse librarian, Honey and her family have been hiding from te law all her life. When her mother and father are imprisoned, Honey realizes she must fight to stay free or risk being sent away for good.

Picking up her mother’s old packhorse library route, Honey begins to deliver books to the remote hollers of Appalachia. Honey is looking to prove that she doesn’t need anyone telling her how to survive. The route can be treacherous with some folks aren’t as keen to let a woman pave her own way.  If Honey wants to bring the freedom books provide to the families who need it most, she’s going to have to fight for her place, while learning that the extraordinary women who run the hills and hollers can make all the difference in the world.”

 

12/5          A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner

 

September 1911. On Ellis Island in New York Harbor, nurse Clara Wood cannot face returning to Manhattan where the man she loved fell to his death in the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire. While caring for a fevered immigrant whose own loss mirrors hers, she becomes intrigued by a name embroidered on the scarf he carries…and finds herself caught in a dilemma that compels her to confront the truth about the assumptions she’s made. Will what she learns devastate her or free her?

September 2011. On Manhattan’s Upper West Side, widow Taryn Michaels has convinced herself that she is living fully, working in a charming specialty fabric store and raising her daughter alone. Then a long-lost photograph appears in a national magazine and she is forced to relive the terrible day her husband died in the collapse of the World Trade Towers…the same day a stranger reached out and saved her. Will a chance reconnection and a century-old scarf open Taryn’s eyes to the larger forces at work in her life?”