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

 

10/11         The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

“Told in a series of vignettes, this is a novel of a young girl growing up in the Latino section of Chicago. It tells the story of Esperanza Cordero, whose neighborhood is one of harsh realities and harsh beauty. Esperanza doesn’t want to belong–not to her rundown neighborhood, and not to the low expectations the world has for her. Esperanza’s story is that of a young girl coming into her power and inventing for herself, what she will become.”

11/8       The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline

“Seduced by her employer’s son in early nineteenth-century London, a naïve young governess named Evangeline is discharged when her pregnancy is discovered and sent to the notorious Newgate Prison. Finally, she learns that she is sentenced to “the land beyond the seas,” Van Diemen’s Land, a penal colony in Australia. Though uncertain of what awaits, Evangeline knows one thing: the child she carries will be born during the months-long voyage.  While on a repurposed slave ship, the Medea, Evangeline strikes up a friendship with Hazel, a girl little older than her former pupils.  Hazel was sentenced to seven years transport for stealing a silver spoon. Hazel–a skilled midwife and herbalist–is soon offering home remedies to both prisoners and sailors in return for a variety of favors.

Though Australia has been home to Aboriginal people for more than 50,000 years, the British government in the 1840s considers its fledgling colony uninhabited and unsettled, whle viewing the natives as an unpleasant nuisance. By the time the Medea arrives, many of them have been forcibly relocated with their land seized by white colonists. One of these relocated people is Mathinna, the orphaned daughter of the Chief of the Lowreenne tribe, who has been adopted by the new governor of Van Diemen’s Land.   The three women’s  lives are bound by the hardships they weather together as they fight for redemption and freedom in a new society.”

Wednesday Evening Group meets at 5:45 PM  

10/3         The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

“Told in a series of vignettes, this is a novel of a young girl growing up in the Latino section of Chicago. It tells the story of Esperanza Cordero, whose neighborhood is one of harsh realities and harsh beauty. Esperanza doesn’t want to belong–not to her rundown neighborhood, and not to the low expectations the world has for her. Esperanza’s story is that of a young girl coming into her power and inventing for herself, what she will become.”

11/3     The Prince Of Tides by Pat Conroy

“Spanning forty years, this is the story of turbulent Tom Wingo, his gifted and troubled twin sister Savannah, and their struggle to triumph over the dark and tragic legacy of the extraordinary family into which they were born. Filled with the vanishing beauty of the South Carolina Low Country as well as the dusty glitter of New York City, The Prince of Tides showcases an American original at his very best.”

 

12/1        Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas OR  

                Stories Behind the Great Traditions of Christmas

both are by Ace Collins

“The songs that you’ve sung since you were a child continue to bring Christmas to life each year. Here are spiritual insights, heartwarming stories, and tales of the humble men and women of decades past who wrote what remain the most beloved Christmas songs today. .

The songs of Christmas reveal the true joy to be found in the celebration of Christ’s birth and the spirit of the season that is anticipated each year all over the world.”

“The fascinating stories and origins behind Christmas traditions such as the colors of red and green, the Christmas tree, caroling, nativity scenes, the Yule log, gift-giving, stockings, advent wreaths, mistletoe, and holly.”

 

Avalon Monday Afternoon Group meets at 2 PM

10/1         The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

“Told in a series of vignettes, this is a novel of a young girl growing up in the Latino section of Chicago. It tells the story of Esperanza Cordero, whose neighborhood is one of harsh realities and harsh beauty. Esperanza doesn’t want to belong–not to her rundown neighborhood, and not to the low expectations the world has for her. Esperanza’s story is that of a young girl coming into her power and inventing for herself, what she will become.”