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

4/11           The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

“The Vignes twin sisters will always be identical. After growing up together in a small, southern black community and running away at age sixteen, the shape of their daily lives is much different as adults.  Everything has changed: their families, their communities, their racial identities. Now, ten years later, one sister lives with her black daughter in the same southern town she once tried to escape. The other twin secretly passes for white; her white husband knows nothing of her past. Even though they are separated by so many miles and just as m

any lies, the fates of the twins remain intertwined. What will happen to the next generation, when their own daughters’ storylines intersect? Weaving together multiple strands and generations, this is both a riveting family story and a brilliant exploration of the American history of passing. Looking well beyond the issues of race, it considers the lasting influence of the past as it shapes a person’s decisions, desires, and expectations.”

5/9            Radar Girls by Sara Ackerman

“This story is inspired by the real Women’s Air Raid Defense, where an unlikely recruit and her sisters-in-arms forge their place in WWII history.  Daisy Wilder prefers the company of horses to people, bare feet and salt water to high heels and society parties.  In the dizzying aftermath of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Daisy enlists in a top-secret program, replacing male soldiers in a war zone for the first time. Under fear of imminent invasion, the WARDs guide pilots into blacked-out airstrips and track unidentified planes across Pacific skies. Not everyone thinks the women are up to the job, so the new recruits must rise above their differences and work side by side, despite the resistance and heartache they meet along the way. With America’s future on the line, Daisy is determined to prove herself worthy.  With the man she’s falling for on the front lines, she cannot fail. From radar towers on remote mountaintops to flooded bomb shelters, she’ll need her new team to be successful with the stakes so high.”

 

6/13          The Hello Girls by Elizabeth Cobbs

“In 1918, the U.S. Army Signal Corps sent 223 women to France at General Pershing’s explicit request. They were masters of the latest technology: the telephone switchboard. While suffragettes picketed the White House and President Wilson struggled to persuade a segregationist Congress to give women of all races the vote, these courageous young women swore the army oath and settled into their new roles.  They faced challenges in a war zone where male soldiers wooed, mocked, and ultimately celebrated them.

 

Wednesday Evening Book Group meets at 5:45 PM

4/6            The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett by Annie Lyons

“Eudora Honeysett is done with this noisy, moronic world–all of it. She has witnessed the indignities and suffering of old age and has lived a full life. At eighty-five, she isn’t going to leave things to chance. Her end will be on her terms. With one call to a clinic in Switzerland, a plan is set in motion.  Then she meets ten-year-old Rose Trewidney, a whirling, pint-sized rainbow of sparkling cheer. All Eudora wants is to be left alone to set her affairs in order. Instead, she finds herself embarking on a series of adventures with the irrepressible Rose and their affable neighbor, the recently widowed Stanley–afternoon tea, shopping sprees, trips to the beach, birthday celebrations, pizza parties.  While the trio of unlikely BFFs grow closer and anxiously await the arrival of Rose’s new baby sister, Eudora is reminded of her own childhood–of losing her father during World War II and the devastating impact it had on her entire family. In reflecting on her past, Eudora realizes she must come to terms with what lies ahead.  But now that her joy for life has been rekindled, how can she possibly say goodbye?

 

5/4            Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell

“England, 1580: The Black Death creeps across the land, an ever-present threat, infecting the healthy, the sick, the old and the young alike.  A young Latin tutor–penniless and bullied by a violent father–falls in love with an extraordinary, eccentric young woman. Agnes is a wild creature who walks her family’s land with a falcon on her glove and is known throughout the countryside for her unusual gifts as a healer, understanding plants and potions better than she does people. Once she settles with her husband on Henley Street in Stratford-upon-Avon, she becomes a fiercely protective mother and a steadfast, centrifugal force in the life of her young husband, whose career on the London stage is just taking off when his beloved young son succumbs to sudden fever.”

 

6/1             The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

“The Vignes twin sisters will always be identical. After growing up together in a small, southern black community and running away at age sixteen, the shape of their daily lives is much different as adults.  Everything has changed: their families, their communities, their racial identities. Now, ten years later, one sister lives with her black daughter in the same southern town she once tried to escape. The other twin secretly passes for white; her white husband knows nothing of her past. Even though they are separated by so many miles and just as many lies, the fates of the twins remain intertwined. What will happen to the next generation, when their own daughters’ storylines intersect? Weaving together multiple strands and generations, this is both a riveting family story and a brilliant exploration of the American history of passing. Looking well beyond the issues of race, it considers the lasting influence of the past as it shapes a person’s decisions, desires, and expectations.”

 

Avalon Book Group meets at 2 PM

4/4            The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave

“Before Owen Michaels disappears, he smuggles a note to his beloved wife of one year: Protect her. Despite her confusion and fear, Hannah Hall knows exactly to whom the note refers–Owen’s sixteen-year-old daughter, Bailey. Bailey, who lost her mother tragically as a child. Bailey, who wants absolutely nothing to do with her new stepmother.\5/4

As Hannah’s increasingly desperate calls to Owen go unanswered, as the FBI arrests Owen’s boss, as a US marshal and federal agents arrive at her Sausalito home unannounced, Hannah quickly realizes her husband isn’t who he said he was. And that Bailey just may hold the key to figuring out Owen’s true identity–and why he really disappeared.

Hannah and Bailey set out to discover the truth. But as they start putting together the pieces of Owen’s past, they soon realize they’re also building a new future–one neither of them could have anticipated.”

 

5/2            We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker

“Duchess Day Radley is a thirteen-year-old self-proclaimed outlaw. Rules are for other people. She is the fierce protector of her five-year-old brother, Robin, and the parent to her mother, Star, a single mom incapable of taking care of herself, let alone her two kids.

Walk has never left the coastal California town where he and Star grew up. He may have become the chief of police, but he’s still trying to heal the old wound of having given the testimony that sent his best friend, Vincent King, to prison decades before.  He’s in overdrive protecting Duchess and her brother.

Now, thirty years later, Vincent is being released.  Duchess and Walk must face the trouble that comes with his return.