Book Club

Our book club meets once a month. You choose whether to join us for the 9-10 am group or the 6-7 pm group. New copies of upcoming book club selections are 10% off (prices seen below include the discount). There is no fee or long-term commitment required to join the club. We do ask that you purchase the book club selection from the store. The group is lead by Cathy Graham, co-owner of Copperfish Books, and will discuss mainly fiction with some interesting and relevant non-fiction choices added throughout the year. New members are welcome at every meeting.

Please let us know if you plan to attend. Call 941-205-2560 or email copperfishbooks@comcast.net.


November 5, 2018

(Choose either morning session 9-10 am or evening session 6-7 pm.) 

Less (Winner of the Pulitzer Prize): A Novel Cover Image
$14.39
ISBN: 9780316316132
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Back Bay Books - May 22nd, 2018

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE 
National Bestseller 
New York Times Notable Book of 2017 
Washington Post Top Ten Book of 2017 
San Francisco Chronicle Top Ten Book of 2017 

Synopsis:

Who says you can't run away from your problems? You are a failed novelist about to turn fifty. A wedding invitation arrives in the mail: your boyfriend of the past nine years is engaged to someone else. You can't say yes--it would be too awkward--and you can't say no--it would look like defeat. On your desk are a series of invitations to half-baked literary events around the world. 

QUESTION How do you arrange to skip town? ANSWER You accept them all. 

What would possibly go wrong? Arthur Less will almost fall in love in Paris, almost fall to his death in Berlin, barely escape to a Moroccan ski chalet from a Saharan sandstorm, accidentally book himself as the (only) writer-in-residence at a Christian Retreat Center in Southern India, and encounter, on a desert island in the Arabian Sea, the last person on Earth he wants to face. Somewhere in there: he will turn fifty. Through it all, there is his first love. And there is his last. 

Because, despite all these mishaps, missteps, misunderstandings and mistakes, Less is, above all, a love story. 

A scintillating satire of the American abroad, a rumination on time and the human heart, a bittersweet romance of chances lost, by an author The New York Times has hailed as "inspired, lyrical," "elegiac," "ingenious," as well as "too sappy by half," Less shows a writer at the peak of his talents raising the curtain on our shared human comedy.


December 6, 2018

(Choose either morning session 9-10 am or evening session 6-7 pm.) 

In the Midst of Winter: A Novel Cover Image
$15.30
ISBN: 9781501178146
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atria Books - September 4th, 2018

New York Times and worldwide bestselling author Isabel Allende returns with a sweeping novel that journeys from present-day Brooklyn to Guatemala in the recent past to 1970s Chile and Brazil.

An instant New York Times bestseller, In the Midst of Winter is about three very different people who are brought together in a mesmerizing story that offers "a timely message about immigration and the meaning of home" ( People).

During the biggest Brooklyn snowstorm in living memory, Richard Bowmaster, a lonely university professor in his sixties, hits the car of Evelyn Ortega, a young undocumented immigrant from Guatemala, and what at first seems an inconvenience takes a more serious turn when Evelyn comes to his house, seeking help. At a loss, the professor asks his tenant, Lucia Maraz, a fellow academic from Chile, for her advice.

As these three lives intertwine, each will discover truths about how they have been shaped by the tragedies they witnessed, and Richard and Lucia will find unexpected, long overdue love. Allende returns here to themes that have propelled some of her finest work: political injustice, the art of survival, and the essential nature of--and our need for--love.


January 8, 2019

(Choose either morning session 9-10 am or evening session 6-7 pm.) 

A Sister in My House: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143131694
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - April 17th, 2018

Maria and Emma have not seen each other since their mother's funeral two years ago. But now, Emma has come to visit Maria at her house in Spain, an unsettling intrusion on Maria's quiet and solitary life. Over six days in the seaside town, the sisters cautiously recount the years of their separate adult lives. Their walks through the quiet town and evening talks on the terrace reveal almost more than Maria can deal with, until finally, the sisters confront their unspeakable family history.

A Sister in My House is a compelling drama of grief and betrayal, but ultimately it is a story of hope and forgiveness.


February 7, 2019

(Choose either morning session 9-10 am or evening session 6-7 pm.) 

Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780061792267
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper Perennial - February 19th, 2013

Devil in the Grove, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction, is a gripping true story of racism, murder, rape, and the law. It brings to light one of the most dramatic court cases in American history, and offers a rare and revealing portrait of Thurgood Marshall that the world has never seen before.

As Isabel Wilkerson's The Warmth of Other Suns did for the story of America's black migration, Gilbert King's Devil in the Grove does for this great untold story of American legal history, a dangerous and uncertain case from the days immediately before Brown v. Board of Education in which the young civil rights attorney Marshall risked his life to defend a boy slated for the electric chair--saving him, against all odds, from being sentenced to death for a crime he did not commit.


March 7, 2019

(Choose either morning session 9-10 am or evening session 6-7 pm.) 

The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir Cover Image
By Thi Bui
$17.99
ISBN: 9781419718786
Availability: Not in Our Store - Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harry N. Abrams - April 17th, 2018

An intimate and poignant graphic novel portraying one family's journey from war-torn Vietnam, from debut author Thi Bui

This beautifully illustrated and emotional story is an evocative memoir about the search for a better future and a longing for the past. Exploring the anguish of immigration and the lasting effects that displacement has on a child and her family, Bui documents the story of her family's daring escape after the fall of South Vietnam in the 1970s, and the difficulties they faced building new lives for themselves. 

At the heart of Bui's story is a universal struggle: While adjusting to life as a first-time mother, she ultimately discovers what it means to be a parent--the endless sacrifices, the unnoticed gestures, and the depths of unspoken love. Despite how impossible it seems to take on the simultaneous roles of both parent and child, Bui pushes through. With haunting, poetic writing and breathtaking art, she examines the strength of family, the importance of identity, and the meaning of home.