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Gibson's Book Club, 2013-2014

Our book club is open to all. We've chosen an eclectic, ambitious list of books for the coming year: join us for every meeting, or deal yourself in as the spirit moves you.

Most of these titles are in paperback, or should be by the time we'll read them, and they will all* be discounted 25% from the publisher's price for the following year, whether you join us for meetings or not.

All meetings unless otherwise noted are on the first Monday of the month, and begin at 7:00, to give you time to have dinner and relax a bit first. Parking is free in the Capitol Commons garage and on the street, after 5 p.m...

*With the exception of Inside the Halo, which has to be at full price

Book List

Flight Behavior (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780062124272
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper Perennial, 6/2013

Gibson's Book Group reads Flight Behavior, by Barbara Kingsolver

Monday, Sept. 9,  7 PM

We're starting off with a bang, with one of our best-selling novels over the past year and one that has just come out in paperback. Barbara Kingsolver is a book club favorite across the nation--come find out why!

ISBN-13: 9780393322613
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company, 11/2001

Gibson's Book Club reads Inside the Halo and Beyond: The Anatomy of a Recovery

Monday, October 7, 7 PM

Concord Reads, the community-wide project sponsored by the Concord Public Library Foundation, has chosen the works of Maxine Kumin for 2013. There will be programming based on Ms. Kumin's poetry and prose throughout September and into October. Join us to discuss Ms. Kumin's memoir of her horrific accident and slow, nearly miraculous recovery.

ISBN-13: 9780307352156
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Broadway Books, 1/2013

Gibson's Book Club reads Quiet: the Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking, by Susan Cain

Monday, November 4, 7 PM

The book that started the Quiet Revolution ...

At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over working in teams. It is to introverts--Rosa Parks, Chopin, Dr. Seuss, Steve Wozniak--that we owe many of the great contributions to society.

In "Quiet, "Susan Cain argues that we dramatically undervalue introverts and shows how much we lose in doing so.

This is our non-fiction selection for the year.... we always do one! Come ready to discuss and debate its conclusions.

The Art Forger (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9781616203160
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 5/2013

Gibson's Book Club reads The Art Forger, by B.A. Shapiro 

Monday, December 2, at 7 PM.

Here's the novel that is giving Barbara Kingsolver a run for her money here at Gibson's.

On March 18, 1990, 13 works of art now worth more than $500 million were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. It remains the largest unsolved art heist in history, and struggling young artist Claire Roth is about to discover that there's more to this crime than meets the eye...

"A clever, twisty novel about art, authenticity, love, and betrayal. B. A. Shapiro knows about Degas, and she knows about art theft and forgery, and she also knows how to tell a gripping story." --Tom Perrotta

"Blazingly good. Shapiro drops you where you've never been before, into the whole, crackingly alive world of art galleries, art forgeries, and the unexpected recesses of the human heart. As original as a real Degas, it's also as unforgettable." --Caroline Leavitt, NYT-bestselling author of "Pictures of You"

ISBN-13: 9780547554839
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Mariner Books, 10/2013

Gibson's Book Club reads The Best American Short Stories, 2013, edited by Elizabeth Strout

Monday, January 6, at 7 PM

Each year, Houghton Mifflin publishes a collection of the best short stories from the previous year. The 2013 edition, edited by Elizabeth Strout, is now in stock. The month of December is so busy, we're all so distracted, it's a great month to read short stories. We'll be asking book club attendees to be sure to read these four stories, plus as many others as they like: 

1)  Miss Lora, by Junot Diaz

2) Referential, by Lorrie Moore (Extra credit: the story by Nabokov that "Referential" pays homage to.)

3) The Semplica-Girl Diaries, by George Saunders

4) Train, by Alice Munro 

Richard III (Mass Market Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780743482844
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster, 7/2004

Gibson's Book Club discusses and does a dramatic reading of Richard III, by William Shakespeare

Monday, February 3, at 7 PM

Each February, our book club not only discusses but reads aloud a play by the immortal Bard. We find that our understanding improves through performance. It's a lot of fun. We skip the exposition so we can get out at a normal time, and we all take turns reading the juicy bits so no one feels left out. 

This year we're tackling one of history's (and Shakespeare's) greatest villains, Richard III. 

Our book club reads the Folger edition, which is inexpensive and has excellent notes. Please join us!

The Yellow Birds (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780316219341
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Back Bay Books, 5/2013

Gibson's Book Club reads The Yellow Birds, by Kevin Powers

Monday, March 3, at 7 PM

This unforgettable first novel, by a young veteran of the Iraq War, has already been compared to such great war novels as The Things They Carried and All Quiet on the Western Front.

"Still young, and flamboyantly gifted, Kevin Powers has produced a masterpiece of war literature and a classic." --Hilary Mantel, author of Wolf Hall.

ISBN-13: 9780393928389
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: W. W. Norton & Company, 1/2006

Gibson's Book Club meets to discuss Favorite Poems

Monday, April 7, at 7 PM

No, we won't be reading the pictured book by Robert Pinsky, but it was Pinsky who pioneered the idea of a Favorite Poem Project, so we owe him a shout-out here!

As we did in 2013, we're encouraging everyone who wants to attend this meeting to submit a favorite poem--it can be a classic, it can be your own work. We'll put them all together as a package ahead of time for your review, and we'll discuss them at the meeting. You can submit a favorite poem to .

ISBN-13: 9780307743916
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage, 4/2013

Gibson's Book Club reads The Sandcastle Girls, by Chris Bohjalian

Wednesday, May 7, at 7 PM

An American granddaughter embarks on a journey back through her family's Armenian history, uncovering a story of love, loss--and a wrenching secret that has been buried for generations.

"Chris Bohjalian is at his very finest in this searing story of love and war. I was mesmerized from page one. Bravo!" --Paula McLain, author of The Paris Wife

We will be joined by the author, Chris Bohjalian! Don't miss this special book club event!

The Round House (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780062065254
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper Perennial, 9/2013

Gibson's Book Club Reads The Round House, by Louise Erdrich

Monday, June 2, at 7 PM

Louise Erdrich is one of the world's most talented novelists. Though her style remains intense and poetic, in recent novels she has stripped away any literary effects that interfere with the story she wants to tell. And what a story this is! Full of violence and tragedy yet moving and even humorous. Should be GREAT for discussion.

(The paperback, originally scheduled for May, has been pushed back to the end of September.)

Life After Life (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780316176484
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Reagan Arthur Books, 4/2013

Gibson's Book Club reads Life After Life, by Kate Atkinson

Monday, July 7, at 7 PM

One of the best reviewed and best loved novels of the past year. It will be out in paperback in January, though to show the cover art we are listing the hardcover here.

Life After Life is a novel that explores character, alternate histories, the nature of history itself.

"Dazzling, witty, moving, joyful, mournful, profound. Wildly inventive, deeply felt. Hilarious. Humane. Simply put: It's one of the best novels I've read this century."--Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl

New books, new trailers

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014, 7 PM, join us for a very special book club as New York Times best-selling author Chris Bohjalian leads the Gibson's Book Club discussion of his novel The Sandcastle Girls! Fear not, you need not have read this novel to join in the discussion, or enjoy Chris's presentation on his research in to the Armenian Genocide. Chris will be happy to take questions on all of his novels! All are welcome, newcomers are encouraged.

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Visiting superstars: Blanco, Korn, Greenlaw, Bohjalian, Chiasson. April 15th, 2014

Richard Blanco

Meet Richard Blanco!
The marvelous poet who was chosen to read at President Obama's 2012 inauguration will be in Concord on Wed., April 16, at 7 PM, at the Concord Public Library. We'll be there selling his books, including his memoir, For All of Us, One Today, and his many volumes of poetry, like
Boston Strong: The Poem to Benefit the One Fund Boston.

Why We Make Things
Meet Peter Korn!
One of the most interesting books of this or any season, Why We Make Things is both a memoir and a meditation on the nature of creativity.  The book itself was sumptuously produced by one of the last true craftsmen in publishing, David Godine. Join us at the League of NH Craftsmen on Thursday, April 17, at 5:30 PM, to hear the author and to ask him questions--and maybe to pick up an early Father's Day present.
Chris Bohjalian
A rare local appearance by Chris Bohjalian!
Wed., May 7, at 7 PM
When Chris learned that our in-store book group had chosen his novel The Sandcastle Girls for May, he required little convincing to agree to come talk about it. Armenian history is very important to him. You don't have to have read the novel to attend. Come hear Chris talk about this important topic, and about his many other novels as well. Open to all fans of Chris Bohjalian and students of history!
Chris Bohjalian's excellent new novel, Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands, will be on our shelves on July 8. Reserve your copy today!
Dan Chiasson
Mark Your Calendars!
One of  America's most interesting poets and essayists, Dan Chiasson, joins us at the bookstore on Thurs., April 24, at 7 PM, to read and sign his new collection of verse, Bicentennial. Dan's work appears often in The New Yorker and The New York Review of Books.

Linda Greenlaw
Mark Your Calendars!
Linda Greenlaw, the swordfish boat captain who first came to fame in The Perfect Storm, and who has written many fabulous memoirs and novels about life at sea, now faces her greatest battle with nature—a newly adopted teenage daughter. Meet Linda on Monday, April 28, at 7 PM, here in the bookstore.



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