In partnership with The Neverending Bookshop, we are pleased to share with you our book club, In Someone Else’s Shoes! Through a variety of literary styles, we will read a book each month which is written by an author from a culture and point of view that are underrepresented in our literary landscape in the US. These points of view will be explored in a variety of genres and writing styles. The books will be voted on by poll on the Facebook group and presented at each meeting.

The book club meets at The Neverending Bookshop on the 3rd Sunday of each month at 2 PM. We also record the meetings over Facebook Live in our group, so you can join us from all over the world! You can find the current book description in the calendar here and on our Facebook group. Everyone is welcome, however the subject matter of some of the books is more appropriate for older teens and adults.

Our current selection for the meeting on SATURDAY April 20th at 11 AM is The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa.

“An instant international bestseller and indie bestseller, The Travelling Cat Chronicles has charmed readers around the world. With simple yet descriptive prose, this novel gives voice to Nana the cat and his owner, Satoru, as they take to the road on a journey with no other purpose than to visit three of Satoru’s longtime friends. Or so Nana is led to believe…

With his crooked tail–a sign of good fortune–and adventurous spirit, Nana is the perfect companion for the man who took him in as a stray. And as they travel in a silver van across Japan, with its ever-changing scenery and seasons, they will learn the true meaning of courage and gratitude, of loyalty and love”

Here are some of the books we have read and discussed in previous months:

  • I Want to Get Married!: One Wannabe Bride’s Misadventures with Handsome Houdinis, Technicolor Grooms, Morality Police, and Other Mr. Not Quite Rights by Ghada Abdel Aal (Egypt)
  • Silver Bullets by Élmer Mendoza (Mexico)
  • Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal (UK/India)
  • Pachinko by Min Jin Lee (Korea/Japan)
  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Nigeria/USA/UK)
  • In the Country by Mia Alvar (The Philippines)
  • The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende (Chile)
  • Celia’s Song by Lee Maracle (Canada – First Nations)
  • Waiting by Ha Jin (China)
  • Deathless by Catherynne M Valente (Russia)
  • Eucalyptus by Murray Bail (Australia)
  • City of Saints and Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson (Kenya)
  • The Architect’s Apprentice by Elif Shafak (Turkey)
  • Across the Nightingale Floor by Lian Hearn (Japan)
  • The Seamstress by Frances de Pontes Peebles (Brazil)
  • The Devourers by Indra Das (India)
  • The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez (USA)
  • Binti by Nnedi Okorafor (Nigeria)
  • No Knives in the Kitchens of This City by Khaled Khalifa (Syria)
  • A Bitter Inheritance by Alka Kurian (UK/India)
  • The Vegetarian by Han Kang (Vietnam)
  • The Orchard of Lost Souls by Nadifa Mohamed (Somalia)
  • The Country Under My Skin by Giaconda Belli (Nicaragua)
  • The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri (India)

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