Wine & Conversation Book Club

Our Wine & Conversation Book Club meets the first Monday of the month on Zoom at 6 pm.

To find out more and join our bookclub mailing list, plase email Mimi directly at mimi at laplayabooks dot com (or click on the link)

Please see your book club email before the meeting date for details on how to join in via Zoom.

Below is a list of past Wine & Conversation book club books.


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Harsh Times: A Novel By Mario Vargas Llosa, Adrian Nathan West (Translated by) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250858955
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Published: Picador - November 15th, 2022

The true story of Guatemala’s political turmoil of the 1950s as only a master of fiction can tell it

Made in China: A Memoir of Love and Labor By Anna Qu Cover Image
By Anna Qu
Not available at this time
ISBN: 9781646221523
Published: Catapult - August 2nd, 2022

Editors’ Choice, The New York Times Book Review
“The immigrant child longs to be understood and unload her truths, while simultaneously being tasked with preserving her parents’ humanity. . . Qu. . . honor[s] these complexities.” —Chanel Miller, The New York Times Book Review

The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina: A Novel By Zoraida Córdova Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982102555
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Published: Atria Books - July 5th, 2022


Perfect for fans of Alice Hoffman, Isabel Allende, and Sarah Addison Allen, a family searches for the truth hidden in their past in this “expertly woven tale of family power, threaded with as much mystery as magic” (V.E. Schwab, #1 New York Times bestselling author).

The Montoyas are used to a life without explanations.

Come Fly The World: The Jet-Age Story of the Women of Pan Am By Julia Cooke Cover Image
ISBN: 9780358699187
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Published: Mariner Books - April 26th, 2022

Glamour, danger, liberation: in a Mad Men era of commercial flight, Pan Am World Airways attracted the kind of young woman who wanted out, and wanted up

Required to have a college degree, speak two languages, and possess the political savvy of a Foreign Service officer, a jet-age stewardess serving on iconic Pan Am between 1966 and 1975 also had to be between 5&p

Damnation Spring By Ash Davidson Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982144418
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scribner - May 3rd, 2022


Named a Best Book of 2021 by Newsweek, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times

“A glorious book—an assured novel that’s gorgeously told.” —The New York Times Book Review
“An incredibly moving epic about an unforgettable fa

Rock Me on the Water: 1974--the Year Los Angeles Transformed Movies, Music, Television and Politics By Ronald Brownstein Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062899224
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - March 22nd, 2022

"An electric story filled with gripping personalities, compelling backstage histories, and a clear message for the divided America of today: the forces that fear change can win for a time, but in America the future always gets the last word. A lyrical recreation of a magical moment.”—Jake Tapper

Sparks Like Stars: A Novel By Nadia Hashimi Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063008298
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - February 8th, 2022

“Suspenseful…emotionally compelling. I found myself eagerly following in a way I hadn’t remembered for a long time, impatient for the next twist and turn of the story."NPR

The Last Story of Mina Lee: A Reese's Book Club Pick By Nancy Jooyoun Kim Cover Image
ISBN: 9780778388036
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Published: Park Row - December 28th, 2021



Riveting and unconventional, The Last Story of Mina Lee traces the far-reaching consequences of secrets in the lives of a Korean immigrant mother and her daughter

A Certain Hunger By Chelsea G. Summers Cover Image
ISBN: 9781951213435
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Published: Unnamed Press - October 18th, 2021

One of Vanity Fair's Books That Will Get You Through This Winter
"One of the most uniquely fun and campily gory books in my recent memory... A Certain Hunger has the voice of a hard-boiled detective novel, as if metaphor-happy Raymond Chandler handed the reins over to the sexed-up femme fatale and really let her fly. --The New York Times

Missionaries: A Novel By Phil Klay Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984880673
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Published: Penguin Books - October 5th, 2021

One of President Obama's Favorite Books of the Year | A New York Times Notable Book | One of the Wall Street Journal Ten Best Books of the Year

"Missionaries is a courageous book: It doesn’t shy away, as so much fiction does, from the real world.” —Juan Gabriel Vásquez, The New York Times Book Review

The Cold Millions: A Novel By Jess Walter Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062868091
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Published: Harper Perennial - October 5th, 2021

“One of the most captivating novels of the year.” – Washington Post 

NATIONAL BESTSELLER A Library Reads Pick An Indie Next Pick

Transcendent Kingdom: A novel By Yaa Gyasi Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984899767
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Published: Vintage - July 6th, 2021

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • Yaa Gyasi's stunning follow-up to her acclaimed novel Homegoing is "a book of blazing brilliance" (The Washington Post)—a powerful, raw, intimate, deeply layered novel about a Ghanaian family in Alabama.

A TODAY SHOW #ReadWithJenna BOOK CLUB PICK! • Finalist for the WOMEN'S PRIZE

Stranger in the Shogun's City: A Japanese Woman and Her World By Amy Stanley Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501188534
Published: Scribner - July 6th, 2021

*Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Biography*
*Winner of the 2020 National Book Critics Circle Award*
*Winner of the PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography*

A “captivating” (The Washington Post) work of history that explores the life of an unconventional woman during the first half of the 19th century in Edo—the city that w

Owls of the Eastern Ice: A Quest to Find and Save the World's Largest Owl By Jonathan C. Slaght Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250798718
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Published: Picador - June 1st, 2021

A New York Times Notable Book of 2020
Longlisted for the National Book Award
Winner of the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award and the Minnesota Book Award for General Nonfiction
A Finalist for the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year Award
Winner of the Peace Corps Worldwide Special Book Award

American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West By Nate Blakeslee Cover Image
Not available at this time
ISBN: 9781101902806
Published: Crown - July 31st, 2018

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The enthralling true story of the rise and reign of O-Six, the celebrated Yellowstone wolf, and the people who loved or feared her.

Sharks in the Time of Saviors: A Novel By Kawai Strong Washburn Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250787316
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Picador - March 2nd, 2021