Our Book Clubs

Hello Reader,

La Playa Books currently offers two virtual book clubs, moderated and organized by our new book buyer, Mimi Hannan.  One meets the first Monday of the month, in the evening (Wine & Conversation Book Club).  The other meets the first Wednesday of the month in the mid-morning (New & Noteworthy Book Club).  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)

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

Our March meeting will be held Monday, March 7th at 6pm.

Please see your book club email before the meeting date for details on how to join in via Zoom. For discussion March 7th: 'The Last Story of Mina Lee' by Nancy Jooyoun Kim

Margot Lee's mother is ignoring her calls. Margot can’t understand why, until she makes a surprise trip home to Koreatown, LA, and finds that her mother has suspiciously died. Determined to discover the truth, Margot unravels her single mother’s past as a Korean War orphan and an undocumented immigrant, only to realize how little she truly knew about her mother, Mina.

Thirty years earlier, Mina Lee steps off a plane to take a chance on a new life in America. Stacking shelves at a Korean grocery store, the last thing she expects is to fall in love. But that moment leads to repercussions for Mina that echo through the decades, leading up to the truth of what happened the night of her death.

Told through the intimate lens of a mother and daughter who have struggled all their lives to understand each other, The Last Story of Mina Lee is a powerful and exquisitely woven debut novel that explores identity, family, secrets, and what it truly means to belong.

Looking ahead to April's book: 'Legends of the North Cascades' by Jonathan Evison. Both titles are available in the store for 20% off to book club members.

Our New & Noteworthy Book Club meets the first Wednesday of the month on Zoom.

Our March meeting will be held Wednesday, March 2nd at 11am.

Please see your book club email before the meeting date for details on how to join in via Zoom. For discussion March 2nd: 'The Violin Conspiracy' by Brendan Slocumb.

Growing up Black in rural North Carolina, Ray McMillian’s life is already mapped out. If he’s lucky, he’ll get a job at the hospital cafeteria. If he’s extra lucky, he’ll earn more than minimum wage. But Ray has a gift and a dream—he’s determined to become a world-class professional violinist, and nothing will stand in his way. Not his mother, who wants him to stop making such a racket; not the fact that he can’t afford a violin suitable to his talents; not even the racism inherent in the world of classical music. 
 
When he discovers that his great-great-grandfather’s beat-up old fiddle is actually a priceless Stradivarius, all his dreams suddenly seem within reach. Together, Ray and his violin take the world by storm. But on the eve of the renowned and cutthroat Tchaikovsky Competition—the Olympics of classical music—the violin is stolen, a ransom note for five million dollars left in its place. Ray will have to piece together the clues to recover his treasured Strad…before it’s too late.
 
With the descendants of the man who once enslaved Ray’s great-great-grandfather asserting that the instrument is rightfully theirs, and with his family staking their own claim, Ray doesn’t know who he can trust—or whether he will ever see his beloved violin again.
 

This title now available in the store for 20% off to book club members.

 

If you're interested in titles our book clubs have read over the past few years, please visit our special Book Club Reading List for a list of titles. For more information, please email us at info@laplayabooks.com

The Last Story of Mina Lee Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780778388036
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Park Row - December 28th, 2021

A REESE'S BOOK CLUB PICK

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

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


Legends of the North Cascades Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781643752488
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Algonquin Books - January 11th, 2022

“A beautifully rendered and cinematic portrait of a place and its evolution through time . . .


The Violin Conspiracy Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593315415
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Anchor - February 1st, 2022

GOOD MORNING AMERICA BOOK CLUB PICK! • Ray McMillian is a Black classical musician on the rise—undeterred by the pressure and prejudice of the classical music worldwhen a shocking theft sends him on a desperate quest to recover his great-great-grandfather’s heirloom violin on the eve of the most prestigious musical competition in the world.