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 July meeting will be held Monday, July 11th at 6pm. The August meeting will be held Monday, August 1st at 6pm.

Please see your book club email before the meeting date for details on how to join in via Zoom. For discussion July 11th: 'Damnation Spring' by Ash Davidson.

Colleen and Rich Gundersen are raising their young son, Chub, on the rugged California coast. It’s 1977, and life in this Pacific Northwest logging town isn’t what it used to be. For generations, the community has lived and breathed timber; now that way of life is threatened.

Colleen is an amateur midwife. Rich is a tree-topper. It’s a dangerous job that requires him to scale trees hundreds of feet tall—a job that both his father and grandfather died doing. Colleen and Rich want a better life for their son—and they take steps to assure their future. Rich secretly spends their savings on a swath of ancient redwoods. But when Colleen, grieving the loss of a recent pregnancy and desperate to have a second child, challenges the logging company’s use of the herbicides she believes are responsible for the many miscarriages in the community, Colleen and Rich find themselves on opposite sides of a budding conflict. As tensions in the town rise, they threaten the very thing the Gundersens are trying to protect: their family.

Looking ahead to August's book: 'Come Fly the World: The Jet-Age Story of the Women of Pan Am' by Julia Cooke. 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 August meeting will be held Wednesday, August 3rd at 11am.

Please see your book club email before the meeting date for details on how to join in via Zoom. For discussion August 3rd: 'Counterfeit' by Kirsten Chen.

Money can’t buy happiness… but it can buy a decent fake.

Ava Wong has always played it safe. As a strait-laced, rule-abiding Chinese American lawyer with a successful surgeon as a husband, a young son, and a beautiful home—she’s built the perfect life. But beneath this façade, Ava’s world is crumbling: her marriage is falling apart, her expensive law degree hasn’t been used in years, and her toddler’s tantrums are pushing her to the breaking point.

Enter Winnie Fang, Ava’s enigmatic college roommate from Mainland China, who abruptly dropped out under mysterious circumstances. Now, twenty years later, Winnie is looking to reconnect with her old friend. But the shy, awkward girl Ava once knew has been replaced with a confident woman of the world, dripping in luxury goods, including a coveted Birkin in classic orange. The secret to her success? Winnie has developed an ingenious counterfeit scheme that involves importing near-exact replicas of luxury handbags and now she needs someone with a U.S. passport to help manage her business—someone who’d never be suspected of wrongdoing, someone like Ava. But when their spectacular success is threatened and Winnie vanishes once again, Ava is left to face the consequences.

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

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