Book Group News

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Book groups meet via Zoom and/or in-person. Please contact us at 925-837-7337 or rakestraw_books@yahoo.com for details.

2nd Saturday Afternoon -- Stand-Alone Saturdays
Meets on Saturday, June 1, at 3:30 PM to discuss Tress of the Emerald Sea by Brandon Sanderson. We meet monthly to discuss a great stand-alone (not part of a series!) science fiction or fantasy book. Staff facilitator: Valentina.

2nd Monday Evening -- Murder Mystery Monday Book Group
Meets on Monday, June 3, at 5:30 PM to discuss
Death of an Author by ECR Lorac. Staff facilitators: Susan and/or Ellen. We will NOT meet in July. We'll resume on Monday, August 12, to discuss She Left by Stacie Grey -- and the author will join us in-person!

3rd Tuesday Morning -- Loucy's Book Group
Meets on Tuesday, June 18, at 10:30 AM to discuss Pineapple Street by Jenny Jackson. This group will NOT meet in July. The August book will be The Postcard by Anne Berest. Facilitator: Loucy.

3rd Wednesday Evening -- But "First" Wine Book Group
Meets on Wednesday, June 19, at 6:00 PM to discuss Beach Read by Emily Henry. Staff facilitator: Lisa.

3rd Friday Morning -- Walking Book Group

Meets on Friday, June 21st, at 10 AM to discuss The Rose Code by Kate Quinn. We meet at the bookshop at 10 AM, then head over to the Iron Horse Trail for a 45 minute-long walk. Wear your walking shoes and come join us! Staff facilitator: Amanda.

3rd Saturday Morning -- Transatlantic Book Club
This international group -- we partner with a great bookshop in England! -- meets virtually on Saturday, June 15 at 9:00 AM to discuss Dear Life by Alice Munro. Staff facilitator: Michael.

3rd Saturday Morning -- Sunrise Book Club
This group is on hiatus. Staff facilitator: Susan.

4th Thursday Evening -- We Love a Good Yarn

Meets on Thursday, May 23rd, at 5.30pm to discuss Within Arm's Reach by Ann Napolitano. Bring current needlework (crochet, knitting etc) projects to work on while we chat (craft project is optional). Staff facilitator: Bel

4th Friday Morning -- Julie's Book Group

Meets on Friday, May 24th at 10:30am via Zoom to discuss When in Rome by Liam Callanan. Facilitator: MaryAnn

These groups are free of charge and open to the whole community. Just read the book and come along to be part of these lively discussions.

Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone: A Murdery Mystery Novel By Benjamin Stevenson Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780063279032
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Mariner Books - January 2nd, 2024

Tress of the Emerald Sea: A Cosmere Novel (Secret Projects) By Brandon Sanderson Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250899668
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tor Books - April 2nd, 2024

Pineapple Street: A GMA Book Club Pick (A Novel) By Jenny Jackson Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780593490716
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - March 12th, 2024

Death of an Author (British Library Crime Classics) By E.C.R. Lorac Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781464216268
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Poisoned Pen Press - April 30th, 2024

The Rose Code: A Novel By Kate Quinn Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062943477
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - March 9th, 2021

Dear Life: Stories (Vintage International) By Alice Munro Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780307743725
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - July 30th, 2013

Beach Read By Emily Henry Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781984806734
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Berkley - May 19th, 2020

Within Arm's Reach: A Novel By Ann Napolitano Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780593732496
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - April 30th, 2024

When in Rome: A Novel By Liam Callanan Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780593184080
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dutton - March 12th, 2024