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Want to know what kinds of books we read? You can find all of our previous selections as well as reviews written by members of our club below. Some they loved, others not so much. We trust you'll make up your own damn mind once you get to turning the pages. Watch out for a few spoilers too!

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Shadowboxing - Tony Birch (2006)

July 05, 2023

The trouble with Tony Birch’s semi-autobiographical first book, Shadowboxing, a linked group of short stories set in the pre gentrified Fitzroy working class slums of the late 60s and early 70s is not that it isn’t good. It is a fine read, exemplary in...

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Interpreter of Maladies - Jhumpa Lahiri (1999)

June 07, 2023

The book is a cohesive compilation of beautifully written and astutely observed short stories. The thread running through the book is the is the exploration of the complexities of human relationships, particularly within the context of cultural and personal displacement.

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Scoop - Evelyn Waugh (1938)

May 03, 2023

Grab a copy and get reading.   this is a test link At first glance Scoop is s novel of chance, coincidence, and manipulation…. but only at first glance. For inside the cover of SCOOP lies the semi-autobiographical confession of a man shunned by...

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Metamorphosis and Other Stories - Franz Kafka (1915)

April 04, 2023

I approached Kafka with some trepidation, having been amused, but largely confounded by The Metamorphosis many years ago. I am naturally an empirical (some would say concrete) thinker. I like knowable truths and tend to approach books (and film, and art, and music…) with...

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The Outsiders - S. E. Hinton (1967)

March 01, 2023

I went into the outsiders with no prior knowledge of the book, author or movie and found myself quickly drawn in, finishing the whole book over two days. I can’t say I always take to the “classic” novels but I found this one easy...

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The Magician - Colm Tóibín (2021)

February 01, 2023

The Magician by Colm Toibin is a dramatised biography of the life of German author Thomas Mann, his relationships with family, his writing career from early success to Nobel Prize to political exile, and his influential voice being used (or not used) during the...

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Wolf In White Van - John Darnielle (2014)

December 07, 2022

Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle is a thought-provoking novel that explores the nature of reality, the power of imagination, and the devastating consequences of loneliness. I thought the novel was beautifully written and Darnielle's prose is incredibly readable, relatable, evocative, and in...

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