CHOP SUEY BOOKS BOOK CLUB
Each month we meet to discuss a book chosen by our booksellers.The selection is eclectic and guaranteed to facilitate lively conversation. Stop by the store to pick up your book club copy and receive a 10% discount.
OCTOBER BOOK SELECTION
Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones
Chop Suey Books
(2913 W. Cary St.)
Meeting date & time: Monday, October 29th @ 7:00pm
(the shop will remain closed, knock on the door!)
About the Book: A spellbinding and darkly humorous coming-of-age story about an unusual boy, whose family lives on the fringe of society and struggles to survive in a hostile world that shuns and fears them.
He was born an outsider, like the rest of his family. Poor yet resilient, he lives in the shadows with his aunt Libby and uncle Darren, folk who stubbornly make their way in a society that does not understand or want them. They are mongrels, mixed blood, neither this nor that. The boy at the center of Mongrels must decide if he belongs on the road with his aunt and uncle, or if he fits with the people on the other side of the tracks.
For ten years, he and his family have lived a life of late-night exits and narrow escapes--always on the move across the South to stay one step ahead of the law. But the time is drawing near when Darren and Libby will finally know if their nephew is like them or not. And the close calls they've been running from for so long are catching up fast now. Everything is about to change.
A compelling and fascinating journey, Mongrels alternates between past and present to create an unforgettable portrait of a boy trying to understand his family and his place in a complex and unforgiving world. A smart and innovative story-- funny, bloody, raw, and real--told in a rhythmic voice full of heart, Mongrels is a deeply moving, sometimes grisly, novel that illuminates the challenges and tender joys of a life beyond the ordinary in a bold and imaginative new way.
UPCOMING BOOK SELECTIONS:
July: Sinister Wisdom edited by Julie Enszer
Past book club books:
Black Wave by Michelle Tea
Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff
Richmond's Unhealed History by Benjamin Campbell
When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and asha bandele
Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi
The End of Days by Jenny Erpenbeck
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann
Surpassing Certainty by Janet Mock
Sinister Wisdom #109 featuring Mary Dean Carter, Beth Marschak & Mary Gay Hutcherson
Sorry to Disrupt the Peace by Patty Yumi Cottrell
Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke