Drumroll please … doors are now open for the fall season of the MMD Book Club.
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We’re making a change that takes effect this fall: in the future, we’ll be announcing Book Club picks in seasons—so you can know what’s coming, plan ahead, source your books, maybe get on the library request list. And know exactly what we’ll be reading for the three-month interval.
Each month we read one core title together, plus complementary, optional selections that create a “book flight.”
Today I’m happy to announce our fall picks!
We’ll read one of my personal favorites, Crossing to Safety. This story of four friends begins on a college campus, which makes this a perfect pick for back-to-school season.
We’re pairing this with Thomas Foster’s How to Read Literature Like a Professor, a book that will change the way you think about all the fiction you read.
We’ll read Young Jane Young, the soon-to-be-released new novel from Gabrielle Zevin, author of The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry. It’s smart, well-written, and SO VERY DISCUSSABLE. This is the story of a young Congressional intern who sleeps with her boss, spurring a political scandal that ends her career, but not his. This story is told by three generations of affected women—a structure that totally works and is so fun to read.
Bonus: author Gabrielle Zevin will join us in October to discuss her work! These author chats are so fabulous—it’s hard to communicate just how and why they’re so great, you need to experience one for yourself!
We’re pairing this with So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, an absorbing read that’s also more than a little terrifying for anyone who ever uses the internet.
November calls for something a little darker, a little cozier—so we’re reading L. M. Montgomery’s Emily of New Moon. If you come to Montgomery’s later, darker series expecting to find a second Anne, you’re bound to be disappointed. (Luckily, my grade school self had no such preconceived notions. This was the first book that I finished under the covers with a flashlight at 2:00 a.m. because I had to know where Emily’s hopes, dreams, and disappointments led her.) If you can’t stop and read the whole trilogy, I’m sure you’ll have plenty of fellow readers to happily discuss all three books with you!
We’ll pair this with the wonderfully-written journals of Lucy Maud Montgomery, for the insight they give into Montgomery’s life and work. It’s probably not what you’re expecting, and there’s so much to talk about here! (I’m recommending you begin with Volume I, but honestly, any of her writings will give you that glimpse behind the scenes, and give you plenty to discuss with your fellow readers.)
For further reading, you may enjoy Mary Henley Rubio’s biography The Gift of Wings, but read Emily and the journals first.
Another class is coming your way! Tentative name: One Hour to a Better Bookstagram. Regardless of what we call it, we’re diving in to how to create a beautiful bookstagram feed. (Bookstagram= books + instagram, and for a look at what I’m talking about, I share ten of my favorite bookstagram accounts right here.) We’re focusing on how to take beautiful and inspiring bookish photos for the fun of it, and for the love of books and reading.
Class access is included with your membership.
Our fall season runs from September 1 to November 30. Membership is NOW OPEN, and will close on September 5. (Join now and catch our Joshilyn Jackson chat on August 3.)
Membership in the MMD Book Club costs $10 per month and registration is quick, easy, and secure. Click here to get started.
I hope you’ll join us this fall!