Neighborhood Reads has several book clubs open to readers of all ages and reading interests. Three of the groups will meet during the next week.
The Young Neighbors Book Club was created for readers in grades five to eight. This month’s club will meet at the bookstore Sunday, April 29, from 1-2 p.m. to discuss “Hello, Universe,” by Erin E. Kelly. A funny and poignant neighborhood story about unexpected friendships, this book won the 2018 Newberry Medal.
The monthly Teen Book Chat will be held Sunday, April 29, from 2-3 p.m. This month’s chat, for middle and high school students, will be on “Ready Player One,” a science fiction novel by Ernest Cline.
The worldwide bestseller — now a major motion picture directed by Steven Spielberg — was just nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s “The Great American Read.”
The youth book clubs at Neighborhood Reads are facilitated by educators Valerie Jankowski and Rachael Eggert.
The Snapshots Book Club will meet Tuesday, May 1, at 6:15 p.m. This bookstore book club for fans of memoirs and historical nonfiction focuses on people, events and eras. This month’s discussion is on the book, “The Lives They Left Behind: Suitcases From a State Hospital Attic,” by Darby Penney and Peter Stastny.
Snapshots Book Club facilitator Amie Adrian said, “The goal of the book is to look at the history of a specific psychiatric institution through the eyes of past patients, and to ask the important question, ‘Have we really improved our standard of care, or just revamped its image?’ ”
Missourian book reviewer Bill Schwab leads a monthly discussion on American Culture Topics at the bookstore. The next discussion will be held Thursday, May 24, at 3 p.m. on the book “Moral Combat: How Sex Divided American Christians and Fractured American Politics,” by R. Marie Griffith. Written by a scholar of American religion and sexuality, the book is a sweeping account of the century of religious conflict that produced the culture wars.
No registration is required for the book clubs and all books featured are available at Neighborhood Reads, 401 Lafayette St., in Washington.