VAHI READS BOOK CLUB

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Welcome to our in store book club, VaHi Reads! 

April 7 and April 10: April Book Club

Our VaHi Reads Book Club will meet at 5:15 pm on Sunday April 7, and at 1:00 pm on Wednesday April 10. Join us and Greg Chagnon to discuss our next book club pick, We Are the Light by Matthew Quick. 

Lucas Goodgame lives in Majestic, Pennsylvania, a quaint suburb that has been torn apart by a recent tragedy. Everyone in Majestic sees Lucas as a hero—everyone, that is, except Lucas himself. Insisting that his deceased wife, Darcy, visits him every night in the form of an angel, Lucas spends his time writing letters to his former Jungian analyst, Karl. It is only when Eli, an eighteen-year-old young man whom the community has ostracized, begins camping out in Lucas’s backyard that an unlikely alliance takes shape and the two embark on a journey to heal their neighbors and, most important, themselves.

From Matthew Quick, the New York Times bestselling author of The Silver Linings PlaybookWe Are the Light is an unforgettable novel about the quicksand of grief and the daily miracle of love. The humorous, soul-baring story of Lucas Goodgame offers an antidote to toxic masculinity and celebrates the healing power of art. In this tale that will stay with you long after the final page is turned, Quick reminds us that guardian angels are all around us—sometimes in the forms we least expect.

Please RSVP to attend; RSVP link coming soon.

February 25 and 28: February Book Club

Our VaHi Reads Book Club will meet at 5:15 pm on Sunday February 25, and at 1:00 pm on Wednesday February 28. Join us and Greg Chagnon to discuss our next book club pick, The Curse of Pietro Houdini by Derek B. Miller. 

August, 1943. Fourteen-year-old Massimo is all alone. Newly orphaned and fleeing from Rome after surviving the American bombing raid that killed his parents, Massimo is attacked by thugs and finds himself bloodied at the base of the Montecassino. It is there in the Benedictine abbey’s shadow that a charismatic and cryptic man calling himself Pietro Houdini, the self-proclaimed “Master Artist and confidante of the Vatican,” rescues Massimo and brings him up the mountain to serve as his assistant in preserving the treasures that lay within the monastery walls.

But can Massimo believe what Pietro is saying, particularly when Massimo has secrets too? Who is this extraordinary man? When it becomes evident that Montecassino will soon become the front line in the war, Pietro Houdini and Massimo execute a plan to smuggle three priceless Titian paintings to safety down the mountain. They are joined by a nurse concealing a nefarious past, a café owner turned murderer, a wounded but chipper German soldier, and a pair of lovers along with their injured mule, Ferrari. Together they will lie, cheat, steal, fight, kill, and sin their way through battlefields to survive, all while smuggling the Renaissance masterpieces and the bag full of ancient Greek gold they have rescued from the “safe keeping” of the Germans.

Heartfelt, powerfully engaging, and in the tradition of City of Thieves by David Benioff, The Curse of Pietro Houdini is a work of storytelling bravado: a thrilling action-packed adventure heist, an imaginative chronicle of forgotten history, and a philosophical coming-of-age epic where a child navigates one of the most enigmatic and morally complex fronts of World War II and lives to tell the tale.

Please RSVP to attend; click here for our RSVP link.

JANUARY 17 AND 21: JANUARY BOOK CLUB 

Our VaHi Reads Book Club will meet at 1:00 pm on January 17, and at 5:15 on January 21. Join us and Greg Chagnon to discuss our next book club pick, Now Is Not the Time to Panic by Kevin Wilson. Please RSVP to attend; click here for our RSVP link.

NOVEMBER 12 AND NOVEMBER 16: NOVEMBER BOOK CLUB

In November our VaHi Reads Book Club will read and discuss the book Heaven and Earth Grocery Store by James McBride. RSVP is required to attend a meeting, with attendance limited to thirty people per meeting; our Book Club meetings fill up fast! RSVP here. Meeting options are:

  • Sunday, November 12- 5:15 pm
  • Thursday, November 16- 1:00 pm

OCTOBER 18 AND OCTOBER 22: VAHI READS BOOK CLUB MEETING

In October our VaHi Reads Book Club will read and discuss the book Unlikely Animals by Annie Hartnett. RSVP is required to attend a meeting, with attendance limited to thirty people per meeting; our Book Club meetings fill up fast! RSVP here. Meeting options are:

  • Wednesday, October 18- 1:00 pm
  • Sunday, October 22- 5:15 pm

AUGUST 16 & 20, 2023: VAHIREADS BOOK CLUB MEETINGS

In August our VaHi Reads Book Club will read and discuss Hello Beautiful by Ann Napolitano. RSVP is required to attend a meeting, with attendance limited to thirty people per meeting; our Book Club meetings fill up fast! RSVP to attend will be provided soon. RSVP here. Meeting options are:

  • Wednesday, August 16th @ 1:00pm

  • Sunday, August 20th @ 5:00pm

JUNE 25 AND 28, 2023: VAHIREADS BOOK CLUB MEETINGS

In May our VaHi Reads Book Club will read and discuss The Lioness by Chris Bohjalian. RSVP is required to attend a meeting, with attendance limited to thirty people per meeting; our Book Club meetings fill up fast! RSVP here. Meeting options are:

  • June 25: EVENING Book Club meeting, 5:00 pm;
  • June 28: AFTERNOON Book Club meeting, 1:00 pm.

MAY 7 AND 10, 2023: VAHIREADS BOOK CLUB MEETINGS

In May our VaHi Reads Book Club will read and discuss I Have Some Question for You by Rebecca Makkai. RSVP is required to attend a meeting, with attendance limited to thirty people per meeting; our Book Club meetings fill up fast! RSVP here. Meeting options for May are:

  • May 7: EVENING Book Club meeting, 5:00 pm;
  • May 10: AFTERNOON Book Club meeting, 1:00 pm.

MARCH 22 AND 26, 2023: MARCH VAHIREADS BOOK CLUB MEETINGS

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In March our VaHi Reads Book Club will read and discuss Olga Dies Dreaming, by Xochitl Gonzalez. RSVP is required (click here) in order to attend a meeting, with attendance limited to thirty people per meeting; please watch our Instagram and Facebook pages, as well as our next newsletter, coming March 15, for a link to the Evite. Our Book Club meetings fill up fast!

  • March 22: AFTERNOON Book Club meeting, 1:00 pm;
  • March 26: EVENING Book Club meeting, 5:00 pm.

FEBRUARY 15 AND 19, 2023: FEBRUARY VAHIREADS BOOK CLUB MEETINGS

Our VaHiReads Book Club will have two meetings in February; chose the most convenient for you. The book for this meeting is We Tomorrow, and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin. Please reply to attend (attendance is limited):

JANUARY 8 AND 11, 2023: JANUARY VAHIREADS BOOK CLUB MEETINGS

Our VaHiReads Book Club will have two meetings in January; chose the most convenient for you. The book for this meeting is Mercury Pictures Presents by Anthony Marra. Please reply to attend (attendance is limited):

NOVEMBER 9 AND 13, 2022: NOVEMBER VAHIREADS BOOK CLUB MEETINGS

Our VaHiReads Book Club will have two meetings in November; chose the most convenient for you. The book for this meeting is Mercury Pictures Presents by Anthony Marra. Please reply to attend (attendance is limited):

SEPTEMBER 14, 2022: VAHI READS' JULY BOOK CLUB

Join us for our September meeting of VaHi Reads Book Club at 1:00 pm on Wednesday September 14 (reply here to attend) or at 5:00 on Sunday September 18 (reply here to attend). Our book for this meeting is Fresh Water for Flowers by Valerie Perrin. 

JULY 26, 2022: JULY BOOK CLUB


Our VaHiReads Book Club will meet again on July 26, at which time we will discuss Trust by Hernan Diaz. We will host meetings at both 1:00 and 7:00. Due to the popularity of our book club, space is limited to the first 30 people to RSVP to the linked Evites:

JUNE 8, 2022: VAHIREADS BOOK CLUB

Our June VaHiReads Book Club Meetings are scheduled for June 8 afternoon (1:00pm) and evening (7:00pm). RSVP in the links below: Afternoon: http://evite.me/ekzeGEa6Cv Evening: http://evite.me/XhC9cuK1JC

APRIL 27, 2022: VAHI READS BOOK CLUB MEETINGS, 1:00 PM AND 7:00 PM

Our book selection for April is Still Life by Sarah Winman. Our in-store book club meetings will be on April 27, 2022, at 1:00 pm and again at 7:00 pm. We will be led, as always, by Greg Changnon. Pick up a copy of the book either in the store or online today!

Due to the large amount of interest in our book club thus far, we will cap each of the two meetings at 25 people based on Evite response time. Please reply to our Evite: here for the 1:00 pm meeting, and here for the 7:00 pm meeting here. 

MARCH 9, 2022: VAHI READS BOOK CLUB MEETINGS, 1:00 PM AND 7:00 PM


After having an excellent, vibrant conversation at our last VaHiReads meeting, we have decided to expand our future meeting to allow more people to attend! Going forward each VaHiReads meeting will be held TWICE on the date designated: once at 1:00 pm and again at 7:00 pm! Our next in-store book club meetings will be on March 9, 2022, at 1:00 pm and again at 7:00 pm.

We will be led, as always, by Greg Changnon, as we discuss Ann Patchett's book of essays, These Precious Days. Pick up a copy of the book either in the store or 
online today!

Due to the large amount of interest in our book club thus far, we will cap each of the two meetings at 25 people based on Evite response time. Please reply to our Evite: 
here for the 1:00 pm meeting, and here for the 7:00 pm meeting here. 

JANUARY 26, 2022: VAHIREADS BOOK CLUB, 7:00 PM

For our second book, we will read Maggie Shipstead's Great Circle. Our discussion, which will take place on January 26, 2022 at 7 pm, will be led by Greg Changnon. Attendance is limited to facilitate ease of discussion (and for covid precautions) and you must RSVP to attend.  Evite invitations for the book club are sent to those who have completed the interest form.  Interested in joining future VaHi Reads Book Club meetings?   Complete the form linked above. **DUE TO COVID RELATED COMPLICATIONS THERE IS A CHANCE THAT THIS MEETING MAY BE POSTPONED; STAY TUNED TO SOCIAL MEDIA FOR DETAILS.

DECEMBER 8, 2021: VAHIREADS BOOK CLUB, 1:00 PM 

 

We will read Amor Towles' The Lincoln Highway. Our discussion wll be led by Greg Changnon. Attendance is limited to those expressing interest in our VaHi Reads book club who have specifically replied to our Evite for this event. Interested in joining our VaHi Reads book club? Navigate to the Book Club menu on this page and complete the interest form linked there.

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