The Brown Bag Book Club meets on Tuesday, August 18, at noon, at the Central Library. The club will discuss
A Paris Apartment, by Michelle Gable.
Shuttered for 70 years, the Ninth Arrondissement apartment is a treasure trove for furniture appraiser April Vogt. Plus, an extended trip to Paris allows her to avoid her troubled marriage. As April uses the diaries of Marthe de Florian to establish provenance of the pieces, she becomes obsessed with Marthe's Belle Epoque exploits, her rivalry with Jeanne Hugo (Victor's granddaughter), and her path from Folies Bergere bartender to renowned (if forgotten) courtesan. All the while, April struggles to forgive her husband's infidelity, a situation not helped by the presence of Luc Thebault, the estate's solicitor, who seems determined to make sure April doesn't work too hard. --Susan Maguire, Booklist
A young Argentinean mathematics specialist studying in Oxford finds lodging with an old woman who worked on the Enigma Code during World War II. The lodger returns home one afternoon to find two surprises: his hero, a mathematics don who has written an acclaimed book on logical series, is on the doorstep, and, when they enter, they find the old woman murdered in her wheelchair. The Oxford don, we learn, has received a note hinting at the murder and calling it "the first of the series." As more notes arrive, preceding more murders, he wonders why he is being targeted as the recipient of these coded messages. It might relate to his latest book, an unexpected bestseller about serial killers and the parallels between investigations into their crimes and certain mathematical theorems… --Connie Fletcher, Booklist
All are welcome to attend these book clubs. For more information, call Naomi at 818 238-5625.
The Genre-X Book Club meets on Thursday, August 20, at 7:00 p.m., at the Central Library. Genre-X is a book club for Millennials and Gen-Xers to hang out, drink coffee, and read short, interesting books. For this meeting, the club will discuss Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, by Robin Sloan.
When Clay Jannon, an unemployed website designer, applies to work the night shift at Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, he must promise not to open any of the volumes shelved in the dimly lit, way-back stacks that stretch to the ceiling. These titles are only for members of a book club, who arrive periodically in the wee small hours to trade one obscure manuscript for another. But it doesn't take long before boredom and curiosity gets the better of Clay…
--Diane Holcomb, Booklist
For more information about this club, call Jeff at 818 238-5580.