Guys Who Read

for Guys Who Read

From classics to sci-fi, poetry and short stories to novels and non-fiction, these guys meet once a month over food and drinks to discuss books, music, movies, and anything else that comes up.

NOTE: ALL are welcome - everyone who shows up is an honorary guy! This book club typically meets off-site, rather than in-store. Email Raphael at for more info.

We’re meeting next on Thursday, January 19th, at 7pm.

We’ll be discussing Can We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast.

In February we'll be discussing Deacon King Kong by James McBride.

In March we'll be discussing The Drawing of the Dark by Tim Powers.

In April we'll be discussing Owls and Other Fantasies by Mary Oliver and Wade in the Water by Tracy K. Smith.

In May we'll be discussing Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder.

In June we'll be discussing These Prisoning Hills by Christopher Rowe.

In July we'll be discussing Wait Till Next Year by Doris Kearns Goodwin.

In August we'll be discussing When We Cease to Understand the World by Benjamin Labatut.

In September we'll be discussing A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende.

In October we'll be discussing The Concrete Blonde by Michael Connelly.

In November we'll be discussing Vesper Flights by Helen MacDonald. 

In December we'll be discussing Sharks in the Times of Saviors by Kawai Strong Washburn.

Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir By Roz Chast Cover Image
ISBN: 9781632861016
Availability: Backordered - Not In Stock
Published: Bloomsbury USA - September 13th, 2016

#1 New York Times Bestseller
2014 National Book Award Finalist
Winner of the inaugural 2014 Kirkus Prize in nonfiction
Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award
Winner of the 2014 Books for a Better Life Award
Winner of the 2015 Reuben Award from National Cartoonists Society

Deacon King Kong: A Novel By James McBride Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735216730
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - February 2nd, 2021

Winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Fiction
Winner of the Gotham Book Prize

One of Barack Obama's "Favorite Books of the Year"

Oprah's Book Club Pick

Named one of the Top Ten Books of the Year by the New York Times, Entertainment Weekly and TIME Magazine

Washington Post Notable Novel

The Drawing of the Dark: A Novel By Tim Powers Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345430816
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Del Rey - November 16th, 1999

“Combining the best of mythology and real history, Tim Powers takes you on a rollicking magical adventure that is both tense and hilarious. You won’t read a more plausible explanation for Western civilization, or one that’s half so much fun.”—David Brin

Owls and Other Fantasies: Poems and Essays By Mary Oliver Cover Image
ISBN: 9780807068755
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Published: Beacon Press - April 1st, 2006

A perfect introduction to Mary Oliver’s poetry, this stunning collection features 26 nature poems and prose writings about the birds that played such an important role in the Pulitzer Prize winner’s life.

Wade in the Water: Poems By Tracy K. Smith Cover Image
ISBN: 9781555978365
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Graywolf Press - March 26th, 2019

Shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize
Finalist for the Forward Prize for Best Collection

The extraordinary new poetry collection by Tracy K. Smith, the Poet Laureate of the United States

Even the men in black armor, the ones
Jangling handcuffs and keys, what else

Are they so buffered against, if not love’s blade

Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World By Tracy Kidder Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812980554
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - August 25th, 2009

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “[A] masterpiece . . . an astonishing book that will leave you questioning your own life and political views.”—USA Today

These Prisoning Hills By Christopher Rowe Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250804488
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tordotcom - May 31st, 2022

These Prisoning Hills is a post-apocalyptic Appalachian "weird fiction" novella by Hugo and Nebula Award nominee Christopher Rowe.

"Haunting and heartfelt, violent and vibrant."—Alix E. Harrow

Deallocate all implications,
Fortran harrows all the nations.

Wait Till Next Year: A Memoir By Doris Kearns Goodwin Cover Image
ISBN: 9780684847955
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 2nd, 1998

By the award-winning author of Team of Rivals and The Bully Pulpit, Wait Till Next Year is Doris Kearns Goodwin’s touching memoir of growing up in love with her family and baseball.

Set in the suburbs of New York in the 1950s, Wait Till Next Year re-creates the postwar era, when the corner store was a place to share stories and neighborhoods were equ

When We Cease to Understand the World By Benjamin Labatut, Adrian Nathan West (Translated by) Cover Image
By Benjamin Labatut, Adrian Nathan West (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781681375663
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: New York Review Books - September 28th, 2021

One of The New York Times Book Review’s 10 Best Books of 2021

Shortlisted for the 2021 International Booker Prize and the 2021 National Book Award for Translated Literature

A fictional examination of the lives of real-life scientists and thinkers whose discoveries resulted in moral consequences beyond their imagining.

A Long Petal of the Sea: A Novel By Isabel Allende, Nick Caistor (Translated by), Amanda Hopkinson (Translated by) Cover Image
By Isabel Allende, Nick Caistor (Translated by), Amanda Hopkinson (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780593157497
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Published: Ballantine Books - April 6th, 2021

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the author of The House of the Spirits, this epic novel spanning decades and crossing continents follows two young people as they flee the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War in search of a place to call home.

The Concrete Blonde (A Harry Bosch Novel #3) By Michael Connelly Cover Image
ISBN: 9781455550630
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - October 15th, 2013

Detective Harry Bosch was sure he'd shot the serial killer responsible for a string of murders in LA . . . but now, a new crime makes him question his convictions.

Vesper Flights By Helen MacDonald Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802158673
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Published: Grove Press - July 13th, 2021

From the New York Times bestselling author of H is for Hawk and winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize for nonfiction, comes a transcendent collection of essays about the human relationship to the natural world.

Sharks in the Time of Saviors: A Novel By Kawai Strong Washburn Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250787316
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Published: Picador - March 2nd, 2021