Join us March 3rd as we kick off our new monthly book club series at 900 N. Michigan. Stop by after work every first Tuesday, meet new people, and discuss great books! Get an extra 10% off the Happy Hour menu at Aster Hall's 6th floor lounge. Join us for a new way to add some fun to your month.
How does it work? Read the book (or most of it at least). Come by and discuss/network/chat.
What if I already read/own this book can...I come? ABSOLUTELY.
What if I read it on an e-reader/audiobook? That is 100% okay.
Can I reserve a copy of the book at the 900 N. Michigan or Wicker Park store? YES. Stop in or reserve your copy online for pick up: https://www.volumesbooks.com/book/9780451499066
The first book selection is Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Frances is a coolheaded and darkly observant young woman, vaguely pursuing a career in writing while studying in Dublin. Her best friend is the beautiful and endlessly self-possessed Bobbi. At a local poetry performance one night, they meet a well-known photographer, and as the girls are then gradually drawn into her world, Frances is reluctantly impressed by the older woman's sophisticated home and handsome husband, Nick. But however amusing Frances and Nick's flirtation seems at first, it begins to give way to a strange--and then painful--intimacy.
Written with gemlike precision and marked by a sly sense of humor, Conversations with Friends is wonderfully alive to the pleasures and dangers of youth, and the messy edges of female friendship.
- A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week
- Vogue's 10 Best Books of 2017
- Slate's 10 Favorite Books of the Year
- Elle.com's Best Books of the Year
- The Cut's Best Books by Women
- Vulture's "Best New Paperbacks"
"A writer of rare confidence, with a lucid, exacting style... [O]ne wonderful aspect of Rooney's consistently wonderful novel is the fierce clarity with which she examines the self-delusion that so often festers alongside presumed self-knowledge... But Rooney's natural power is as a psychological portraitist. She is acute and sophisticated about the workings of innocence; the protagonist of this novel about growing up has no idea just how much of it she has left to do."
- The New Yorker
"Rooney has the gift of imbuing everyday life with a sense of high stakes...a novel of delicious frictions."
- New York Magazine
"I love debuts where you just can't believe that it was a debut... Conversations with Friends paints a nuanced, page-turning portrait of a whip-smart university student in the throes of an affair with an older married man."
- Zadie Smith, Elle
"The dialogue is superb, as are the insights about communicating in the age of electronic devices. Rooney has a magical ability to write scenes of such verisimilitude that even when little happens they're suspenseful."
- Curtis Sittenfeld, The Week
"Sharp, funny, thought-provoking . . . a really great portrait of two young women as they're figuring out how to be adults."
- Celeste Ng, "Late Night with Seth Meyers Podcast"
ABOUT SALLY ROONEY: Sally Rooney was born in the west of Ireland in 1991. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Granta and The London Review of Books. Winner of the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award, she is the author of Conversations with Friends. In 2019, she was named to the inaugural Time 100 Next list.