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Return of Book Club

We’re looking forward to our next Kakao Book Club, coming up this Friday, September 24, at 7 p.m. at the Kakao shop (2301 S. Jefferson). Our good friend Nikki Furrer of Pudd’nhead Books in Webster Groves will be there.

Best part: at this book club you don’t have to read a book and then be prepared to talk about it. Just show up.

That’s because Nikki has already read a bunch of books. (She owns a book store — go figure.) And she’s going to tell you about them. So you can decide if you need to read them. And buy them. (Yes, she’ll have books to sell. And I understand she’s going to give some away as well.)

We’ll also have wine and chocolate to enjoy. Free books, chocolate and wine — maybe that’s the best part.

Just in case you don’t know Nikki, allow me to share some of her Facebook feeds so you can get to know her:

  • Hard to sell books: When I say ROOM is like The Lovely Bones meets Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, what I mean is that the subject matter is a bit gruesome, the story is told by a kid with a unique perspective, and the book is unputdownable. Yes, buzz will make ROOM a bestseller, but the book has to be buzzable for it to work. This one is. Most aren’t.
  • Dear parents, getting a book banned simply makes it the most popular book in town. If you don’t like it, don’t try to ruin everybody else’s dance party. We all saw Footloose, yes? Who didn’t catch the lesson?
  • Skippy Dies is the best book in the shop for the pure feel of it. I know NOTHING about bookmaking, but publishers, please do this for more books. Also, more paper over board. And if this is Oprah’s $28 Macmillan book, I will be pleased.
  • More often than not, the first page is enough for me to know if I’m going to fall for a book. Rich Boy, from Sharon Pomerantz, is one of those books. Thick and juicy, this is a Hot Book for Fall pick.

Okay, maybe the whole thing is all best part. Anyway, be at Kakao on Friday night to hear what’s hot in the book world from someone who knows.