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Book Clubs at the Big Blue Marble


We have a number of in-store monthly book discussion groups, detailed below, that are open to the community. We also provide space for external book clubs to meet in our community room. Do you have a book group that would like a cozy place to gather? For queries and scheduling, email outreach@bigbluemarblebooks.com or call 215-844-1870.

Some book groups have an associated newsletter. You can sign up here, and specify on the form which newsletter(s) you'd like to receive. If you want to add (or make changes) to your existing lists, click the "Update Profile" link within a newsletter.


Sunday, July 30, 10:30am.
New! Rad Parents' Book Group

A monthly group for parents and their families to talk about books, kids, and parenting. We meet the last Sunday of every month at 10:30am. There is no need to commit to coming to all the groups - come when you can! Email us with questions at radparentsbookclub@gmail.com.
You can purchase the current book club selection at a 10% discount!

July's book: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Upcoming Selection(s):
August 27: Life Moves Pretty Fast by Hadley Freeman
September 24: Freedom is a Constant Struggle by Angela Davis
October 29: Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
November 26: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
December 31: You Are Badass by Jen Sincero

Wednesday, July 26, 7:00pm.
Poetry Is Not a Luxury Book Club with Elliott batTzedek, MFA.

A monthly book club where we'll use the best contemporary poets to explore the most urgent social issues. Each month we'll focus on a different book, along with individual poems from other poets addressing similar issues. We'll be discussing poetry as poets do, listening for sound, playing with language, considering joy and sorrow. No quizzes on "hidden meanings" here - reading poetry should be a journey, not a standardized test! And you can expect visit from some of Philly's best poetic voices.
We will meet fourth Wednesdays of the month from 7:00-8:30pm, with a few date changes around holidays: September 28, October 26, November 30 (5th Wednesday), No meeting in December, January 25, February 22, March 22, April 26, May 24, June 28.
You can purchase the current book club selection at a 10% discount! Click book titles for more information on each book! See below for past selections.

July's book: Bright Dead Things by Ada Limon
Upcoming Selection(s): TBA

Big Blue Young Adult Book Discussion - ending after May, 2016 -- Newsletter continuing!
An open discussion group for adults who read YA and teens who like to talk about books.
Join us for a discussion of young adult books, led by Jen Sheffield. The books do not have to be big or blue, though that's always nice.
See below for past selections.
Newsletter: See our blog for links to ongoing newsletters, or sign up here to receive them yourself!

Women of the World Book Club - on hiatus.
We are a book club that reads international and multicultural women writers, both fiction and non-fiction. We meet the last Tuesday of the month at 7:00pm. Led by Maleka Fruean. See below for past selections.

Queer Literary Alliance Book Group. - ending after August, 2016.
QLA is a monthly book club open to everyone, focusing on queer books. Queer books exist in every genre and we hope to celebrate that, intentionally focusing on books by non-white people, non-cis folk, people with disabilities, and other identities sometimes marginalized by the greater queer community. That sounds like serious business, but really, the point is to read and broadly examine work outside the cannon of queer lit with other smart nerds. See below for past selections.

Life Stories Book Group (current focus: Memoirs of Place) - ending after November, 2015.
The Life Stories book group is designed for writers, but all are welcome. We read and discuss mostly memoirs, both contemporary and classic, focusing on the writing and structure as well as content and narrative. We meet the last Wednesday of the month, from 7:15pm-8:30pm, led by Minter Krotzer. Free and open to the public. See below for past selections.

Past Selections,
Life Stories Book Group
Past Selections, Poetry Is
Not a Luxury Book Club
2015
With or Without You by Dominica Ruta
Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America by Firoozeh Dumas
A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah
The Horizontal World: Growing Up Wild in the Middle of Nowhere by Debra Marquart
Volcano: A Memoir of Hawaii by Garrett Hongo
Clear Springs: A Family History by Bobbie Ann Mason
Two or Three Things I Know for Sure by Dorothy Allison
All Over but the Shoutin' by Rick Bragg
Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman
One Hundred Names for Love by Diane Ackerman
Little Failure by Gary Shteynygart
2014
Half a Life by Darin Strauss
A Three Dog Life by Abigail Thomas
Track Conditions by Michael Klein
The Boys of My Youth by Jo Ann Beard
Fierce Attachments by Vivian Gornick
Bone Black by Bell Hooks
Just Kids by Patti Smith
Making Toast by Roger Rosenblatt
Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov
Girl Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
2013
Stop-Time by Frank Conroy
Truth & Beauty by Ann Patchett
Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy
A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
What I Talk about When I Talk about Running by Haruki Murakami
When I was Puerto Rican by Esmeralda Santiago
Cherry by Mary Karr
The Bill From My Father by Bernard Cooper
My Sister Life: The Story of My Sister's Disappearance by Maria Flook
This Boy's Life by Tobias Wolff
2012
The Duke of Deception by Geoffrey Wolff
One Drop: My Father's Hidden Life-A Story of Race and Family Secrets by Bliss Broyard
I Remember by Joe Brainard
Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood by Alexandra Fuller
Townie by Andre Dubus III
Another Bullshit Night in Suck City by Nick Flynn
The Memory Palace by Mira Bartok
Brother, I'm Dying by Edwidge Danticat
Running in the Family by Michael Ondaatje
How I Became Hettie Jones by Hettie Jones
The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston
2011
Dog Years by Mark Doty
Planet of the Blind by Stephen Kuusisto
2017
Bartram's Garden by Eleanor Stanford (See blog post.)
Waiting for the Light by Alicia Ostriker
When My Brother was an Aztec by Natalie Diaz
Franklinstein by Sue Landers
Monk Eats an Afro by Philadelphia Poet Laureate Yolanda Wisher
Look: Poems by Solmaz Sharif
2016
Money Money Money / Water Water Water by Jane Mead
Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude by Ross Gay
Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine.
Past Selections,
Queer Literary Alliance Book Group
2016
Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttenlin
Redefining Realness by Janet Mock
Blood, Marriage, Wine and Glitter by S. Bear Bergman
Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan
The Naked Civil Servant by Quentin Crisp
A Queer and Pleasant Danger by Kate Bornstein
Quarantine by Rahul Mehta
2015
For Today I Am A Boy by Kim Fu
When Everything Feels Like a Movie by Raziel Reid
Exile and Pride by Eli Clare
My Education by Susan Choi
Excluded by Julia Serano
Valencia by Michelle Tea
Past Selections,
Memoir Book Group
2016
Night by Elie Wiesel
H Is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
Bettyville by George Hodgman
Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
Past Selections,
Read the Movie Book Club
2014
A Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman
The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
Past Selections,
Big Blue Young Adult Book Discussion
Past Selections,
Women of the World Book Club
Note: For an archive of continuing newsletters and books, see our blog!
2016
Fat Angie by e. E. Charlton-Trujillo
Like No Other by Una LaMarche
Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John
2015
Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
The Tiffany Aching series by Terry Pratchett
The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg
Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate
Kaleidoscope: Diverse YA Science Fiction and Fantasy Stories, edited by Alisa Krasnostein and Julia Rios
The Glory Field by Walter Dean Myers
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
2014
Legend by Marie Lu
Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein
Thirteenth Child by Patricia C. Wrede
Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
Every Day by David Levithan
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler
Divergent by Veronica Roth
The Freedom Maze by Delia Sherman
Graceling, Fire, and Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore
2013
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
Pirate Cinema by Cory Doctorow
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
The Testament of Jessie Lamb by Jane Rogers
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Luka and the Fire of Life by Salman Rushdie
Hard Love by Ellen Wittlinger
The Inquisitor's Apprentice by Chris Moriarty
How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr
Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac
Among Others by Jo Walton
2012
Shine by Lauren Myracle
Blink and Caution by Tim Wynne-Jones
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
Chime by Franny Billingsley
Mexican Whiteboy by Matt de la Peña
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
Tangerine by Edward Bloor
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Taste of Salt: A Story of Modern Haiti by Frances Temple
2011
The Riddle-Master of Hed by Patricia A. McKillip
Shine, Coconut Moon by Neesha Meminger
Un Lun Dun by China Mieville
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
The Secret Year by Jennifer Hubbard
Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
The Misfits by James Howe
Ash by Malinda Lo
Going Bovine by Libba Bray
2010
Habibi by Naomi Shihab Nye
Leviathan
by Scott Westerfeld
Homecoming by Cynthia Voigt
Feed by M.T. Anderson
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Secret Keeper by Mitali Perkins
Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
Flora Segunda by Ysabeau Wilce
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Nation by Terry Pratchett
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
2009
Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta
Unwind by Neal Shusterman
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
The Shadow Speaker by Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu
Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli
The Wild Girls by Pat Murphy
The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
Beka Cooper: Terrier by Tamora Pierce
Geography Club by Brent Hartinger
The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfeld
Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
2008
Gifts and Voices by Ursula K. Le Guin
Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes by Chris Crutcher
Magic or Madness by Justine Larbalestier
Cut by Patricia McCormick
Changeling by Delia Sherman
A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass
The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan
The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex
Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
2007
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
2015
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez
The Gangster We Are All Looking For by Thi Diem Thuy Le
Ruby by Cynthia Bond
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
Dust by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor
2014
On Sal Mal Lane by Ru Freeman
Three Souls by Janie Chang
An Untamed State by Roxane Gay
Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi
The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo
The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
Battleborn by Claire Vaye Watkins
The Round House by Louise Erdrich
2013
Ancient, Ancient by Kiini Ibura Salaam
The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Revenge by Yoko Ogawa
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
Annabel by Kathleen Winter
How to Get Into the Twin Palms by Karolina Waclawiak
Running the Rift by Naomi Benaron
2012
Create Dangerously by Edwidge Danticat
The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna
Binocular Vision: New and Selected Stories by Edith Pearlman
Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende
Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin
The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka
St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell
Girls Like Us by Rachel Lloyd
Gold Boy, Emerald Girl by Yiyun Li
2011
Vida by Patricia Engel
The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Nogzi Adichie
Hotel Iris by Yoko Ogawa
Miral by Rula Jabreal
The White Woman on the Green Bicycle by Monique Roffey
You Have Given Me a Country by Neela Vaswani
Just Kids by Patti Smith
The Secret Lives of the Four Wives by Lola Shoneyin.
Purge by Sofi Oksanen
Black Elephants by Karol Nielsen.
2010
Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Small Island by Andrea Levy
A Map of Home by Randa Jarrar
Book of Clouds by Chloe Aridjis
Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa
A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers by Guo Xiaolu
Love Walked In by Marisa De Los Santos
Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
The Wisdom to Know the Difference by Eileen Flanagan
Mattaponi Queen by Belle Boggs
2009
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
Slave by Mende Nazer
The Teahouse Fire by Ellis Avery
People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
Kinky Gazpacho by Lori Tharps
The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar
Astrid and Veronika by Linda Olsson
The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa
Pig Candy by Lise Funderburg
Hungry Woman in Paris by Josefina Lopez
2008
Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Fruit of the Lemon by Andrea Levy
A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka
Climbing the Mango Trees by Madhur Jaffrey
Peony in Love by Lisa See
Saving the World by Julia Alvarez
The Gathering by Anne Enright
Origin by Diana Abu-Jaber
La Perdida by Jessica Abel
Septembers of Shiraz by Dalia Sofer
Stealing Buddha's Dinner by Bich Minh Nyugen


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