Hello, Readers!

We hope you've been enjoying "Holding Up the Universe" and that you'll join us for the remaining discussions in January.

We're excited to be reading "Dumplin'" together for February! As always, we announce the book in advance to make sure that you have plenty of time to get yours hands on a copy before we all start talking about it.

About the book:

Dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom, Willowdean has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American-beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked . . .  until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.  

Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Teen Blue Bonnet Pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.

Why we picked it:

This book is not without its flaws; you only have to look at the book description to see the offhand use of "twiggy" to know that Willowdean is guilty of her own kind of narrow thinking for time to time. But, overall, it's a book that demonstrates that no one should have to apologize for taking up space in the world, that beauty comes in all shapes, sizes, and that romance is for everyone.

Online discussions will start on February 8! Check back for information on local book club meetings.