Everything Books: 01-10-20

Kona Stories Book Store, located in the Keauhou Shopping Center, is hosting its monthly book clubs for anyone interested in challenging themselves to read multiple books per month and attend more than one group.

Book groups at Kona Stories are very simple: read the book ahead of the meeting and come prepared to talk about it with others. You can bring a pupu or beverage to share. The meeting are free if you purchase the books at Kona Stories or a $5.00 donation is appreciated. All book clubs meet at 6 p.m. in the bookstore, 78-6831 Alii Drive Suite 142.

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Fiction Book Club — “The Adults” by Caroline Hulse

In this book you will meet Claire and Matt are no longer together but decide that it would be best for their daughter, Scarlett, to have a “normal” family Christmas. They can’t agree on whose idea it was to go to the Happy Forest holiday park, or who said they should bring their new partners. But someone did — and it’s too late to pull the plug. Before you know it, the holiday is a powder keg that ends where this novel begins — with a tearful, frightened call to the police.

Memoir Book Club — “Girl from the Metropol Hotel” by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya

Born across the street from the Kremlin in the opulent Metropol Hotel — the setting of the New York Times bestselling novel “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles — Ludmilla Petrushevskaya grew up in a family of Bolshevik intellectuals who were reduced in the wake of the Russian Revolution to waiting in bread lines.

In The Girl from the Metropol Hotel, her prizewinning memoir, she recounts her childhood of extreme deprivation — of wandering the streets like a young Edith Piaf, singing for alms, and living by her wits like Oliver Twist, a diminutive figure far removed from the heights she would attain as an internationally celebrated writer.

Non Fiction Book Club — “Victoria The Queen” by Julia Baird

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Only 18 when she assumed the throne, Victoria ruled a vast empire for more than 60 years. In this biography Baird reveals a woman who so dominated the world that an entire epoch was named for her. Her nine children and their children inhabited most of the thrones of Europe until the upheaval of World War I, and her expansionist policies enabled Great Britain to rule over a quarter of the entire world.

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