Book Club | The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared

13486632CHNA Book Club |  The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
Tuesday, April 24th @ 7PM | | 534 29th Ave N | RSVP: Maureen Camphire,

From Goodreads: It all starts on the one-hundredth birthday of Allan Karlsson. Sitting quietly in his room in an old people’s home, he is waiting for the party he-never-wanted-anyway to begin. The Mayor is going to be there. The press is going to be there. But, as it turns out, Allan is not… Slowly but surely Allan climbs out of his bedroom window, into the flowerbed (in his slippers) and makes his getaway. And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving criminals, several murders, a suitcase full of cash, and incompetent police. As his escapades unfold, we learn something of Allan’s earlier life in which – remarkably – he helped to make the atom bomb, became friends with American presidents, Russian tyrants, and Chinese leaders, and was a participant behind the scenes in many key events of the twentieth century. Already a huge bestseller across Europe, The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared is a fun and feel-good book for all ages.

Book Club | The Underground Railroad

undergroundrailroadcoverCHNA Book Club | The Underground Railroad by Colton Whitehead 
Tuesday, October 24th at 7PM
RSVP Maureen Camphire,

October’s book choice, The Underground Railroad by Colton Whitehead was favored by several book club members who were eager to read this National Book Award winning novel. The author is also a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and recipient of other awards for his previous work.

Book Club member Susan Allen has submitted this review which was adapted from the summary provided on Lit Lovers website attributed to the publisher. This book portrays a young slave’s adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. She takes off with Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, who knows about the Underground Railroad. Matters do not go as planned. Though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted.

In Whitehead’s ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor—engineers and conductors operate a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Cora embarks on a harrowing flight, state by state, seeking true freedom. Like the protagonist of Gulliver’s Travels, Cora encounters different worlds at each stage of her journey—hers is an odyssey through time as well as space. As Whitehead brilliantly re-creates the unique terrors for black people in the pre–Civil War era, his narrative seamlessly weaves the saga of America from the brutal importation of Africans to the unfulfilled promises of the present day. It is a powerful meditation on the history we all share.

We will meet on Tuesday, October 24 from 7 to 9 PM to discuss The Underground Railroad. Location to be announced. For more information contact

CHNA Book Club | La Rose by Louise Erdrich

LaRoseCHNA Book Club | LaRose by Louise Erdrich 
Tuesday, April 24 at 7PM
762 26th Avenue N
RSVP Maureen Camphire,

Preview from Goodreads: “In this literary masterwork, Louise Erdrich, the bestselling author of the National Book Award-winning The Round House and the Pulitzer Prize nominee The Plague of Doves wields her breathtaking narrative magic in an emotionally haunting contemporary tale of a tragic accident, a demand for justice, and a profound act of atonement with ancient roots in Native American culture.”

CHNA Book Club | A View From The Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman

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Tuesday, March 28 at 7PM 
A View From The Cheap Seats by Neil Giaman
835 26th Avenue, N.
RSVP Maureen Camphire |

From Goodreads: “An inquisitive observer, thoughtful commentator, and assiduous craftsman, Neil Gaiman has long been celebrated for the sharp intellect and startling imagination that informs his bestselling fiction. Now, The View from the Cheap Seats brings together for the first time ever more than sixty pieces of his outstanding nonfiction. Analytical yet playful, erudite yet accessible, this cornucopia explores a broad range of interests and topics, including (but not limited to): authors past and present; music; storytelling; comics; bookshops; travel; fairy tales; America; inspiration; libraries; ghosts; and the title piece, at turns touching and self-deprecating, which recounts the author’s experiences at the 2010 Academy Awards in Hollywood.

Insightful, incisive, witty, and wise, The View from the Cheap Seats explores the issues and subjects that matter most to Neil Gaiman—offering a glimpse into the head and heart of one of the most acclaimed, beloved, and influential artists of our time.”

CHNA Book Club Holiday Gathering

CHNA Book Club Annual Holiday Gathering
Tuesday, December 13th | 6:30 PM
The Melting Pot – 2221 4th St. N
RSVP: Maureen Camphire,

Book Nook | The Bookseller of Kabul

booksellerofkabul_book_coverCHNA Book Club
The Bookseller of Kabul
Tuesday, November 29th | 7PM
526 26th Ave N
RSVP: Maureen Camphire,

Goodreads Preview: In spring 2002, following the fall of the Taliban, Åsne Seierstad spent four months living with a bookseller and his family in Kabul. The result is a genuinely gripping and moving portrait of a family, and a clear-eyed assessment of a country struggling to free itself from history. This mesmerizing portrait of a proud man who, through three decades and successive repressive regimes, heroically braved persecution to bring books to the people of Kabul has elicited extraordinary praise throughout the world and become a phenomenal international bestseller. The Bookseller of Kabul is startling in its intimacy and its details—a revelation of the plight of Afghan women and a window into the surprising realities of daily life in today’s Afghanistan

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