Adult Book Club

Francis A. Gregory Library

Adult Book Club

"Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore" by Robin Sloan

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour BookstoreSeptember's Book Club selection is Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan.

When Clay Jannon lands a job working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, it takes no time at all for him to realize the bookstore is more than it seems. With curious customers dropping by regularly to check out but never buy obscure titles, Clay assumes the bookstore must be a front for something else entirely. Roping his friends into investigating the store and the behavior of its strange customers, he confronts Mr. Penumbra with his findings, only to learn the secrets of the bookstore extend far beyond its walls.

An original novel that is one part mystery with its incredible conspiracy theories and technology and one part love story, this undeniably moving and heartfelt story will open your eyes and have you seeing beauty in unexpected places.

Join us Sept. 25th, 6:30 p.m. to discuss what New York Times bestselling author George Saunders calls a story about a man who "comes across as so bighearted, so in love with the world—the ancient world, the contemporary world—so in love with love, in love with friendship, in love with the idea that our technical abilities can serve as conduits for beauty, that the reader is swept along by his enthusiasm. It’s a lot of fun—but it’s also a powerful reading experience with a wonderful undeniability."

Copies are available for check-out.

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