Sundance Book Club

The Sundance Book Club meets once a month, every third Wednesday, from 6-7 at Sundance Books and Music in the second-floor fiction room.

Our bookclub is currently full, but if you would like to be added to the waiting list please send an email to bookclub@sundancebookstore.com, and we'll be in touch when there is an opening!

Judith Rodby, Ph.D., Professor Emerita of English from CSU, Chico, leads our club through lively discussions and helps to create a fun, relaxing and thought-provoking setting. A voracious reader who enjoys connecting with fellow book lovers, Judith led The National Reading Initiative for the National Writing Project and has facilitated book clubs for children, adolescents, and adults.

Please feel free to bring snacks and beverages to share, including wine and beer. Sundance will provide cups, plates, napkins, etc.

Our book club is currently reading Calypso by David Sedaris.

About the book:

If you've ever laughed your way through David Sedaris's cheerfully misanthropic stories, you might think you know what you're getting with Calypso. You'd be wrong.

When he buys a beach house on the Carolina coast, Sedaris envisions long, relaxing vacations spent playing board games and lounging in the sun with those he loves most. And life at the Sea Section, as he names the vacation home, is exactly as idyllic as he imagined, except for one tiny, vexing realization: it's impossible to take a vacation from yourself.

With Calypso, Sedaris sets his formidable powers of observation toward middle age and mortality. Make no mistake: these stories are very, very funny--it's a book that can make you laugh 'til you snort, the way only family can. Sedaris's powers of observation have never been sharper, and his ability to shock readers into laughter unparalleled. But much of the comedy here is born out of that vertiginous moment when your own body betrays you and you realize that the story of your life is made up of more past than future.

This is beach reading for people who detest beaches, required reading for those who loathe small talk and love a good tumor joke. Calypso is simultaneously Sedaris's darkest and warmest book yet--and it just might be his very best.