November 19th Event: View the film adaptation of “Wonder” by R.J. Palacio

Join Better Off Read GR on November 19th in a trip to the movies for a viewing of Stephen Chbosky’s film adaptation of “Wonder” by R.J. Palacio.

August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He’s about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?

Starring Jacob Tremblay, Julia Roberts, and Owen Wilson.

Event Details

  • Sunday, November 19th, 2017
  • TIME TBD (When tickets go on sale, we will update this event. Please comment below if you would like to be notified when we update)
  • Celebration Cinema River Town: 3728 Rivertown Pkwy, Grandville, MI 49418
  • We will meet near the box offices 20 minutes prior to showtime.
  • For additional information, view the Meetup event here
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December 17th Discussion: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Read the critically acclaimed, soon to be a major motion picture, young adult novel that has been #1 on the NYTimes bestseller list since February! Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

At A Glance

  • 444 pages
  • 4.61 Goodreads rating
  • Fiction, Young Adult Contemporary
  • Publication Date: February 28 2017

 

Event Details

  • December 17th, 2017
  • 1:00 PM EDT
  • Schuler Books and Music, 2660 28th St SE, Grand Rapids MI
  • We will meet in the studio directly at the back of Schuler’s, no purchase necessary
  • For discussion questions and additional information, view the Meetup event here

 

Why We Picked This Book

The Hate U Give hits five of our target genres for Better Off Read GR:

  1. Award winners/critically acclaimed
  2. Books that have been adapted into film
  3. Bestsellers
  4. Contemporary fiction
  5. Banned books (If it hasn’t been banned already, it will be.)

 

For those wishing to purchase the book, Schuler’s offers a generous 20% discount on our book club picks each month. The book is available at the Book Club table to the left of the entrance. Ask an employee if you have difficulty finding it.

September 17th Event: Book Lovers’ Trivia

Do you know your Dickens from your Dickinson? Can you name all of Harry’s Defense Against the Dark Arts professors? Is your mother a fish?

Join Better Off Read GR on September 17th to show off your literacy in a spectacular battle of the brains: Book Lover’s Trivia! Entry is $5 per person, due in cash when you arrive for the trivia quiz. First, second, third, and fourth place winners will receive fantastic prizes!

You must pre-register for the quiz. To pre-register, click here.

May the odds be ever in your favor.

Event Details

  • Sunday, September 17th, 2017
  • 1:00 PM EDT
  • Schuler Books and Music, 2660 28th St SE, Grand Rapids MI
  • We will meet in the studio at the back of Schuler’s
  • For additional information, view the Meetup event here

October 15th Discussion: Beloved by Toni Morrison

Filled with bitter poetry and suspense as taut as a rope, Beloved is a towering achievement by Nobel Prize laureate Toni Morrison. Sethe was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. She has too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where hideous things happened. Her new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved.

Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding novel transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby.

At A Glance

  • 324 pages
  • 3.77 Goodreads rating
  • Fiction, Historical
  • Publication Date: September 1987

 

Event Details

  • Sunday, October 15, 2017
  • 1:00 PM EDT
  • Schuler Books and Music, 2660 28th St SE, Grand Rapids MI
  • We will meet in the studio directly at the back of Schuler’s, no purchase necessary
  • For discussion questions and additional information, view the Meetup event here

 

Why We Picked This Book

Beloved hits five of our target genres for Better Off Read GR:

  1. Banned books
  2. Award winners/critically acclaimed
  3. Books that have been adapted into film
  4. Modern classics
  5. Bestsellers

 

For those wishing to purchase the book, Schuler’s offers a generous 20% discount on our book club picks each month. The book is available at the Book Club table to the left of the entrance. Ask an employee if you have difficulty finding it.

August 20th Discussion: Watership Down by Richard Adams

A phenomenal worldwide bestseller for over forty years, Richard Adams’s Watership Down is a timeless classic and one of the most beloved novels of all time. Set in England’s Downs, a once idyllic rural landscape, this stirring tale is a heroic fantasy/political allegory novel about a small group of rabbits, possessing their own culture, language (Lapine), and mythology. Led by a stouthearted pair of friends, they journey forth from their native Sandleford Warren through the harrowing trials posed by predators and adversaries, to a mysterious promised land and a more perfect society. Evoking epic themes, the novel recounts the rabbits’ odyssey as they escape the destruction of their warren to seek a place in which to establish a new home, encountering perils and temptations along the way.

At A Glance

  • 478 pages
  • 4.13 Goodreads rating
  • Fiction, Fantasy > Animals, Allegory
  • Publication Date: November, 1972

 

Event Details

  • Sunday, August 20, 2017
  • 1:00 PM EDT
  • Schuler Books and Music, 2660 28th St SE, Grand Rapids MI
  • We will meet in the studio directly at the back of Schuler’s, no purchase necessary
  • For discussion questions and additional information, view the Meetup event here

 

Why We Picked This Book

Watership Down hits five of our target genres for Better Off Read GR:

  1. Banned books
  2. Award winners/critically acclaimed
  3. Books that have been adapted into film
  4. Modern classics
  5. Bestsellers

 

Special Note: This is a GRPL Books By the Stack Selection! This book can be checked out from the GRPL for 6 weeks (one 3-week renewal is available). If you would like to request one of these special book club copies, please call 616-988-5400.

For those wishing to purchase the book, Schuler’s offers a generous 20% discount on our book club picks each month. The book is available at the Book Club table to the left of the entrance. Ask an employee if you have difficulty finding it.