december monthly community update

Dominicana by Angie Cruz

photo via @flatiron_books

Things to know about DOMINICANA...

🗽 The story of 15-year-old Ana’s arranged marriage that allows her to immigrate to New York from the Dominican Republic

🇩🇴 Historical fiction inspired by the author’s mother’s real story

😢 An emotional tale full of marriage issues, social commentary, family dynamics, and more

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Long Bright River
by Liz Moore

Quick Take
“I don’t know about you, but I LOVE a good mystery and this one sounds amazing. It’s more than just your classic gritty cop tale. It also cover social issues like police corruption, the opioid crisis, class issues and more. Plus it features a strong female lead which is always a win in my book. I will definitely be choosing this for my December book of the month so I can read it before it officially comes out in January!"
- Cara, GNI Reads Team


📚 November Book Club Wrap-up 📚

Thanks to everyone who attended this month's book club discussion of My Friend Anna by Rachel DeLoache Williams! Plus, a very special thanks to Rachel for joining us at our NYC meetup. It was amazing to hear firsthand about her experience. We'd love to hear what you thought of this month's book club. Share it by filling our our feedback form

Thank you to the attendees, sponsors, venues and hosts who made this month's book clubs possible including ADAYAlx CommunityBennett's ButterBesa mi VinoClevr BlendsGOLDEThe Head & The Hand HOLOS, Kotn, Legally Addictive FoodsParomi Tea, P.S. SnacksThe Ripped BodiceThe Wing and ZitSticka!

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📝 Author Interview 📝

Rachel DeLoache Williams, author of My Friend Anna, on writing, working through stress and having solid support systems. 

We've all read the headlines and interviews about the Anna Delvey scandal but now, several years later, Rachel DeLoache Williams' debut book shows us her point of view. Williams' memoir, My Friend Anna, was an intoxicating read and we were lucky enough to ask her some of our own questions about her experience with "Anna," how she coped with the stress, and the ways her friends and family helped her get through it all. Read the full interview here.

Get to Know Your Book Club Hosts:
Q&A with Megan Lierley (San Francisco)

GNI has nearly 20 hosts across the country (and in Canada!) and each month we ask one a few questions about her self-care/reading habits. Meet Megan from San Francisco! She's the Director of Content at Cora and GNI book club host. Follow Megan on Instagram at @megblierley.

1. Latest book you've read that you couldn't put down? 
The Dutch House because Ann Patchett writes so beautifully about family in a way we can all relate to—how the people we love the most can, at times, threaten to undo us. Also Queenie because it made me laugh out loud. For the few days it took me to devour it, Queenie was my best friend who drove me absolutely crazy while I continued to root so hard for her.

2. Favorite literary character? 
Scout Finch, forever and always. 

3. How do you like to relax & recharge? 
Cooking an Alison Roman recipe while drinking red wine, Taylor Swift and Van Morrison playing in the background (an odd combo, I know), with the lights dimmed in my comfiest, most oversized and least Instagram-able sweats. In terms of tips, recently I've been trying to have fewer excuses. If I need to leave work early for an appointment, I'm 31 years old! I don't need to regale my colleagues with the reason for the appointment and promises to be back online later...I'll get my work done and don't need to prove that my reason is legitimate, whatever that means. 
Take Care,
The GNI Reads Team
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