“You know what always sounds like a fun idea? Starting a book club,” Digital Deputy Editor Kristen Iversen begins in her semi-optimistic opening statement about the official launch of NYLON Book Club this past Monday (April 24). “But you know what always ends up being maybe kind of complicated to pull off in your actual life because you’re busy and it’s hard to get all your lit-loving friends together on a regular basis? A book club!” she quipped.
On Julie Buntin’s Marlena:
Everything about fifteen-year-old Cat’s new town in rural Michigan is lonely and off-kilter, until she meets her neighbor, the manic, beautiful, pill-popping Marlena. Cat, inexperienced and desperate for connection, is quickly lured into Marlena’s orbit by little more than an arched eyebrow and a shake of white-blond hair. As the two girls turn the untamed landscape of their desolate small town into a kind of playground, Cat catalogues a litany of firsts—first drink, first cigarette, first kiss—while Marlena’s habits harden and calcify. Within the year, Marlena is dead, drowned in six inches of icy water in the woods nearby. Now, decades later, when a ghost from that pivotal year surfaces unexpectedly, Cat must try to forgive herself and move on, even as the memory of Marlena keeps her tangled in the past.
— Goodreads synopsis
I can attest that this is a real dilemma a lot of bibliophiles suffer (finding the perfect reader’s refuge). Especially those who reside in too small, too close-minded communities, like Grand Rapids, Michigan for instance.There have been too many times when I’ve gone to Schuler in hopes of finding a book club that matched my interest, only to discover the mass of postcard-sized tickets to read “A paradise for those who love nonfiction, but definitely history!” and “If you liked Fifty Shades of Grey email us at…Laters, baby” and, the bane of my fucking existence, “YA only!”
Like, really? Where all my adult fiction lovers at?! I’m serious, come out from there and read with me, dammit!
Thankfully for those lonesome readers like myself, NYLON will carry all the same functions as your typical circle-gathering book club, but will also allow its readership to interact with the club via Facebook live chat (fucking genius idea, btw). The club plans to announce a new book every month and will send out constant reminders via social media to inform readers of new picks as they are selected.
Save the date: the club’s first discussion starts Tuesday, May 16, from 11 AM – 12 PM.
And that isn’t the best of it, either: they’re also planning giveaways of monthly selections and inviting guest authors to join in on the talks! How fucking cool is that! I don’t know about you, but that’s reason enough to join. Not to mention, I’ve been meaning to crack open the pages of Buntin’s book (which became one of my Book of the Month Club picks back in March.)
As a fellow Michigander, I followed Julie on Twitter and she has just the sort of sense of charm and humor us Michiganders are bred with. With that being said, I’ll be keeping my eye out for more from her. (Get your heads outta the gutter, you pervs!) LOVEYOU!