Moderated by Jeff Kamin, Presented by The Loft
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
7:00 pm / Doors open at 6:00pm
Books & Bars is back the second Tuesday of every month. We eat, drink, laugh, and talk about the month’s book and author. It’s always fun even if you haven't read the book. It's not your neighborhood book club - it's the one for people who don't think they want to be a member of a book club. All are welcome to join together for a rousing discussion full of liquid courage led by moderator and sometimes comedian Jeff Kamin, high kicking up the literary scene. December’s book: The Annie Year by Stephanie Wilbur Ash. Social hour at 6 / Discussion at 7.
“Introducing Tandy Caide, a big-boned, hard-nosed pragmatist and the only CPA in her small prairie town. Except for the home explosions caused by her town’s unfortunate methamphetamine problem, her life is a steady churn of Chamber of Commerce meetings, bean soup, crop rotations, barely tolerable high school musicals, and passive aggressive conflict avoidance. Until the new vocational agriculture teacher shows up—with his ponytail and his man clogs and his multicolored beaded belt. He’s all wrong for this town, and especially wrong for Tandy, who happens to be married. But, as Tandy notes, “Everyone gets to f*ck a fool at least once in their life…”
“Ash’s debut novel brilliantly captures the slanted quirkiness of a Midwest full of small-business owners and exploding home-methamphetamine labs . . . Darkly hilarious and weirdly beguiling.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Tandy’s voice is intriguingly and deceptively complex, leading readers to glimpse the longing beneath her professional veneer. Simultaneously a character study and an exploration about the personal costs of living in a dwindling farming town increasingly marred by meth abuse, Tandy’s story finally offers bittersweet, hard-won hope.” —Publisher’s Weekly