GGP Book Club: Rules for Visiting

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July 17, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Please join us as we discuss one of Kathleen's favorite books of the year, Rules for Visiting!

Staff Reviews


 

I loved the quiet power of RULES FOR VISITING. It’s a celebration of connections, friendships, and a story of the choices we make and sometimes the choices that make us.—Kathleen

— Kathleen

 

May 2019 Indie Next List


“A skillful writer can show how things that seem unrelated are actually intertwined. In this way, Kane quietly reminds us that friendships and plants may be deeply rooted but need tending to bloom completely, that words matter, that going back to their roots may change how we think about what we say, and that a quiet life can be a full one. This gentle book grows on you (the puns just keep coming), but it is a refreshing change from the stresses of our digital age or the angst of so many recent books about contemporary life. Entertaining and erudite, I highly recommend this book.” 
— Ann Carlson, Waterfront Books, Georgetown, SC

Description


National Bestseller

One of Oprah's Summer Reading Picks for 2019!

Named a best book of 2019 by Real SimpleSouthern Living, and Vulture 

"Fun, hilarious, and extremely touching." -- NPR.org 


A beautifully observed and deeply funny novel of May Attaway, a university gardener who sets out on an odyssey to reconnect with four old friends over the course of a year.


At forty, May Attaway is more at home with plants than people. Over the years, she's turned inward, finding pleasure in language, her work as a gardener, and keeping her neighbors at arm's length while keenly observing them. But when she is unexpectedly granted some leave from her job, May is inspired to reconnect with four once close friends. She knows they will never have a proper reunion, so she goes, one-by-one, to each of them. A student of the classics, May considers her journey a female Odyssey. What might the world have had if, instead of waiting, Penelope had set out on an adventure of her own?

RULES FOR VISITING is a woman's exploration of friendship in the digital age. Deeply alert to the nobility and the ridiculousness of ordinary people, May savors the pleasures along the way--afternoon ice cream with a long-lost friend, surprise postcards from an unexpected crush, and a moving encounter with ancient beauty. Though she gets a taste of viral online fame, May chooses to bypass her friends' perfectly cultivated online lives to instead meet them in their messy analog ones. 

Ultimately, May learns that a best friend is someone who knows your story--and she inspires us all to master the art of visiting.

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780525559221
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Press - May 14th, 2019

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