Martha Merrell’s hosts a variety of book clubs and is pleased to offer the following services free-of-charge to area clubs. We can:

  • Provide a meeting space for clubs
  • Provide a selection of books for your club to choose from
  • Special order club selections
  • Provide a 15% discount on club selections
  • Facilitate discussions
  • No-charge consulting on new books and current trends
  • Share what other clubs are reading

We invite you to stop by our location at 231 West Main Street in the Avalon Square Building.

Discover what we have to offer!

Contact us to set up your club meeting at the store on a regular monthly basis. If you are interested in using our space on a more occasional basis, feel free to schedule a time with us as well.  (New surroundings can be just what your book club needs to invigorate itself.)  We will gladly accommodate your group’s needs including light refreshments, lunch or dinner. 

UPCOMING MARTHA MERRELL'S BOOK CLUBS

Monday Morning Group meets at 10:30 AM

9/16          Harry’s Trees by Jon Cohen

“Thirty-four-year-old Harry Crane works as an analyst for the US Forest Service. When his wife dies suddenly, Harry decides to lose himself in the remote Pennsylvanian woods known as the Endless Mountains. Fate intervenes in the form of a fiercely determined young girl named Oriana. Her mother and Oriana are struggling to pick up the pieces from the loss of their husband and father. Discovering Harry roaming through the forest, Oriana believes that he holds the key to fixing her world. Harry reluctantly agrees to help Oriana carry out an astonishing scheme inspired by a book given to her by the town librarian, Olive Perkins. Together, Harry and Oriana embark on an adventure that will fulfill Oriana’s wild dream–and ultimately open Harry’s heart to new life.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10/14         Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

“Lab Girl is a book about work, love, and the mountains that can be moved when those two things come together. It is told through Jahren’s remarkable stories: about her childhood in rural Minnesota with an uncompromising mother and a father who encouraged hours of play in his classroom’s labs; about how she found a sanctuary in science, and learned to perform lab work done “with both the heart and the hands”; and about the inevitable disappointments, but also the triumphs and exhilarating discoveries, of scientific work.

Yet at the core of this book is the story of a relationship Jahren forged with a brilliant, wounded man named Bill, who becomes her lab partner and best friend. Their sometimes rogue adventures in science take them from the Midwest across the United States and back again, over the Atlantic to the ever-light skies of the North Pole and to tropical Hawaii, where she and her lab currently make their home.

Jahren’s probing look at plants, her astonishing tenacity of spirit, and her acute insights on nature enliven every page of this extraordinary book. Lab Girl opens your eyes to the beautiful, sophisticated mechanisms within every leaf, blade of grass, and flower petal. Here is an eloquent demonstration of what can happen when you find the stamina, passion, and sense of sacrifice needed to make a life out of what you truly love, as you discover along the way the person you were meant to be.”

 

 

11/11          The Gown: A Novel of the Royal Wedding by Jennifer Robson

“London, 1947: Between the harshest winter in living memory and shortages and rationing, the people of postwar Britain are enduring lives of quiet desperation despite their nation’s recent victory. Among them are Ann Hughes and Miriam Dassin, embroiderers at the famed Mayfair fashion house of Norman Hartnell. Together they forge an unlikely friendship, but their nascent hopes for a brighter future are tested when they are chosen for a once-in-a-lifetime honor: taking part in the creation of Princess Elizabeth’s wedding gown.

Toronto, 2016: More than half a century later, Heather Mackenzie seeks to unravel the mystery of a set of embroidered flowers, a legacy from her late grandmother. How did her beloved Nan, a woman who never spoke of her old life in Britain, come to possess the priceless embroideries that so closely resemble the motifs on the stunning gown worn by Queen Elizabeth II at her wedding almost seventy years before? What was Nan’s connection to the celebrated textile artist and Holocaust survivor Miriam Dassin?

The author takes readers inside the workrooms where one of the most famous wedding gowns in history was created. She introduces  three unforgettable heroines with their points of view alternating and intersecting throughout its pages, whose lives are woven together by the pain of survival, the bonds of friendship, and the redemptive power of love.”

 

 

 

 

Wednesday Evening Group meets at 5:45 PM

 

9/4           The Huntress by Kate Quinn

“Bold and fearless, Nina Markova always dreamed of flying. When the Nazis attack the Soviet Union, she risks everything to join the legendary Night Witches, an all-female night bomber regiment wreaking havoc on the invading Germans.  When she is stranded behind enemy lines, Nina becomes the prey of a lethal Nazi murderess known as the Huntress; only Nina’s bravery and cunning will keep her alive. Transformed by the horrors he witnessed from Omaha Beach to the Nuremberg Trials, British war correspondent Ian Graham has become a Nazi hunter.  Yet one target eludes him: a vicious predator known as the Huntress.  To find her, the fierce, disciplined investigator joins forces with the only witness to escape the Huntress alive: the brazen, cocksure Nina.  However, a shared secret could derail their mission unless Ian and Nina force themselves to confront it.

Growing up in post-war Boston, seventeen-year-old Jordan McBride is determined to become a photographer.  When her long-widowed father unexpectedly comes homes with a new fiancée, Jordan is thrilled.  However, there is something disconcerting about the soft-spoken German widow.  Certain that danger is lurking, Jordan begins to delve into her new stepmother’s past–only to discover that there are mysteries buried deep in her family . . . secrets that may threaten all Jordan holds dear.  In this immersive, heart-wrenching story, Kate Quinn illuminates the consequences of war on individual lives and the price we pay to seek justice and truth.

 

10/2          Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

“Lab Girl is a book about work, love, and the mountains that can be moved when those two things come together. It is told through Jahren’s remarkable stories: about her childhood in rural Minnesota with an uncompromising mother and a father who encouraged hours of play in his classroom’s labs; about how she found a sanctuary in science, and learned to perform lab work done “with both the heart and the hands”; and about the inevitable disappointments, but also the triumphs and exhilarating discoveries, of scientific work.

Yet at the core of this book is the story of a relationship Jahren forged with a brilliant, wounded man named Bill, who becomes her lab partner and best friend. Their sometimes rogue adventures in science take them from the Midwest across the United States and back again, over the Atlantic to the ever-light skies of the North Pole and to tropical Hawaii, where she and her lab currently make their home.

Jahren’s probing look at plants, her astonishing tenacity of spirit, and her acute insights on nature enliven every page of this extraordinary book. Lab Girl opens your eyes to the beautiful, sophisticated mechanisms within every leaf, blade of grass, and flower petal. Here is an eloquent demonstration of what can happen when you find the stamina, passion, and sense of sacrifice needed to make a life out of what you truly love, as you discover along the way the person you were meant to be.”

 

 

11/6           The Lemon Sisters by Jill Shalvis

“Brooke Lemon has always led the life she wanted: wild adventures–and mistakes—included.   When her “perfect” sister Mindy shows up on Brooke’s doorstep in the throes of a break-down, Brooke is shocked.  Wanting to make amends, Brooke agrees to take her sister’s three kids back home for a few days so Mindy can pick up the pieces and put herself back together.  What Brooke doesn’t admit is that she’s just as broken as her sister.  How does one go home after seven years away? It doesn’t take long for Brooke to come face-to-face with her past in the form of one tall, dark, sexy mistake named Garrett.  He says he’s no longer interested, but his words don’t match his actions which leaves Brooke feeling things she’d shoved deep down deep inside.  Both sisters begin to wonder: Are they lemons in life and in love? All they know is that neither seems to be able to run far enough to outpace her demons.  When secrets surface, they’ll have to learn that sometimes the one person who can help you the most is the one you never thought to ask.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12/4          Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak

“For the first time in years, the entire Birch family will be under one roof for Christmas at Weyfield Hall, their aging country estate.  However, Olivia, a doctor, is only coming home because she has to. Having just returned from treating an epidemic abroad, she’s been told she must stay in quarantine for a week…and so too should her family.

For the next seven days, the Birches are locked down, cut off from the rest of humanity, including even Wi-F, and are forced into each other’s orbits. Younger, unabashedly frivolous daughter Phoebe is fixated on her upcoming wedding, while Olivia deals with the culture shock of being immersed in first-world problems.

As Andrew sequesters himself in his study writing scathing restaurant reviews and remembering his glory days as a war correspondent, Emma hides a secret that will turn the whole family upside down.  Not much can stay hidden for long and as revelations and long-held tensions come to light, nothing is more shocking than the unexpected guest who’s about to arrive.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Avalon Book Group meets at 2 PM (at Avalon Square)

 

 

9/9            The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn

“Anna Fox lives alone–a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.  Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, mother and their teenaged son. When Anna sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble and its shocking secrets are laid bare. What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one–and nothing–is what it seems.  Twisty and powerful, ingenious and moving, The Woman in the Window is a smart, sophisticated novel of psychological suspense that recalls the best of Hitchcock.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10/14         Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

“Lab Girl is a book about work, love, and the mountains that can be moved when those two things come together. It is told through Jahren’s remarkable stories: about her childhood in rural Minnesota with an uncompromising mother and a father who encouraged hours of play in his classroom’s labs; about how she found a sanctuary in science, and learned to perform lab work done “with both the heart and the hands”; and about the inevitable disappointments, but also the triumphs and exhilarating discoveries, of scientific work.

Yet at the core of this book is the story of a relationship Jahren forged with a brilliant, wounded man named Bill, who becomes her lab partner and best friend. Their sometimes rogue adventures in science take them from the Midwest across the United States and back again, over the Atlantic to the ever-light skies of the North Pole and to tropical Hawaii, where she and her lab currently make their home.

Jahren’s probing look at plants, her astonishing tenacity of spirit, and her acute insights on nature enliven every page of this extraordinary book. Lab Girl opens your eyes to the beautiful, sophisticated mechanisms within every leaf, blade of grass, and flower petal. Here is an eloquent demonstration of what can happen when you find the stamina, passion, and sense of sacrifice needed to make a life out of what you truly love, as you discover along the way the person you were meant to be.”

 

 

 

No Tears, No Fears Book Group meets on Thursday at 1:30 PM

9/19          The Storyteller’s Secret by Sejal Badani

 “Nothing prepares Jaya, a New York journalist, for the heartbreak of her third miscarriage and the slow unraveling of her marriage in its wake. Desperate to assuage her deep anguish, she decides to go to India to uncover answers to her family’s past.  Intoxicated by the sights, smells, and sounds she experiences, Jaya becomes an eager student of the culture.  But it is Ravi–her grandmother’s former servant and trusted confidant–who reveals the resilience, struggles, secret love, and tragic fall of Jaya’s pioneering grandmother during the British occupation. Through her courageous grandmother’s arrestingly romantic and heart-wrenching story, Jaya discovers the legacy bequeathed to her and a strength that, until now, she never knew was possible. This is an epic story of the unrelenting force of love, the power of healing and the invincible desire to dream.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10/17         Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

“Lab Girl is a book about work, love, and the mountains that can be moved when those two things come together. It is told through Jahren’s remarkable stories: about her childhood in rural Minnesota with an uncompromising mother and a father who encouraged hours of play in his classroom’s labs; about how she found a sanctuary in science, and learned to perform lab work done “with both the heart and the hands”; and about the inevitable disappointments, but also the triumphs and exhilarating discoveries, of scientific work.

Yet at the core of this book is the story of a relationship Jahren forged with a brilliant, wounded man named Bill, who becomes her lab partner and best friend. Their sometimes rogue adventures in science take them from the Midwest across the United States and back again, over the Atlantic to the ever-light skies of the North Pole and to tropical Hawaii, where she and her lab currently make their home.

Jahren’s probing look at plants, her astonishing tenacity of spirit, and her acute insights on nature enliven every page of this extraordinary book. Lab Girl opens your eyes to the beautiful, sophisticated mechanisms within every leaf, blade of grass, and flower petal. Here is an eloquent demonstration of what can happen when you find the stamina, passion, and sense of sacrifice needed to make a life out of what you truly love, as you discover along the way the person you were meant to be.”

 

 

 

11/21         The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

France, 1939 – In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front.  She doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France … but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent.  When a German captain requisitions Vianne’s home, she and her daughter must live with the enemy or lose everything.  Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates all around them, she is forced to make one impossible choice after another to keep her family alive. 

Vianne’s sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old girl, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth. While thousands of Parisians march into the unknown terrors of war, she meets Gäetan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within France, and she falls in love as only the young can … completely. But when he betrays her, Isabelle joins the Resistance and never looks back, risking her life time and again to save others.

Viann and Isabelle have always been close despite their differences.  As the war progresses, it’s not only the sisters’ relationship that is tested, but also their strength and their individual senses of right and wrong.  With life as they know it changing in unbelievably horrific ways, Viann and Isabelle find themselves facing frightening situations and responding in ways they never thought possible as bravery and resistance take different forms in each of their actions.

 

 

DeMensa Book Club meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 1 PM

 

 

 

Lost Faculties Book Club meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 12:30 PM