7900 High School Rd, Elkins Park, PA

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Hot Off the Press Current Session

In this lively monthly book discussion class led by Lynn Rosen, participants read and discuss new literary fiction. Class conversations include a thorough and thoughtful analysis of the book as well as background information provided by Lynn about the author and the book’s path to publication. We talk serious book talk, but have a lot of laughs too!

Class meets on Tuesday evenings from 7pm to 8:30pm. 
Dates:
Tuesday, February 26
Tuesday, March 26
Tuesday, April 23
Tuesday, May 21
Tuesday, June 18

Location: Elkins Park, PA 19027

To sign up click HERE.

Cost$160

Book Selections are listed below (click the title for more info)

Discounted class books are available for students at Open Book Bookstore. Extra discount if you purchase all five books in advance.
Book package (all five books at a reduced cost): $120

Purchase the discounted book package HERE. You will receive each book as it is published prior to the class.

Session costs are non-refundable.
Books are not included in the cost of the c
lass.
Contact lynn@openbookphilly.com with questions.

Current Selections

Late in the Day by Tessa Hadley

February 26, 2019, 7PM-8:30PM

“With each new book by Tessa Hadley, I grow more convinced that she’s one of the greatest stylists alive.”—Ron Charles, Washington Post

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Bowlaway by Elizabeth McCracken

March 26, 2019, 7PM-8:30PM

A sweeping and enchanting new novel from the widely beloved, award-winning author Elizabeth McCracken about three generations of an unconventional New England family who own and operate a candlepin bowling alley. . .

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Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli

April 23, 2019, 7PM-8:30PM

From the two-time NBCC Finalist, an emotionally resonant, fiercely imaginative new novel about a family’s road trip across America.

“Impossibly smart, full of beauty, heart and insight . . . Everyone should read this book.”–Tommy Orange

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A Wonderful Stroke of Luck by Ann Beattie

May 21, 7PM-8:30PM

At a boarding school in New Hampshire, Ben joins the honor society led by Pierre LaVerdere, an enigmatic, brilliant, yet perverse teacher who instructs his students not only about how to reason, but how to prevaricate. As the years go by, LaVerdere’s covert and overt instruction lingers in his students’ lives as they seek some sense of purpose or meaning. Later in Ben’s life, LaVerdere’s reappearance calls everything into question. . .

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Lost and Wanted by Nell Freudenberger

June 18, 2019, 7PM-8:30PM

“Freudenberger’s brilliant and compassionate novel takes on the big questions of the universe and proves, again, that she is one of America’s greatest writers.” –Andrew Sean Greer, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Less

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Past Hot Off the Press Selections

Trinity by Louisa Hall

November 20 & 21, 2018

Hall follows her acclaimed novel Speak with this creatively layered examination of the life of J. Robert Oppenheimer, the scientist who created the atomic bomb.

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The Italian Teacher by Tom Rachman

September 12 & 15, 2017

This novel, long-listed for this year’s Man Booker Prize, is the author’s eighth book, yet she has not yet achieved acclaim in the US. Perhaps this is the book that will build her American reputation! It tells of three siblings in a British family…

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Warlight by Michael Ondaatje

September 12 & 15, 2017

This novel, long-listed for this year’s Man Booker Prize, is the author’s eighth book, yet she has not yet achieved acclaim in the US. Perhaps this is the book that will build her American reputation! It tells of three siblings in a British family…

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Eternal Life by Dara Horn

February 20 & 23, 2018

Rachel is a woman with a problem: she can’t die. Her recent troubles―widowhood, a failing business, an unemployed middle-aged son―are only the latest in a litany spanning dozens of countries, scores of marriages, and hundreds of children.

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Only Killers and Thieves by Paul Howarth

March 20 & 23, 2018

Two brothers are exposed to the brutal realities of life and the seductive cruelty of power in this riveting debut novel—a story of savagery and race, injustice and honor, set in the untamed frontier of 1880s Australia—reminiscent of Philipp Meyer’s The Son and the novels of Cormac McCarthy. An epic tale of revenge and survival…

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Happiness by Aminatta Forna

April 17 & 20, 2018

Waterloo Bridge, London. Two strangers collide. Attila, a Ghanaian psychiatrist, and Jean, an American studying the habits of urban foxes. From this chance encounter in the midst of the rush of a great city, numerous moments of connections span out and interweave, bringing disparate lives together.

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Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie

September 12 & 15, 2017

This novel, long-listed for this year’s Man Booker Prize, is the author’s eighth book, yet she has not yet achieved acclaim in the US. Perhaps this is the book that will build her American reputation! It tells of three siblings in a British family…

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Idaho by Emily Ruskovich

February 28 & March 3, 2017

A stunning debut novel about love and forgiveness, about the violence of memory and the equal violence of its loss— from O. Henry Prize–winning author Emily Ruskovich. Ann and Wade have carved…

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Harmless Like You by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan

Harmless Like You by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan Discussion dates: March 28 & 31, 2017   At the onset of Buchanan’s debut, a son shows up at the doorstep of his mother, Yuki, in Berlin after a 30-year separation. Jay’s there to settle Yuki’s inheritance—a house in...

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