Christine's Book Club September pick: Bird Cloud by Annie Proulx

Annie Philbrick, owner of Bank Square Books, introduces a hidden backlist gem that's bound to charm you with the lush nature descriptions reminiscent of the magic found in 'Where the Crawdads Sing'
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Hey there, bookworms! Christine's Book Club is back in action for September, and do we have a gem of a book to share with you. Annie Philbrick, owner of Bank Square Books in Mystic, joins Christine Lee to reveal this month's pick. Get ready to dive into Bird Cloud, a mesmerizing memoir by none other than the acclaimed author, Annie Proulx. Bird Cloud isn't a brand new release. It's what the publishing world calls an older book from the so-called "backlist" – those literary gems that sometimes get lost or forgotten over time.

So, what's the scoop on Bird Cloud? Well, Annie Philbrick chatted with Christine about the book, introducing us to Annie Proulx (yes, two Annies!), known for her masterpieces like The Shipping News and Brokeback Mountain. But this time, Proulx is taking a different route – she's diving into the world of memoir and nature writing. Picture this: Annie Proulx buys a piece of land in Wyoming, near the North Platte River. And guess what she names it? Bird Cloud — because when she first laid eyes on it, she saw a bird-shaped cloud floating in the sky. Talk about a magical beginning! One of the things that makes Bird Cloud so special is the way it can cleanse your reading palate. After you've dabbled in this memoir, you'll be all set to dive into new genres and fresh stories. It's like hitting the reset button for your bookish adventures.

If you loved books like Migrations and Where the Crawdads Sing for their lush descriptions of nature, then you're in for a treat. Bird Cloud offers that same sense of wonder and connection with the natural world. Don't miss Christine's conversation with Annie Philbrick below, where they discuss the importance of not feeling obligated to read every book in the club. They emphasize that reading is a personal journey, and it's all about choosing what truly excites you. Bird Cloud by Annie Proulx is available in store and online at Banks Square Books in Mystic. Let's support our local indie bookshops!

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