Book Club + Mixer
Jan 02- THE STRANGER GAME- Peter Gadol
Feb 06- DESERT BOYS- Chris Mc Cormick
March 6- I CAN’T DATE JESUS- Michael Arceneaux
April 3- AMATEUR: A TRUE STORY ABOUT WHAT MAKES A MAN- Michael Page McBee
May 1- THE END OF EDDY- Louis Edouard
June 5- THE GREAT BELIEVERS- Rebecca Makkai
July 3- THE AIR YOU BREATHE- Frances De Pontes Peebles
August 7- WHAT BELONGS TO YOU- Garth Greenwell
Book Of The Month
Rebecca’s on-again-off-again boyfriend Ezra has gone missing, but when she notifies the police they seem surprisingly unconcerned. They suspect he has been playing the “stranger game,” a viral hit in which players start following others in real-life, as they might otherwise do on social media. As the game spreads, however, the rules begin to change, play grows more intense, and disappearances are reported across the country.
Curious about this popular new obsession, and hoping that she might be able to track down Ezra, Rebecca tries the game for herself. She also meets Carey, a player willing to take the game further than she imagined possible. As her relationship with Carey and involvement in the game deepen, she begins to uncover an unsettling subculture that has infiltrated the world around her. In playing the stranger game, what may lead her closer to finding Ezra may lead her further and further from the life she once lived.
A thought-provoking, haunting novel, The Stranger Gameunearths the connections, both imagined and real, that we build with the people around us in the physical and digital world, and where the boundaries blur between them.
“The Stranger Game is a sharp-toothed commentary on the ways in which Ôfollowing’ can foster a pretense of intimacy between strangers, and how the falsity of this intimacy—its utter lack of substance—often creates a perilous hunger for more: more access, more communion, more knowledge. It’s also a fun, moody, twisty thriller, with a sun-touched, West Coast vibe…as much Joan Didion as Patricia Highsmith.” —Scott Smith, author of A Simple Plan and The Ruins
Outbook is an LGBTQ book club and mixer! To join simply pick up and read our month’s selection. The join us the first Wed of each month at the Palm Springs Cultural Center (formally Camelot Theatres), upstairs in the VIP Lounge. Mix and mingle with fellow club members at 6:00 p.m. Book discussion begins at 6:30 p.m. led by local book critic and columnist J. Corbett Holmes.
James C. Holmes