Squirrel Hill Book Club

On the second Wednesday of each month, we get together in the private event space of Riverstone Books in Squirrel Hill and discuss the month's book choice - a mix of fiction & non-fiction, with selections curated by our booksellers and chosen by the group.

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October's pick is Dorothy Baker’s entrancing tragicomic novella Cassandra at the Wedding. Cassandra Edwards is a graduate student at Berkeley: gay, brilliant, nerve-racked, miserable. She is driving back to her family ranch in the foothills of the Sierras to attend the wedding of her identical twin, Judith. Cassandra, however, is hell-bent on sabotaging the wedding. First published in 1962, Cassandra at the Wedding is a book of enduring freshness, insight, and verve.

November's pick is Sidle Creek by Jolene McIlwain. Set in the bruised, mined, and timbered hills of Appalachia in western Pennsylvania, this collection of short stories is a tender, truthful exploration of a small town and the people who live there, told by a brilliant new voice in fiction.

 

 

Cassandra at the Wedding By Dorothy Baker, Deborah Eisenberg (Afterword by) Cover Image
By Dorothy Baker, Deborah Eisenberg (Afterword by)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781590176016
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Published: NYRB Classics - August 21st, 2012

Cassandra Edwards is a graduate student at Berkeley: gay, brilliant, nerve-racked, miserable. At the beginning of this novel, she drives back to her family ranch in the foothills of the Sierras to attend the wedding of her identical twin, Judith, to a nice young doctor from Connecticut. Cassandra, however, is hell-bent on sabotaging the wedding.
 


Sidle Creek By Jolene McIlwain Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781685890414
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Published: Melville House - May 16th, 2023

"Sidle Creek is one of the best story collections I’ve read in a long time." - Ron Rash, New York Times bestselling author of Serena

Set in the bruised, mined, and timbered hills of Appalachia in western Pennsylvania, Sidle Creek is a tender, truthful exploration of a small town and the people who live there, told by a brilliant new voice in fiction.