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The Friends of the Brainerd Public Library has teamed up with Baia Della for Chapter 8 of Books Burgers and Brews.  Books Burgers and Brews is a book club that is open to the public and held on 4th Mondays starting at 6 p.m. We supply the books, discussion, and some fun extras. See details on our next discussion below and the full chapter line up at the bottom of the page!  

Our vision for this event is to provide a fun venue to gather with friends and enjoy a fun discussion.  We like to call it... "A Book Club With A Kick".  We would love to have you join us! 


April 22, 2024: 

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A beautifully observed and deeply funny novel of May Attaway, a university gardener who sets out on an odyssey to reconnect with four old friends over the course of a year.

At forty, May Attaway is more at home with plants than people. Over the years, she's turned inward, finding pleasure in language, her work as a gardener, and keeping her neighbors at arm's length while keenly observing them. But when she is unexpectedly granted some leave from her job, May is inspired to reconnect with four once close friends. She knows they will never have a proper reunion, so she goes, one-by-one, to each of them. A student of the classics, May considers her journey a female Odyssey. What might the world have had if, instead of waiting, Penelope had set out on an adventure of her own?

Rules For Visiting is a woman's exploration of friendship in the digital age. Deeply alert to the nobility and the ridiculousness of ordinary people, May savors the pleasures along the way--afternoon ice cream with a long-lost friend, surprise postcards from an unexpected crush, and a moving encounter with ancient beauty. Though she gets a taste of viral online fame, May chooses to bypass her friends' perfectly cultivated online lives to instead meet them in their messy analog ones.

Ultimately, May learns that a best friend is someone who knows your story--and she inspires us all to master the art of visiting.


Join Amanda and Laurel from the Books Burgers and Brews at Baia Della each month at 6:00 pm for a fun BOOK-filled discussion.  Fun giveaways are included as well as dinner.  Register today!  

BBB books are available the month they are being discussed by picking them up at the Brainerd Public Library front desk.  The books at the library are first come first served. The Library is now open regular hours to the public.  

Season 8:
May 20th:  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot *changed to third Monday due to Memorial Day holiday

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