We would love to officially welcome you to join our book club. We host a ‘Books and Wine’ book club once a month. You guessed it- it features books and wine suggestions. Each month we pick a new book and pair it with a local wine or drink. If you don’t drink, don’t worry- any beverage that works for you works for us. So please join us with the picked featured wine or the drink of your choice.
Our next book for February 13th at 6:00 will be Mercury Pictures Presents by Anthony Marra. Mercury Pictures Presents is a historical fiction taking place during the entry of World War II. Go on an adventure with with the main character as she reinvents herself along her journey from Italy to Los Angeles.
How to Join
You can join our ‘Books and Wine’ book club by RSVPing each month. All you have to do is shoot us an email to let us know that you’d like to come. You connect with us in-person or request a zoom link to meet with us virtually. Along with each person’s RSVP, we will respond with the location of our meeting.
This Month’s Featured Book
The epic tale of a brilliant woman who must reinvent herself to survive, moving from Mussolini’s Italy to 1940s Los Angeles
Like many before her, Maria Lagana has come to Hollywood to outrun her past. Born in Rome, where every Sunday her father took her to the cinema instead of church, Maria immigrates with her mother to Los Angeles after a childhood transgression leads to her father’s arrest.
Fifteen years later, on the eve of America’s entry into World War II, Maria is an associate producer at Mercury Pictures, trying to keep her personal and professional lives from falling apart. Her mother won’t speak to her. Her boss, a man of many toupees, has been summoned to Washington by congressional investigators. Her boyfriend, a virtuoso Chinese-American actor, can’t escape the studio’s narrow typecasting. And the studio itself, Maria’s only home in exile, teeters on the verge of bankruptcy.
Over the coming months, as the bright lights go dark across Los Angeles, Mercury Pictures becomes a nexus of European émigrés: modernist poets trying their luck as B-movie screenwriters, once-celebrated architects becoming scale-model miniaturists, and refugee actors finding work playing the very villains they fled. While the world descends into war, Maria rises through a maze of conflicting politics, divided loyalties, and jockeying ambitions. But when the arrival of a stranger from her father’s past threatens Maria’s carefully constructed facade, she must finally confront her father’s fate–and her own.
Written with intelligence, wit, and an exhilarating sense of possibility, Mercury Pictures Presentsspans many moods and tones, from the heartbreaking to the ecstatic. It is a love letter to life’s bit players, a panorama of an era that casts a long shadow over our own, and a tour de force.
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