Dog-Eared Books Official Book Club

WHEN: Thursday, December 9 , 10 AM 
WHERE: Dog-Eared Books 

Harlem Shuffle’s ingenious story plays out in a beautifully recreated New York City of the early 1960s. It’s a family saga masquerading as a crime novel, a hilarious morality play, a social novel about race and power, and ultimately a love letter to Harlem.

To his customers and neighbors on 125th street, Ray Carney is an upstanding salesman of reasonably priced furniture, making a decent life for himself and his family. Few people know he descends from a line of uptown hoods and crooks, and that his façade of normalcy has more than a few cracks in it. Cracks that are getting bigger all the time.

Cash is tight, especially with all those installment-plan sofas, so if his cousin Freddie occasionally drops off the odd ring or necklace, Ray doesn’t ask where it comes from.

Then Freddie falls in with a crew who plan to rob the Hotel Theresa—the “Waldorf of Harlem”—and volunteers Ray’s services as the fence. But the heist doesn’t go as planned. Now Ray has a new clientele, one made up of shady cops, vicious local gangsters, two-bit pornographers, and other assorted Harlem lowlifes.

Beginning the internal tussle between Ray the striver and Ray the crook. As Ray navigates this double life, he begins to see who actually pulls the strings in Harlem. Can Ray avoid getting killed, save his cousin, and grab his share of the big score, all while maintaining his reputation as the go-to source for all your quality home furniture needs?

Purchase a copy to read, or grab it from the library, and join us December 10, for a thoughtful and entertaining discussion about Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead. This book club is free to anyone who wishes to participate. No registration necessary.

Dates and books of upcoming Dog-Eared Books Official Book Club:

December 9 at 10 AM.  Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead


Upcoming 2022 dates & books:

January 20 at 10 AM.  Atlas of the Heart by Brene Brown

February 17 at 10 AM.  Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr

March 17 at 10 AM.  State of Terror by Louise Penny & Hilary Rodham Clinton

April 21 at 10 AM.  The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles

May 19 at 10 AM.  The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller

June 23 at 10 AM.  Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel