DSM Book Club
We think the best part of finishing a good book is talking about it with friends. That’s why we’ve started the DSM Book Club.
The DSM Book Club is a new online sharing session designed to showcase our favorite reads and get you ready to meet the authors at our March Festival. This Club will inspire you with a monthly pick and features an online Zoom book discussion. Each month will feature one book that is connected to The Festival and an individual registration for participation. We hope you will join us every month, but there’s no guilt if you miss one.
Participation in the DSM Book Club is FREE thanks to our sponsors.
May 2021: "The Dutch House" by Ann Patchett
Club Meeting: May 27 at 7 p.m. | Register Now
“The Dutch House” is a richly moving story that explores the indelible bond between two siblings, the house of their childhood, and a past that will not let them go.
At the end of the Second World War, Cyril Conroy combines luck and a single canny investment to begin an enormous real estate empire, propelling his family from poverty to enormous wealth. His first order of business is to buy the Dutch House, a lavish estate in the suburbs outside of Philadelphia. Meant as a surprise for his wife, the house sets in motion the undoing of everyone he loves.
The story is told by Cyril’s son Danny, as he and his older sister, the brilliantly acerbic and self-assured Maeve, are exiled from the house where they grew up by their stepmother. The two wealthy siblings are thrown back into the poverty their parents had escaped from and find that all they have to count on is one another. It is this unshakeable bond between them that both saves their lives and thwarts their futures.
Set over the course of five decades, “The Dutch House” is a dark fairy tale about two smart people who cannot overcome their past. Despite every outward sign of success, Danny and Maeve are only truly comfortable when they’re together. Throughout their lives they return to the well-worn story of what they’ve lost with humor and rage. But when at last they’re forced to confront the people who left them behind, the relationship between an indulged brother and his ever-protective sister is finally tested.
Past Book Club Picks
July 2020: "An American Marriage" by Tayari Jones
August 2020: "The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo" by Taylor Jenkins Reid
September 2020: "But What If We're Wrong?" by Chuck Klosterman
October 2020: "The Secrets We Kept" by Lara Prescott
November 2020: "Daisy Jones and The Six" by Taylor Jenkins Reid
December 2020: "Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott
January 2021: "The Art of Racing in the Rain" by Garth Stein
February 2021: "The Henna Artist" by Alka Joshi
March 2021: "The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters" by Priya Parker
April 2021: The Midnight Library by Matt Haig