We’re excited to announce our September Book Club pick, First Love, Take Two by author Sajni Patel. Purchase your copy today! Join us on Thursday, September 30 at 7:30 p.m. CT for a conversation with Patel and author Sonali Dev, who will moderate the discussion. Save your spot.
Award-winning author Sajni Patel was born in vibrant India and raised in the heart of Texas. She draws on personal experiences, cultural expectations, and Southern flair to create worlds centered around strong Indian women. Once in MMA, she’s now all about puppies, rainbows, and tortured love stories. She divides her time between Hawai’i (where honu is her #1 obsession) and Austin (where she not-so-secretly watches Matthew McConaughey from afar during UT football games). Queso is her weakness and thanks to her family’s cooking, Indian/Tex-Mex cuisine is a real thing. She’s a die-hard Marvel Comics fan, an ube fanatic, and is always wrapped up in a story.
USA Today bestselling author Sonali Dev writes Bollywood-style love stories that explore universal issues. Her novels have been named Best Books of the Year by Library Journal, NPR, the Washington Post, and Kirkus. She has won numerous accolades, including the American Library Association’s award for best romance, the RT Reviewer Choice Award for best contemporary romance, multiple RT Seals of Excellence, has been a RITA® finalist, and has been listed for the Dublin Literary Award. Shelf Awareness calls her “Not only one of the best but one of the bravest romance novelists working today.” She lives in Chicagoland with her husband, two visiting adult children, and the world’s most perfect dog.
2021 book club picks:
- August: We are all the same in the Dark by Julia Heaberlin
- July: God Spare the Girls by Kelsey McKinney
- June: The Atmospherians by Alex McElroy
- May: The Souvenir Museum by Elizabeth McCracken
- April: Nepantla Familias: An Anthology of Mexican-American Literature On Families In Between Worlds edited by Sergio Troncoso
- March: Lone Stars by Justin Deabler
- February: Memorial by Bryan Washington
- January: Nights When Nothing Happened by Simon Han