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February Book Club: "Strange Bodies"

Paulie Dibner
Assistant Managing Editor
February Book Club: "Strange Bodies"

Welcome back, book-clubbers! I'm so excited to introduce you to our new home on the marthastewart.com website. Going forward, all book club content (and surprises!) will live here. While we get used to our new digs (and migrate over our past selects), we want to make sure you're still with us and reading!  

January and February have brought record-setting snow to our home base in New York City, but as any reader will attest, that just gives us more time to cozy up with a pot of tea and a good book! We're so excited to introduce our newest book club pick, Marcel Theroux's "Strange Bodies." 

From the publisher:

Whatever this is, it started when Nicholas Slopen came back from the dead. 

In a locked ward of a notorious psychiatric hospital sits a man who insists that he is Dr. Nicholas Slopen, failed husband and impoverished Samuel Johnson scholar. Slopen has been dead for months, yet nothing can make this man change his story. What begins as a tale of apparent forgery involving unknown letters by the great Dr. Johnson grows to encompass a conspiracy between a Silicon Valley mogul and his Russian allies to exploit the darkest secret of Soviet technology: the Malevin Procedure.

With echoes of Jorge Luis Borges and Philip K. Dick, Marcel Theroux’s "Strange Bodies" takes the reader on a dizzying speculative journey that poses questions about identity, authenticity, and what it means to be truly human.

We can't wait to fill you in on our thoughts as we read along and finish off this snowy month. Please let us know in the comments below if you're joining in! 

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Paulie Dibner
About the Author
When Paulie Dibner isn't busy keeping track of getting our pages to the printer on time, she runs the magazine's book club. Book Club gets together once a month over snacks and sweets to discuss the current selection. We'll share photos, thoughts, and discussion questions here, and if we're feeling fancy, the occasional giveaway! Check back here often for our latest picks, ... Read More