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August Book Club Pick: 'Goodbye, Vitamin'

Refined Reads is a monthly bookclub and partnership between Seattle Refined and University Book Store. Want to be part of it? Sign up here (don't worry, we won't spam you with emails - just alerts to discussion dates, special events and books of the month)!

This month we'll all be reading Rachel Khong's debut novel "Goodbye, Vitamin".

Freshly disengaged from her fiancĂ© and feeling that life has not turned out quite the way she planned, thirty-year-old Ruth quits her job, leaves town and arrives at her parents’ home to find that situation more complicated than she'd realized. Her father, a prominent history professor, is losing his memory and is only erratically lucid. Ruth’s mother, meanwhile, is lucidly erratic. But as Ruth's father’s condition intensifies, the comedy in her situation takes hold, gently transforming her all her grief.

Told in captivating glimpses and drawn from a deep well of insight, humor, and unexpected tenderness, Goodbye, Vitamin pilots through the loss, love, and absurdity of finding one’s footing in this life.

Page goals:

  • Read through January 30 entry (page 48) by Thursday, August 10
  • Read through April 1 entry (page 96) by Thursday, August 17
  • Read through June 29 entry (page 146) by Thursday, August 24
  • And aim to finish the book by Thursday, August 31 when we're having our discussion! We're meeting at 6:30 p.m. at University Book Store in the U-District to discuss 'Goodbye, Vitamin."

Pick up your copy at the University Book Store! Pro Tip: If you purchase in the next couple days, you'll get 25 percent off your order *insert thumbs up emoji*!