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Books that Bind June 2024 – Days at the Morisaki Bookshop

Reading: Days at the Morisaki Bookshop: A Novel by Satoshi Yagisawa

Date: Thursday, June 20 at 12:00 PM EDT

Hidden in Jimbocho, Tokyo, is a booklover’s paradise. On a quiet corner in an old wooden building lies a shop filled with hundreds of second-hand books.

Twenty-five-year-old Takako has never liked reading, although the Morisaki bookshop has been in her family for three generations. It is the pride and joy of her uncle Satoru, who has devoted his life to the bookshop since his wife Momoko left him five years earlier.

When Takako’s boyfriend reveals he’s marrying someone else, she reluctantly accepts her eccentric uncle’s offer to live rent-free in the tiny room above the shop. Hoping to nurse her broken heart in peace, Takako is surprised to encounter new worlds within the stacks of books lining the Morisaki bookshop.

As summer fades to autumn, Satoru and Takako discover they have more in common than they first thought. The Morisaki bookshop has something to teach them both about life, love, and the healing power of books.


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Books that Bind Building bonds through books and conversation. Our club reads a wide range of authors and genres. Books that Bind is the official Book Club of the Interchurch Center located in the Morningside/ Harlem area of New York City, NY. The club was established in 2011 to build bonds and friendship through a shared love of books among the various tenants of the building and neighbored.

2024 Books That Bind Book Club List
January 18th – The Bandit Queens by Parini Shroff
February 15th – Dear Juliet: Letters from the Lovestruck and Lovelorn to Shakespeare’s Juliet in Verona by Giulio Tamassia
March 7th – It’s not what you think: An American Woman in Saudi Arabia by Sabeeha Rehman (Author Visit)
April – Heaven & Earth Grocery Store by James McBride
May – How to Kill a Man and Get Away With It by Katy Brent
June – Days at the Morisaki Bookshop by Satoshi Yagisawa
July – Woman of the Post by Joshunda Sanders
August – The Berry Pickers by Amanda Peters
September – Pandora’s Jar: Women in the Greek Myths by Natalie Hayes
October – A Touch of Moonlight by Yaffa S. Santos
November – Murder of Mr. Wickham by Claudia Gray & Irene Vallejo
December – 2025 Book Selection

New members are always welcome! Click here to join the club.