Better Book Club: Mr. Peanut
Housing Works’ Bookstore Café (126 Crosby St., Manhattan)

Tired of the humdrum guests at your local book club? Want to read a book with a little more oomph than some old romance novel? Why not join comedians and authors as they discuss new pieces of fiction other book clubs are too scared to touch? The Better Book Club features contemporary fiction writers in conversation with comedians who who put a different spin on the topics presented. Hosted by Better Book Titles creator, Dan Wilbur, the Better Book Club will also feature a Q&A with the panel of guests.

About this month’s book, Mr. Peanut (2010): David Pepin is caught with his hands in his wife’s mouth, force-feeding (or retrieving?) a lethal serving of peanuts she’s allergic to. The two detectives on the case? Real-life possible wife-murderer, Dr. Sam Sheppard and his partner Ward Hastroll, a re-envisioning of the murderer in Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window. Listed in the New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2010. Subjects up for discussion: the dark side of marriage, meta-fiction, Alfred Hitchcock, video game writing, and terrible vacations.