HCP Book Group: The Nakano Thrift Shop

The Nakano Thrift Shop is a generous-hearted portrayal of human relationships by one of Japan's most beloved authors, Hiromi Kawakami. We will meet on Sunday, June 9th at 3:00 pm at a Center City home. The group will be limited to 8 people and be an in-person event only.


About the book: thrift

Objects for sale at the Nakano Thrift Shop appear as commonplace as the staff and customers that handle them. But like those same customers and staff, they hold many secrets. If examined carefully, they show the signs of innumerable extravagances, of immeasurable pleasure and pain, and of the deep mysteries of the human heart. Hitomi, the inexperienced young woman who works the register at Mr. Nakano's thrift shop, has fallen for her coworker, the oddly reserved Takeo. Unsure of how to attract his attention, she seeks advice from her employer's sister, Masayo, whose sentimental entanglements make her a somewhat unconventional guide. But thanks in part to Masayo, Hitomi will come to realize that love, desire, and intimacy require acceptance not only of idiosyncrasies but also of the delicate waltz between open and hidden secrets. Animating each delicately rendered chapter in Kawakami's playful novel is Mr. Nakano himself, an original, entertaining, and enigmatic creation whose compulsive mannerisms, secretive love life, and impulsive behavior defy all expectations.


Host / Lead Organizer: Susan Robinson

Date: Sunday, June 9th at 3:00 pm.

Location: Address will be included in confirmation email. 

Coffee and tea will be provided.


Limited to 8 people. 


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3:00PM - 5:00PM Sun 9 Jun 2024, Eastern timezone


Philadelphia, PA 19102

Look Who's Coming:

Susan Robinson
Idette Elizondo
Thomas Eoyang
Nicholas Topjian
Mary Wiseman Goldstein
... a total of 6 guests.
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