Our Second Book Club Pick!

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Hello, Rule Breakers!

Happy Book Club Day!

With the conversation flowing about our first pick, City of Girls, over on Facebook, it’s time to announce book number two.

This month, we’ll be reading…


An American Marriage

By Tayari Jones

The synopsis, per the blurb on the cover:

Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn’t commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding. As Roy’s time in prison passes, she is unable to hold on to the love that has been her center. After five years, Roy’s conviction is suddenly overturned, and he returns to Atlanta ready to resume their life together.

This stirring love story is a profoundly insightful look into the hearts and minds of three people who are at once bound and separated by forces beyond their control. An American Marriage is a masterpiece of storytelling, an intimate look deep into the souls of people who must reckon with the past while moving forward—with hope and pain—into the future.




In The Rule Breakers Book Club, you choose your own adventure. There are FOUR levels of membership:

  • LEVEL ONE - Read the book. That’s all.

  • LEVEL TWO - Read the book. Head over to the Costume Parade Facebook page on Book Club Day, and chat with other readers. I’ll bring a few fun questions for all of us to ponder, and I hope you will, too.

  • LEVEL THREE - Are you in the Seattle area? Want to make some new rule breaking friends and meet IN REAL LIFE?! I’d love to plan a book club meeting (preferably somewhere with cocktails!). Drop me a note below, or send an email to costumeparade@gmail.com, if you’re interested!

  • LEVEL FOUR - The Fashion Challenge! For each book we read, I’ll create an outfit inspired by the book. That look will be featured here, in a blog post, on Book Club Day! I’d love it if you joined me!

    The parameters of this challenge are simple. As much or as little of your look can be inspired by the book. It’s all up to you. And, please share! I’d love to see what you create! On Instagram, use the hashtag #TheRuleBreakersBookClub or post your look on the Costume Parade Facebook page. (Looking for ideas? To peruse my past Inspired By posts, click here.)


So, When’s Our Next Meeting?


Our next (online) meeting will be:

Friday, August 23rd.

Need a reminder? Sign up for The Rule Breakers Review, the Costume Parade weekly newsletter. I’ll send out a gentle reading nudge on Sunday, August 18th.


Need a Copy of the Book?


Click here to order An American Marriage on Amazon.


One last Question:

Are You In?