Winter was a delightful reader hibernation period comprised of a mass consumption of cozy fiction and boxes of cookies in your favorite old sweater. But alas, book club season is upon us, and we’ve got things to talk about.
It’s hard to find the perfect book club pick when all eyes are on you (not to mention the daunting task of making a group actually agree on something). This is where we come in: we’ll be updating our suggestions monthly as many book clubs turn to their next pick.
After a struggle to have children of their own, a couple living on a secluded island off the coast of Australia discovers a newborn baby in a washed up boat and are left with an impossible decision. Through extraordinarily crafted characters, Stedman prompts a discussion on how imperfect people seek to find their north star in a world of incomprehensible complexity.
To five-year-old Jack, Room is the world . . . It’s where he was born, it’s where he and his Ma eat and sleep and play and learn; it’s where he is shut safely in the wardrobe when Old Nick visits. Room is as shocking as it is beautiful. Donoghue blurs the line between a home and a prison and challenges readers to make decisions based upon the diamond-hard bond between a mother and a child.
The author of Seabiscuit returns with an incredible account of a surviving lieutenant of the Second World War. Hillenbrand tells an unforgettable story of a man’s journey into extremity, leading readers through page-turning history that masterfully depicts the resilience of the human mind, body and spirit.
Three brothers tear their way through childhood. Pap and Ma’s presence is fleeting, and their love is a serious, dangerous thing that makes and unmakes family. Torres simultaneously depicts family unity and devastation through characters whose hearts and minds are felt so viscerally, a reader can feel a level of personal involvement with their story. We the Animals reminds us how deeply we are formed by our earliest bonds, and how that alone propels us towards the future.
A haunting mother-daughter story that is being called, “freakishly brilliant.” It’s a coming-of-age story about a ‘90’s misfit youth and the necessary, painful act of breaking away from both her addict mother and self-possessing addictions and demons in the process. It’s an exceptional story from a new voice that will have readers deeply considering the complexities between loving and leaving.
Hazel has never been anything but terminal—a concept she has come to terms with at 16 years old. But when a handsome plot-twist appears at a Cancer Kid Support Group, her story suddenly becomes rewritten. This award-winning author has created a book that tears at heart-strings of all ages. It’s tragic, it’s funny, it’s thrilling, and it’s a unique look at what it means to be alive and in love.
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