My Book club Recommendations

Welcome to the Book Club page. Here you will find: 

  • Monthly suggestions to stimulate discussions for your book club 
  • Guided question and summary tabs to use as resources 
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12 Reviews
Boy, Snow, Bird

Boy, Snow, Bird

by Helen Oyeyemi

In this modern, dark update of the classic Snow White, Boy Novak runs away from her abusive father, and finds solace in a small town in Massachusetts. When she marries Arturo and becomes a stepmother to the loveable Snow, Boy’s personal prejudices are challenged. To say more would be to ruin a big twist that comes halfway through, when Boy gives birth to her own daughter, Bird.

 

The End of Your Life Book Club – Book Club Central Pick (November 2013)

The End of Your Life Book Club – Book Club Central Pick (November 2013)

by Will Schwalbe

When Will Schwalbe’s mother is diagnosed with cancer, he accompanies her during many chemo sessions: this lays the backdrop against which mother-and-son forms an impromptu book club. Different chapter, different book. Among this thoughtful memoir’s main explorations, exists a wonderful testament to the power of literature and its role in sparking discussion, coming to terms with life and death, and understanding familial love.
Life After Life – Book Club Central Pick (October 2013)

Life After Life – Book Club Central Pick (October 2013)

by Kate Atkinson

In parallel worlds, Ursula Todd lives and dies – in this trippy story of ‘sliding doors,’ Atkinson follows Ursula as she succumbs to death periodically in early to mid-20th century England, only to continue her existence in the following chapters and develop a sixth sense of impending doom. She’s like the cat of literature.

Me Before You – Book Club Central Pick (September 2013)

Me Before You – Book Club Central Pick (September 2013)

by Jojo Moyes

Lou Clark lives in a small English town known for its main tourist attraction. Will Traynor is in bad shape due to a terrible motorcycle accident. When Lou loses her job, her path collides with Will’s: cue unexpected consequences.

Wife 22

Wife 22

by Melanie Gideon

This is the loveable story of Alice Buckle: mother, teacher, failed playwright and, now, Wife 22 – an anonymous participant in an online study about marriage. Through emails and playful dialogue, Gideon writes the perfect book for kicking back, relaxing, laughing and, yes, rethinking those views on what constitutes a healthy relationship.

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The News from Spain – Book Club Central Pick (July 2013)

The News from Spain – Book Club Central Pick (July 2013)

by Joan Wickersham

In this brilliant collection of short stories, characters run the gamut from a former race car driver’s gorgeous wife who offers life-altering advice to a young mother, to a married couple dealing with the husband’s infidelity. From a paralyzed dancer and her loyal caretaker to teachers behaving badly to a mother and daughter’s fragile relationship, Wickersham shows love in all its madness, betrayal, lust and warmth.

The Interestings – BOOK CLUB CENTRAL PICK (JUNE 2013)

The Interestings – BOOK CLUB CENTRAL PICK (JUNE 2013)

by Meg Wolitzer

When six, artistic teenagers meet for a summer in 1974 at Spirit in the Woods, they dub themselves ‘The Interestings’ due to their intellectual connections. Covering the next four decades of their lives the novel – despite some wonky plot lines – investigates changing dynamics among old friends, the repercussions of success, the pain of unrequited love and the ever-present question: why are we here and what are we supposed to do with our time?

The Watchmaker’s Daughter – BOOK CLUB CENTRAL PICK (May 2013)

The Watchmaker’s Daughter – BOOK CLUB CENTRAL PICK (May 2013)

by Sonia Taitz

Somehow melding the comedic with the tragic, Taitz weaves an endearing tale of growing up as the daughter of two Holocaust survivors in 1960s and 70s Washington Heights. An excellent portrayal of the ways war seeps into second generations. 

Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar – BOOK CLUB Central PICK (April 2013)

Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar – BOOK CLUB Central PICK (April 2013)

by Cheryl Strayed

In her generous collection of advice, taken from her feverishly followed Dear Sugar column on rumpus.net, Cheryl Strayed (author of the popular memoir, Wild), offers her poetic bursts of inspiration and empathy pertaining to the pain, joy, suffering and redemption that accompany us along the humming boulevard of humankind.

Behind the Beautiful Forevers – Book Club Central Pick (February 2013)

Behind the Beautiful Forevers – Book Club Central Pick (February 2013)

by Katherine Boo

In Katherine Boo’s searing book, the Pulitzer Prize-winning-journalist explores life and death in the Mumbai slum of Annawadi. Through haunting and unforgettable inhabitants, Boo introduces us to some of India’s poorest living conditions, positioned just behind its wealthiest hotels. The book weaves humour and pathos into a tapestry of astonishing acts of courage, despair, and human limitations, while teaching its readers about India’s economy, politics and shifting social classes.

State of Wonder – Book Club Central Pick (March 2013)

State of Wonder – Book Club Central Pick (March 2013)

by Ann Patchett

When Dr. Marina Singh heads into the depths of the Amazon to look for her missing mentor, Dr. Swenson, she encounters a tribe of women who defy the logic of medicine. An interesting meditation on science and the boundaries it pushes, State of Wonder combines drama with a touch of science fiction in this thought-provoking tale of loss and rediscovery. 

Let the Great World Spin – Book Club Central Pick (January 2013)

Let the Great World Spin – Book Club Central Pick (January 2013)

by Colum McCann

Set against the backdrop of the famed tightrope walk across Manhattan's Twin Towers in 1974, richly-drawn characters collide in this narrative laden with lyricism and power.