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If you’re in need of new selections for your book club, we can help! Our quarterly picks lists below are filled with engaging titles sure to spark lively discussion. For each title, we:

  • purchase multiple copies so they’ll be available to book club members
  • purchase multiple formats so you can read the way you like best
  • commit to keeping the titles for 18 months from the time we pick them so you can plan ahead

Whatcom READS


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Join the 2022 Whatcom READS community discussion by reading Greenwood with your book group. Then watch for upcoming events starting in Fall 2021 that explore themes from the book.

SUMMER 2021 PICKS


Eight people become unlikely friends during a hostage situation created by an inept bank robber. This story combines humor, heartbreak, and meditations on the human condition.

Fiction

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This historical novel reimagines the death of Hamnet, Shakespeare’s 11-year-old son, through the eyes of Shakespeare’s young wife. A striking, painfully lovely novel that captures the nature of grief.

Fiction

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A year in the lives of ten inner-city men fighting to keep Black cowboy culture alive, even as their personal lives are in disarray. An endearing tribute to Los Angeles street culture, horses, and the men who love them.

Nonfiction

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From penicillin to truffles to fermentation, fungi are ubiquitous. Entangled Life takes us on a magical journey deep into the roots of Nature and proves that science can also be poetic.

Nonfiction

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As a child in the 90s, Wayétu Moore and her family escape civil war in Liberia and eventually find sanctuary in Texas. Moore explores identity, family, heroism, and gender roles in a true story that reads like a novel.

Nonfiction

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When a young Black nanny is accused of kidnapping while grocery shopping with her employer’s white toddler, an already tense working relationship goes horribly awry. A charming comedy of manners that touches on social media, parenting, and political correctness.

Fiction

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An emergency room doctor weaves together personal stories and those of her patients to explore how we are all broken–both physically and emotionally–and how we can heal ourselves and others.

Nonfiction

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A young man dying of AIDS returns from New York City to his rural hometown so he can spend his last days with his family. Immersive, tragic, but ultimately hopeful.

Fiction

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Set in the rough and stunning landscape of the American West, this tender epic follows two orphaned siblings trying to survive in the years after the Gold Rush.

Fiction

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A warm, funny and keenly perceptive novel about the lifecycle of one family. Kids become parents, grandkids become teenagers, and the matriarch confronts the legacy of her mistakes.

Fiction

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