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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.

SPRING 2021 PICKS


“An exuberant work of popular history: the story of how streets got their names and houses their numbers, and why something as seemingly mundane as an address can save lives or enforce power.” Finalist for the 2020 Kirkus Prize for Nonfiction.

Nonfiction

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“Four survivors come together as the country rebuilds in the aftermath of a devastating pandemic. A character-driven post-apocalyptic suspense with an intimate, hopeful look at how people can move forward by creating something better.”

Fiction

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“The unforgettable, inspiring story of a teenage girl growing up in a rural Nigerian village who longs to get an education so that she can find her ‘louding voice’ and speak up for herself.”

Fiction

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“From the award-winning author of Station Eleven, a captivating novel of money, beauty, white-collar crime, ghosts, and moral compromise in which a woman disappears from a container ship off the coast of Mauritania and a massive Ponzi scheme implodes in New York, dragging countless fortunes with it.”

Fiction

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“(A)n unusual, captivating portrait of a family–and of the cycles of joy and grief that inscribe human lives within the natural world–from beloved New York Times opinion writer Margaret Renkl.”

Nonfiction

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“(A) groundbreaking debut novel that folds the legends of Hawaiian gods into an engrossing family saga; a story of exile and the pursuit of salvation.”

Fiction

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“Written with the haunting emotional power of Elizabeth Strout and Barbara Kingsolver, an astonishing debut novel that explores the lingering effects of a brutal crime on the women of one small Texas oil town in the 1970s.”

Fiction

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“An ever growing list of worries, from a brother with drug problems to a climate change apocalypse, dances through the lively mind of a university librarian.”

Fiction

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“Part biography, part memoir, part scientific adventure, Why Fish Don’t Exist is a wondrous fable about how to persevere in a world where chaos will always prevail.”

Nonfiction

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“The gripping true story of a murder on an Indian reservation, and the unforgettable Arikara woman who becomes obsessed with solving it–an urgent work of literary journalism.”

Nonfiction

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