Book Club Picks

If you’re in need of new selections for your book club, we can help! Our quarterly picks lists 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

SPRING/SUMMER 2020 PICKS


Notes from a Young Black Chef by Kwame Onwuachi
Notes from a Young Black Chef by Kwame Onwuachi

Kwame Onwuachi’s atypical path to chefdom takes him from the Bronx to rural Nigeria to the competitive D.C. restaurant scene. This culinary coming-of-age memoir looks at the intersection of race, food, and fame.

Nonfiction

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Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan
Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan

When poet and writer Joy Davidman began writing letters to C. S. Lewis she was looking for spiritual answers, not love. This historical novel reimagines the poet Joy Davidson and her search for romantic love and spiritual fulfillment.

Fiction

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Chesapeake Requiem by Earl Swift
Chesapeake Requiem by Earl Swift

On a small island off the coast of Virginia, climate change and sea level rise is slowly eroding a way of life. Earl Swift paints a complex portrait of the people who live there and how they are handling their uncertain future.

Nonfiction

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Lights All Night Long by Lydia Fitzpatrick
Lights All Night Long by Lydia Fitzpatrick

Fifteen-year-old Ilya is an exchange student in Louisiana while his brother Vladimir sits falsely accused in a Russian prison. From across the world, Ilya tries to unravel the mystery of his brother’s arrest and uncovers more truth than he expects.

Fiction

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Cherokee America by Margaret Verble
Cherokee America by Margaret Verble

In the aftermath of the Civil War, a community in Cherokee Nation West grapples with murders and disappearances. A Cherokee mother and farmer finds herself in the middle of it all, and must fight to defend her family, her land, and her rights.

Fiction

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Golden Child by Claire Adam
Golden Child by Claire Adam

In rural Trinidad, twin brothers Paul and Peter wake early every morning to travel to the city for school. Their parents have planned out very different futures for each twin, but those plans are thrown into doubt when the family home is robbed and Paul disappears into the island’s wilderness and the family is forced to make tough decisions.

Fiction

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The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo
The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo

In 1930s Malaysia, two servants work together to solve mysterious deaths linked by superstition and folklore.

Fiction

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Rough Magic by Lara Prior-Palmer
Rough Magic by Lara Prior-Palmer

A young woman travels to Mongolia to compete in the Mongol Derby, a thousand kilometer horse race across rough terrain. For fans of both Wild and Boys in the Boat.

Fiction

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Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe
Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe

In 1972, a mother is kidnapped by the IRA and never seen again. Say Nothing investigates the crime and how the conflict in Northern Ireland led to decades of silence, trauma, and secrets within families.

Nonfiction

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A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum
A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum

In a multi-generational family home in Brooklyn, three Palestinian-American women struggle against the shame, secrecy, and traditions of their close-knit immigrant community.

Fiction

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