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

SUMMER 2018 PICKS

The Far Away Brothers by Lauren Markham

“Growing up in rural El Salvador in the wake of the civil war, the United States was a distant fantasy to identical twins Ernesto and Raul Flores–until, at age seventeen, a deadly threat from the region’s brutal gangs forces them to flee the only home they’ve ever known.”

Nonfiction

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A House Among the Trees by Julia Glass

“When famed children’s author Mort Lear falls to his death in a stubborn attempt to trim a wayward tree limb, he leaves behind an invaluable legacy of work — and an even greater wealth of secrets.”

Fiction

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Hunger by Roxane Gay

“From the New York Times bestselling author of Bad Feminist: a searingly honest memoir of food, weight, self-image, and learning how to feed your hunger while taking care of yourself.”

Nonfiction

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I Was Told to Come Alone by Souad Mekhennet

“The journalist who broke the “Jihadi John” story draws on her personal experience to bridge the gap between the Muslim world and the West and explain the rise of Islamic radicalism.”

Nonfiction

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Book cover: Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

“In the 1920s, members of Oklahoma’s Osage Indian nation were the world’s richest people per capita, for oil had been discovered beneath their land. Then they began dying mysteriously in what proved to be a test for the newly formed FBI.”

Nonfiction

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Book Cover: The Leavers by Lisa Ko

“Ko’s debut is a sweeping examination of family through the eyes of a single mother, a Chinese immigrant, and her U.S.-born son, whose separation haunts and defines their lives.”

Fiction

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Saints for All Occasions by J. Courtney Sullivan

“Theresa and Nora, Irish sisters, have long since parted company, the break an event that neither has spoken of for half a century. Now…Nora’s son Patrick has died, and as the family comes together to see him off, long-hidden secrets are unveiled.”

Fiction

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Watch Me Disappear by Janelle Brown

“It’s been a year since Billie Flanagan—a beautiful, charismatic Berkeley mom with an enviable life—went on a solo hike in Desolation Wilderness and vanished from the trail…. But then Olive starts having waking dreams—or are they hallucinations?—that her mother is still alive.”

Fiction

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Book Cover: When the English Fall by David Williams

“Seen through the diary of Jacob, an Amish farmer trying to protect his family and his way of life, the book examines the idea of peace in the face of deadly chaos when an Amish community in Pennsylvania is caught up in the devastating aftermath of a catastrophic solar storm.”

Fiction

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Book cover: Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin

“An ambitious congressional intern in Florida makes the life-changing mistake of having an affair with her boss…and blogging about it. When the affair comes to light, the congressman doesn’t take the fall, but Aviva does, and her life is over before it hardly begins.”

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