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 2019 PICKS


Bold Spirit Helga Estby's Forgotten Walk Across Victorian America by Hunt, Linda
Bold Spirit: Helga Estby’s Forgotten Walk Across Victorian America

“Helga Estby left Spokane Washington and walked to New York City on a $10,000 challenge. This remarkable story of hardship and suffering was long lost and only recently discovered by the author.”

Nonfiction

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The Five Invitations Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully by Ostaseski, Frank
The Five Invitations Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully

“(A)n exhilarating meditation on the meaning of life and how maintaining an ever-present consciousness of death can bring us closer to our truest selves.”

Nonfiction

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A Gentleman in Moscow by Towles, Amor
A Gentleman in Moscow

“House arrest for the rest of his life inside Moscow’s luxury Metropol Hotel isn’t enough to prevent Count Rostov from becoming a man of purpose, even as society changes around him.”

Fiction

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The Girl Who Smiled Beads A Story of War and What Comes After
The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After

“In 1994, six-year-old Wamariya fled genocidal violence in Rwanda with her older sister, Claire, and spent the next six years moving through seven African countries before landing in America.”

Nonfiction

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Girls Burn Brighter by Rao, Shobha
Girls Burn Brighter

“A searing, electrifying debut novel set in India and America, about a once-in-a-lifetime friendship between two girls who are driven apart but never stop trying to find one another again.”

Fiction

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The House of Broken Angels A Novel by Urrea, Luis Alberto
The House of Broken Angels


“In this raucous, moving, and necessary story by a Pulitzer Prize finalist, the De La Cruzes, a family on the Mexican-American border, celebrate two of their most beloved relatives during a joyous and bittersweet weekend.”

Fiction

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Warlight A Novel by Ondaatje, Michael
Warlight

“A mesmerizing novel that tells a dramatic story set in the decade after World War II through the lives of a small group of unexpected characters and two teenagers whose lives are indelibly shaped by their unwitting involvement.”

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Washington Black A Novel by Edugyan, Esi
Washington Black


“The year 1830 finds 12-year-old George Washington (Wash) Black enslaved on a sugar plantation in Barbados. His life changes dramatically when his master’s younger brother, Titch, chooses him to assist with Titch’s scientific experiments.”

Fiction

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White Fragility Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by DiAngelo, Robin J
White Fragility Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism

“The New York Times best-selling book (explores) the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality.”

Nonfiction

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You Think It, I'll Say It Stories by Sittenfeld, Curtis
You Think It, I’ll Say It

“Chronicling a rich array of life, love, and loneliness over the past two-and-a-half decades, Sittenfeld’s first story collection takes no prisoners, showing us human relationships in all their messy permutations.”

Fiction

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