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

WINTER 2020 PICKS


American Prison by Shane Bauer
American Prison by Shane Bauer

“Investigative journalist Bauer spent four months working as a corrections officer at the private, for-profit America prison in Winnfield, LA, in order to document the daily reality of incarceration in this country. ”

Nonfiction

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The Caregiver by Samuel Park
The Caregiver by Samuel Park

“A young Brazilian woman arrives undocumented in Los Angeles, where she becomes a home caregiver for a patient who dredges up painful memories of her mother.”

Fiction

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The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker
The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker

“A student at a California college falls asleep and cannot be wakened, and soon a mysterious, often lethal disease is sweeping the campus and the town beyond.”

Fiction

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Family Trust by Kathy Wang
Family Trust by Kathy Wang

“This family saga based in Silicon Valley follows the Huang family as they come to terms with their patriarch’s terminal cancer diagnosis and anticipate the distribution of his highly valuable estate.”

Fiction

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Inheritance by Dani Shapiro
Inheritance by Dani Shapiro

“Shapiro was told her entire life that she was an Orthodox Jew and had no reason to think otherwise. So when she takes a DNA test on a whim and learns that her father is not her biological father, it… turns her world upside down.”

Nonfiction

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Little Faith by Nickolas Butler
Little Faith by Nickolas Butler

“A Wisconsin family grapples with the power and limitations of faith when one of their own falls under the influence of a radical church.”

Fiction

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Maid by Stephanie Land
Maid by Stephanie Land

” A journalist describes the years she worked in low-paying domestic work under wealthy employers, contrasting the privileges of the upper-middle class to the realities of the overworked laborers supporting them.”

Nonfiction

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The Paragon Hotel by Lyndsay Faye
The Paragon Hotel by Lyndsay Faye

“It’s 1921, and “Nobody” Alice James is racing by rail as far from New York as possible, finally landing at the only all-black hotel in Portland, OR. Residents are understandably suspicious of this white woman–the Ku Klux Klan is in town.”

Fiction

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The Winter Soldier by Daniel Mason
The Winter Soldier by Daniel Mason

“During World War I, Lucius enlists to work at a field hospital. He’s the only doctor at his post, in the far-off, frigid Carpathian Mountains, and he’s never even picked up a scalpel. His decision regarding one unconscious patient changes everything.”

Fiction

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The World According to Fannie Davis
The World According to Fannie Davis

“An homage to the author’s mother relates how she cleverly played Detroit’s illegal lottery in the 1970s to support the family while creating a loving, joyful home and mothering her children to the highest standards.”

Nonfiction

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