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 2019 PICKS


Beneath a Ruthless Sun by Gilbert King
Beneath a Ruthless Sun by Gilbert King

“Beneath a Ruthless Sun tells a powerful, page-turning story rooted in the fears that rippled through the South as integration began to take hold, sparking a surge of virulent racism that savaged the vulnerable, debased the powerful, and roils our own times still.”

Nonfiction

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Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras
Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras

“Set against the backdrop of Pablo Escobar’s stranglehold on the fate of a nation, Fruit of the Drunken Tree is a spellbinding story of two girls whose realities collide and who are forced to make nearly unbearable choices in the name of survival.”

Fction

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How to Stop Time by Matt Haig
How to Stop Time by Matt Haig

“How to Stop Time tells a love story across the ages—and for the ages—about a man lost in time, the woman who could save him, and the lifetimes it can take to learn how to live.”

Fiction

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I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O'Farrell
I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O’Farrell

“This intense, unsparing memoir is less about death than about chance, risk and the gift of another day.”

Fiction

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Northland by Porter Fox
Northland by Porter Fox

“Northland is a revelation: a gripping east-west journey 3,987 miles along an invisible line. The book is filled with history, irony, adventure, finely drawn characters, and a true sense of place.”

Nonfiction

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Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield
Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield


“Once Upon a River is the story of three missing girls and three desperate families all set against the Thames and woven together with magic, mystery, and mayhem.”

Fiction

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Patriot Number One, American Dreams in Chinatown by Lauren Hilgers
Patriot Number One: American Dreams in Chinatown by Lauren Hilgers

“Patriot Number One is a page-turning tale of the sub-world of exiled Chinese dissidents in American society. With a novelist’s eye for character and detail, Hilgers captures the joys and indignities of building a life in a new country–and the stubborn allure of the American dream.”

Nonfiction

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Plum Rains by Andromeda Romano-Lax
Plum Rains by Andromeda Romano-Lax


In Japan, 2029, a care worker’s livelihood is threatened by an android. In a blend of sci fi and historical fiction, Plum Rains explores the ethical questions surrounding artificial intelligence.

Fiction

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Southernmost by Silas House
Southernmost by Silas House

“In the aftermath of a flood that washes away much of a small Tennessee town, evangelical preacher Asher Sharp offers shelter to two gay men. In doing so, he starts to see his life anew–and risks losing everything.”

Fiction

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There There by Tommy Orange
There There by Tommy Orange

“Tommy Orange’s wondrous and shattering novel follows twelve characters from Native communities: all traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow, all connected to one another in ways they may not yet realize.”

Fiction

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