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10 Books You Absolutely Must Read With Your Book Club
Originally posted on Bookish by Nathan Rostron:. Sure, we love the wine and the camaraderie, but the among the top pleasures of a good book club discussion is having a great book to rave about or ravage through lively debate. This fall's lineup of top reading-group-ready reads brings us new novels by Elizabeth Gilbert, Jhumpa Lahiri and Stephen King; new paperback editions of award-winning fiction including Louise Erdrich's The Round House and A. Don't forget all the stories of family drama, including Domenica Ruta's addiction memoir, With or Without You. Here, we shortlist the top reads reads sure to get your book group's conversation flowing, whether you're eager to discuss family, faith, politics, parenthood, celebrity or coming-of-age. Must-Watch Book Trailers. Best Short Story Picks.
The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer. You will all sob at the end of this one, but in a good way! A group of friends who attend one of those liberal camps for artsy kids in the s promise each other, and themselves, that they will never become boring suburban grown-ups with boring jobs. Then we follow them for the next fifty years or so and see what happens. Spoiler alert: Life! Spoiler alert: Bring tissues.
This book club recommendations list contains old and new books of various genres that I think have wide appeal and provide compelling discussion topics for your book club. Each character has a very different outlook on faith…making it easy to find at least one person to identify with. And, they all struggle with what exactly they believe for various reasons and they all evolve throughout the book. Full Review. My Thoughts: A 5 star novel for me! My Thoughts: The subject matter is horrifying, especially since the crux of the story is based on real life, but Colson Whitehead writes about it in simple, yet hauntingly beautiful language.
I tend to think all book club selections should be on the short side to accommodate a variety of reading schedules for book club members. But, the books on this list are especially short…around pages or less. The ending is heart-wrenching and brilliant. Full Review. It is NOT either of those things. It is, however, a gorgeously dark rumination on a troubled marriage. But, Vance takes Hillbilly Elegy to the next level 5 star level for me!