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Rogue Book Group Choices, Part 2

By Susan Maguire

Here is part 2 of the list of rogue book group choices for when your book club feels like it's stuck in a rut. These selections are from Booklist's live event (sponsored by NoveList) with book group experts, and you can watch the full video of the event here.

Dragonfish

by Vu Tran

A stretch because it’s a gritty police procedural—not the usual book group fare—but the setting and the detective’s baggage will give you lots to talk about.

Norton, 2015.

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Everfair

by Nisi Shawl

This is an Afro-futurist sci-fi book, plus steam punk and alternate history! So many genres. It will lead to discussions about prejudice, identity, colonialism, and even the structure of the story itself.

Tor, 2016.

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An Extraordinary Union

by Alyssa Cole

Another romance that will provide discussion fodder for history buffs, since it takes place during the Civil War. It could also lead to a conversation about who gets to write history, with an African American heroine who also happens to be a war hero. Also a good choice for groups that enjoyed The House Girl by Tara Conklin or The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd.

Kensington, 2017.

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The Great Influenza

by John M. Barry

The definitive account of the 1918 Flu Epidemic.

“Easily our fullest, richest, most panoramic history of the subject.” —The New York Times Book Review

Viking, 2004.

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As Bright as Heaven

by Susan Meissner

Women’s fiction and history might not be rogue by themselves, but pairing different approaches to the same topic—in this case, pandemic—can generate lots of new discussion.

Berkley, 2018.

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H is for Hawk

by Helen MacDonald

A grief memoir that will also find a home with groups who enjoy natural history and literary criticism (think Annie Dillard).

Grove, 2015.

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How It Went Down

by Kekla Magoon

Seventeen different perspectives on the shooting of a young African American. A provocative topic, a young adult novel, and a really nuanced book with a unique form that will generate much conversation.

Holt Books for Young Readers, 2014.

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Susan Maguire is the Senior Editor for Collection Management and Library Outreach at Booklist.

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