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Rogue Book Group Choices, Part 3

By Susan Maguire

Here is part 3 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.

If I Was Your Girl

by Meredith Russo

It’s a teen love story, but the heroine is a trans girl who starts her senior year at a new school where she can be herself. If your book group members like to gain new understanding of people they might not (think they) encounter in real life, this is a great choice.

Flatiron, 2016.

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Imperfect Bliss

by Susan Fales-Hill

A different approach to exploring race and class, this time with a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice in a Jamaican-American family. This could also be fun to read alongside the Austen original.

Atria, 2012.

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The Lonely City

by Olivia Laing

Pair with images of the artists discussed (Hopper, Warhol, Wojnarowicz); you can also talk about gentrification.

Picador, 2016.

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March: Book One

by John Lewis

Although memoirs of the Civil Rights Era are familiar book club terrain, this entry gains rogue status with its graphic novel form. A great way to ease into the genre.

Top Shelf, 2013.

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Mr. Fox

by Helen Oyeyemi

The Brothers Grimm meet David Lynch! Folks may discuss the way society privileges certain voices over others and feminist themes or just unpack these playfully adapted fairy tales.

Riverhead, 2011.

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My Friend Dahmer

by Derf Backderf

A graphic novel that will appeal to readers of true crime, memoir, psychological thrillers, and anyone who can’t drive past a wreck without unintentionally peeking. Plus, it was recently adapted into an independent film which may not have played at your local megaplex, so if you’ve got a book-and-movie group, this is definitely an edgy choice.

Abrams, 2012.

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Muslim Girl

by Amani Al-Khatahtbeh

The author runs a website—a sort of updated Sassy magazine—for young Muslim women, and her memoir talks about representation, politics, and other hot-button topics in a no-holds-barred way. Memoirs are a good way to talk about these issues because they are so rooted in the author’s experience; this is another good choice for gaining a new perspective.

Simon & Schuster, 2017.

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