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Booklist Webinar—Crime Fiction for Mystery Month

April 20, 2018

Booklist’s eighth annual Mystery Month starts with a bang on May 1—prepare your alibi by attending this killer preview of forthcoming mysteries, thrillers, and espionage novels for adult readers from sponsors HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin Random House, Severn House, and SOHO. Moderator Annie Bostrom, Adult Books Associate Editor, provides getaway maps and legal advice. Booklist webinars…

Book Club Choices: The Past by Tessa Hadley

April 13, 2018

When four adult siblings come together at the old family home in Devon, England, for their annual retreat tensions rise immediately. The siblings — Alice, Fran, Harriet, and Rolland — have brought along some additional family members. Oft-married Rolland brings his new wife, the exotic Pilar brings her teenaged daughter Molly, Fran brings her two…

Book Club Choices: Untethered by Julie Lawson Timmer

April 5, 2018

When Char’s husband dies suddenly, she finds herself wondering about the fate of her husband’s daughter, Allie, whom she has raised like her own the past six years and loves dearly. Allie’s biological mother lives across the country and has had little to do with Allie after divorcing her father. Nevertheless, Char has no legal…

Book Club Choices: The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin

March 29, 2018

Most people know Truman Capote by his writing—especially In Cold Blood and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. What many may not know is that Capote was quite the darling of high society during the 1950s and 1960s. A diminutive, gay man, Capote seemed to fit in with the women of New York who were married to wealthy…

Book Club Choices: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

March 8, 2018

Fifteen years ago, Jason and Daniela made a choice. Daniela, on her way to super stardom in the art world, meets Jason, a world renowned physicist who is working on a project that just might make it possible to travel through space and time. Daniela becomes accidentally pregnant. So . . . do they keep…

Book Club Choices: The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

March 1, 2018

Not just your ordinary dysfunctional family, the Plumb siblings have issues, but not issues so dire the nest egg they are about to inherit can’t fi x – if “the nest” as they call it weren’t already nearly depleted having been spent to bail the eldest sibling, Leo, out of the consequences of a very…

Book Club Choices: Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

February 22, 2018

Lilacs bloom best after a harsh winter Caroline tells her Polish friend Kasia, two of the three main characters in this story of Ravensbruck, the only concentration camp exclusively female in Germany during the Nazi reign of terror. And, indeed, Kasia had the harshest of winters as she spent several years along with her mother…

Book Club Choices: Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica

February 15, 2018

This is a story of loss, abuse and madness. When Willow’s parents die in a car accident, she and her sister Lily are placed in a foster home. If the loss of her parents isn’t enough, Lilly a charming and very young girl is adopted leaving Willow all alone–until, that is, she is placed with…

Book Club Choices: City of Secrets by Stewart O’Nan

February 8, 2018

Riddled with survivor’s guilt, Brand, who has lost everything to the Nazis – his wife, his sister, his parents – heads to Palestine following his release from the camp. He is not alone in this and the British Mandate caps the number of Jewish immigrants it will allow into the country. This forces Brand to…

Book Club Choices: Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman

February 1, 2018

This novel is truly lovely, dark, and deep. It follows two teenaged girls—Lacey, who is extremely damaged, and Dex, a sort of nobody on rungs of the high school popularity ladder. Until Lacey finds her and takes her under her wing, Dex was simply content to work hard at school and enjoy her comfortable family…

HOW TO BOOK CLUB

Find Books for a Book Club

There’s a question I always ask whenever I visit a book club: “What’s the best book you’ve ever discussed?” This is a surefire way to start a lively discussion, one that always begins with the books the group has enjoyed and inevitably transitions to those they haven’t. Eventually, the group will conclude that the best…

Find A Book Club

Joining a book club can seem impossible if you don’t know where to look but you’ll find like-minded book lovers at the following tried-and-tested places. BOOK CLUBS IRL The Library Always the best place for aspiring book clubbers to start. Head to the reference desk and ask the person there about book clubs she’s sure…

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