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Book Club Choices: The Hours Count by Jillian Cantor

May 24, 2018

In 1953, Ethel and Julius Rosenberg were executed for allegedly committing espionage against the United States. In this fictionalized account of the event of the Rosenbergs, a friend and neighbor, Millie Stein, tells a gripping story of this notorious couple from her point of view. When Millie and her husband, Ed—a man with little compassion…

Book Club Choices: The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra

May 17, 2018

This set of stories are intricately interrelated, offering more a novel moving between time and place to bring the story of life and survival in Soviet Russia from the terrorizing reign of Joseph Stalin into present time. During Stalin’s reign, many people were arrested and killed on trumped up charges, religion was forbidden, and people…

Book Club Choices: Circling the Sun by Paula McLain

May 10, 2018

This fictional biography is an exceptional read about an exceptional person. Beryl Markham, of British descent, spent most of her life in Kenya from 1904 to 1936. Brought there when she was a young girl so her father could establish a ranch and horse breeding operation, she spent her early years among the Kipsigis, a…

Enter for a Chance to Win a Copy of A PLACE FOR US by Fatima Farheen Mirza

May 8, 2018

“To be taken hostage by Fatima Farheen Mirza’s heartrending and timely story is a gutting pleasure. It allows her reader to better understand what it means to reconcile one’s love of family and culture with a desire to find one’s own path, and one’s own faith. Ms. Mirza painstakingly details the life of an Indian…

Book Club Choices: Orphan #8 by Kim van Alkemade

May 3, 2018

Rachel, age 4, and her brother Sam live with their parents in a tenement in New York. When her mother learns that her husband has gotten a young girl pregnant, she tries to attack him with a kitchen knife. In the violent struggle, the mother is killed and the father, knowing what’s in store for…

Book Club Choices: Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal

April 26, 2018

In this touching and hilarious book we grow up with Eva Thorvald, who is essentially orphaned at 3 months when her father dies and her mother, deciding she doesn’t want to be one, departs for Australia. Her parents, when alive and present, were food enthusiasts. Her father was a noted chef, her mother a sommelier.…

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…

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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