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Book Club Choices

A Book Club Kit for The Bookshop of Yesterdays

June 19, 2018

To celebrate the publication of Amy Meyerson’s darkly delightful THE BOOKSHOP OF YESTERDAYS [Park Row Books] about a woman who inherits her uncle’s bookshop–along with the scavenger hunt he left for her within it–we thought it would be appropriate to share the book’s official Book Clubbish book club kit with you. Download it free, here. “Terrifically fun… Part riddle, part…

Book Club Choices: Finding Jake by Bryan Reardon

June 14, 2018

Imagine that you get a text to come to your children’s school immediately, only to find there has been a mass shooting and more than 10 are rumored dead. That’s the startling and horrific news that Simon and Rachel Connelly receive one bright fall day. As children file out of the school and are reunited…

Book Club Choices: The Truth According to Us by Annie Barrows

June 7, 2018

It’s 1938 when Layla defies her father by refusing to marry the man he has chosen for her. As a punishment he arranges to have the young socialite removed to Macedonia, W.V., to write its history for the New Deal Federal Writers Project. As Layla enters the home of the Romeyns, where she will be…

Book Club Choices: Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson

May 31, 2018

One thing is guaranteed, there is no one in the world quite like Frank. That’s what Alice found out when the boss at her publishing company deployed her to California to encourage the reclusive M.M. Banning, author of one award-winning novel, to complete her second. She was also asked to be an au pair to…

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.…


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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