An initiative of the American Library Association

Book Club Choices

Book Club Choices: Only Daughter

October 19, 2017

When a runaway living in fairly dire conditions sees a picture of a missing girl on television, she is stunned; the girl, Rebecca Winter, looks almost exactly like her. So, when she is later caught stealing food and is asked her name, she claims to be Rebecca. Amazingly, she gets away with it—it is, after…

Book cover: The Book of Polly

Book Club Choices: The Book of Polly

June 21, 2017

Polly is just the type of character to bring a falcon on her shoulder to a meeting with her daughter’s school principal. Willow has been lying and the administration is concerned. Polly, determined to show that her daughter’s outrageous stories are true, borrows a falcon to convince the principal that she is, indeed, an experienced…

Book cover: Stars Are Fire

Book Club Choices: The Stars Are Fire

June 21, 2017

Based on a true story of a fire on the coast of Maine in 1947, this novel is about Grace, whose town was one of many that burned to the ground. As the fire rushes toward her home, Grace and her best friend grab their young children and head to the ocean, where they are…

Book cover: Swing Time

Book Club Choices: Swing Time

June 21, 2017

Through sweeping themes of race, friendship, family, and feminist politics, we enter the lives of Tracey, an accomplished dancer; Aimee, a superstar (think Madonna); a mother and wife, an ardent feminist; and others who make up the world of our unnamed narrator. Tracey and “unnamed narrator” meet in London as young girls taking dance. They…

Book cover: Sycamore

Book Club Choices: Sycamore

June 21, 2017

Small towns all have their stories, and for two decades, in Sycamore, Ariz., Jess Winters was theirs. Jess and her mother moved into town after her father fell in love with someone new and left them to start a new family. The hope is that a fresh town might provide a fresh start. Jess has…

Book cover: Hearts of Men

Book Club Choices: The Hearts of Men

June 21, 2017

This poignant and moving novel begins and ends with Nelson, a young teenager in 1962 who spends his summers at a Boy Scout camp. Nelson is an overachiever who is bullied unmercifully by his mates. His only (occasional) ally is a popular boy named Jonathan. The story follows Nelson and Jonathan and succeeding generations from…

Book cover: An Almond- or Parrott

Book Club Choices: An Almond for a Parrot

June 19, 2017

In the mid-18th century, women were little more than chattel — their survival largely depended on the men in their lives. When the protection of fathers, brothers, and/or husbands broke down, many women were forced into prostitution. So it was with Tully. Tully’s father, a wretched man once of wealth, cared not for Tully, whose…

Book Cover: The Kommandant's Wife

Book Club Choices: The Kommandant’s Girl

June 19, 2017

In Krakow, Poland, in the early stages of Nazi invasion and imprisonment of Jews, Emma and Jacob are wed. Though Emma and Jacob come from extremely different backgrounds (Jacob is from an aristocratic family while Emma’s barely ekes out a living), it is Jacob who is determined to fight in the resistance, leaving Emma to…

Book cover: Books for Living

Book Club Choices: Books for Living

June 18, 2017

This may well be the quintessential book club book. Not only does Schwalbe discuss books that have had influence on his life, his recommendations prove to be a powerful list of books that would be tremendous book club choices. Each of the 26 books he discusses are couched in a concept he uses that gives…

Book cover: THe Waiting Room

Book Club Choices: The Waiting Room

June 18, 2017

This absorbing novel takes place during a spring day in Haifa, Israel. It is the story of young and eight-month pregnant physician Dina. Dina originally comes from Melbourne, a city that took in a large amount of Jewish refugees following WWII.  When she falls in love with Eitan, who was raised in an Israeli Kibbutz,…


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…


Sign up to receive Book Club Central reviews, author interviews, and SJP Picks.


Sign up to receive Book Club Central reviews, author interviews, and SJP Picks.