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SJP Past Picks

No One Is Coming to Save Us

by Stephanie Powell Watts

Selected June 2017

No One Is Coming to Save Us is a revelatory debut from an insightful voice: with echoes of The Great Gatsby it is an arresting and powerful novel about an extended African American family and their colliding visions of the American Dream. In evocative prose, Stephanie Powell Watts has crafted a full and stunning portrait that combines a universally resonant story with an intimate glimpse into the hearts of one family.

Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins (view website)

Click to read the Booklist starred review, an interview with Stephanie Powell Watts, and for readalike titles.

Exit West

by Mohsin Hamid

Selected October 2017

“Mohsin Hamid's Exit West gives a deeply real, beautiful, intricate, and electrifying look at what it means to be an immigrant right now. This tale of two people forced from their homeland and searching for a home elsewhere is transporting and illuminating. I was swept away by this gorgeous, otherworldly novel and I'm so excited to offer it as our second selection for Book Club Central, as I'm convinced every reader will feel the same.” Sarah Jessica Parker

Riverhead Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House (visit website)

Click for the Booklist starred review, interview with Mohsin Hamid, read-alike titles, downloadables, and discussion guide.

Stay with Me

by Ayobami Adebayo

Selected December 2017

Stay with Me is a wise and deeply humane debut novel that unpeels the layers of politics in a marriage from the inside. Ayobami Adebayo tells the story of Akin, Yejide, and their families—a powerfully affecting tale of love, loyalty, and betrayal—with both savagery and heart. I can’t wait for readers everywhere to read and enjoy this novel as our third selection for Book Club Central.” Sarah Jessica Parker

Published by Knopf, an imprint of Penguin Random House (visit website)

Click for the excerpt, discussion guide, downloadables, Booklist interview with Ayobami Adebayo, read-alike titles, OverDrive interview with Ayobami Adebayo, and Booklist starred review.

Anatomy of a Miracle

by Jonathan Miles

Selected March 2018

"Jonathan Miles is a great American storyteller, a writer to celebrate with a new novel easily devoured. His tender, life-affirming Anatomy of a Miracle follows paraplegic veteran Cameron Harris and his sister Tanya after Cameron suddenly regains the ability to walk. The story in these pages is astoundingly joyous and deeply humane, and I can’t wait to share it with you all as the new selection for Book Club Central." —Sarah Jessica Parker

Published by Hogarth, an imprint of Penguin Random House (visit website)

Click here for a discussion guide, excerpt, downloadables, interview with Miles, read-alike titles, and a Facebook book discussion with Miles.

She Would Be King

by Wayétu Moore

Selected September 2018

“This novel dazzles with beauty and transcendent, transformative humanity. Through the stories of Gbessa, June Dey, and Norman Aragon, Wayétu Moore illuminates what it means to be of and from places that are both faraway and inescapably familiar. I treasured every moment I spent in the pages of this book, and I’m thrilled to be able share it with all of you.” —Sarah Jessica Parker

Published by Graywolf Press (visit website)

Click for a Discussion Guide, Read-Alike Titles, Downloadable Images, and an Interview.


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