As sure as the Seattle Winter turns to Spring, and then back to Winter again, readers will come to the library looking for something new for their book group. Here are some of our suggestions for books that will inspire discussion, and even complement each other in interesting ways.
- Man in the Dark, by Paul Auster
The troubled daydreams of a man haunted by death reveal a curious shadow world where everything is different, and yet tragically the same.
- The Reserve, by Russell Banks
During the summer of 1936, in a secluded Adirondacks playground for the rich, an unstable heiress becomes desperately and dangerously entwined with a swashbuckling socialist artist.
- Apples and Oranges, by Marie Brenner
Marie and Carl Brenner were as different as a sister and brother could be, but Marie was the one who came running when Carl, a former trial lawyer turned Washington apple farmer, was diagnosed with cancer.
- Oxygen, by Carol Cassella
Anesthesiologist Dr. Marie Heaton’s personal and professional lives unravel after her young patient dies during surgery, in a novel set in Seattle.
- The Story of a Marriage, by Andrew Sean Greer
A love triangle among three people in 1950s San Francisco is skillfully depicted in this absorbing novel.
- Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures, by Vincent Lam
Patients aren’t the only ones who undergo grueling ordeals and life-changing traumas in a Toronto hospital, as four diverse med school students struggle to matriculate, stay sane and survive.
- Cancer Vixen, by Marisa Acocella Marchetto
When Manhattan cartoonist Marchetto was diagnosed with breast cancer a month before she was going to marry her Prince Charming, she decided to kick cancer’s butt, keep wearing four-inch heels and chronicle it all in comic format.
- Home, by Marilynne Robinson
Jack, the wayward son from Gilead, and his sister, Glory, return home to nurse their ailing father and find that going home again brings out old behaviors, secrets and new challenges for the family.