Book Group Best Bets: Fiction for Discussion

Anyone who has belonged to a book club knows that there’s one meeting more difficult and stressful than all the rest – the meeting when members discuss which books to read and discuss for the rest of the year. How do you know what’s good? How can you be sure it will be discussable and sustain conversation? Fret not, our librarians have got you covered with a list of recently published, character-driven books rich with language. We think you’ll find a lot to discuss in these titles.

The Mothers by Brit Bennett
The tangled destinies and decisions of three teens growing up in a tightknit African-American community in Southern California.

LaRose by Louise Erdrich
After accidentally shooting his neighbor’s young son in a hunting accident, a man on a Native American reservation subscribes to “an old form of justice” by giving his own son, LaRose, to the parents of his victim.

This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel
A big, brave, messy modern family struggles with the challenges of raising a transgender child. Seattle author.

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Honeyman’s endearing debut finds brave Eleanor grappling with past wounds and making new friends as she enters her 30s.

The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen
A collection of stories set among the Vietnamese exile communities of California examine the Vietnamese experience in America and questions of home, family, and identity.

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
Sentenced to house arrest in Moscow’s Metropol Hotel by a Bolshevik tribunal for writing a poem deemed to encourage revolt, Count Alexander Rostov nonetheless lives the fullest of lives.

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Cora escapes life as a slave on a Georgia plantation via an actual underground railroad. At each stop she encounters a new solution to “the slave problem.” Winner of the National Book Award.

The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker
Unexpected, nuance and pulsing with life, Whitaker’s debut cuts straight to the heart of the creative process and of long term friendship.

And we’re just getting started! See the full list of 25 ideas in our library catalog.

~ posted by Andrea G.

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