Good Books for Book Discussions
Cinderella ate my daughter : dispatches from the front lines of the new girlie-girl culture
by Peggy Orenstein
Call Number: 305.23 ORE
Explores the media machine aimed at girls and what parents can do to combat it.
Your voice in my head : a memoir
by Emma Forrest
Call Number: 362.196 FOR
A British writer living in America confronts her psychological demons with wit, fortitude, and lush prose.
The end of your life book club
by Will Schwalbe
Call Number: 362.196 SCH
The author and his terminally ill mother find solace and connection through the characters and themes of the books they love.
Wild : from lost to found on the Pacific Crest Trail
by Cheryl Strayed
Call Number: 917.9 STR
At 26 the author overcame physical and emotional burdens as she faced an 1100-mile trek and a journey of self-acceptance.
Unbroken : a World War II story of survival, resilience, and redemption
by Laura Hillenbrand
Call Number: 940.54 HIL
A jaw-dropping account of a prisoner of war driven to the limits of human endurance.
The destiny of the republic : a tale of madness, medicine and the murder of a president
by Candice Millard
Call Number: 973.84 MIL
Would President Garfield have survived the 1881 assassination attempt if doctors had not botched his recovery? The author provides a vivid peek at this cultural and medical moment in history.
Gone girl : a novel
by Gillian Flynn
Call Number: Fiction FLYNN, G.
What really happened to Nick Dunne’s wife Amy, who disappeared on the morning of their fifth wedding anniversary? Nick’s first-person narration alternates with Amy’s diary entries to expose the truth, layer by layer.
Flight behavior : a novel
by Barbara Kingsolver
Call Number: Fiction KINGSOLVER, B
The life of a young wife living on a failing farm in Appalachia is the springboard for this look at the intricacies of climate change.
The night circus : a novel
by Erin Morgenstern
Call Number: Fiction MORGENSTERN, E.
An epic battle of greed, magic, and love plays out in this fantastical 19th-century circus story by a compelling new author.
The storyteller : a novel
by Jodi Picoult
Call Number: Fiction PICOULT, J.
Reclusive baker Sage Singer deals with issues of retribution and family secrets when she befriends an elderly gentleman who confides his past as an SS officer at Auschwitz.
The casual vacancy
by J. K. Rowling
Call Number: Fiction ROWLING, J.K.
Residents of Pagford, England, go to war with their neighbors when Barry Fairbrother drops dead unexpectedly, leaving a vacancy on the village council.
The light between oceans : a novel
by M. L. Stedman
Call Number: Fiction STEDMAN, M.L.
A childless lighthouse keeper and his wife living quietly on the Australian coast face moral dilemmas when an infant is washed ashore in a boat.
Juliet in August
by Dianne Warren
Call Number: Fiction WARREN, D.
Rich stories about a single summer day reveal the lives of the inhabitants of tiny Juliet, Saskatchewan.
Back to blood : a novel
by Tom Wolfe
Call Number: Fiction WOLFE, T.
A satirical look at the new America as evidenced in Miami’s melting pot culture.
by Meg Wolitzer
Call Number: Fiction WOLITZER, M.
Follows a group of friends who meet at summer camp in 1974 through four decades as their lives diverge and reconnect.
Defending Jacob : a novel
by William Landay
Call Number: Mystery LANDAY, W.
A district attorney’s son is accused of killing a classmate and the father must attempt to prove the boy’s innocence.
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