Claudia Silk, Adult Services Librarian
As we are finishing up the year and planning for 2023, I thought I would suggest some titles for your next book club meeting.
From Historical Fiction to church planning committees to a family tragedy these picks all have plenty to discuss.
Signal Fires by Dani Shapiro
Sarah and Theo are siblings and after one tragic accident and one fateful decision their lives are changed forever. This book is about family secrets and how we are all connected in un-explainable ways. This book starts with a literal crash but leaves you with a sense of hope. So much to discuss.
As Long as the Lemon Trees Grow by Zoulta Katouh
It's hard to say that you love a book that breaks your heart in two but that is how I felt about this book. Salama Kassab was a young first year pharmacy student when the Syrian Civil War erupted and she becomes instantly elevated to doctor status. Desperate to protect her pregnant sister-in-law and get out of Syria but also loathe to leave her country and her people Salama is literally torn. This is a young adult novel so the action moves quickly and there is a love story that gives you glimmers of hope in a very stark reality.
Marmee by Sarah Miller
I know I am not alone when I say Little Women is one of my favorite books of all time. So, I started this book with some trepidation but Sarah Miller showed such respect to the original that it was hard for me to believe that Louisa May Alcott hadn't written this book herself. I loved revisiting the March family and Marmee remains one of the best characters in literature thanks to Miller's writing.
Would be a fun idea to read both Little Women and Marmee for a great discussion.
Tomorrow, Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin
Sam and Sadie meet in a children's hospital when they are in the 7th grade. Sam is a patient and so is Sadie's sister. They bond over video games but then there is a huge misunderstanding between them and they don't see each other again until they are in college. This book has so many layers revolving around friendships, relationships, loss, love, family - it has it all. I have a newfound respect for the creating and playing of video games which my sons would tell you is a minor miracle. Perfect for book clubs.
Lucy by the Sea by Elizabeth Strout
This book is the 4th book in a series about Lucy Barton but you don't have to read the previous three to enjoy this one. (But it is a great idea for a book club to do all 4 and have 4 amazing picks) When COVID concerns start to hit the news, Lucy’s ex-husband William encourages her and their daughters to leave the city. He convinces Lucy to go to Maine with him where he has rented a small cottage on the water. Lucy thinking this is a temporary arrangement agrees. Strout beautifully captures the isolation and fear of COVID but still manages to show that we aren''t as different as we think.