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See just below for the current book club choices; see the
bottom of the page for books from 2015
and so far in 2016; and see here for a
partial list of books
we have chosen in previous years.
Bookclub choices for 2017:
June 1 & 21, 2017. Just
Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by
A powerful true story about the potential for
mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of
justice—from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our
Named one of the Best Books of the Year by The New
York Times • The Washington Post • The Boston Globe • The Seattle Times
Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice
Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate
and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children
trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of
his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was
sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit.
The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination,
and legal brinksmanship—and transformed his understanding of mercy and
July 6 & 19, 2017. The Translation of Love by
Against the backdrop of occupied Tokyo, a young
girl searches for her missing older sister, who has disappeared into the
world of bars and dance halls. In the process, her story will become
intertwined with those of others trying to make sense of their lives in
a post-war world.
An emotionally gripping portrait of a battered nation, this novel mines this turbulent period to show how war irrevocably shapes
the lives of people on both sides—and how resilience, friendship, and
love translate across cultures and borders no matter the circumstances.
August 3 & 16, 2017.
Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
Winner of the
National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography
Geobiologist Hope Jahren has spent her life studying trees, flowers,
seeds, and soil. Lab Girl is her revelatory treatise on plant life—but
it is also a celebration of the lifelong curiosity, humility, and
passion that drive every scientist. In these pages, Hope takes us back
to her Minnesota childhood, where she spent hours in unfettered play in
her father’s college laboratory. She tells us how she found a sanctuary
in science, learning to perform lab work “with both the heart and the
hands.” She introduces us to Bill, her brilliant, eccentric lab manager.
And she extends the mantle of scientist to each one of her readers,
inviting us to join her in observing and protecting our environment.
Warm, luminous, compulsively readable, Lab Girl vividly demonstrates the
mountains that we can move when love and work come together.
September 7 & 20, 2017.
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi.
Winner of the PEN/
Ghana, eighteenth century: two half sisters are born into different
villages, each unaware of the other. One will marry an Englishman and
lead a life of comfort in the palatial rooms of the Cape Coast Castle.
The other will be captured in a raid on her village, imprisoned in the
very same castle, and sold into slavery.
Homegoing follows the
parallel paths of these sisters and their descendants through eight
generations: from the Gold Coast to the plantations of Mississippi, from
the American Civil War to Jazz Age Harlem. Yaa Gyasi’s extraordinary
novel illuminates slavery’s troubled legacy both for those who were
taken and those who stayed—and shows how the memory of captivity has
been inscribed on the soul of our nation.
October 5 & 18, 2017.
Commonwealth: A Novel by Ann Patchett.
The acclaimed, bestselling author—winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award
and the Orange Prize—tells the enthralling story of how an unexpected
romantic encounter irrevocably changes two families’ lives.
Sunday afternoon in Southern California, Bert Cousins shows up at Franny
Keating’s christening party uninvited. Before evening falls, he has
kissed Franny’s mother, Beverly—thus setting in motion the dissolution
of their marriages and the joining of two families.
decades, this new novel explores how a chance encounter reverberates
through the lives of the four parents and six children involved.
Spending summers together in Virginia, the Keating and Cousins children
forge a lasting bond that is based on a shared disillusionment with
their parents and the strange and genuine affection that grows up
Told with equal measures of humor and
heartbreak, Commonwealth is a meditation on inspiration, interpretation,
and the ownership of stories. It is a brilliant and tender tale of the
far-reaching ties of love and responsibility that bind us together.
November 2 & 15, 2017.
The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary
Who Became an American Hero by Timothy Egan.
In this exciting and illuminating work, National Book Award winner
Timothy Egan delivers a story, both rollicking and haunting, of one of
the most famous Irish Americans of all time. A dashing young orator
during the Great Hunger of the 1840s, Thomas Francis Meagher led a
failed uprising against British rule, for which he was banished to a
Tasmanian prison colony for life. But two years later he was “back from
the dead” and in New York, instantly the most famous Irishman in
America. Meagher’s rebirth included his leading the newly formed Irish
Brigade in many of the fiercest battles of the Civil War. Afterward, he
tried to build a new Ireland in the wild west of Montana—a quixotic
adventure that ended in the great mystery of his disappearance, which
Egan resolves convincingly at last.
No meeting in December, as usual.
January 7 & 20, 2018.
The Nix by Nathan Hill.
It’s 2011, and Samuel Andresen-Anderson hasn’t seen his mother, Faye,
in decades—not since she abandoned the family when he was a boy. Now
she’s reappeared, having committed an absurd crime that electrifies the
nightly news and inflames a politically divided country. The media
paints Faye as a radical hippie with a sordid past, but as far as Samuel
knows, his mother was an ordinary girl who married her high-school
sweetheart. Which version of his mother is true? Two facts are certain:
she’s facing some serious charges, and she needs Samuel’s help.
To save her, Samuel will have to embark on his own journey, uncovering
long-buried secrets about the woman he thought he knew, secrets that
stretch across generations and have their origin all the way back in
Norway, home of the mysterious Nix. As he does so, Samuel will confront
not only Faye’s losses but also his own lost love, and will relearn
everything he thought he knew about his mother, and himself.
Books we have discussed so far in 2017:
May 2017. Everyone Brave Is Forgiven
by Chris Cleave.
April 2017. Go Set a Watchman: A
Novel by Harper Lee.
March 2017. All The Wild That
Remains: Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner, and the American West by
The Plover: A Novel by Brian Doyle.
Last Bus to Wisdom: A Novel by Ivan Doig.
Books we discussed in 2016:
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by
October 2016. We
Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy
My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by
Binocular Vision: Short Stories by Edith
July 2016. The
Wright Brothers by David McCullough.
June 2016. The Sea Runners
by Ivan Doig.
May 2016. West with the Night by
April 2016. Unnecessary Woman by
March 2016. Crossing to Safety by
Euphoria by Lily King.
2016. Americanah by
See here for a list of even more books
our book club has chosen to discuss over the past several years.