January 30, 2019
Get Ready to Read!
Book club in a reading rut? We've got a slew of new titles for you to choose from to get you re-started!--our biggest ever! Read on below for titles that include thrillers, historical fiction, memoir, and so much more! PLUS: stop by the reference desk to pick up your group's copy of our newly updated Book Club in a Bag listing booklet.
An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
When Jessica Farris signs up for a psychology study conducted by the mysterious Dr. Fields, she thinks all she’ll have to do is answer a few questions, collect her money, and leave. But as the questions grow more intense and invasive and the sessions become outings where Jess is told what to wear and how to act, she begins to feel as though Dr. Shields might know what she’s thinking…and what she has been hiding.

Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming birth, injury, and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable. But the goals of medicine seem too often to run counter to the interest of the human spirit. Doctors, committed to extending life, continue to carry out devastating procedures that in the end extend suffering. Gawande, himself a surgeon, addresses his profession’s ultimate limitation in this book, full of eye-opening research and riveting storytelling.

Circe by Madeline Miller
In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child—not powerful like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power—the power of witchcraft. Threatened, Zeus banishes her to an island where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts, and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology.

The Clockmaker's Daughter by Kate Morton
Summer, 1862: a group of young artists descends on Birchwood Manor, looking forward to a haze of creativity and inspiration. But by the end of summer, one woman has been shot dead while another has disappeared and a priceless heirloom is missing. In the present day, Elodie Winslow uncovers a satchel containing a photo of a Victorian woman and an artist’s sketchbook. But why does Birchwood Manor feel so familiar to her? And who is the woman in the photograph? 

Family Trust by Kathy Wang
For years, Stanley Huang has claimed he’s worth a small fortune. But now, newly diagnosed with cancer, the time is coming when the details of his estate will finally be revealed and the family is nervous. His son Fred hopes the inheritance will soothe the pain of professional discontent, while daughter Kate begins to sense that just because you say you have it all doesn’t mean you actually do, and Mary, his young second wife, finds that caring for a dying man is harder than expected.
 
The Girls at 17 Swann Street by Yara Zgheib
Anna Roux was a professional dancer who followed the man of her dreams from Paris to Missouri. There, alone with her biggest fears—imperfection, loneliness, failure—she spirals down into anorexia and depression until she weighs a mere 88 pounds. Forced to seek treatment, she is admitted as a patient at 17 Swann Street, a peach pink house where fragile women with life-threatening eating disorders live. 
BONUS: This book will not be released until February 5, but HTFL readers now have access to advanced book club copies thanks to BookMovement!
 
The Library Book by Susan Orlean
In 1986, a fire alarm sounded in the Los Angeles Public Library. As the moments passed, the patrons and staff who had cleared out of the building realized this was not a drill, but a disastrous fire that would burn up to 2,000 degrees for over seven hours. By the time it was extinguished, it had consumed 400,000 books and damaged 700,000 more. Investigators descended on the scene, but over 30 years later, the mystery remains: did someone set the fire—and if so, who?

Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs
When she was young, Lisa’s father, Steve Jobs, was a mythical figure who was rarely present in her life. As she grew older, he took an interest in her, ushering into a new world of mansions, vacations, and private schools. His attention was thrilling, but he could also be cold, critical, and unpredictable. When her relationship with her mother grew strained, Lisa decided to move in with her father, hoping he’d become the parent she’d always wanted him to be. 

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Rumors of the Marsh Girl have long haunted Barkley Cove. So in 1969, when Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life—until the unthinkable happens.

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