December 6, 2018
Has your book club been naughty or nice?
Either way, we've got book club choices for you! Read on below to find out more about our six--yes, SIX--new titles, including the latest from Liane Moriarty and Barbara Kingsolver, the biggest thing going in World War II historical fiction, a true crime deep-dive into the origins of Vladimir Nabokov's famous novel, and something light for the holidays.
Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver
Willa Knox has always prided herself on being the embodiment of responsibility for her family. Which is why it’s so unnerving that she’s arrived at middle age with nothing to show for all that work and dedication is a stack of unpaid bills and a house that is quite literally falling down around her. Now, it’s also home to her ailing father-in-law and two grown children, free-spirited daughter Tig and Ivy-educated Zeke, who comes with an unplanned baby in tow. As she begins to research the history of her home, hoping that the local historic preservation society might take an interest and provide funding for its repairs, she discovers a kindred spirit from the 1880s: a science teacher with a passion for honest investigation.

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
Frances Welty, former best-selling romance novelist, arrives at Tranquillum House, a remote health resort, nursing a bad back, a broken heart, and an exquisitely painful paper cut. She’s immediately intrigued by her fellow guests, but the person that fascinates her the most is the strange and charismatic owner/director. Should Frances put aside her doubts and immerse herself in everything Tranquillum House has to offer—or should she run while she still can? 

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
In 1942, Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, is forcibly transported to Auschwitz-Birkenau. When his captors discover that he speaks several languages, he is put to work as a tattooist, tasked with permanently marking his fellow prisoners. One day, he comforts a trembling woman waiting in line to be marked. Her name is Gita, and in that first encounter, Lale vows to somehow survive the camp and marry her.

The Dinner List by Heather Morris
At one point or another, everyone has been asked to name five people, living or dead, with whom they’d like to have dinner. Why do we choose the people we choose? And what if that dinner was to actually happen? When Sabrina arrives at her 30 th birthday dinner, she finds at the table not just her best friend, but also three significant people from her past…and Audrey Hepburn. As the night wears on, it becomes clear that there’s a reason that these six people have all been gathered together.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
16-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these two is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon, his death is a national headline. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person who can answer that is Starr.

The Real Lolita by Sarah Weinman
Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita is one of the most notorious novels of all time. Yet very few of its readers know that the subject of the novel was inspired by a real-life case: the abduction of 11-year-old Sally Horner. Drawing upon extensive investigations, legal documents, public records, and interviews with remaining relatives, Weinman uncovers how much Nabokov knew of the case and the efforts he took to disguise that knowledge during the process of writing and publishing Lolita .

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