Is there an unfamiliar book out there that belongs on your next book club reading/discussion list?
Most book clubs strive to choose reads members will enjoy and find thought-provoking. What conflicts: cultural, familial, religious and societal will start conversations that lead to life understandings and literature appreciation? What are the components of choosing the right book for your group? We are not answering those questions. You know what you think.
The organization Reading Group Choices publishes an online newsletter. Because this is National Reading Group Month, the latest Newsletter is dedicated to the Women’s National Book Association’s 2014 Great Group Reads Selections. Here are the titles with brief annotations.
Foreign Gods, Inc. by Okey Ndibe
This work of fiction tells the story of immigrant life in America through the eyes of a Nigerian cab driver in New York City.
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Family members try to understand each other, but cultural and family divisions make it difficult for some who must live in two worlds at once.
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
Second chances in a changing world are possible. This charming story is set in the world of books.
The Commandant of Lubizec by Patrick Hicks
Here is a story of rebellion and survival in a fictional Nazi death camp.
Where Somebody Waits by Margaret Kaufman
A Jewish family in fictional small-town Arkansas lives a full but not untroubled life.
The World of Rae English by Lucy Rosenthal
In the sixties a young woman recovering from a marriage to a disgraced politician moves from Manhattan to Iowa City to put her broken life back together.
The Promise by Ann Weisgarber
Here is another story of a person who leaves one life for another life a great distance away from the first. Weisgarber is the author of The Personal History of Rachel Dupree, shortlisted for the Orange Award for New Writers.
Prayers for the Stolen by Jennifer Clement
This story centers on a character, who may well become one of the year’s most memorable. It is set in rural Mexico where drug cartels are part of life, and yet there is so much more.
What Is Visible by Kimberly Elkins
This literary novel is based on the true-life story of Laura Bridgman, the first deaf and blind person to learn language.
Complete information (from which the above is taken) is available at their website, www.readinggroupchoices.com