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This week is the first meeting of the Summerhouse Winter Book Club. The season begins with a discussion of Any Bitter Thing by Monica Wood, a novel published a few years ago. It’s worth knowing about if you missed it.

This post was prompted by a reader’s comment. Many of us like to know what book clubs other than our own are reading. So, here’s rundown of the Summerhouse List for 2015. This time I share a professional summary or book blurb rather than one I wrote. This will give readers a different look at a book from what I previously posted on this blog about the book. Hope this gives you some ideas for your book club or your own reading.

Any Bitter Thing by Monica Wood
From the back cover of the paperback edition. “After surviving a near-fatal accident, thirty-year-old Lizzy Mitchell faces a long road to recovery. She remembers little about the days she spent in and out of consciousness, save for one thing: She saw her beloved deceased uncle, Father Mike, the man who raised her in the rectory of his Maine church until she was nine, at which time she was abruptly sent away to boarding school.”

Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
From the back cover of the paperback edition. “A powerful, sweeping novel, inspired by real events, The Invention of Wings is a vivid evocation of the American deep South in the nineteenth century and the story of an impossible friendship against all odds.”

The Storied Life Of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
From BookPage. “A spirited sales rep and an abandoned baby bring hope to a widowed bookseller in this emotional story that is also a tribute to the power of books.”

Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain
From Goodreads. “Bestselling author Diane Chamberlain delivers a breakout book about a small southern town fifty years ago, and the darkest—and most hopeful—places in the human heart.”

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
From Amazon. “Orphan Train is a gripping story of friendship and second chances from Christina Baker Kline, author of Bird in Hand and The Way Life Should Be.”

Your book club has perhaps read some of these books. Do share ideas from your book discussions. I’m sure blog readers would like to hear about the book list of your book club. Click on “Leave a Reply” and let us know.