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Jump into Spring with These Book Club Picks

Caitlin Kleinschmidt is part of the sales team at Workman Publishing. She has previously held positions at Viking/Riverhead, Simon & Schuster, Oxford University Press, and Macmillan. A Navy brat, she lived on both coasts and credits the Dear America series for her lifelong love of history. She has a special place in her heart for narrative nonfiction, as well as books about Eastern Europe and ballet.

Spring has sprung, the weather is (finally!) warming up, and we are excited to gather over a glass of crisp white wine and discuss the season’s hottest novels with our favorite girlfriends. We are celebrating the resurgence of sunshine and greenery with book club picks to keep you reading throughout cherry blossom season.


Redeployment
by Phil Klay

Taking readers to the front lines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, this winner of the 2014 National Book Award for Fiction asks us to understand what happened there, and what happened to the soldiers who returned. Written with a hard-eyed realism and stunning emotional depth, this work marks Phil Klay as one of the most talented new voices of his generation.

Redeployment
Phil Klay

Taking readers to the front lines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, this winner of the 2014 National Book Award for Fiction asks us to understand what happened there, and what happened to the soldiers who returned. Written with a hard-eyed realism and stunning emotional depth, this work marks Phil Klay as one of the most talented new voices of his generation.

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Euphoria
by Lily King
Lauded on the cover of the New York Times Book Review, EUPHORIA is Lily King’s nationally bestselling breakout novel of three young, gifted anthropologists in 1930s New Guinea. Inspired by the life of revolutionary anthropologist Margaret Mead, it is an enthralling intellectual and romantic firestorm of possession and exploration.
Euphoria
Lily King

The engine that propels this juicy, smart novel is desire—sexual and intellectual, essential and existential.

Read Molly Prentiss’s review here.

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Shotgun Lovesongs
by Nickolas Butler

Little Wing is a place like hundreds of others but seldom has the American heartland been so richly and accurately portrayed. For four boyhood friends brought together for a wedding, this small Wisconsin town will foster heartbreak, hope, healing, and heroism in a novel that, once read, will never be forgotten.

Shotgun Lovesongs
Nickolas Butler

Little Wing is a place like hundreds of others but seldom has the American heartland been so richly and accurately portrayed. For four boyhood friends brought together for a wedding, this small Wisconsin town will foster heartbreak, hope, healing, and heroism in a novel that, once read, will never be forgotten.

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The Husband's Secret
by Liane Moriarty

Finally available in paperback, Liane Moriarty’s #1 New York Times bestseller is a gripping, thought-provoking novel that asks how well can you really know your spouse.

The Husband's Secret
Liane Moriarty

Finally available in paperback, Liane Moriarty’s #1 New York Times bestseller is a gripping, thought-provoking novel that asks how well can you really know your spouse.

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God Help the Child
by Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison’s first novel to be set in our current moment, this is a spare and unsparing tale about how the sufferings of childhood can shape, and misshape, the life of the adult. Toni Morrison was awarded in 2012.

God Help the Child
Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison’s first novel to be set in our current moment, this is a spare and unsparing tale about how the sufferings of childhood can shape, and misshape, the life of the adult. Toni Morrison was awarded in 2012.

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A Spool of Blue Thread
by Anne Tyler

The lives of four generations of Whitshanks unfold in and around the sprawling, lovingly worn Baltimore house that has always been their anchor. Brimming with all the insight, humor, and generosity of spirit that are the hallmarks of Anne Tyler’s work, A Spool of Blue Thread tells a poignant yet unsentimental story in praise of family in all its emotional complexity. It is a novel to cherish.

A Spool of Blue Thread
Anne Tyler

The lives of four generations of Whitshanks unfold in and around the sprawling, lovingly worn Baltimore house that has always been their anchor. Brimming with all the insight, humor, and generosity of spirit that are the hallmarks of Anne Tyler’s work, A Spool of Blue Thread tells a poignant yet unsentimental story in praise of family in all its emotional complexity. It is a novel to cherish.

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We Are Called to Rise
by Laura McBride

Far from the casinos and lights, the Las Vegas suburbs sprawl out into the desert. In this desolate boomtown, three desperate souls—a middle aged woman attempting to revive her marriage, a veteran just returned from Iraq, and a brave eight-year-old Albanian boy—must decide whether to give in to despair, or to find the courage and resilience to rise.

We Are Called to Rise
Laura McBride

Far from the casinos and lights, the Las Vegas suburbs sprawl out into the desert. In this desolate boomtown, three desperate souls—a middle aged woman attempting to revive her marriage, a veteran just returned from Iraq, and a brave eight-year-old Albanian boy—must decide whether to give in to despair, or to find the courage and resilience to rise.

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The Nightingale
by Kristin Hannah

With courage, grace, and powerful insight, Kristin Hannah illuminates an intimate and seldom seen part of World War II. Telling the stories of two sisters separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion, and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in war-torn France, this heartbreakingly beautiful novel celebrates the resilience of the human spirit.

The Nightingale
Kristin Hannah

With courage, grace, and powerful insight, Kristin Hannah illuminates an intimate and seldom seen part of World War II. Telling the stories of two sisters separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion, and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in war-torn France, this heartbreakingly beautiful novel celebrates the resilience of the human spirit.

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The Children's Crusade
by Ann Packer
The author of THE DIVE FROM CLAUSEN'S PIER returns with this sweeping novel that explores the secrets and desires of one California family over the course of five decades. An extraordinary study in character and a rare and wise examination of the legacy of early life on adult children, this is Ann Packer’s most deeply affecting book yet.
The Children's Crusade
Ann Packer

For fans of “This Is Us”

The "This Is Us" craze won't soon die down as the new hit drama continues to deliver twist after mind-blowing twist. If you're looking for a family saga companion read, Ann Packer's THE CHILDREN'S CRUSADE, like “This Is Us,” is of the "tour de force" variety. This deeply affecting novel explores the secrets and desires of one California family over the course of five decades.

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Etta and Otto and Russell and James
by Emma Hooper

This quiet novel moves from the hot and dry present of a quiet Canadian farm to a dusty, burnt past of hunger, war, and passion; from trying to remember to trying to forget. It is an astounding literary debut of unlikely heroes, lifelong promises, and last great adventures.

Etta and Otto and Russell and James
Emma Hooper

This quiet novel moves from the hot and dry present of a quiet Canadian farm to a dusty, burnt past of hunger, war, and passion; from trying to remember to trying to forget. It is an astounding literary debut of unlikely heroes, lifelong promises, and last great adventures.

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Life Drawing
by Robin Black

Three years after Augusta and her husband fled their longtime city home and its reminders of troubling events, a strange neighbor shatters their secluded country life. A fierce, honest, and moving portrait of a woman grappling with her fate, Life Drawing is a debut novel as beautiful and unsparing as the human heart.

Life Drawing
Robin Black

Three years after Augusta and her husband fled their longtime city home and its reminders of troubling events, a strange neighbor shatters their secluded country life. A fierce, honest, and moving portrait of a woman grappling with her fate, Life Drawing is a debut novel as beautiful and unsparing as the human heart.

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Hausfrau
by Jill Alexander Essbaum

Intimate and intense, this debut novel is an unforgettable story of marriage, fidelity, sex, and morality. Navigating the lines between lust and love, guilt and shame, excuses and reasons, Anna Benz is an electrifying and divisive heroine whose story reveals how we create ourselves and how we lose ourselves, and the sometimes disastrous choices we make to find ourselves.

Hausfrau
Jill Alexander Essbaum

Intimate and intense, this debut novel is an unforgettable story of marriage, fidelity, sex, and morality. Navigating the lines between lust and love, guilt and shame, excuses and reasons, Anna Benz is an electrifying and divisive heroine whose story reveals how we create ourselves and how we lose ourselves, and the sometimes disastrous choices we make to find ourselves.

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