Jump into Spring with These Book Club Picks
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.
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.
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.
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.
6A Spool of Blue Thread
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.
7We Are Called to Rise
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.
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.
9The Children’s Crusade
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.
10Etta and Otto and Russell and James
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.
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.
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.