Welcome to Something to Read About—the Off the Shelf book club!
The only thing we like better than reading great books is sharing them with our book-loving friends and talking about them, perhaps with a glass of rosé in hand.
We’ve hand-picked 14 of our favorites just for you. Whether you prefer historical fiction, page-turning thrillers, literary fiction, or moving true stories, you and your book club will love these titles. Enter our sweepstakes and you will be eligible to win them all.
And mark your calendars for Monday, September 18, at 6:00 PM EDT, when we host our first Facebook Live Book Club featuring Alice Hoffman’s latest novel, FAITHFUL.
Alice Hoffman knows all too well the elements of a book club gem, and her novel FAITHFUL is the perfect example. Sprinkled with Hoffman’s signature magical realism, FAITHFUL follows a young woman from Long Island to New York City after a terrible accident leaves her best friend in a coma. With the help of her new family, a series of anonymous postcards, and a mysterious guardian angel, Shelby learns that she can not only survive but thrive.
After a terrible accident leaves her best friend in a coma, Shelby drops out of her life in suburban Long Island and moves to New York City. What follows is a tale, sprinkled with Hoffman’s signature magical realism, of a girl struggling to find her way in the world. With the help of her new chosen family, a series of anonymous postcards, and a mysterious guardian angel, Shelby finds herself moving forward, toward love and joy in her life.
First we obsessed over IN A DARK, DARK WOOD, then we couldn’t stop talking about THE WOMAN IN CABIN 10, and now THE LYING GAME has our full attention. Ruth Ware’s latest thriller is an atmospheric, twisty novel about four friends whose past lies come back to haunt them. It will keep you on your toes until the last page.
Sunshine Mackenzie is literally living the dream: she has a line of bestselling cookbooks, a devoted architect husband . . . and a big secret that, if revealed, could result in a catastrophic fall from grace. HELLO, SUNSHINE is a smart, funny, compelling novel that your book club will love—especially if anyone has ever felt envious of the picture-perfect lives depicted on their friends’ Facebook feed.
Based on a true story, this ambitious novel sweeps from Berlin at the brink of the Second World War to Cuba on the cusp of revolution to New York in the wake of September 11. If your book club loves historical fiction on World War II, they’ll adore this debut about 12-year-old Hannah Rosenthal, who flees Nazi-occupied Germany with her family and best friend—only to discover that the asylum they have been promised is an illusion.
Jubilee Jenkins is no ordinary librarian. With her rare allergy to human touch, any skin-to-skin contact could literally kill her. Eric Keegan has troubles of his own: a failed marriage, an estranged daughter, and being a single father to his adopted son. When Eric and Jubilee meet, he wants nothing more than to be near her, but she keeps him at arm’s length. And that’s is just the beginning of this complicated and humorous love story. Perfect for book lovers.
After spending years as a recluse, Jubilee Jenkins is forced to face the world when her mother dies. When she meets Eric, a divorcee and single father, he can’t understand why Jubilee keeps him at arm’s length. But anything closer might literally kill her since she has a rare allergy to human contact. CLOSE ENOUGH TO TOUCH is the most unlikely love story you’ll read this year.
In the spirit of STATION ELEVEN, this dazzling and ambitious literary debut follows three generations of beekeepers—from the past, present, and future—weaving a spellbinding story of their relationship to the bees, their children, and one another. Set against the backdrop of an urgent global crisis, Maja Lunde’s timely work is haunting, illuminating, and sure to get your book club talking.
Midge Raymond’s unforgettable environmental love story takes readers to the glacial mountains, cleaving icebergs, and frigid waters of Antarctica, where Deb and Keller spend a few weeks of each year studying emperor and Adélie penguins. When Deb discovers that Keller is trapped aboard a sinking cruise liner, her role changes from researcher to rescuer as she sets out to save him.
An unforgettable love story that pulls readers deep into one of the most remote places on the planet. Deb and Keller are researchers with a complicated history who spend a few weeks each year studying penguins in the Antarctic. When Deb discovers Keller is trapped aboard a sinking cruise liner, her role changes from researcher to rescuer as she sets out to save him.
Its white-knuckle plot and unforeseeable twists make this psychological thriller a worthy book-club pick. After leaving her husband’s body at the base of the stairs, Tanya flees town and meets an ally, Blue, along the way. Readers are left to wonder: Can Tanya possibly outrun her past?
With its white-knuckled plot and unforeseeable twists, it’s no wonder Off the Shelf readers consider this Lisa Lutz thriller a must-read. After leaving her husband’s body at the base of the stairs, Tanya flees town and meets an ally, Blue, along the way. From heart-stopping escapes and devious deceptions, readers are left to wonder: can she possibly outrun her past?
Philippa Gregory’s THE LAST TUDOR features one of the most famous young women in history, Lady Jane Grey, and her two sisters, each of whom dared to defy her queen. Family drama, betrayal, a “to-the-death” battle for the throne—could you ask for a more compelling and exciting royal read?
Intimate and detailed, THE GIRLS OF ATOMIC CITY reveals the untold story of the thousands of young women of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, who unwittingly played a crucial role in one of the most significant moments in American history: the creation of the atomic bomb. This book is sure to ignite lively conversation.
Intimate and detailed, Denise Kiernan explores the untold story of the thousands of young women of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, who unwittingly played a crucial role in one of the most significant moments in American history: the creation of the atomic bomb.
Lisa Jewell expertly weaves strands of fear and paranoia into this suspenseful and twist-filled domestic thriller set in an idyllic suburban British community. When a young girl is found beaten unconscious during a party, neighbors begin to view one another with deep distrust and unease. Fans of BIG LITTLE LIES will love THE GIRLS IN THE GARDEN.
When Pip; her 13-year-old sister, Grace; and their mother move into an idyllic communal garden square, they could have never predicted the gruesome betrayal that would leave Grace lying unconscious and bloody in a hidden corner of the rose garden.
England, 1976. Mrs. Creasy is missing, and the Avenue is alive with whispers. Two 10-year-old girls—spunky, spirited Grace and quiet, thoughtful Tilly—go door to door in search of clues. Soon the amateur detectives uncover more than they ever imagined. It’s a quirky and utterly charming story about a community wrought with secrets and two girls learning what it means to belong.
Evelyn Hugo is a mysterious figure. A classic film star who disappeared from public life years ago, she has been a recluse for decades. There’s been tabloid coverage and countless movies, but no one knows her real story. That is, until Evelyn summons a young journalist to listen to her and report the truth. This is an unexpected epic love story steeped in old-Hollywood glamour. Your book club will be casting the movie when you read it!
Ted and his elderly dachshund are at the center of this story of steadfast companionship, loss, and longing that will break your heart and put it back together again. The two share a comfortable life spent chatting about boys, playing board games, and ordering pizza just so Lily can bark at the delivery boy. But then the Octopus arrives and their simple little world begins to change. By turns hilarious and poignant, LILY AND THE OCTOPUS is an audiobook you’ll never stop talking (and crying) about.
Read by Michael Urie
And listen to a clip from the audiobook here