15 Favorites Your Book Club Must Read This Winter

December 21 2017
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It’s officially winter which means most of our activities will take place in the warmth of our homes, likely beneath layers and layers of sweaters and blankets. But to keep us from catching the winter blues, we’ll be spending most of our winter days doing what a book lover does best: reading books and talking about them. If you’ve yet to join a book club, winter is the perfect season to join one or start one. And the books on this list are the winter book club picks we’re recommending. From dysfunctional family dramas to inspiring cultural movements—these books + wine + good conversation will keep you warm this winter.

In the Midst of Winter
by Isabel Allende

IN THE MIDST OF WINTER begins with a minor traffic accident, which becomes the catalyst for an unexpected and moving love story between two people who thought they were deep into the winter of their lives. Exploring the timely issues of human rights and the plight of immigrants and refugees, this emotional novel recalls Allende’s landmark novel THE HOUSE OF THE SPIRITS.

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In the Midst of Winter
Isabel Allende

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George and Lizzie
by Nancy Pearl

GEORGE & LIZZIE is a riveting debut novel about an unlikely marriage, from America’s librarian and NPR books commentator Nancy Pearl. When a dark secret from Lizzie’s past resurfaces, she'll find out the true mettle of the relationship she and George have so painstakingly built over a decade together. Pearl expertly crafts an edgy, funny exploration of the dark secrets that can threaten even the most solid relationships.

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George and Lizzie
Nancy Pearl

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Manhattan Beach
by Jennifer Egan

There’s no way you can pass up Jennifer Egan’s long-awaited WWII-era follow-up to her Pulitzer Prize–winning novel A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD. Anna Kerrigan is the badass heroine in Egan’s first foray into historical fiction. She becomes the first female diver—a very dangerous and exclusive occupation at that time—and navigates a world populated by gangsters, sailors, bankers, and union men. Longlisted for the 2017 National Book Award, MANHATTAN BEACH is sure to be a book club favorite!

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Manhattan Beach
Jennifer Egan

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A Window Opens
by Elisabeth Egan

Alice Pearse wants to have a satisfying career and a thriving personal life—but we all know nothing good in life comes easy. When she starts her dream job, her time away from home puts strains on her marriage, her children, her parents, and her friends. Eventually, Alice realizes that what’s most important is not “having it all” but finding out what she really wants.

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A Window Opens
Elisabeth Egan

Alice Pearse wants to have a satisfying career and a thriving personal life. But when she starts her dream job, her time away from home puts strains on her marriage, her children, her parents, and her friends. Eventually, Alice realizes that what’s most important is not “having it all” but finding out what she really wants.

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Lucky
by Alice Sebold

In a memoir hailed for its searing candor as well as its wit, bestselling author Alice Sebold (THE LOVELY BONES) reveals how her life was transformed when, as an 18-year-old college freshman, she was brutally raped and beaten in a park near campus. Sebold illuminates the experience of trauma victims and imparts a profoundly hard-won wisdom: “You save yourself or you remain unsaved.”

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Lucky
Alice Sebold

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The Antiques
by Kris D'Agostino

A family reunites after the death of its patriarch just as a hurricane tears through town in Kris D’Agostino’s second novel, THE ANTIQUES. D’Agostino has a gift for making family drama compelling on the page, and the Westfalls are no strangers to dysfunction. Complete with an irresistible plot and deeply flawed, affectionately rendered characters, THE ANTIQUES is a laugh-out-loud funny send-up of modern family life.

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The Antiques
Kris D'Agostino

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The Railwayman's Wife
by Ashley Hay

If you loved Ashley Hay’s latest novel, A HUNDRED SMALL LESSONS, you’ll want to read her previous novel about the power of beginnings and endings. Set in an Australian seaside town, THE RAILWAYMAN’S WIFE tells the story of Anikka Lachlan, a postwar widow who finds a poem on her mantel, which sets off an unexpected love triangle between Ani, the poem, and the poet, who is struggling with his own loss following the war.

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The Railwayman's Wife
Ashley Hay

Set in an Australian seaside town overlooking the vast, blue ocean, THE RAILWAYMAN’S WIFE tells the story of the town’s locals as they face incredible loss in the aftermath of World War II. When Anikka Lachlan, a postwar widow, finds a poem on her mantel, an unexpected love triangle begins between Ani, the poem, and the poet, who is struggling with his own loss following the war.

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The Year of Living Biblically
by A. J. Jacobs

When A.J. Jacobs sets out on a quest, you can rest assured the resulting book will be captivating and laugh-out-loud funny. YEAR OF LIVING BIBLICALLY chronicles his hilarious and thoughtful year spent obeying―as literally as possible―the tenets of the Bible. If you can’t immerse yourself in a year of biblical living, you could at least enjoy—and discuss—Jacobs’s fascinating and timely exploration of religion and the Bible.

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The Year of Living Biblically
A. J. Jacobs

From the bestselling author of The Know-It-All comes a fascinating and timely exploration of religion and the Bible. A.J. Jacobs chronicles his hilarious and thoughtful year spent obeying―as literally as possible―the tenets of the Bible.

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Beartown
by Fredrik Backman

This novel about community and courage will dazzle you. As Beartown’s junior ice hockey team sets its sight on a big prize, all the hopes of the tiny community rest on the shoulders of teenage boys. By the beloved author of A MAN CALLED OVE, BEARTOWN explores the hopes that bring a small community together, the secrets that tear it apart, and the courage it takes for an individual to go against the grain.

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Beartown
Fredrik Backman

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The Sweetness of Forgetting
by Kristin Harmel

While we wait for the highly anticipated forthcoming novel ROOM ON RUE AMELIE to hit shelves in the spring, Kristin Harmel’s novel THE SWEETNESS OF FORGETTING certainly deserves a reread. In this international bestseller, Hope, a baker in Cape Cod, must travel to Paris to uncover a family secret for her dying grandmother—and what she learns may change everything. Paris, baked goods, and secrets? Sign us up, please.

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The Sweetness of Forgetting
Kristin Harmel

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The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl
by Issa Rae

Your book club will enjoy Issa Rae’s hilarious essay collection about the awkward upbringing that led to her popular standing among black girls—awkward and otherwise, especially if you’re anxiously waiting for season 3 of Insecure. In AWKWARD BLACK GIRL, Rae waxes humorously on what it’s like to be unabashedly awkward in a world that regards introverts as hapless misfits and black as cool.

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The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl
Issa Rae

For fans of “Insecure”

Issa Rae is awkward . . . and black, which is, in the opinion of her peers, a very unfortunate combination. This is made plain in her new TV show “Insecure ” and her New York Times bestseller THE MISADVENTURES OF AWKWARD BLACK GIRL. In this memoir-guide hybrid, Issa humorously illuminates what it’s like to be unabashedly awkward in a world that regards introverts as hapless misfits and black as cool.

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Millard Salter's Last Day
by Jacob M. Appel

In an effort to delay the frailty and isolation that comes with old age, psychiatrist Millard Salter decides to kill himself by the end of the day—but first he has to tie up some loose ends. These include a tête-à-tête with his ne’er-do-well youngest son, Lysander; an unscheduled rendezvous with his first wife, Carol; and a brief visit to the grave of his second wife, Isabelle, with whom he fathered an illegitimate child. In the spirit of A MAN CALLED OVE, MILLARD SALTER’S LAST DAY is a touching journey as one man ties up the loose ends of his life.

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Millard Salter's Last Day
Jacob M. Appel

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All the Single Ladies
by Rebecca Traister

The year 2017 will forever be marked by the resiliency and bravery displayed by women far and wide. What better way to celebrate than a lively book club discussion of women? In ALL THE SINGLE LADIES, Rebecca Traister offers a comprehensive study of the power of independent women in America through the fascinating history of unmarried women and their lasting, radical effect on the nation.

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All the Single Ladies
Rebecca Traister

For your feminist friends

Rebecca Traister offers a comprehensive study of the power of independent women in America through the fascinating history of unmarried women and their lasting, radical effect on the nation.

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The Impossible Fortress
by Jason Rekulak

A love letter to the 1980s and to nerds everywhere, THE IMPOSSIBLE FORTRESS will make you remember what it feels like to love someone—or something—for the first time. This charming novel follows 14-year-old Billy Marvin as his plan to seduce the local convenience store owner’s daughter goes sideways when she turns out to be his computer-loving soulmate.

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The Impossible Fortress
Jason Rekulak

If your favorite character is Steve Harrington

If you liked the era cameos in the Duffer Brothers’ ode to the 80s (from D&D games to Steve Harrington’s hair) you’ll love the mentions of Commodore 64s, early Springsteen & Jolt cola in the love letter to the 80s which is THE IMPOSSIBLE FORTRESS. It follows Billy Marvin and his friends as they hatch a madcap scheme which leads Billy to falsely befriend a loner girl who happens to be a computer whiz. But just as Steve seems like a jerk initially, his heartfelt feelings towards another bad-ass female character (Go Nancy!) mimics how Billy’s feelings also lead him down the right path.  

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The Done Thing
by Tracy Manaster

Lida Stearl prides herself on always doing the right thing. But now that she’s widowed, retired, and an empty nester, the small perfections of her orderly life aren’t enough to stop her from feeling adrift. When she learns her brother-in-law is on death row for murdering her sister, Lida begins to write him, pretending to be a flirtatious 23-year-old, in an effort to seek retribution. THE DONE THING is an utterly memorable and engrossing exploration of forgiveness, loyalty, and justice, and how a tragic event can suddenly change a life’s course—and Lida is a character your book club will never forget.

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The Done Thing
Tracy Manaster

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