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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If your favorite character is Steve HarringtonIf 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.