Judging a book by its cover is something we all do as we peruse bookstores and scroll book lists online. Often, it’s the title and cover combination that drives a book club to blindly select their next read. But how often is it that one of those monthly reads ends up being the total package?
With such a vast selection of books to choose from and only so much time for book club meet-ups, it’s easy to see how many compelling reads regrettably slip through the book club cracks.
If you’re looking for the perfect book club pick, these four novels offer a unique and narrative voice that will fuel discussion, excel in beautiful prose, and bend the arms of your moral compass.
Read the full review of YOU.
Joe doesn’t like artisanal soda, trust fund kids, Dan Brown, Brooklyn hipsters, or Vice magazine. He does, however, like you, ever since you walked into his East Village bookshop looking like Natalie Portman. Shame that Joe is a cold-blooded killer and adept stalker. In the all-too-rare second-person narrative, YOU takes place inside the obsessed brain of Joe Goldberg, who’ll stop at nothing to make boho-wannabe Guinevere Beck (the “you” of Kepnes’s page-turning novel) his. Crazy like:
Crazy like:The lovesick and the just-plain-sick.
Best crazy moment: The DA VINCI CODE reading marathon.
Everywhere hailed as a novel of rare beauty and power, White Oleander tells the unforgettable story of Ingrid, a brilliant poet imprisoned for murder, and her daughter, Astrid, whose odyssey through a series of Los Angeles foster homes-each its own universe, with its own laws, its own dangers, its own hard lessons to be learned-becomes a redeeming and surprising journey of self-discovery.
Seamlessly blending elements of crime and Southern literary fiction, CROOKED LETTER, CROOKED LETTER is the powerful and resonant story of two boyhood friends. Torn apart by circumstance, they are brought together again by a terrible crime in a small Mississippi town.