I'm in two bookclubs that read mostly commercial fiction with the occasional memoir thrown in. Every title on this list made for a rambunctious and/or thoughtful discussion.
Taylor Jenkins Reid$27.00 $24.30
Half of us listened and half read the hardback. All of us asked the question at some point during the read, "Am I remembering wrong or was this a real band?"
Mesha Maren$26.95 $24.26
Not a happy read but a well penned glimpse into the challenges of life in Appalachia went you don't fit in.
Lyndsay Faye$26.00 $23.40
This was a love/hate sitch for our group. I'm a huge fan of Faye's writing but some found it too verbose.
Sally Rooney$26.00 $23.40
Read it before you watch it on Hulu!
Jo Baker$16.95 $15.59
I love books that drench you in details of what it was like to live in historic times - that plus the Pride & Prejudice connection makes for a winner
Barbara Kingsolver$29.99 $26.99
My new favorite Barbara Kingsolver (previous was The Poisonwood Bible).
Jo Piazza$26.00 $23.40
A good jumping off point to talk about the current political landscape as well as work/life balance for women
Meg Wolitzer$16.00 $14.72
Sometimes we like to read the book and watch the movie. This was a good one for that!
Tayari Jones$16.95 $15.59
Beautifully written, wrenching, lots to discuss
Celeste Ng$17.00 $15.64
Discussions of class in America and what it means to be a good parent
Lisa Ko$15.95 $14.67
The shifting POVs of this book add to the discussability. Lots of strong opinions about mothers' choices in this one.
Trevor Noah$18.00 $16.56
Eye opening and hilarious. Best consumed with his HBO special!
Laurie Frankel$16.99 $15.63
Huge discussions about parenting and choices ensued...
Katy Simpson Smith$15.99
A beautiful book you've probably never heard of. So glad author Taylor Brown recommended this to us.
Joshilyn Jackson$15.99 $14.71
I'll read anything Joshilyn Jackson writes but this was particularly fun to talk about. I especially loved how Jackson crawl into the mind of a graphic novel artist.
Eowyn Ivey$16.99 $15.63
The question is: will this make you want to go to Alaska? Or stay far, far away? Either way, read this book! Also, her first novel, The Snow Child.
Brit Bennett$16.00 $14.72
Heartbreaking, but not unnecessarily so.
Colson Whitehead$27.95 $25.16
So much to talk about. Whitehead takes you by the hand and drags you through an ugly history with sly irreverence.
Ann Patchett$16.99 $15.63
Such good conversations about siblings
Taylor Brown$15.99 $14.71