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Book Club Suggestions

bibliobethica "Beth"
The list author says: "I'm in a book club with a group of ten friends. We started in 2005. I decided in 2013 that I would update this list to help others in clubs pick good reads for their clubs. I've just picked the best. The most current is at the end of the list."
My Antonia
My Antonia
"Life of an immigrant in Nebraska - fast read"
East of Eden (Oprah Book Club Series)
East of Eden (Oprah Book Club Series)
"My top pick - good vs. evil -so much to discuss"
Pope Joan: A Novel
Pope Joan: A Novel
"Great read for Catholics and others -  made us all believers"
The Kite Runner
The Kite Runner
"Terrific for book discussion - history, struggles, racism"
Memoirs of a Geisha
Memoirs of a Geisha
"Opens your eyes to another culture - everyone enjoyed"
Cane River (Oprah's Book Club)
Cane River (Oprah's Book Club)
"Incredible book!!!  Historical fiction at it's best - geneologists will love the research"
The Poisonwood Bible
The Poisonwood Bible
"We all really liked this book."
The Return of the Native (Modern Library Classics)
The Return of the Native (Modern Library Classics)
"A difficult read.  We still talk about it 5 years later as a memorable and classic novel."
The Secret Life of Bees: Tie In Edition
The Secret Life of Bees: Tie In Edition
"A very interesting book enjoyed by all about the south, slavery, sisters."
The Red Tent: A Novel
The Red Tent: A Novel
"A good choice for book clubs.  There's a lot to discuss about women and how we help one another.  Fictional account of women in the bible.  Easy to read and a page turner."
The Glass Castle: A Memoir
The Glass Castle: A Memoir
"Do your club a favor and pick this memoir.  It's heartbreaking at times and will make you laugh, too."
Water for Elephants: A Novel
Water for Elephants: A Novel
"A great historical fiction novel.  Now there's a movie coming out, so it could be a fun outing for clubs.  We all learned about that time period and enjoyed something different."
Suite Française
Suite Française
"WW II in France.  Not an easy read, but those that read it, really liked it.  Historical fiction is my favorite genre,and I loved this novel."
Emma
Emma
"I loved reading this book, but not everyone liked it.  You'd have to have some consensus on reading a classic like this one."
The Red Badge of Courage
The Red Badge of Courage
"If your groups like classics, it doesn't get much better than this one.  We dove into the symbolism and invited an English teacher to our discussion."
The Good Earth (Enriched Classics)
The Good Earth (Enriched Classics)
"Another classic.  An easy read for the quality of literature."
The Book Thief
The Book Thief
"PICK THIS BOOK!!!!!  We all loved the different perspective of WW2 in Germany.  It's a wonderful book and everyone will thank you for picking it!"
Still Alice
Still Alice
"Not the best quality of literature we've read, but talking about Alzheimer's and our parents was a lively discussion.  It's not a difficult read and quite interesting."
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
"Another MUST READ in my opinion.  Told through letters, it's another WW2 book.  You don't have to love history to love this book.  Wonderful and an easy read, but great for those that like some substance."
The Help
The Help
"Great book!  Set in the south.  A great discussion book about what you'd do if you were enslaved."
To Kill a Mockingbird: 50th Anniversary Edition
To Kill a Mockingbird: 50th Anniversary Edition
"If you haven't read this since high school, do everyone a favor and pick it.  It's such a wonderful book.  We all loved reading it again - some members for the first time.  One of the few books all members enjoyed."
The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby
"You feel like you're living in the 1920's.  Some of us loved it, others didn't get why it's a classic.  Great book for discussion of why it's a classic."
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
"Another MUST READ.  It's nonfiction.  There is so much to discuss about cells used for science, 1950 racial issues, health insurance, the south today.  We all enjoyed it - even those with not much interest in medicine."
City of Thieves: A Novel
City of Thieves: A Novel
"WW2 historical fiction during the siege of Leningrad.  Fast paced and quite raw.  Highly recommended."
Cutting for Stone
Cutting for Stone
"One of the best we've read."
Elizabeth Street
Elizabeth Street
"This is an amazing book that leads to great discussions about genealogy and how our ancestors settled in America.  This should be on every book club list."
The Forgotten Garden: A Novel
The Forgotten Garden: A Novel
"A great summer read.  It has a mystery that stops you from putting the book down.  Something for everyone in this novel."
The Paris Wife: A Novel (Random House Reader's Circle)
The Paris Wife: A Novel (Random House Reader's Circle)
"Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley lived in Chicago in the 1920's then moved to Paris.  Their lives were not what we thought.  Great discussion from this book about our perceptions of great novelists."
Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust
Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust
"A fantastic read - this book will stay with you forever.  Immaculee's story of survival is just amazing.  Everyone in our group thought this was one of our best reads."
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
"This book is long, but we all were moved by this story.  We've been recommending this book to everyone we know - great for all readers."