2017 Book Club Selections

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It’s only November, but it’s time to look ahead to next year’s book club! Like this year, we’ll be discussing each month’s book in our closed Facebook group. You’re welcome to join us for one month or all twelve.


January

animal-vegetable-miracleAnimal Vegetable Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver

Why did I select it? I wanted a discussable nonfiction title, and this one seemed like a fun way to start the year. Plus it’s been on my to be read stack for years.

What’s it about? Following a move from Arizona to Appalachia, Kingsolver spends a year focusing on a locally-produced diet and the provenance of everything her family eats.

Find the book: Print | Kindle | Nook | Audible | Goodreads

February

molokaiMoloka’i by Alan Brennert

Why did I select it? Fantastic reviews, and it’s an unusual setting. Last year’s historical fiction book took us to Iceland, so this year we’ll warm up in Hawaii.

What’s it about? A seven-year-old Hawaiian girl who contracts leprosy and is quarantined on the island of Moloka’i during the 1890s.

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And a heads-up: you can get the Audible version for a reduced price if you buy the Kindle version first.

March

emmaEmma by Jane Austen

Why did I select it? It’s a classic, and I’ve never read it. I wanted one classic novel for the year, and wanted it to be one that I wouldn’t have to force myself to read. I think Austen should work for that. 🙂

What’s it about? As daughter of the richest, most important man in the small provincial village of Highbury, Emma Woodhouse is firmly convinced that it is her right–perhaps even her “duty”–To arrange the lives of others.

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And a heads-up: you can get the Audible version for a reduced price if you buy the Kindle version first. You can also listen for free from Librivox.


April

dark-matterDark Matter by Blake Crouch

Why did I select it? Science fiction/thriller to add some variety to the year. I’ve also tried to mostly pick books that have been out for a year or two (to make it easier to find them at the library), but thought it would be fun to have one newer one on the list. This is that one, as it just released this year.

What’s it about? An ordinary man is kidnapped, knocked unconscious–and awakens in a world inexplicably different from the reality he thought he knew.

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May

hannah-coulterHannah Coulter by Wendell Berry

Why did I select it? Our literary fiction pick for the year, and because I’ve been wanting to get to one of Berry’s books.

What’s it about? An elderly farmwife looks back on her life and world.

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And a heads-up: you can get the Audible version for a reduced price if you buy the Kindle version first.


June

UprootedUprooted by Naomi Novik

Why did I select it? The year’s fantasy option, chosen because Jessica raved over it. It was also surprisingly difficult to find a stand-alone fantasy novel – so many of the ones I was finding were series reads (or at least trilogies), and I didn’t want to choose one that wouldn’t be complete in one book.

What’s it about? Agnieszka’s native village of Dvernik is menaced by something in the surrounding woods, protected only by the local sorcerer. Every decade he chooses a village girl to serve him. Agnieszka is about to find out what happens to those girls during their years of service.

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And a heads-up: you can get the Audible version for a reduced price if you buy the Kindle version first.


July

true-gritTrue Grit by Charles Portis

Why did I select it? I’ve never read a western, so I thought it’d be fun to try one. This one appears on a lot of “best of” lists, and if we’re only going to read one, I want it to be a good one.

What’s it about? Fourteen-year-old Mattie Ross recounts the time when she sought retribution for her father’s murder.

Find the book: Print | Kindle | Nook | Audible | Goodreads

And a heads-up: you can get the Audible version for a reduced price if you buy the Kindle version first.


August

the-diamond-ageThe Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson

Why did I select it? The year needed a science fiction selection, and Stephenson’s novel was highly recommended to introduce the genre to non-science fiction readers.

What’s it about? A young girl named Nell grows up in a future world in which nanotechnology affects all aspects of life.

Find the book: Print | Kindle | Nook | Audible | Goodreads

And a heads-up: you can get the Audible version for a reduced price if you buy the Kindle version first.


September

plainsongPlainsong by Kent Haruf

Why did I select it? Contemporary fiction that turned up on a lot of recommended reading lists, as well as some lists specifically geared towards book clubs.

What’s it about? The interwoven lives of a community in Colorado.

Find the book: Print | Kindle | Nook | Audible | Goodreads

And a heads-up: you can get the Audible version for a reduced price if you buy the Kindle version first.


October

funny-in-farsiFunny in Farsi by Firoozeh Dumas

Why did I select it? I wanted one memoir for the year, about someone not American or English, and not have it be completely gut-wrenching in subject matter. This ended up being a last-minute substitution when my original pick turned out to be a novel, based on true events.

What’s it about? Describes struggles with culture shock after Firoozeh’s family moved from Iran to America when she was 7 years old

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And a heads-up: you can get the Audible version for a reduced price if you buy the Kindle version first.


November

ordinary-graceOrdinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

Why did I select it? The year’s mystery selection. I wanted either a stand-alone or the first in a series. This is a stand-alone, although Kreuger does have a series as well.

What’s it about? Looking back at a tragic event that occurred during his thirteenth year, Frank Drum explores how a complicated web of secrets, adultery, and betrayal shattered his Methodist family and their small 1961 Minnesota community.

Find the book: Print | Kindle | Nook | Audible | Goodreads

And a heads-up: you can get the Audible version for a reduced price if you buy the Kindle version first.


December

Swear on This LifeSwear on This Life by Renee Carlino

Why did I select it? This was the hardest category for me to select – light(ish) fiction. I didn’t want complete fluff, but did want an easy to read pick (filling the role Big Little Lies did in 2016). I’m hoping this is a fun choice to wrap up the year.

What’s it about? A struggling writer must come to grips with her past, present, and future after she discovers that she’s the inspiration for a pseudonymously published bestselling novel.

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Bookish Announcements

Two quick things:

1. I’ll be announcing all of the picks for 2017’s book club on November 14th, but wanted to give sneek peek at January’s book (for your reading planning purposes). We’ll be reading Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal Vegetable Miracle, and the discussion will start January 2nd.

I cannot *wait* to share the rest of the year’s picks – I’m so excited about them!

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2. If you’re an Amazon Prime member, and you haven’t already chosen your October Kindle First pick, don’t forget! I usually pick mine early in the month and forgot about it this month. I only remembered yesterday, so if anyone else is also behind on things maybe you still need to. There were two interesting historical fiction options, but I settled on It Is Well.

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