Looking to start off right with some excellent book club selections?
We're here to help. All of these books received positive reviews from BookBrowse and are coming out in paperback in the first three months of , and all but one has a reading guide.
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So if your New Year's resolution is to be more prepared or if this was your resolution last year, but you never got around to it , take this opportunity to start planning ahead for a great year of lively book club discussions! There are options for readers of all tastes and interests, from historical fiction to novels examining social issues, to nonfiction investigative reporting.
Both Alan Brennert's Daughter of Moloka'i and Myla Goldberg's Feast Your Eyes examine mother-daughter relationships, though the authors approach their subject from vastly different angles. Sarah Bird's Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen is a fictionalized version of the life of an American heroine with grit and heart in equal measures.
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Martin's Griffin This novel follows Ruth, the daughter of Brennert's protagonist from bestselling Moloka'i as she is adopted by a Japanese family and then sent with them to an internment camp during World War II. After this trauma, Ruth is contacted by her birth mother, Rachel Kalama, and a complex relationship set into motion in Moloka'i is explored in riveting and vibrant prose. Book clubs that read the first book definitely shouldn't pass this one up, and book clubs new to Alan Brennert would do well to start with Daughter of Moloka'i.
Published by Flatiron Books Jane Harper is establishing a real name for herself as an author of suspenseful thrillers in evocative settings, and The Lost Man is all that and more.
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A complex story of family dysfunction unraveling over the harsh terrain of the Australian outback, this is a murder mystery that pits brother against brother with a dark surprise ending that will fuel intense discussion. Circe by Madeline Miller Paperback Jan 28, Published by Back Bay Books Winner of the BookBrowse Fiction Award and named one of the best books of by Kirkus , Publishers Weekly , the Washington Post and numerous other publications, Circe is an imaginative window into the life of the witch that turned Odysseus' crew into pigs.
It's an enchanting portrait that redefines Homer's villain as a heroine seeking her own path to glory in a male-dominated world. This one is perfect for fans of the classics; but don't be put off if you're not familiar with The Odyssey --BookBrowse subscribers voted it their number one fiction choice of , and they always vote for great storytelling!
Published by Vintage Luiselli presents an affecting portrait of the immigration crisis through the eyes of a family taking a trip along the border while the parents record a documentary.
The novel is both emotionally intimate and intellectually challenging, as the author asks the reader to consider the crisis from all perspectives. With its critical sociopolitical implications, book clubs will have plenty to talk about. Martin's Press This historical novel chronicles an imagined version of the life of Cathy Williams, a woman born into slavery who disguised herself as a man to fight with the Buffalo Soldiers, the all-Black division of the U.
Army, during Reconstruction. It's an uplifting story of a woman who fought her way from the darkest recesses of subjugation to the highest echelons of heroism.
The novel considers themes related to gender, race, and patriotism, packaged in a breathlessly exciting plot. Published by Scribner.
Set in the ss, Feast Your Eyes is constructed as a fictional biography of a photographer named Lillian Preston whose work is as famous for its controversy as it is for its aesthetics. The plot centers around the complex relationship between Lillian and her daughter Samantha, making this an interesting study about the challenges inherent in balancing work life with motherhood and the ethics of artists incorporating their real lives into their work.
Published by Scribner Spanning a great deal of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st, this novel centers around two female Korean seafood divers whose lives are upended by World War II and the extremely violent Jeju uprising.
The two women find themselves on opposite sides of a familial feud born out of tragedy, unable to salvage the friendship they once had. Lisa See provides an excellent entry into the world of these divers, called the haenyo , a rarely explored part of Korean history and culture. Confessions of an Innocent Man by David R.
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Dow Paperback Mar 31, Published by Dutton This debut novel by David R. Dow, an attorney with the Innocence Project, concerns a man wrongfully convicted of his wife's murder and sentenced to death.
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The truth of the protagonist's innocence is revealed, but this is only the beginning of Dow's twisting plot, as once freed, the man initiates an intricate plan to get revenge on the perpetrators of this miscarriage of justice. Published by Vintage If your book club favors nonfiction, look no further than Bad Blood , journalist John Carreyrou's investigation into the start-up tech company Theranos, headed by Silicon Valley fraud Elizabeth Holmes.
Carreyrou further recounts the efforts by Theranos attorneys to silence him and his sources in an engrossing account of scientific chicanery.
Published by W. This experience becomes a symbol for a wider, nuanced conversation about deception in America, making this a perfect choice for book clubs that enjoy philosophical discussions.
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