Best Discussion Books for Book Club
January 4, 2014 11:46 AM Subscribe
It is time once again for my book group to nominate and then vote on the books for the upcoming year. Any suggestions? Criteria within.
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Some examples of our favorite discussions where we learn about history and ourselves and people:
Historical nonfiction and fiction - Loving Frank (Frank Lloyd Wright), No Ordinary Time (Roosevelts during WWII), Moloka'i, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Unbroken
Memoirs - Glass Castle and Tennis Partner (bonus we had enjoyed Verghese's Cutting for Stone)
Nonfiction like Quiet: The Power of Introverts
Some examples of our least favorite discussions understanding that sometimes the book might be good but the discussion is not:
Sappy, manipulative "written for book club" like Nicholas Sparks, Jodi Picoult
Manipulative fiction like Gone Girl
Horrifying shock-value books like We've Got to Talk about Kevin
Memoirs like Eat Pray Love
Again, not to say that these aren't great books and great categories of books but they just don't interest our entire group so we stay away from them.
Please bring on the suggestions!