2017 Book Club Selections

01 All the Light
JANUARY 16 and 19
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, All the Light We Cannot See is the story of a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II. Marie-Laure and her father flee Paris with a valuable jewel they must hide from the advancing Nazis. Werner is a radio technician assigned to hunt down the French resistance. When he arrives in the Normandy town where Marie-Laure has taken refuge, the two stories converge.
02 Eligible
FEBRUARY 13 and 16
Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

In this modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice, Liz is a magazine writer in her late thirties who, like her yoga instructor older sister, Jane, lives in New York City. When their father has a health scare, they return to their childhood home in Cincinnati to help. Youngest sisters Kitty and Lydia are too busy with their workouts and diets to get jobs. Mary, the middle sister, is earning her third online master’s degree. And Mrs. Bennet has one thing on her mind: how to marry off her daughters.
03 Behind the Beautiful
MARCH 13 and 16
Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo

As India prospers, the residents of Annawadi, a makeshift settlement near Mumbai, are electric with hope. Abdul sees a fortune in the recyclables that richer people throw away. Asha is 
positioning her beautiful daughter to become Annawadi’s first female college graduate. Even the poorest children, like the young thief Kalu, feel themselves inching closer to their dreams. But then terror and global recession rock the city, and suppressed tensions over religion, caste, sex, power, and economic envy turn brutal. 

04 In a Dark Dark Wood
APRIL 17 and 20
In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

When reclusive writer Leonora is invited to the English countryside for a weekend away, she reluctantly agrees to make the trip. But as the first night falls, revelations unfold among friends old and new, an unnerving memory shatters Leonora’s reserve, and a haunting realization creeps in: the party is not alone in the woods. 

05 Lily and the Octopus
MAY 15 and 18
Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley

Teddy is unhappily single in L.A. In between sessions with his therapist and dates with men he meets online, Teddy has heartfelt conversations with his dachshund, Lily. Unfortunately, he is also able to communicate with the "octopus" attached to Lily's head, which is soon revealed to be a metaphor for Lily’s lethal cranial tumor. As Lily's condition worsens, Teddy faces off with the octopus, engaging it in a battle of wills that takes on epic proportions. 

06 Little Paris Bookshop
JUNE 12 and 15
The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs, Perdu mends broken hearts and souls. The only person he can't seem to heal through literature is himself.

07 Brooklyn
JULY 17 and 20
Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín

Eilis Lacey immigrates to Brooklyn from Ireland in the early 1950s. She finds work in a department store and, when she least expects it, finds love. Tony, who loves the Dodgers and his big Italian family, slowly wins her over with patient charm. But just as Eilis begins to fall in love, devastating news from Ireland threatens the promise of her future.

08 Old World Murder
AUGUST 14 and 17
Old World Murder by Kathleen Ernst

On her first day as a curator at Old World Wisconsin, Chloe Ellefson meets a woman who begs her to find a priceless eighteenth-century Norwegian ale bowl that had been donated to the museum. But before Chloe can find the heirloom, the woman dies in a suspicious car crash. Digging up the history and whereabouts of the rare artifact quickly turns dangerous, and Chloe discovers that someone is desperately trying to cover up all traces of the bowl's existence—by any means necessary. 


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