Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis—that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.
FEBRUARY 12 and 15
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home. He’s turning 100 tomorrow and a big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn't interested. So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash, some unpleasant criminals, a friendly hot-dog stand operator, and an elephant.
MARCH 12 and 15
A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline
To Christina Olson, the entire world was her family’s remote farm in the small coastal town of Cushing, Maine. Born in the home her family had lived in for generations, and increasingly incapacitated by illness, Christina seemed destined for a small life. Instead, for more than twenty years, she was host and inspiration for the artist Andrew Wyeth, and became the subject of one of the best known American paintings of the twentieth century.
APRIL 16 and 19
My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
Soon to be an HBO television series! The story begins in the 1950s, in a poor but vibrant neighborhood on the outskirts of Naples. Growing up on these tough streets, best friends Elena and Lila learn to rely on each other ahead of anyone else. As the years pass and their paths repeatedly diverge and converge, fiery Lila and bookish Elena become women, wives, mothers, and leaders, all the while maintaining a complex and at times conflictual friendship.