2018 Book Club Selections

01 Hillbilly Elegy
JANUARY 15 and 18
Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

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.
02 Hundred Year
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.
03 A Piece of the World
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. 

04 My Brilliant Friend
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. 

05 Radium Girls
MAY 14 and 17
Radium Girls by Kate Moore

Radium was hailed as a scientific wonder when it was discovered in the early 20th century, and painting watch dials with glowing radium was a coveted job for young women. But then the “shining girls” began to fall ill. Their employers denied all claims about the gruesome side effects of radium exposure, and the brave young women found themselves fighting for their rights—and their lives—in one of the biggest scandals of the day.

06 Crazy Rich Asians
JUNE 18 and 21
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

When New Yorker Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home and quality time with the man she hopes to marry. But Nick has failed to give his girlfriend a few key details. One, that his childhood home looks like a palace; two, that he grew up riding in more private planes than cars; and three, that he just happens to be the country’s most eligible bachelor. 

07 Kitchens of the Great Midwest
JULY 16 and 19
Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal

Star chef Eva Thorvald has a “once-in-a-generation” palate and is the talent behind a legendary and secretive pop-up supper club, but she has never forgotten her humble Minnesota roots. Each chapter in Kitchens of the Great Midwest tells the story of one dish that has played a role in Eva’s life, from Scandinavian lutefisk to hydroponic chocolate habaneros, culminating in an opulent and emotional feast that’s a testament to her spirit and resilience.

08 You Will Know Me
AUGUST 13 and 16
You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott

How far will you go to achieve a dream? That's the question a celebrated coach poses to Katie and Eric Knox after he sees their daughter Devon, a gymnastics prodigy and Olympic hopeful, compete. For the Knoxes there are no limits—until a violent death rocks their close-knit gymnastics community and everything they have worked so hard for is suddenly at risk.


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