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. 


09 Lab Girl
SEPTEMBER 18 and 21
Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

Lab Girl is told through Jahren’s remarkable stories: about growing up with a father who encouraged hours of play in his classroom’s labs; about how she learned to perform lab work done “with both the heart and the hands”; and about the inevitable disappointments and exhilarating discoveries of scientific work. It is an eloquent demonstration of what can happen when you find the stamina, passion, and sense of sacrifice needed to make a life out of what you truly love.
10 We Are Called to Rise
OCTOBER 16 and 19
We Are Called to Rise by Laura McBride

Avis, a middle-aged divorcee, is facing a future without the security of the home and family she has spent decades building. Luis, a veteran, is trying to reconstruct his life after a devastating tour of duty. And Bashkim, a third-grader, opens his heart to his pen pal while his family struggles to survive as ice-cream vendors in Las Vegas. When these lives come together in a single, shocking moment, each character is called upon to rise.
11 Crossing to Safety
NOVEMBER 13 and 16
Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner

In this classic novel from Pulitzer Prize winner Stegner, Larry and Sally Morgan and Sid and Charity Lang are two young couples who meet and form a lasting friendship during the Great Depression. In the decades to come, they will take different paths but always meet up for summers together at the Langs’ cottage in Vermont. Crossing to Safety is a meditation on friendship, marriage, and the American dream.

12 News of the World
DECEMBER 18 and 21
News of the World by Paulette Jiles

In 1870 Texas, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd is a traveling newsreader who agrees to deliver 10-year-old Johanna to San Antonio. Johanna has recently been rescued from Indian captivity, and is being sent to live with relatives. In a journey reminiscent of True Grit, the duo tentatively begin to trust each other and form a bond. When they arrive in San Antonio and the relatives prove unwilling to take the child, Kidd has a decision to make.