Great Group Reads 2019-20 / Ideal for Book Club Picks

Announcing

GREAT GROUP READS SELECTIONS 2019-20

Every WNBA-Charlotte’s October Book Club, we vote on the booklist for the next 12 months. Books are selected from the newest Great Group Reads List. Part of the National Reading Group Month Initiative, Great Group Readsare titles selected on the basis of their appeal to reading groups. They represent timely and provocative topics, from the intimate dynamics of family and personal to major cultural / global issues.

The Affairs of the Falcóns: A Novel by Melissa Rivero (Ecco)
Women’s Fiction, Hispanic & Latino

All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir  by Nicole Chung (Catapult)
Adoption & Fostering, Personal Memoi, Cultural/Ethnic

The Bookwoman of Troublesome Creek  by Kim Michele Richardson (Sourcebooks)
Southern Fiction, Small Town & Rural, Women’s Fiction

Death of A Rainmaker by Laurie Loewenstein (Kaylie Jones Books)
Mystery & Detective Series, Historical Fiction

The Girls at 17 Swann Street by Yara Zgheib (St. Martins Press)
Women’s Fiction, Family Life, Psychological/Eating Disorders

Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Took On Harvard by Haben Girma (Twelve)
Personal Memoir, Social Activism,

The Honey Bus: A Memoir of Loss, Courage, and a Girl Saved by Bees by Meredith May (Park Row)
Personal Memoir, Agriculture/Bee Keeping

The Last Year of the War by Susan Meissner (Berkeley)
Historical/WWII, Women’s Fiction

Laurentian Divide by Sarah Stonich (Univ. of Minnesota Press)
Women’s Fiction, Small Town & Rural Fiction,

The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart by Holly Ringland (Anasi International)
Literary Fiction

Love You Hard: A Memoir of Marriage, Brain Injury, and Reinventing Love by Abby Maslin (Dutton)
Memoir, Marriage & Long-Term Relationship, Medical

Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice (ECW Press)
Dystopian Fiction, Native American & Aboriginal

Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner (Atria)
Family Life, Women’s Fiction

No Good Asking by Fran Kimmel (ECW Press) Contemporary Women, Small Town & Rural, Literary Fiction

Retablos: Stories from a Life Lived Along the Border by Octavio Solis (City Lights)
Hispanic & Latino, Memoir, Entertainment/Performing Arts

Southernmost by Silas House (Algonquin Books)
Family Life, LGBTQ, Southern History

Tomorrow’s Bread by Anna Jean Mayhew (Kensington)
Historical Fiction, African-American History

Tonic and Balm by Stephanie Allen (Shade Mountain Press)
Fiction, African American Studies, Early 20th Century Fiction

The Tubman Command: A Novel by Elizabeth Cobbs (Arcade)
Civil War, Women’s Fiction, Historical Fiction

Unfurled by Michelle Bailat-Jones (Ig Publishing) Women’s Fiction, Sea Stories

ON OCTOBER 1, Vote on the Books We Read This Year at WNBA-Charlotte’s Book Club Picks Night

Tuesday, October 1st, 7:00-8:30pm
Panera Bread, 5940 Fairview Rd., Charlotte

With summaries given by GGR Selection Committee Manager Kristen Knox, we will vote on what 12 of the 20 titles [below] to read this year—and when.Be a voice at the book table and join us!

More about Great Group Reads at nationalreadinggroupmonth.org

Bookclub Meeting Tuesday, August 6th

maggie boylanCome and discuss Maggie Boylan by Michael Henson (Ohio University Press)
Tuesday, August 6th, 7:00pm
Panera Bread, 5940 Fairview Rd., Charlotte, NC

A selection from the 2018 National Reading Group Month’s Great Group Reads (list)

Set in Appalachian Ohio amid an epidemic of prescription opiate abuse, Michael Henson’s linked collection tells of a woman’s search for her own peculiar kind of redemption, and brings the novel-in-stories form to new heights. Maggie Boylan is an addict, thief, liar, and hustler. But she is also a woman of deep compassion and resilience. The stories follow Maggie as she spirals through her addictive process, through the court system and treatment, and into a shaky new beginning.

Great Group Reads Bookclub meeting, Tuesday, June 4th at 7:00pm


BONFIRE BY CELTCome and discuss Invitation to a Bonfire by by Adrienne Celt (Bloomsbury)

Tuesday, June 4th, 7:00-8:15pm
Panera Bread, 5940 Fairview Rd., Charlotte, NC

A selection from the 2018 National Reading Group Month’s Great Group Reads (list)

In the 1920s, Zoya Andropova, a young Soviet Union refugee, finds herself in the alien landscape of an all-girls New Jersey boarding school. Having lost her family, and home, Zoya struggles to belong, a task made more difficult by the malice her peers heap on scholarship students and her new country’s paranoia about Russian spies. When she meets the visiting writer and fellow Russian émigré Leo Orlov–whose books Zoya has privately obsessed over for years–her luck seems to have taken a turn for the better. But she soon discovers that Leo is not the solution to her loneliness: he’s committed to his art and bound by the sinister orchestrations of his brilliant wife, Vera.As the reader unravels the mystery of Zoya, Lev, and Vera’s fate, Zoya is faced with mounting pressure to figure out who she is and what kind of life she wants to build. Grappling with class distinctions, national allegiance, and ethical fidelity–not to mention the powerful magnetism of sex–Invitation to a Bonfire investigates how one’s identity is formed, irrevocably, through a series of momentary decisions, including how to survive, who to love, and whether to pay the complicated price of happiness.

Summer Reading Preview 2019 from Park Road Books: full list

 

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Park Road Books 2019 Summer Reads Preview

Sally Brewster, owner of Park Road Books, curated a list of must-reads for Summer 2019. Here are 16 titles to get you through this season and beyond!

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang (July, $15.00 Pb., Berkley), Fiction, Contemporary Romance

Death and Other Happy Endings by Melanie Cantor (July, $26.00 HC, Pamela Dorman), Contemporary Romance, Domestic Fiction

Deep River by Karl Marlantes (July, $30.00 HC, Atlantic Monthly), Historical Fiction, WWI Fiction

Furious Hours: Murder, Fruad and the Last Hours of Harper Lee by Casey Cep (May, $26.95 HC, Knopf), Biography, True Crime

The Ghosts of Eden Park: the Bootleg King, the Women Who Pursued Him, and the Murder that Shocked Jazz-Age America by Karen Abbott (August, $28.00 HC, Crown), True Crime/Murder, 20th Century History, Biography & Memoir

Hotbox: Inside Catering, the World’s Riskiest Business by Matt & Ted Lee (April, $28.00 HC, Henry Holt), Cooking, Food Writing

In West Mills by De’Shawn Charles Winslow (June $26.00 HC, Bloomsbury), Historical Fiction, Southern Fiction

Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey (June, $25.99 HC, Tor), Mystery, Suspense, Contemporary Fantasy

Patsy by Nicole Dennis-Benn (June, $26.95 HC, Liveright), Literary Fiction

Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev (May $15.99 PB, William Morrow), Contemporary Romance, Domestic Fiction

The Substitution Order by Martin Clark  (July $27.95 HC, Knopf), Thriller, Humorous Fiction, Legal Fiction

The Swallows by Lisa Lutz (August $27.00 HC, Ballantine), Mystery, Suspense, Psychological Fiction, Humorous Fiction

Things you Save In a Fire by Catherine Center (August $26.99 HC, St. Martin’s Press), Domestic Fiction

This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger (September $27.00 HC, Atria), Mystery, Historical Fiction

Time After Time by Lisa Grunwald (June $27.00 HC, Random House), Historical Fiction

Wanderers by Chuck Wendig (July $28.99 HC, Delray), Science Fiction, Suspense, Apocalyptic

Find all these books at https://www.parkroadbooks.com

*Attention, self-published authors, PRB offers special discounts for current WNBA-Charlotte members. Go to their stock your books section and learn more.

 

Great Group Reads Bookclub meeting, Tuesday, May 7 at 7:00pm

widows of malabar hillCome and discuss The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Masey (Soho Press).
From the publisher’s website summary: 
1920s India: Perveen Mistry, Bombay’s first female lawyer, is investigating a suspicious will on behalf of three Muslim widows living in full purdah when the case takes a turn toward the murderous. The author of the Agatha and Macavity Award-winning Rei Shimura novels brings us an atmospheric new historical mystery with a captivating heroine.

Inspired in part by the woman who made history as India’s first female attorney, The Widows of Malabar Hill is a richly wrought story of multicultural 1920s Bombay as well as the debut of a sharp and promising new sleuth.

Tuesday, May 7th, 7:00-8:15pm
Panera Bread, 5940 Fairview Rd., Charlotte, NC

A selection from the 2018 National Reading Group Month’s Great Group Reads (list)

*Then, join us again Tuesday, June 4, as we discuss Invitation to a Bonfire by Adrienne Celt (Bloomsbury). Same time, same location.

Join us at the next Great Group Reads Bookclub meeting! April 2 at 7pm!

Come out and discuss  A Vain Conversation by Anthony Grooms (U. of South Carolina Press).

Vain ConversationFrom the publisher’s website summary: Inspired by true events, The Vain Conversation reflects on the 1946 lynching of two black couples in Georgia from the perspectives of three characters—Bertrand Johnson, one of the victims; Noland Jacks, a presumed perpetrator; and Lonnie Henson, a witness to the murders as a ten-year-old boy. Lonnie’s inexplicable feelings of culpability drive him in a search for meaning that takes him around the world and ultimately back to Georgia, where he must confront Jacks and his own demons, with the hopes that doing so will free him from the grip of the past.

In The Vain Conversation, Anthony Grooms seeks to advance the national dialogue on race relations. With complexity, satire, and sometimes levity, he explores what it means to redeem, as well as to be redeemed, when dealing with America’s race violence, and he speaks to the broader issues of oppression and violence everywhere.

Tuesday, April 2nd, 7:00-8:00pm
Panera Bread, 5940 Fairview Rd., Charlotte, NC

A selection from the 2018 National Reading Group Month’s Great Group Reads (list)

*Then, join us again Tuesday, May 7, as we discuss The Widows of Malabar Hill (Soho Press). Same time, same location.

Join us at the next Great Group Reads Book Club meeting — Tuesday, March 5, at 7 PM!

Come out and discuss The Lido by Libby Page (Simon & Schuster, Inc.)

Lido CoverFrom the publisher’s website summary: Rosemary Peterson has lived in Brixton, London, all her life but everything is changing. The library where she used to work has closed. The family grocery store has become a trendy bar. And now the lido, an outdoor pool where she’s swum daily since its opening, is threatened with closure by a local housing developer. It was at the lido that Rosemary escaped the devastation of World War II; here she fell in love with her husband, George; here she found community during her marriage and since George’s death.

Twentysomething Kate Matthews has moved to Brixton and feels desperately alone. A once promising writer, she now covers forgettable stories for her local paper. That is, until she’s assigned to write about the lido’s closing. Soon Kate’s portrait of the pool focuses on a singular woman: Rosemary. And as Rosemary slowly opens up to Kate, both women are nourished and transformed in ways they never thought possible.

In the tradition of Fredrik Backman’s A Man Called Ove, The Lido is a charming, feel-good novel that captures the heart and spirit of a community across generations—an irresistible tale of love, loss, aging, and friendship.

Tuesday, March 5th, 7:00-8:00pm
Panera Bread, 5940 Fairview Rd., Charlotte, NC

A selection from the 2018 National Reading Group Month’s Great Group Reads (list)

Then, join us again on April 2nd, as we discuss A Vain Conversation by Anthony Grooms (U. of South Carolina Press). Same time & Location.

Join us Monday, April 11, for our SPRING MEET THE AUTHORS EVENING

April 11 —

Spring Meet the Authors Evening
with Four Carolinas Authors!  

Monday, April 11
7 – 9 PM
Park Road Books  
Park Road Shopping Center
4139 Park Road, Charlotte 28209  

Our April meeting will feature four outstanding authors from the Carolinas, including……

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Taylor Brown, FALLEN LAND
(St. Martin’s Press)   http://www.taylorbrownfiction.com/

Mary Glickman, AN UNDISTURBED PEACE
(Open Road Media)  http://maryglickman.com/

Susan Higginbotham, HANGING MARY
(Sourcebooks Landmark)  http://www.susanhigginbotham.com/

Ashley Warlick, THE ARRANGEMENT
(Viking)  http://www.ashleywarlick.com/

 Our special guests will join us for an evening of conversation and refreshments. Each author will speak briefly about her or his book, and there will be plenty of opportunity for one-on-one questions and discussion. Park Road Books will sell books.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to meet these four novelists and get signed copies of their new books.

Please DO bring your friends and fellow book club members, too. We want to make sure we greet our guest authors with a large and enthusiastic audience!

If you have questions about our Spring 2016 Meet the Authors Evening, please contact Susan Walker at susan.walker.books@gmail.com or 612-382-5868.  Thanks!

Come to the next WNBA Charlotte “Great Group Reads” Book Club meeting — Tuesday, January 6, 7 PM

We have a terrific book club in our chapter! 

As our reading guide, we’re taking the list of 2014 Great Group Reads titles recommended for book clubs during WNBA’s National Reading Group Month.

Our book for our January 6 meeting is….18467818 An Untamed State

 

  AN UNTAMED STATE

  by Roxane Gay

  Grove Press, Black Cat

Roxane Gay is a powerful new literary voice whose short stories and essays have already earned her an enthusiastic audience. In AN UNTAMED STATE, she delivers an assured debut about a woman kidnapped for ransom, her captivity as her father refuses to pay and her husband fights for her release over thirteen days, and her struggle to come to terms with the ordeal in its aftermath.

Mireille Duval Jameson is living a fairy tale. The strong-willed youngest daughter of one of Haiti’s richest sons, she has an adoring husband, a precocious infant son, by all appearances a perfect life. The fairy tale ends one day when Mireille is kidnapped in broad daylight by a gang of heavily armed men, in front of her father’s Port au Prince estate. Held captive by a man who calls himself The Commander, Mireille waits for her father to pay her ransom. As it becomes clear her father intends to resist the kidnappers, Mireille must endure the torments of a man who resents everything she represents.

AN UNTAMED STATE is a novel of privilege in the face of crushing poverty, and of the lawless anger that corrupt governments produce. It is the story of a willful woman attempting to find her way back to the person she once was, and of how redemption is found in the most unexpected of places. AN UNTAMED STATEestablishes Roxane Gay as a writer of prodigious, arresting talent.

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Roxane Gay’s writing has appeared in Best American Short Stories 2012, Best Sex Writing 2012, Oxford American, American Short Fiction, West Branch, Virginia Quarterly Review, NOON, The New York Times Book Review, Bookforum, The Los Angeles Times, The Nation, The Rumpus, Salon, The Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy culture blog, and many others. She is the co-editor of PANK and essays editor for The Rumpus. She teaches writing at Eastern Illinois University. Her first book, AYITI, is a collection of fiction and nonfiction about the Haitian diaspora experience. She is also the author of the essay collection BAD FEMINIST, published by Harper Perennial in 2014. 

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Our meetings take place on the first Tuesday of each month, 7 PM, at the Panera on Fairview near SouthPark – see dates below. We have chosen books to take us through to next October when there will be a new Great Group Reads list released. If you have questions about our Book Club, please contact Kristen Knox at whitreidsmama@yahoo.com .

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These are the books we’re reading in 2014-2015:

November 4 – THE ROSIE PROJECT by Graeme Simsion (Simon & Schuster, 978-1476729091) 
 
December 2 – THE ORPHANS OF RACE POINT by Patry Francis (Harper Perennial, 978-0062281302)
 
January 6 — AN UNTAMED STATE by Roxane Gay (Black Cat, 978-0802122513) 
 
February 3 – THE WORLD OF RAE ENGLISH by Lucy Rosenthal (Black Lawrence Press, 978-1937854393)
 
March 3 – MARCHING TO ZION by Mary Glickman (Open Road Media, 978-1480435629) 
 
April 7 — CHILDREN OF THE JACARANDA TREE by Sahar Delijani (Atria Books, 978-1476709109) 
 
May 5 — THE STORIED LIFE OF A.J. FIKRY by Gabrielle Zevin (Algonquin Books, 978-1616203214) 
 
June 2 — THE PROMISE by Ann Weisgarber (Skyhorse Publishing, 978-1629142364) 
 
July 7 — ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE by Anthony Doerr (Scribner, 978-1476746586) 
 
August 4 — EUPHORIA by Lily King (Atlantic Monthly Press, 978-0802122551) 
 
September 1 — EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU by Celeste Ng (Penguin Press, 978-1594205712) 
 
October 6 — WHAT IS VISIBLE by Kimberly Elkins (Twelve, 978-1455528967) 
 
For more information, please go to our Book Club page
 

Come to the next WNBA Charlotte “Great Group Reads” Book Club meeting — Tuesday, November 4, 7 PM

We have a terrific book club in our chapter! 

As our reading guide, we’re taking the list of 2014 Great Group Reads titles
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Our book for our November 4 meeting is….

THE ROSIE PROJECT
By Graeme Simsion 
Simon & Schuster 

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An international sensation, this hilarious, feel-good novel is narrated by an oddly charming and socially challenged genetics professor on an unusual quest: to find out if he is capable of true love.
 
smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver.Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. He is a man who can count all his friends on the fingers of one hand, whose lifelong difficulty with social rituals has convinced him that he is simply not wired for romance. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a “wonderful” husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and he embarks upon The Wife Project. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which he approaches all things, Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical—most definitely not a barmaid, a 
 
Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent—and on a quest of her own. She is looking for her biological father, a search that a certain DNA expert might be able to help her with. Don’s Wife Project takes a back burner to the Father Project and an unlikely relationship blooms, forcing the scientifically minded geneticist to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie—and the realization that love is not always what looks good on paper.
 
The Rosie Project is a moving and hilarious novel for anyone who has ever tenaciously gone after life or love in the face of overwhelming challenges.

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Our meetings take place on the first Tuesday of each month, 7 PM, at the Panera on Fairview near SouthPark – see dates below. We have chosen books to take us through to next October when there will be a new Great Group Reads list released. If you have questions about our Book Club, please contact Kristen Knox at whitreidsmama@yahoo.com .

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These are the books we’re reading in 2014-2015:
 
November 4 — THE ROSIE PROJECT by Graeme Simsion (Simon & Schuster, 978-1476729091) 
 
December 2 — THE ORPHANS OF RACE POINT by Patry Francis (Harper Perennial, 978-0062281302)
 
January 6 — AN UNTAMED STATE by Roxane Gay (Black Cat, 978-0802122513) 
 
February 3 — THE WORLD OF RAE ENGLISH by Lucy Rosenthal (Black Lawrence Press, 978-1937854393)
 
March 3 — MARCHING TO ZION by Mary Glickman (Open Road Media, 978-1480435629) 
 
April 7 — CHILDREN OF THE JACARANDA TREE by Sahar Delijani (Atria Books, 978-1476709109) 
 
May 5 — THE STORIED LIFE OF A.J. FIKRY by Gabrielle Zevin (Algonquin Books, 978-1616203214) 
 
June 2 — THE PROMISE by Ann Weisgarber (Skyhorse Publishing, 978-1629142364) 
 
July 7 — ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE by Anthony Doerr (Scribner, 978-1476746586) 
 
August 4 — EUPHORIA by Lily King (Atlantic Monthly Press, 978-0802122551) 
 
September 1 — EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU by Celeste Ng (Penguin Press, 978-1594205712) 
 
October 6 — WHAT IS VISIBLE by Kimberly Elkins (Twelve, 978-1455528967) 
 
For more information, please go to our Book Club page

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