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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

January 24, 2016 | by Lisa | book club party ideas

The Night Circus is the tale of two young magicians, Marco and Celia, who are bound to a game in which neither has chosen to participate and in which neither fully understands the rules.

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The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

January 17, 2016 | by Annie | book club party ideas

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

The Historian is driven by the quests of four major characters during three separate time periods: in the 1930’s Dr. Bartholomew Rossi; in the 1950’s Paul and Helen, Dr. Rossi’s graduate student, and his daughter, respectively; and in the 1970’s Paul’s teenage daughter. They each seek the truth behind the legendary Vlad Tepes (Dracula) and his hidden tomb.

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The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

January 13, 2016 | by Lisa | book club party ideas

The Art of Racing in the Rain is about a philosophical, television-watching dog named Enzo, who dreams of the day he becomes a man. He gives us his wise (and comedic) observations of the world as he helps his owner, a race car driver who faces a series of heart-wrenching experiences, along the right path. Whether you have a dog or not, this book will make you laugh and touch your heart.

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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson

January 12, 2016 | by Lisa | book club party ideas

The third book in the Millennium series begins with Lisbeth Salander in the hospital recovering from a gunshot wound to the head as she prepares for her upcoming trial with the help of her computer-savvy friends and the oversexed journalist Blomkvist. In The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, Lisbeth again nails it to those who have done her wrong, particularly the men who hate women.

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

| by Lisa | book club party ideas

Pour yourself some Glogg as you read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, a story about a misfit girl with a photographic memory and a promiscuous journalist who eventually team up to solve the mystery of a murder that occurred almost 40 years ago. In this first installment of the Millenium series, you get an introduction to Lisbeth Salander, one of the most intriguing characters I have ever read about.

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The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

January 1, 2016 | by Lori | book club party ideas

Time traveler's wife book cover

The Time Traveler’s Wife is a classic love story. Clare and Henry are separated by time but bound by love. In an instant Henry, a librarian, is transported through time leaving Clare anxiously waiting and wondering when and where she will see him again.

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We Were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates

June 2, 2015 | by Annie | book club party ideas

The Mulvaneys of High Point Farm in Mt. Ephraim, New York, are a large and fortunate clan, blessed with good looks, abundant charisma, and boundless promise. But over the twenty-five year span of this ambitious novel, the Mulvaneys will slide, almost imperceptibly at first, from the pinnacle of happiness, transformed by the vagaries of fate into a scattered collection of lost and lonely souls.

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Life of Pi by Yann Martel

May 31, 2015 | by Annie | book club party ideas

Piscine Patel, the second son of a zookeeper, has grown up in Pondicherry in South India. Tired of being called “Pissing Patel” he changes his name to “Pi”, a move approved by his older brother. The sensitive and inquisitive teenage Pi, searching for religious truths, embraces the teachings and guidance he receives from Hindu, Christian, and Muslim holy men.

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Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward

May 30, 2015 | by Annie | book club party ideas

The four Batiste siblings are living in a run down house on what remains of their grandparents once thriving farm. Their mother died in childbirth and their neglectful father is oftentimes too tired or too drunk to tend to the needs of the children.

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Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson

| by Lisa | book club party ideas

Wry, courtly, opinionated, and completely endearing, the Major leads a quiet life valuing the proper things that Englishmen have lived by for generations: honor, duty, decorum, and a properly brewed cup of tea. But then his brother’s death sparks an unexpected friendship with Mrs. Jasmina Ali, the Pakistani shopkeeper from the village.

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The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee

May 11, 2015 | by Lisa | book club party ideas

he Emperor of All Maladies is a magnificent, profoundly humane “biography” of cancer—from its first documented appearances thousands of years ago through the epic battles in the twentieth century to cure, control, and conquer it to a radical new understanding of its essence. Physician, researcher, and award-winning science writer, Siddhartha Mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologist’s precision, a historian’s perspective, and a biographer’s passion.

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

| by Lisa | book club party ideas

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells—taken without her knowledge—became one of the most important tools in medicine.

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Shanghai Girls by Lisa See

May 23, 2014 | by Marilyn | book club party ideas

Shanghai Girls by Lisa See is set in 1937 Shanghai—the Paris of Asia—where twenty-one-year-old Pearl Chin and her younger sister, May, are having the time of their lives. Both are beautiful, modern, and carefree—until the day their father tells them that he has gambled away their wealth.

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Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernières

December 30, 2012 | by Annie | book club party ideas

Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres

Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernières takes place on the Greek isle of Cephalonia under German and Italian occupation during Word War II.

The jovial Italian Captain Antonio Corelli is quartered with Dr. Iannis and his daughter Pelagia. Despite the fact that Captain Corelli is Italian and considered the enemy, his love of life, his kind joyful spirit, and his gifted ability on the mandolin, all work to win Pelagia’s heart.

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Room by Emma Donoghue

October 12, 2012 | by Lisa | book club party ideas

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The narrator of Room is 5 year old Jack who lives with his Ma in an 11×11 shed where Ma has been held captive by the man who abducted her 7 years ago.

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