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Juliet by Anne Fortier

May 1, 2016 | by Lisa | book club party ideas

Twenty-five-year-old Julie Jacobs is heartbroken over the death of her beloved aunt Rose. But the shock goes even deeper when she learns that the woman who has been like a mother to her has left her entire estate to Julie’s twin sister. The only thing Julie receives is a key—one carried by her mother on the day she herself died—to a safety-deposit box in Siena, Italy.

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Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

| by Lisa | book club party ideas

Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri is a collection of short stories about Indian culture, both in India and the United States, as well as the joys and difficulties of relationships that someone of any culture can identify with. Some of the stories have a thread of sadness in them such as “A Temporary Matter” while others are quirky such as “This Blessed House” (my two favorite stories).

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State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

| by Annie | book club party ideas

Research scientist Dr. Marina Singh is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have disappeared in the Amazon while working on an extremely valuable new drug. The last person who was sent to find her died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding answers to the questions about her friend’s death, her company’s future, and her own past.

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The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

April 21, 2016 | by Annie | book club party ideas

The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant, The Kite Runner is a beautifully crafted novel set in a country that is in the process of being destroyed. It is about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption, and it is also about the power of fathers over sons—their love, their sacrifices, their lies.

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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

April 19, 2016 | by Marilyn | book club party ideas

The beloved American classic about a young girl’s coming-of-age at the turn of the century, Betty Smith’s “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” is a poignant and moving tale filled with compassion and cruelty, laughter and heartache, crowded with life and people and incident. The story of young, sensitive, and idealistic Francie Nolan and her bittersweet formative years in the slums of Williamsburg has enchanted and inspired millions of readers for more than sixty years.

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The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

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

A mesmerizing, moving, and elegantly written debut novel, The Language of Flowers beautifully weaves past and present, creating a vivid portrait of an unforgettable woman whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others even as she struggles to overcome her own troubled past.

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The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

March 9, 2016 | by Lisa | book club party ideas

A 4 year old arrives alone on a dock in Australia with only a few belongings in a small white suitcase. When the man who found and cared for her dies, an older Nell is given the suitcase. Within it is a book of fairy tales written by the woman who put her on the boat. Join Nell, and then her granddaughter Cassandra, on a journey to England and a cottage on a cliff to unravel the mystery of her past.

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The Help by Kathryn Stockett

February 23, 2016 | by Lisa | book club party ideas

Aibileen is a black maid in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi, who’s always taken orders quietly, but lately she’s unable to hold her bitterness back. Her friend Minny has never held her tongue but now must somehow keep secrets about her employer that leave her speechless. White socialite Skeeter just graduated college. She’s full of ambition, but without a husband, she’s considered a failure. Together, these seemingly different women join together to write a tell-all book about work as a black maid in the South, that could forever alter their destinies and the life of a small town

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Must Love Dogs by Claire Cook

February 21, 2016 | by Marilyn | book club party ideas

Must Love Dogs by Claire Cook

40 something WF seeks special group to share fun filled evening. Must love books, food and Irish music. Ah, the age of personal ad dating. Sarah Hurlihy is a barely 40 DWF, whose meddling sister, Carol, writes up an ad for Sarah and puts it in the personals. Sarah finally answers one of the ads and decides to meet John Anderson at a dog park. She borrows her brother’s dog, Mother Teresa, and looks for someone who resembles Harrison Ford. And with that the crazy new love life of Sarah Hurlihy begins.

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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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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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