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Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson

May 30, 2015 | 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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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

Room book cover

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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Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

October 6, 2012 | by Marilyn | book club party ideas

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

Ladies and Gentlemen! Step right up for the amazing, the unbelievable, the marvelous wonders we have gathered for this book club party inspired by Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. The main character, Jacob Jankowski, jumps on the circus train after suffering a tragedy in his life. He encounters “the most dazzling collection” of people and animals “gathered from all four corners of the earth”.

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Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

September 3, 2012 | by Lisa | book club party ideas

This book by Elizabeth Strout is a series of short stories primarily set in Maine with a common character, Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher. As the townspeople grapple with their problems, mild and dire, Olive is brought to a deeper understanding of herself and her life–sometimes painfully, but always with ruthless honesty. Olive Kitteridge offers profound insights into the human condition–its conflicts, its tragedies and joys, and the endurance it requires.

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Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

July 4, 2012 | by Marilyn | book club party ideas

This is a story of an elaborate birthday party gone wrong. The host is an unappreciated Vice President of a poor South American country. The birthday boy is a powerful businessman from Japan. The entertainment is a mesmerizing soprano that wins the heart of all who hear her sing.
When terrorists crash this party, the evening and the lives of everyone present will forever change.

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Jemima J by Jane Green

May 20, 2012 | by Lori | book club party ideas

She is an overweight reporter who is looking for love and recognition in life. Jemima J is secretly in love with her handsome co-worker but is sure he would never give her the time of day. Persuaded by a friend to try online dating, Jemima J starts a journey to finding out what is truly important to her and what true love is.

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Caramelo by Sandra Cisneros

May 4, 2012 | by Annie | book club party ideas

The Awful Grandmother, the Little Grandfather, Aunty Light-Skin, Uncle Baby, and Uncle Fat-Face are just a few of the colorful family members we meet as Lala’s story unwinds.

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Darling Jim by Christian Moerk

March 8, 2012 | by Annie | book club party ideas

A mesmerizing young Irish seanchaí (storyteller) on a red 1950 Vincent Comet motorcycle pulls into town and into the lives of young school teacher, Fiona Walsh, her twin sisters, Aiofe and Róisín, and Aunt Moira. With riveting tales of long ago kingdoms, mighty battles, princes, princesses and wolves, Jim charms and seduces his listeners. But let the games begin when a jealousy-driven Fiona follows Jim and discovers a very dark secret.

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The Art of Fieldling by Chad Harbach

March 5, 2012 | by Annie | book club party ideas

At Westish College, a small school on the shore of Lake Michigan, baseball star Henry Skrimshander seems destined for big league stardom. But when a routine throw goes disastrously off course, the fates of five people are upended.

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Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

November 10, 2011 | by Annie | book club party ideas

Jane Eyre is the story of a young woman’s struggles to uphold her convictions despite her painful upbringing and the strictures of society and religion. Jane does not compromise, even at risk to her own happiness and health, that which she holds as truths. She is an ageless heroine for all young girls today.

Penned by Charlotte Brontë under a pseudonym in 1847, Jane Eyre, at the time, was criticized as having an anti-Christian slant. Today this semi-autobiographical novel is considered one of the top literary classics of all-time.

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The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown

July 9, 2011 | by Lisa | book club party ideas

The Andreas family is one of readers. Their father, a renowned Shakespeare professor who speaks almost entirely in verse, has named his three daughters after famous Shakespearean women. When the sisters return to their childhood home, ostensibly to care for their ailing mother, but really to lick their wounds and bury their secrets, they are horrified to find the others there.

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The Little Giant of Aberdeen County by Tiffany Baker

April 13, 2011 | by Annie | book club party ideas

Meet Truly Plaice – part behemoth, part witch, part Cinderella. Born larger than life into a small-minded town, Truly breaks her family into smithereens. Her mother dies during Truly’s birth, and when her father follows shortly afterward, Truly and her dainty sister, Serena Jane, are destined for very different fates.

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The Spiritualist by Megan Chance

April 9, 2011 | by Annie | book club party ideas

Young Evie,who has married far above her station, is accused of murdering her husband Peter. Her husband’s family and her society friends have abandoned her. Evie knows she must find the means to exonerate herself, even if she must call on the dead for help.

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