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Francesca’s Kitchen by Peter Pezzelli

May 27, 2016 | by Marilyn | book club party ideas

Francesca Campanile is a widow with adult children preoccupied with their own lives. Not being able to shake this my-kids-don’t-need-me-anymore feeling, Francesca decides to apply for a nanny position to get herself out of the house and start living her life instead of just passing the time.

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Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

| by Marilyn | book club party ideas

In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself.

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The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan

May 10, 2016 | by Annie | book club party ideas

The dust storms that terrorized the High Plains in the darkest years of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since.

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Zeitoun by Dave Eggers

May 5, 2016 | by Lisa | book club party ideas

The true story of one family, caught between America’s two biggest policy disasters: the war on terror and the response to Hurricane Katrina.

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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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Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

April 22, 2012 | by Lisa | book club party ideas

Elizabeth Gilbert was in her 30s when she realized the life she had made for herself was not the life she wanted. Dealing with divorce, depression and an unhealthy love affair, she plans a year long voyage to find those things that were missing in her life. She heads to Rome to experience the pleasures in life, India to learn about meditation and devotion and Bali to experience balance.

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Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

May 27, 2011 | by Annie | book club party ideas

On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane’s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War.

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The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls

August 27, 2010 | by Lisa | book club party ideas

The Glass Castle is a moving and often shocking memoir about former writer, Jeannette Walls, who grew up in poverty (an understatement) in an unstable home (a major understatement). This book draws you in right from the beginning when, after she sees her mom digging in the dumpster, she asks the taxi driver to take her back to her Park Avenue apartment. She then tells the story of her upbringing.

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