Monthly Contest: What's Your Book Group Reading This Month?
This month's prize book is THE ALICE NETWORK by Kate Quinn, which is a Reese Witherspoon Book Club Summer Reading Pick. Two women --- a female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I and an unconventional American socialite searching for her cousin in 1947 --- are brought together in a mesmerizing story of courage and redemption. The deadline for entries is Wednesday, August 9th at noon ET.
Jende Jonga, a Cameroonian immigrant living in Harlem, has come to the United States to provide a better life for himself, his wife, Neni, and their six-year-old son. In the fall of 2007, Jende can hardly believe his luck when he lands a job as a chauffeur for Clark Edwards, a senior executive at Lehman Brothers. However, the world of great power and privilege conceals troubling secrets, and soon Jende and Neni notice cracks in their employers’ façades. When the financial world is rocked by the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the Jongas are desperate to keep Jende’s job, even as their marriage threatens to fall apart. As all four lives are dramatically upended, Jende and Neni are forced to make an impossible choice.
» Click here for the featured guide.
» Click here to watch a video of Oprah explaining her latest Book Club selection.
JJ Ferguson has returned home to Pinewood, North Carolina, to build his dream house and to pursue his high school sweetheart, Ava. But as he reenters his former world, where factories are in decline and the legacy of Jim Crow is still felt, he’s startled to find that the people he once knew and loved have changed just as much as he has. JJ’s return --- and his plans to build a huge mansion overlooking Pinewood and woo Ava --- not only unsettles their family, but stirs up the entire town. The ostentatious wealth that JJ has attained forces everyone to consider the cards they’ve been dealt, what more they want and deserve, and how they might go about getting it.
» Click here for the featured guide.
» Click here to visit the ALA Book Club Central website and see why Sarah Jessica Parker chose this book as its inaugural pick.
In Catherine Lacey’s THE ANSWERS, an eccentric actor, Kurt Sky, is determined to find the perfect relationship --- even if it means paying women to fulfill distinctive roles in his Girlfriend Experiment. Mary is hired as the “Emotional Girlfriend,” which is certainly better than the “Anger Girlfriend” or the “Maternal Girlfriend,” and is pulled into Kurt’s ego-driven and messy attempt at human connection.
As an old house is demolished in a gentrifying section of London, a workman discovers a tiny skeleton, buried for years. For journalist Kate Waters, it’s a story that deserves attention. She cobbles together a piece for her newspaper, but at a loss for answers, she can only pose a question: Who is the Building Site Baby?
The New York Times bestselling author of A CERTAIN AGE transports readers to sunny Florida in this lush and enthralling historical novel --- an enchanting blend of love, suspense, betrayal and redemption set among the rumrunners and scoundrels of Prohibition-era Cocoa Beach.
THE HAMILTON AFFAIR tells the sweeping, tumultuous, true story of Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler --- from passionate and tender beginnings to his fateful duel on the banks of the Hudson River.
From Adriana Trigiani, the beloved New York Times bestselling author of THE SHOEMAKER'S WIFE, comes an exhilarating epic novel of love, loyalty and creativity --- the story of an Italian-American family on the cusp of change.
LOVE AND OTHER HAZARDS is a novel about urban singles stumbling toward fulfillment in an odyssey of sex, love and parenting. Each accompanied by their young daughters who are schoolmates, Glenda Fieldston and Eugene Lerman assess each other for the first time while Glenda’s daughter is studying the details of a statue at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Then the families go their separate ways, but not for long.
NO ONE IS COMING TO SAVE US is a revelatory debut from an insightful voice; with echoes of THE GREAT GATSBY, it is an arresting and powerful novel about an extended African American family and their colliding visions of the American Dream.