2018 Book Club Selections

01 Hillbilly Elegy
JANUARY 15 and 18
Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis—that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.
02 Hundred Year
FEBRUARY 12 and 15
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home. He’s turning 100 tomorrow and a big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn't interested. So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash, some unpleasant criminals, a friendly hot-dog stand operator, and an elephant.
03 A Piece of the World
MARCH 12 and 15
A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline

To Christina Olson, the entire world was her family’s remote farm in the small coastal town of Cushing, Maine. Born in the home her family had lived in for generations, and increasingly incapacitated by illness, Christina seemed destined for a small life. Instead, for more than twenty years, she was host and inspiration for the artist Andrew Wyeth, and became the subject of one of the best known American paintings of the twentieth century. 

04 My Brilliant Friend
APRIL 16 and 19
My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

Soon to be an HBO television series! The story begins in the 1950s, in a poor but vibrant neighborhood on the outskirts of Naples. Growing up on these tough streets, best friends Elena and Lila learn to rely on each other ahead of anyone else. As the years pass and their paths repeatedly diverge and converge, fiery Lila and bookish Elena become women, wives, mothers, and leaders, all the while maintaining a complex and at times conflictual friendship. 





05 Radium Girls
MAY 14 and 17
Radium Girls by Kate Moore

Radium was hailed as a scientific wonder when it was discovered in the early 20th century, and painting watch dials with glowing radium was a coveted job for young women. But then the “shining girls” began to fall ill. Their employers denied all claims about the gruesome side effects of radium exposure, and the brave young women found themselves fighting for their rights—and their lives—in one of the biggest scandals of the day.



06 Crazy Rich Asians
JUNE 18 and 21
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

When New Yorker Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home and quality time with the man she hopes to marry. But Nick has failed to give his girlfriend a few key details. One, that his childhood home looks like a palace; two, that he grew up riding in more private planes than cars; and three, that he just happens to be the country’s most eligible bachelor. 








07 Kitchens of the Great Midwest
JULY 16 and 19
Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal

Star chef Eva Thorvald has a “once-in-a-generation” palate and is the talent behind a legendary and secretive pop-up supper club, but she has never forgotten her humble Minnesota roots. Each chapter in Kitchens of the Great Midwest tells the story of one dish that has played a role in Eva’s life, from Scandinavian lutefisk to hydroponic chocolate habaneros, culminating in an opulent and emotional feast that’s a testament to her spirit and resilience.






08 You Will Know Me
AUGUST 13 and 16
You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott

How far will you go to achieve a dream? That's the question a celebrated coach poses to Katie and Eric Knox after he sees their daughter Devon, a gymnastics prodigy and Olympic hopeful, compete. For the Knoxes there are no limits—until a violent death rocks their close-knit gymnastics community and everything they have worked so hard for is suddenly at risk.




 

09 Poisonwood Bible
SEPTEMBER 17 and 20
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver 

The Poisonwood Bible is told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce, evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry 
with them everything they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it is calamitously transformed on African soil. What follows is a suspenseful epic of one family's tragic undoing and remarkable reconstruction over the course of three decades in postcolonial Africa.

10 Killers of the Flower Moon
OCTOBER 15 and 18
Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

In the 1920s, their oil-rich lands made the Osage Indians some of the wealthiest people in the world. They were also being targeted by a mass murderer. As the death toll climbed, the FBI took up the case. Director J. Edgar Hoover and former Texas Ranger Tom White put together an undercover team, including one of the only American Indian agents in the bureau. The agents 
infiltrated the region, struggling to adopt the latest techniques of detection. What they exposed was one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history. 

11 Gentleman in Moscow
NOVEMBER 12 and 15
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

Just after the Russian Revolution, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal. He is sentenced to house arrest in a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel's doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him entry into a much larger world of emotional discovery.

12 Wonder
DECEMBER 17 and 20
Wonder by R.J. Palacio

August Pullman was born with a facial difference that has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. The point of view switches among Auggie, his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others, converging in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance.