Monthly Meetings Resume in September

Please note there will be no monthly meetings from June through August. Our meetings will resume the first Thursday in September. We look forward to seeing you then! In the meantime, if you need some recommendations for your summer reading list, check out these selections, located on our WNBA National Reading Group Month website, that are from our 2016 Great Group Reads list.

Coffee with Authors 2016

The annual Coffee with Authors event was held Saturday morning during the Southern Festival of Books at the Nashville Public Library. Seated below are authors Curtis Sittenfeld Eligible; Danielle Dutton Margaret the First; Adam Haslett Imagine Me Gone; Yaa Gyasi Homegoing; and moderator Mary Laura Philpott. (photo credit: Kay Tyler) Those in attendance received Book Bags filled with several books plus other book-related goodies.

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Great Group Reads Selections – 2016

Great Group Reads LogoThe Great Group Reads Selections for 2016 have been announced. Check out the list on the National Reading Group Month website.

 

 

Great Group Reads 2015

Great Group Reads LogoThe following information on the Great Group Reads selections for 2015 is provided by Liberty Schauf, the Women’s National Book Association, New York Chapter Blog Editor.

 

 

All My PAll My Puny Sorrowsuny Sorrows by Miriam Toews
(McSweeney’s, TP 978-1940450711)
This novel is an honest, compassionate story about sisters and what it feels like to love someone who is determined to take her own life. This book takes a clear-eyed look at devotion, jealousy, and depression, examining right-to-die issues and what it means to be family.

More about: McSweeney’sAll My Puny Sorrows

Bonus Resources: Booklist Review

Community: Goodreads


All Who Go Do Not Return: A Memoir by Shulem DeenAll Who Go Do Not Return
(Graywolf Press, TP 978-1555977054)
A courageous memoir about faith, doubt, freedom, and hope from the author, raised in one of the most restrictive Hasidic Jewish communities. From his arranged marriage at eighteen and subsequent parenthood, to his transgressions which led to his questioning of the faith, he details his painful pathway to integrity.

More about: Graywolf PressAll Who Go Do Not Return: A Memoir

Bonus Resources: Booklist Review

Community: Goodreads


The Book of Strange New ThingsThe Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber
(Hogarth, TP 978-0553418866)
Peter is a Christian pastor who goes to proselytize a community of earthlings and another race on a distant planet. The inventive story is an elegant device for a meditation on faith, the profundity of life, the communication of love, and a multitude of contemplative concepts. The work is intelligent, genre-bending, and full of provocative questions.

More about: HogarthThe Book of Strange New Things

Bonus Resources: Booklist Review, Reading Group Guides

Community: Goodreads


Call Me Home by Megan KruseCall Me Home
(Hawthorne Books, TP 978-0990437000)
Three distinct voices are woven together with depth and compassion in a story about family, individual decisions, and what it means to be home. Kruse explores love, betrayal, family bonds, domestic violence, and hope, even false hope, asking us all to consider how we love, and why we make the choices we do.

More about: Hawthorne BooksCall Me Home

Bonus Resources: Booklist Review

Community: Goodreads


Delicious FoodsDelicious Foods by James Hannaham
(Little, Brown And Company, HC 978-0316284943)
A story about addiction and human trafficking that is told with unforgettable beauty through three distinct characters: a mother, her son, and the actual drug, crack, that threatens to overpower them and their love for one another. Disturbing and timely, this is a novel that is unforgettable.

More about: Little, Brown And CompanyDelicious Foods

Bonus Resources: Booklist Review

Community: Goodreads


Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill CleggDid You Ever Have A Family
(Gallery Books/Scout Press, HC 978-1476798172)
Clegg explores the effects of terrible loss in this wrenching debut novel told from multiple viewpoints. From its opening lines to the final ones, this lyrical novel is brutally direct yet ultimately optimistic — a tour de force of empathy and healing, with unforgettable characters.

More about: Gallery Books/Scout PressDid You Ever Have a Family

Bonus Resources: Booklist Review, Reading Group Guides

Community: Goodreads


DietlandDietland by Sarai Walker
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, HC 978-0544373433)
This witty, subversive story follows Plum, the 300-pound main character, as she struggles with her weight, joins a cult-like group aimed at helping her lose weight, and comes to an understanding of herself and her body. This is a multi-layered send-up of the diet industry and a close look at society’s obsession with appearance.

More about: Houghton Mifflin HarcourtDietland

Bonus Resources: Booklist Review, Reading Group Guides

Community: Goodreads


Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma HooperEtta and Otto

(Simon & Schuster, TP 978-1476755687)
One morning, eight-three-year-old Etta starts walking the 3,232 kilometers from her rural western Canada home to the Atlantic Ocean. Husband Otto and neighbor Russell have their own journeys as Etta continues eastward with the coyote James by her side. Flashbacks fill out this heartfelt story of longings and memories.

More about: Simon & SchusterEtta and Otto and Russell and James

Bonus Resources: Booklist Review, Reading Group Guides

Community: Goodreads


Henna HouseHenna House by Nomi Eve
(Scribner, TP 978-1476740287)
A sensuous and intimate tale of a Yemenite Jewish woman’s coming of age and the ancient art of henna painting, evocatively told from the 1920’s in a village in the mountains of Yemen, through the devastation of the Holocaust to the 1948 birth of Israel. Eve’s beguiling story covers love, loss, betrayal, and forgiveness, threaded throughout with the powerful ritual of henna.

More about: ScribnerHenna House

Bonus Resources: Booklist Review

Community: Goodreads


Landfall by Ellen UrbaniLandfall

(Forest Avenue Press, TP 978-0988265776)
The stories and destinies of two teenagers—one black, one white—converge in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In her debut novel, Urbani shows us the resiliency of the human spirit through the voices of these women as they alternately narrate their enthralling stories.

More about: Forest Avenue PressLandfall

Community: Goodreads


Make Your Home Among StrangersMake Your Home Among Strangers by Jennine Capó Crucet
(St. Martin’s Press, HC 978-1250059666)
Cuban American Lizet is caught between two worlds, as the first of her family to go to college. This debut novel adroitly, humorously, and heartbreakingly describes the “double vision” of being a part of an immigrant community, aspiring for more but without the support of your calamitous family, and finding yourself out of your element in both worlds.

More about: St. Martin’s PressMake Your Home Among Strangers

Bonus Resources: Booklist Review

Community: Goodreads


Man Alive: A True Story of Violence, Forgiveness and Becoming a Manby Thomas Page McbeeMan Alive
(City Lights Publishers, TP 978-0872866249)
What does it takes to be a man? Here, we meet one person who is preparing to transition from female to male and deal with his abusive father. A tender novel about manhood and imperfection, violence and self-possession, this book is a timely example of one man’s experience of masculinity, personal identity, and change.

More about: City Lights PublishersMan Alive: A True Story of Violence, Forgiveness and Becoming a Man

Community: Goodreads


Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks LeagueMiss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League by Jonathan Odell
(Maiden Lane Press, TP 978-1940210049)
A rich white woman and her black maid despise each other in 1950’s Mississippi, but their painful losses and the powerful currents of social change around them challenge them to reconsider each other. Themes of racial patterns, family and marriage, and friendship are gracefully explored.

More about: Maiden Lane PressMiss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League

Community: Goodreads


No. 4 Imperial Lane by Jonathan WeismanNo. 4 Imperial Lane

(Twelve, HC 978-1455530458)
In this beautifully written debut novel, a young American signs on as a caregiver to a quadriplegic to extend his year abroad in Britain. As David gets to know the Bromwells, he learns about their tragic connection with war-torn Angola, and his own life is changed.

More about: TwelveNo. 4 Imperial Lane

Community: Goodreads


Orphan Number EightOrphan #8 by Kim van Alkemade
(William Morrow Paperbacks, TP 978-0062338303)
A tale inspired by true events, the Jewish orphanage in early 20th century New York City comes to life through 4-year-old Rachel, who suffers disfigurement from medical experimentation there, becomes a nurse, and later finds herself caring for the doctor that experimented on her. Beautifully atmospheric, each character provides thought-provoking dilemmas and decisions.

More about: William Morrow PaperbacksOrphan #8

Bonus Resources: Reading Group ChoicesReading Group Guides

Community: Goodreads


 A Perfect Crime by A YiA Perfect Crime

(Oneworld Publications, HC 978-1780747057)
A stunning psychological story from the People’s Republic of China centered on a motiveless murder. The author, a former policeman in China, subtly and chillingly examines the social isolation and morality issues of a country trying to rapidly adjust to immense upheaval in its social fabric and culture.

More about: Oneworld PublicationsA Perfect Crime

Bonus Resources: Booklist Review

Community: Goodreads


A Secret Wisdom of the EarthThe Secret Wisdom of the Earth by Christopher Scotton
(Grand Central Publishing, HC 978-1455551927)
A man reflects on the revelatory summer he spent in a remote Appalachian coal town. This debut novel, full of richly drawn characters and lovingly portraying the beauty of the mountains, powerfully delves into issues of prejudice, environmental and economic conflicts, love, loss, and redemption.

More about: Grand Central PublishingThe Secret Wisdom of the Earth

Bonus Resources: Reading Group Guides

Community: Goodreads


A Sister to Honor by Lucy FerrissA Sister to Honor
(Berkley, TP 978-0425276402)
Afia Satar and her brother Shahid leave their devout Islamic home in Pakistan to study in the U.S. Shahid promises his parents he will protect his sister, but when a Facebook photo shows Afia holding hands with an American boy, the consequences spiral out of Shahid’s control — a riveting and very relevant novel.

More about: BerkleyA Sister to Honor

Bonus Resources: Booklist ReviewReading Group Choices

Community: Goodreads


 Without You There is No UsWithout You, There Is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea’s Elite by Suki Kim

(Crown, HC 978-0307720658)
Kim’s memoir of her six months teaching English in North Korea to the son’s of North Korea’s elite is fascinating and troubling, a rare look into a closed society where contact with the world outside is strictly forbidden.

More about: CrownWithout You, There Is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea’s Elite

Bonus Resources: Booklist Review

Community: Goodreads


 The Wonder Garden by Lauren AcamporaThe Wonder Garden

(Grove Press, HC 978-0802123558)
A serene suburban location, Old Cranberry, is the setting for thirteen interconnected stories of oddities, revelations, and dichotomies that are sharply imaginative and highly original. Frequently compared to Cheever, Wharton, and O’Connor, Acampora’s debut offers a stylish and new interpretation of contemporary residential American life.

More about: Grove PressThe Wonder Garden

Bonus Resources: Booklist Review

 

Monthly Meetings Resume in September

Please note there will be no monthly meetings from June through August. Our meetings will resume the first Thursday in September. We look forward to seeing you then! In the meantime, if you need some recommendations for your summer reading list, check out these selections, located on our WNBA National Reading Group Month website, that are from our 2014 Great Group Reads list.

 

2014 Great Group Reads Selections

Great Group Reads LogoThe Great Group Reads titles for 2014 have been announced. Three of the authors whose books have been selected will be speaking at our National Reading Group Month Signature Event, Coffee with Authors at the Southern Festival of Books on October 11 – Lily King (Euphoria), Ann Weisgarber (The Promise), and Gabrielle Zevin (The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry).

Great Group Reads 2013 Selections

GGR_2013_Color_1st-PageCheck out the list on the WNBA National Reading Group Month website (http://www.nationalreadinggroupmonth.org/ggr_selections.html).

Great Group Reads 2012 Selections

Great Group Reads LogoThe NRGM Great Group Reads Selections for 2012 are:

The Absolutist by John Boyne
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An Age of Madness by David Maine,

The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach,

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan‐Philipp Sendker
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Blue Asylum by Kathy Hepinstall
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Boleto by Alyson Hagy,

The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman
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Equal of the Sun by Anita Amirrezvani
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Faith by Jennifer Haigh
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A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash
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I Married You for Happiness by Lily Tuck,

In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner,

The O’Briens by Peter Behrens
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The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin, 

The Right-Hand Shore by Christopher Tilghman,

Running the Rift by Naomi Benaron
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Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
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The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
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What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty,

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson.