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Book Stores Recommend


We're pleased to share these book club reading suggestions from book stores across the United States. All titles are available in paperback.




Newtonville Books of Newton, Massachusetts, recommends:

The House at Sugar Beach: In Search of a Lost African Childhood
by Helene Cooper
(Simon & Schuster, 2008), Memoir, 384 pages

"Cooper, a White House correspondent for the New York Times, grew up in luxury and privilege in Liberia, a direct descendant on both sides of her family from the American black freeman who founded her country. Yet even this halcyon lifestyle could not shelter her from calamity. In fact, it is because of her family's prestige that the Coopers are brutally attacked and they must leave Liberia and move to Knoxville and start over. This memoir is funny, touching, tragic, and enthralling all the way to the last page."

The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff (Random House, 2008),
Fiction, 544 pages

"A fascinating novel based on some true events, that intertwines compelling narratives
of characters both historical and present-day. The title refers to Ann Eliza Young, the beautiful 19th wife of Brigham Young who eventually divorced him, sued him, and
became a celebrity when she lectured on her experiences of plural marriage. The
"19th Wife" also refers to Becky Lyn Scott, the devout 19th wife of Jordan Scott's father,
a present-day polygamist in Mesadale, Utah. Outcast Jordan Scott must find evidence
to free his mother from jail, who allegedly murdered her husband. The 19th Wife is
well-written and gripping from the first page."


A Gentleman's Guide to Graceful Living by Michael Dahlie
(W.W. Norton & Co., 2008), Fiction, 282 pages

"The Fitzgeraldian narrator of Dahlie's novel is besieged by divorce, the dissolution of the family business, and a stolen heirloom, and wrestles with whether or not to 'show a little stick' in the face of his many trials. You can't help rooting for this winsome, unique narrator to the very end, even as you're grateful that his misfortunes don't belong to
you.
"

 


Alameda Books, Inc. of Alameda, California, recommends:




Company of Liars
by Karen Maitland (Delta/Random House , 2008),
Historical Fiction, 480 pages

"Set in the 12th century during the years of the Black Death, Maitland pulls you into
the stories of her mysterious cast of nine characters who end up travelling together in an
a
ttempt to flee their fate. Guaranteed to spark disussion about how we lie to ourselves
as much as we lie to others
."

America America by Ethan Canin (Random House, 2008),
Fiction, 496 pages

"Canin's 'Great American Novel' really is a geat American novel. Set in the 70's
it hits many important human themes and will generate discussion about morality,
politics, class, etc."



Miles From Nowhere by Nami Mun (Penguin, 2008),
Fiction, 304 pages

"Teenage protagonist leaves her wounded and dysfunctional family and sets out on her
own in 1980's New York. She stumbles and falls many times but she keeps getting up and eventually finds some hope in her future. Sure to stimulate discussion about the plight of low income immigrant children and how they survive and sometimes even succeed
against odds stacked against them."