Best Books for Book Club

Whether you set your book-club list for the year in one shot or like to make selections by theme, this collection of ideas is certain to have something for everyone in your group.



books-book-club-Fear-of-FlyingChoosing a classic? Try…

Fear of Flying
Erica Jong

One could say it’s the original work of chick-lit writing. Celebrating its 40th anniversary, Jong’s book is a classic tale of a woman taking charge of her identity and sexuality.


books-book-club-The-Aviators-WifeThe next “it” book could be…

The Aviator’s Wife
Melanie Benjamin (Meet the author January 24 in Lincolnshire!)

Being touted as the next “Loving Frank,” Benjamin takes aim at another famous historical couple, Charles and Anne Lindbergh.


books-book-club-The-GoldfinchEveryone’s talking about…

The Goldfinch
Donna Tartt

Receiving rave reviews, this book is on a number of “Best of” lists and is ripe for book-club convo. Themes of love, loss and suspense will keep you turning the pages.


books-book-club-The-Girl-You-Left-BehindNeed a love story? Read…

The Girl You Left Behind
JoJo Moyes

True love, the ravages of war, sudden death and a painting that ties it all together. Here’s a great choice for a mother/daughter month from the author of “Me Before You.”


books-book-club-A-Beautiful-TruthFor parents and animal-lovers…

A Beautiful Truth
Colin McAdam

A parallel story with Looee, an adopted chimpanzee, at the center. Looee first finds himself the adopted son of Walt and Judy, then a resident of a research facility. Remember, it’s just a few strands of DNA…


books-book-club-Close-Your-Eyes-Hold-HandsIs it the month for suspense?

Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands
Chris Bohjalian

Emily’s dad just might be the reason an entire town is lost—and now that he and her mother are gone, she has to figure out a new life on her own.


books-book-club-Want-NotLike a little interpersonal dysfunction?

Want Not
Jonathan Miles

Three different protagonists, including freegans, mid-life crisis victims and a guy earning his money off others, make their way through life in this very wry tome.


books-book-club-The-PanopticonFor sci-fi fans…

The Panopticon
Jenni Fagan

What happens when you’re off to the Panopticon, a home for young offenders? A family is born and an experiment is revealed, that’s what. This one’s a great book to share with teens.