15 April 2008

Book Club Suggestions

No book reviews because I'm rereading books for a book club a friend of mine just started. I'm in charge next month and trying to decide on a book. I've been looking over what I've read for the last few years, and the book I wished I could have discussed with a group, especially with a group like the one I'm with now, is Ancestor Stones. But I'm not sure. There are so many good books.

Any other recommendations? This is a fairly liberal group. And I'd love to read something new.


  1. Sherman Alexie's Part Time Indian would make a good book group discussion. As would The Saffron Kitchen, by Yasmin Crowther. Our book group did 1984 recently, and there was a really good discussion from it (surprisingly, since only 3 of us read it!). America's Women by Gail Collins, is an excellent NF book; I've done it in a book group and it was also a really good discussion.

  2. We are doing Well Behaved Women Seldom Make History by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich for May.

    We read the play Wit by Margaret Edson earlier this year. It's very short, but quite amazing. And it generated a lot of great conversation.

    I just read Little Heathens by Mildred Kalish Armstrong about being raised on a farm in Iowa during the depression and thought it would be great for a discussion.

    Last year, we read Wild Swans (also non fiction) about three generations of Chinese women, from the time of foot binding through the cultural revolution to the author's life who left China to study in England.

    We did The Road from Coorain by Jill Ker Conway last year too--a memoir a girl growing up in the bush in Australia, and there was a lot to talk about. Very interesting.

    And I just recently read The Saffron Kitchen, and I didn't really like it. Just another opinion on that book.

  3. Thanks for your ideas, Melissa. I haven't read most of those.

    And I like your ideas Michelle. I've read most of those- I think The Road from Coorain or Wild Swans in particular would be good.