Books for Book Clubs

 

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2014 Top Ten Book Club Picks
The results are in! Here are the Top Ten Book Club picks from 2014 taken from a survey of Book Passage registered book clubs:
1. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
2. Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
3. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
4. The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
5. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
6. Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
7. Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
8. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
9. The Season of the Witch by David Talbot
10. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

The titles listed above appeared MOST on 2014 reading lists submitted by book groups in response to our request.  As in the past, many books appeared on only one list, with diverse titles such as The Art of War, Evolutionary Enlightenment, Fahrenheit 451 and The Price of Privilege.  The only surprise was The Goldfinch (winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize) which appeared on many lists and was the number one choice.  We know that most book clubs only read and discuss paperbacks, understandably. Some have a 300-350 page limit on the books they will read.  We even know of one book group who have a one inch deep limit.  The surprise was that so many book clubs chose a nearly 800 page novel which was only available in hardcover at the time!   
 Thanks to all of you who sent in your club’s 2014 reading lists.  Many people look forward to seeing it, not only book club members but Book Passage customers as well.  It wouldn’t be possible without your participation which we greatly appreciate.

Recommended Reading for Book Clubs
May-June 2015

$17.00
ISBN: 9780143121701
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Published: Penguin Books - May 5th, 2015

From the celebrated author of" The Secret Life of Bees," a #1"New York Times" bestselling novel about two unforgettable American women.

Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world.


$25.95
ISBN: 9781101874196
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - June 17th, 2014

From Dave Eggers, best-selling author of "The Circle," a tightly controlled, emotionally searching novel. "Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?" is the formally daring, brilliantly executed story of one man struggling to make sense of his country, seeking answers the only way he knows how.


$15.95
ISBN: 9780804170154
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Published: Vintage - March 3rd, 2015

An Oprah.com "Must-Read" Book


$15.99
ISBN: 9780062286468
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Published: Ecco Press - March 10th, 2015

After trying to help Benjamin Pearl, an undernourished, nearly feral eleven-year-old boy living in the Montana wilderness, social worker Pete Snow comes face-to-face with the boy's profoundly disturbed father, Jeremiah. With courage and caution, Pete slowly earns a measure of trust from this paranoid survivalist itching for a final conflict that will signal the coming End Times.


$15.00
ISBN: 9780307885920
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Published: Broadway Books - March 31st, 2015

A lyrical and evocative memoir from Frances Mayes, the Bard of Tuscany, about coming of age in the Deep South and the region's powerful influence on her life.


$17.00
ISBN: 9781250062253
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Published: Picador USA - March 31st, 2015


A "NEW YORK TIMES" BESTSELLER
An unlikely political star tells the inspiring story of the two-decade journey that taught her how Washington really works--and really doesn't


$16.00
ISBN: 9780143127123
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Published: Penguin Books - April 28th, 2015

A stunning new novel from the two-time Man Booker shortlisted author of "The Secret Scripture"


$15.00
ISBN: 9780812980677
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Published: Random House Trade - April 14th, 2015

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR
"Taut, elegant . . . Black is a writer of great wisdom."--Claire Messud, "The Guardian "(UK)
"Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader's Circle for author chats and more."


$15.95
ISBN: 9780804171472
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Published: Vintage - April 14th, 2015

Winner ofthe Man Booker Prize
Nothing since Cormac McCarthy's "The Road "has shaken me like this. "The Washington Post
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$15.95
ISBN: 9781938901362
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Published: Roaring Forties Press - March 17th, 2015

Who needs the truth?


$17.00
ISBN: 9780316253031
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 14th, 2015

"Hadfield is a genius, a man of science and technology and no first-timer to the universe."-New York Post


$20.00
ISBN: 9780316055444
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 7th, 2015

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE
""The Goldfinch" is a rarity that comes along perhaps half a dozen times per decade, a smartly written literary novel that connects with the heart as well as the mind....Donna Tartt has delivered an extraordinary work of fiction."--Stephen King, "The New York Times Book Review"


$15.00
ISBN: 9781101872871
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Published: Anchor Books - April 28th, 2015

One of the Best Books of the Year: "The Washington Post," NPR, "Vogue," "BookRiot"