Recommended Reads for Book Clubs (or Anyone)

Looking for a book to read with your book club or group? The Women's National Book Association, at their website National Reading Group Month, has put together their 2014 Selections including 20 novels that you may not have heard about in popular book reviews yet they believe are worth your reading time including:

Painted Horses by Malcolm Brooks
Painted Horses by Malcolm Brooks: (Love Story)
A young archaeologist surveying a Montana canyon in the 1950s ahead of the planned construction of a major dam, meets a former mounted cavalryman, who shows her the beauty in the stark landscape around her. Painted Horses sends a dauntless young woman on a heroic quest, sings a love song to the horseman’s vanishing way of life, and reminds us that love and ambition, tradition and the future, often make strange bedfellows.

Prayers for the Stolen by Jennifer Clement
Prayers for the Stolen by Jennifer Clement: (Psychological Fiction)
Born in a rural Mexico region where girls are disguised as boys to avoid the attentions of traffickers, Ladydi dreams of a better life before moving to Mexico City, where she falls in love and ends up in a prison with other women who share her experiences.

An Untamed State by Roxane Gay
An Untamed State by Roxane Gay: (Suspense Fiction)
Mireille is living a fairy tale as the daughter of one of Haiti’s richest sons and with an adoring husband and a precocious infant son, by all appearances a perfect life until she is kidnapped in front of her father’s estate. Held captive by a man who calls himself The Commander, Mireille waits for her father to pay her ransom. As it becomes clear he intends to resist paying, Mireille must endure the torments of a man who resents everything she represents.

Neverhome by Laird Hunt
Neverhome by Laird Hunt: (Historical Fiction)
Follows the experiences of Ash Thompson, who becomes a folk hero after she abandons her farmer husband and disguises herself as a man to go fight for the South during the Civil War.

What is Visible by Kimberly Elkins
What is Visible by Kimberly Elkins: (Biographical/Historical Fiction)
Presents a fictionalized account of the life and challenges of Laura Bridgman, the first deaf and blind woman to learn language, and those who helped her, including the founder of the Perkins Institute, with whom she was in love, and her beloved teacher.

The Orphans of Race Point by Patry Francis
The Orphans of Race Point by Patry Francis: (Suspense Fiction)
When priest Gus Silva, the man she has never stopped loving, is charged with murder, Hallie Costa, who has known Gus since childhood, must not only free him from prison, but from the curse of his past.

For the complete list of the 2014 Sections click here or stop by the reference desk to speak with one of our librarians.

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