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What's Hot with Book Groups

If you're looking for a thought-provoking read, try one of these books recently discussed at one of several local book groups that uses our Book Group Connections service.

 

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Nine-year-old Oskar, whose father died in the World Trade Center on 9/11, finds a key with his dad's belongings. He travels around New York City door to door to find the lock that it opens.

 

Still Alice

Written by a neuroscientist, the novel is about a successful psychology professor and mother who develops early-onset Alzheimer's Disease.

 

Mennonite in a Little Black Dress: A Memoir of Going Home

When her husband leaves her for a gay man, Rhoda decides to move back to the Mennonite community in which she was raised.

 

Unaccustomed Earth

These are short stories which, like her popular novel The Namesake, deal with the clashing ideals of American-raised children and their Indian-born family members.

 

In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin
E748.D6 L37 2011

William Dodd becomes U.S. Ambassador to Germany in 1933, and he and his family are first-hand witnesses to Hitler's first year as leader. Changing attitudes toward the Nazi regime are central to this story.

 

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
RC265.6.L24 S55 2010x

This true story of how a poor, black woman's cells were taken without her knowledge in the 1950s, and are still used today for medical research, will spark discussions of bioethics.

 

The Art of Racing in the Rain

This is the story of race-car driver Denny Swift, his wife Eve, and his daughter Zoe as told by none other than the family dog, all with a pet's uncanny insight into the creatures called humans.

 

Cutting for Stone

A doctor himself, Verghese has written an epic novel. Twin brothers become doctors in a dramatic story that moves from India to Ethiopia, and finally New York City.