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September 2020

Book Chat Titles​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Stacey’s Recommendations

  • Soon the Light Will Be Perfect by Dave Patterson
  • The Red Tent by Anita Diamant and The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd
  • The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen
  • On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong (debut novel by a a Vietnamese-American poet)
  • The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel
  • When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi (memoir/ nonfiction)

Rebecca’s Recommendations

  • The Last Kashmiri Rose by Barbara Cleverly (first in a historical mystery series)
  • Agent Sonya: Lover, Mother, Soldier, Spy by Ben Macintyre (biography/ nonfiction)
  • Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate (historical fiction)
  • Before and After: The Incredible Real-Life Stories of Orphans Who Survived the Tennessee Children’s Home Society by Judy Christie and Lisa Wingate
  • Longbourn by Jo Baker (novel with an alternative view of the events in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice)
  • Less by Andrew Sean Greer (Winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction)
  • Saving Grace (2000 comedy/ crime film)

Other Participants’ Recommendations

  • Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson
  • The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
  • The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian’s Art Changed Science by Joyce Sidman
  • Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore by Elizabeth Rush
  • Beartown and My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman
  • Transcendent Kingdom and Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
  • The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue