Book Club Selections

Lewistown Carnegie Public Library Book Club Selections 2020

January –The Storyteller’s Secret by Sejal Badani (General Fiction) An epic story of the unrelenting force of love, the power of healing, and the invincible desire to dream

February– All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater (YA Magical Realism) A gripping tale of darkness, miracles, and family

March–News of the World by Paulette Jiles (Historical Fiction) An exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel of historical fiction that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust

April – This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger (Coming of Age Fiction) A magnificent novel about four orphans on a life-changing odyssey during the Great Depression

May– Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (Mystery) An exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder

June – Storyteller by Jodi Picoult (Literary Fiction) An astonishing novel about redemption and forgiveness

July – Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore (Non-Fiction) The incredible true story of the women who fought America’s Undark danger

August – Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate (Historical Fiction) Based on one of America’s most notorious real-life scandals, in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country.

September – Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese (Literary Fiction) An enthralling family saga of Africa and America, doctors and patients, exile and home

October –The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (Non-Fiction) A riveting story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing; and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew

November – The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (YA, Historical Fiction) A small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery.

December – Behind Closed Doors by B A Paris (Thriller) A dark, psychological thriller pushes readers to explore the furthest limits of their moral codes. If the circumstances were bleak enough what would you be willing to do to protect the ones you love?

2019 List

JanuaryAt Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen (Historical Fiction)
A gripping and poignant love story about a privileged young woman’s awakening as she experiences the devastation of World War II in a tiny Scottish village.

FebruaryWonder by RJ Palacio (Children’s Fiction)
A warm uplifting story featuring realistic family interactions, Wonder will hove readers laughing one minute and wiping away tears the next.

MarchThe Reader’s of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald (General Fiction)
A heartwarming reminder of why we are book-lovers. This sweet, smart story is about how books find us, change us, and connect us.

April The Wahls Protocol by Dr. Terry Wahls (Health, Nonfiction)
Dr. Wohls provides elegant first hand validation that diet truly represents the most powerful medicine.

MayTruly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty (Mystery, Thriller)
A gripping mystery that takes on the foundation of our lives and shows how guilt con expose the fault lines in the strongest relationships.

June Uncommon Types by Tom Hanks (Short Stories)
An intelligent, heart- warming collection of short stories by two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks.

JulyErasing America: Losing Our Future by Destroying Our Past by James Robbins (Politics, Social Service)
A fresh look at how a toxic movement wants to demean, demolish, and relentlessly attack America’s past in order to control America’s present.

August Life After Life by Kate Atkinson (Fiction)
A wildly inventive dork comedy that plays with time and history.

September Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt (Teen Historical Fiction -Newbery Award Honor 1965)
An unforgettable coming-of-age story set during the Civil War.

OctoberAll the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (Historical Fiction)
A beautiful, stunningly ambitious read that tells the story of o blind French girl and o German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as they both try to survive the devastation of WW II.

November A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler (Family Fiction)
The warm, charming, and emotionally radiant story of the Whitshank family.

December The Reluctant Fortune Teller by Keziah Frost (Literary Humor)
A witty heartfelt story about coming of age late in life, this book is a great reminder that we are never too old to learn new tricks.