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2014 Great Group Reads for National Reading Group Month in October

Have you ever been part of a book club or reading group?  It doesn’t have to be a large group.  For example, I always pass books that I read on to my mom and sisters and then we discuss the book. We’ve never formally called ourselves a book club but that’s essentially what it is.  It’s great to hear their opinions and reactions to the characters and plot.  Also, it gives us an excuse to get together and chat over coffee.  October is National Reading Group Month so what better time to get together with friends/family and discuss some great books.  The following selections are perfect titles that can spark some thought-provoking questions and discussions.  Try them out!    View the entire list here.

All the Light We Cannot SeeAll the Light We Cannot See by Anthony DoerrThe story of a blind French girl named Marie-Laure and a German boy named Werner, whose paths collide in Nazi-occupied France during World War II.  Against all odds, the two show ways that there’s good in the world.  Learn more and order here.
Burial RitesBurial Rites by Hannah KentBased on a true story, Agnes has been accused of killing her old master and sentenced to death.  She’s sent to an isolated farm to await her execution where she unexpectedly finds comfort from the farmer’s wife and daughters.  They open their hearts and minds to the tragedy of Agnes’ life.  Learn more and order here.
Everything I Never Told YouEverything I Never Told You by Celeste NgA small town 1970s Chinese-American family is torn apart after their beloved middle daughter goes missing and is later found dead in a local lake.  The mother, Marilyn, seeks revenge, while the father, James Lee, has an affair.  The family unravels as secrets are revealed and only the youngest child could hold the key to the truth. Learn more and order here.
NeverhomeNeverhome by Laird Hunt Constance “Ash” Thompson, feels strongly about supporting the Union cause, and knows her husband isn’t able to fight in the war.  She leaves him to tend after the farm, dons a uniform, and disguises herself as a man to fight in the Civil War.  She becomes an expert at hiding her secret and faces difficult challenges and battles.  Learn more and order here.
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