Are you a member of a book club and not sure what to read next? Caledon Public Library offers a variety of book club titles to read and discuss with your friends. Below are a few to choose from:
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
This novel is written from a dog’s perspective and is a captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life. Enzo knows that he is different from other dogs; a philosopher who understands the emotional needs of humans and capable of educating himself by listening closely to his master, Danny Swift, an aspiring race car driver. Enzo learns that a race car driver’s techniques can be applied to real life, and he uses this knowledge to try to keep his family together during a divisive custody battle. Stein’s unique writing is delightful and deeply funny, yet heart-wrenching with many surprises and twists that keep the pages turning to the end.
Elizabeth Is Missing by Emma Healey
This novel creatively captures a mix of several genres: mystery, humor, romance, drama and even horror. Maud, an 82 years old woman descending into dementia, embarks on a desperate quest to find the best friend she believes has disappeared. Her search for the truth will go back decades and have shattering consequences. Maud’s disorienting journey and her memories of the past are beautifully written and make the story fascinating and compelling.
The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan
This historical novel is a suspenseful tale of survival. After a mysterious explosion in the Atlantic, the survivors quickly realize that the lifeboat is over capacity and some people are going to have to die. Grace, the narrator, is about to stand trial for her life and must recall as much as possible about what happened on that lifeboat. This complex debut novel explores the personalities of men and women going through emotions when forced to make impossible decisions.
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. His wife has died; his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. As Fikry isolates himself from the rest of his community, a package arrives in his bookstore that changes his attitude and his very existence. This heart-warming and tender story is about the power of words, of books and the interconnection with people. With engaging characters who are complex, quirky, and sympathetic this novel captures your heart and your soul.
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