Most Discussable Books

We host book discussions all the time. Some books generate lively discussion, while others fall flat. Here are some books that have been the most successful for us. Consider trying them with your own book group. Did we miss any? Share you favorites in the comments.
  1. The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan
  2. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
    A story from the Holocaust, as narrated by Death.
  3. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
    A heartbreaking family story, lessons in science, an ethical conundrum, and a local connection. We could talk about this book for days.
  4. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
    The discussion around this book was powerful, emotional, and for some participants, personal.
  5. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
    A physician comes to terms with the end of his own life.
  6. The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht
  7. Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones
  8. The Wright Brothers by David McCullough
  9. Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher
    Book club members kept cracking this book open to read their favorite bits. The author is the first female winner of the Thurber Prize for Humor Writing.
  10. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
    Do the erratic behaviors of the characters in this memoir make them criminals or victims?
  11. Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
    This book generated lively discussion based around the sharing of past experiences.
  12. The Children Act by Ian McEwan
  13. Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
  14. Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro
  15. Big Little Lies by Lianne Moriarty
    One of the best-liked books we've discussed.
  16. My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry
    This unusual story seemed too fantastical for some readers, while others embraced those elements.
  17. The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez
    A story of youth, love, and the immigrant experience. Multilayered themes will give your group plenty to talk about.