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.
- •The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan
- •The Book Thief by Markus ZusakA story from the Holocaust, as narrated by Death.
- •The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca SklootA heartbreaking family story, lessons in science, an ethical conundrum, and a local connection. We could talk about this book for days.
- •Homegoing by Yaa GyasiThe discussion around this book was powerful, emotional, and for some participants, personal.
- •When Breath Becomes Air by Paul KalanithiA physician comes to terms with the end of his own life.
- •The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht
- •Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones
- •The Wright Brothers by David McCullough
- •Dear Committee Members by Julie SchumacherBook 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.
- •The Glass Castle by Jeannette WallsDo the erratic behaviors of the characters in this memoir make them criminals or victims?
- •Hidden Figures by Margot Lee ShetterlyThis book generated lively discussion based around the sharing of past experiences.
- •The Children Act by Ian McEwan
- •Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
- •Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro
- •Big Little Lies by Lianne MoriartyOne of the best-liked books we've discussed.
- •My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's SorryThis unusual story seemed too fantastical for some readers, while others embraced those elements.
- •The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina HenriquezA story of youth, love, and the immigrant experience. Multilayered themes will give your group plenty to talk about.