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
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  2. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
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    A story from the Holocaust, as narrated by Death.
  3. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
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    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
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    The discussion around this book was powerful, emotional, and for some participants, personal.
  5. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
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    A physician comes to terms with the end of his own life.
  6. The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht
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  7. Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones
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  8. The Wright Brothers by David McCullough
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  9. Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher
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    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
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    Do the erratic behaviors of the characters in this memoir make them criminals or victims?
  11. Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
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    This book generated lively discussion based around the sharing of past experiences.
  12. The Children Act by Ian McEwan
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  13. Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
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  14. Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro
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  15. Big Little Lies by Lianne Moriarty
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    One of the best-liked books we've discussed.
  16. My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry
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    This unusual story seemed too fantastical for some readers, while others embraced those elements.
  17. The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez
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    A story of youth, love, and the immigrant experience. Multilayered themes will give your group plenty to talk about.