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BookSmart Book Club Reading List 2018
Book Club meets the 3rd Thursday of every month at 7pm except December when we meet a week early.
BookSmart Book Club Reading List 2018
Meets the 3rd Thursday of the month – 7 pm
JANUARY: My Lovely Wife In the Psych Ward –Mark Lukach
A heart-wrenching, yet hopeful, memoir of a young marriage that is redefined
by mental illness and affirms the power of love. This is the Silicon Valley Reads Selection for 2018
FEBRUARY: My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry –Fredrik Backman
A charming, warmhearted novel. It is a story about life and death and one of the most important human rights: the right to be different.
MARCH: Enders Game –Orson Scott Card
Ender Wiggin, the third in a family of child geniuses, is selected by international military
forces to save the world from destruction. ... Although Valentine (his sister) tries to
protect Ender from Peter (his brother), he is only saved from his brother when Colonel
Graff of the International Fleet comes to take Ender away to Battle School ...
APRIL: The Sympathizer –Viet Thanh Nguyen
The Sympathizer is a blistering exploration of identity and America, a gripping espionage
Novel and a powerful story of love and friendship.
MAY: In A Sunburned Country –Bill Bryson
Despite the fact that Australia harbors more things that can kill you in extremely nasty
ways than anywhere else, including sharks, crocodiles, snakes, even riptides and
deserts, Bill Bryson adores the place, and he takes his readers on a rollicking ride far
beyond that beaten tourist path.
JUNE: Small Great Things –Jodi Picoult
With richly layered characters and a gripping moral dilemma that will lead readers to
question everything they know about privilege, power, and race. A thought-provoking
examination of racism in America today, both overt and subtle.
JULY: The Circle –Dave Eggars
A dystopian heart-racing novel of suspense, that tackles surveillance, privacy and the
frightening intrusions of technology in our lives; raising questions about
memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge.
AUGUST: Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End –Atul Gawande
Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming the dangers of childbirth,
injury, and disease from harrowing to manageable. But when it comes to the
inescapable realities of aging and death, what medicine can do often runs counter
to what it should. Gawande examines its ultimate limitations and failures-in his own
practices as well as others'-as life draws to a close. Riveting, honest, and
humane, Being Mortal shows how the ultimate goal is not a good death but a good
life-all the way to the very end.
SEPTEMBER: A Tale For the Time Being –Ruth Ozeki
In Tokyo, sixteen-year-old Nao has decided there’s only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates’ bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao first plans to document the life of her great grandmother, a Buddhist nun who’s
lived more than a century. A Tale for the Time Being is a brilliantly inventive,
beguiling story of our shared humanity and the search for home.
OCTOBER: Brave New World –Aldous Huxley
Brave New World is a searching vision of an unequal, technologically-advanced future
where humans are genetically bred, socially indoctrinated, and pharmaceutically
anesthetized to passively uphold an authoritarian ruling order--all at the cost of our
freedom, full humanity, and perhaps also our souls.
NOVEMBER: Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of
the FBI –David Grann True-life murder mystery
In Killers of the Flower Moon, David Grann revisits a shocking series of crimes in which dozens of people were murdered in cold blood. Based on years of research and startling new evidence, the book is a masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, as each step in the investigation reveals a series of sinister secrets and reversals. But more than that, it is a searing indictment of the callousness and prejudice toward American Indians that allowed the murderers to operate with impunity for so long. Killers of the Flower Moon is utterly compelling, but also emotionally devastating.
JANUARY 2019: The Silicon Valley Reads book