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BookSmart Book Club Reading List 2019
Book Club meets the 3rd Thursday of every month at 7pm except December when we meet a week early.
JANUARY: It’s All Relative –A. J. Jacobs
A.J. Jacobs undergoes a hilarious, heartfelt quest to understand what constitutes
family—where it begins and how far it goes—and attempts to untangle the true
meaning of the “Family of Humankind.”
FEBRUARY: The Inheritance of Loss –Kiran Desai
A story of joy and despair. The characters face numerous choices that majestically
illuminate the consequences of colonialism as it collides with the modern world.
MARCH: Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis –J. D. Vance
Hillbilly Elegy is the story of how upward mobility really feels. And it is an urgent
and troubling meditation on the loss of the American dream for a large segment
of this country.
APRIL: The Outsiders –S. E. Hinton
The Outsiders is a dramatic and enduring work of fiction that laid the groundwork for the
YA genre. S. E. Hinton's classic story of a boy who finds himself on the outskirts of regular
society remains as powerful today as it was the day it was first published.
MAY: The Road to Character –David Brooks
In The Road to Character, Brooks focuses on the deeper values that should inform our
lives. Looking to some of the world’s greatest thinkers and inspiring leaders, Brooks
explores how, through internal struggle and a sense of their own limitations, they have
built a strong inner character.
JUNE: Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal –Christopher Moore
The birth of Jesus has been well chronicled, as have his glorious teachings, acts, and
divine sacrifice after his thirtieth birthday. But no one knows about the early life of the
Son of God, the missing years -- except Biff, the Messiah's best bud.
JULY: A People’s History of the United States –Howard Zinn
Covering Christopher Columbus's arrival through President Clinton's first term, A
People's History of the United States features insightful analysis of the most important
events in our history. A book that should be read by every American who wants to
understand their country, its true history, and its hope for the future.
AUGUST: Asymmetry –Lisa Halliday
A singularly inventive and unforgettable debut novel about love, luck, and the
inextricability of life and art, from 2017 Whiting Award winner Lisa Halliday.
Told in three distinct and uniquely compelling sections, Asymmetry explores the
imbalances that spark and sustain many of our most dramatic human relations:
inequities in age, power, talent, wealth, fame, geography, and justice.
SEPTEMBER: The Salt Path –Raynor Winn
The true story of a couple who lost everything and embarked on a transformative
journey walking the South West Coast Path in England.
OCTOBER: The Birth House –Ami McKay
An arresting portrait of the struggles that women faced for control of their own
bodies, The Birth House is the story of Dora Rare—the first daughter in five
generations of Rares. In a clash between tradition and science, Dora finds herself
fighting to protect the rights of women as well as the wisdom that has been put into
NOVEMBER: The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress –Robert A. Heinlein
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress is one of the high points of modern science fiction,
a novel bursting with politics, humanity, passion, innovative technical speculation,
and a firm belief in the pursuit of human freedom. It is the winner of the 1967 Hugo
Award for Best Novel.
The 2nd Thursday of the month
Savory and sweet food –bring a wrapped book and you will go home with a book!
This is also the night we choose the books for next year!
JANUARY 2020: The Silicon Valley Reads book