Book Clubs, Book Recs, and Lockdowns

Hope everyone is staying safe out there and catching up on lots of reading!

I live in the Bay Area, and we’re all under a Shelter-at-Home order right now, so things are quiet around these parts and social life is more or less non-existent. I’m sure you’ve all seen the many introvert memes out there about how this is “our time” (if not, twitter has plenty for you to peruse), but honestly even for an introvert, I feel a bit stir-crazy.

I’m looking forward to when things normalize a little, because I found a really delightful local book club to be a part of in Oakland just before the Shelter-at-Home policy started! We met at a cozy wine bar downtown and discussed Elizabeth’s Gilbert’s City of Girls for the first meeting. There were about 15 ladies present, and everyone had lots of great insights about the book. We’re not meeting right now, but I’ll definitely be going back when the time comes!

At any rate, see below for what’s on my reading list while Sheltering-at-Home. How are you guys faring during these strange times? I’m so grateful for my dog right now. Any books you’re planning on reading?

The Glass Hotel
Emily St. John Mandel

What It's About: From the award-winning author of Station Eleven, an exhilarating novel set at the glittering intersection of two seemingly disparate events–a massive Ponzi scheme collapse and the mysterious disappearance of a woman from a ship at sea.

Vincent is a bartender at the Hotel Caiette, a five-star lodging on the northernmost tip of Vancouver Island...

Publication Date: March 24, 2020
contemporary read in 2020 mystery

Such a Fun Age
Kiley Reid

What It's About: In the midst of a family crisis one late evening, white blogger Alix Chamberlain calls her African American babysitter, Emira, asking her to take toddler Briar to the local market for distraction. There, the security guard accuses Emira of kidnapping Briar, and Alix's efforts to right the situation turn out to be good intentions selfishly mismanaged.

Publication Date: December 31, 2019
contemporary read in 2020 book club

The Splendid and the Vile
Erik Larson

What It's About: On Winston Churchill's first day as prime minister, Adolf Hitler invaded Holland and Belgium. Poland and Czechoslovakia had already fallen, and the Dunkirk evacuation was just two weeks away. For the next twelve months, Hitler would wage a relentless bombing campaign, killing 45,000 Britons. It was up to Churchill to hold his country together and persuade President Franklin Roosevelt that Britain was a worthy ally--and willing to fight to the end...

Publication Date: February 25, 2020
history non fiction biography

The Power
Naomi Alderman

What It's About: In THE POWER, the world is a recognizable place: there's a rich Nigerian boy who lounges around the family pool; a foster kid whose religious parents hide their true nature; an ambitious American politician; a tough London girl from a tricky family. But then a vital new force takes root and flourishes, causing their lives to converge with devastating effect...

Publication Date: October 27, 2016
science fiction sci fi book club

The Whisper Man
Alex North

What It's About: In this dark, suspenseful thriller, Alex North weaves a multi-generational tale of a father and son caught in the crosshairs of an investigation to catch a serial killer preying on a small town.

After the sudden death of his wife, Tom Kennedy believes a fresh start will help him and his young son Jake heal...

Publication Date: June 13, 2019
thriller mystery mystery thriller

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