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Posted on Nov 1, 2019 in BAM Book Club Picks, Book Clubs, November 2019

November Book Club Picks

November is here and so are new book club picks! Before the rush of the holiday season is in full swing, take a moment to connect with some great books! Hand-picked by our experts just for you, these picks are sure to please at your next book club meeting. Happy reading!

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FICTION PICK

 

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The Accidentals

by Minrose Gwin

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In the fall of 1957, Olivia McAlister is living in Opelika, Mississippi, caring for her two girls, Grace and June, and her husband. She dreams of living a much larger life–seeing Paris and returning to her wartime job at a landing boat factory in New Orleans. As she watches over the birds in her yard, Olivia feels like an “accidental”–a migratory bird blown off course.

When Olivia becomes pregnant again, she makes a fateful decision that reverberates throughout Grace’s and June’s lives. Grace, caught up in an unconventional love affair, becomes one of the “girls who went away” to have a baby in secret. June, guilt-ridden for her part in exposing Grace’s pregnancy, eventually makes an unhappy marriage. Meanwhile Ed Mae Johnson, an African American care worker in a New Orleans orphanage, is drastically impacted by Grace’s choices.

As the years go by, their lives intersect in ways that reflect the unpredictable flights of birds diverted from their expected journey–and the consolations of imperfect return.

LITERARY PICK

 

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Olive Kitteridge

by Elizabeth Strout

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In a voice more powerful and compassionate than ever before, New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Strout binds together thirteen rich, luminous narratives into a book with the heft of a novel, through the presence of one larger-than-life, unforgettable character: Olive Kitteridge.

NON-FICTION PICK

 

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Heartland

by Sarah Smarsh

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An essential read for our times: an eye-opening memoir of working-class poverty in America that will deepen our understanding of the ways in which class shapes our country and “a deeply humane memoir that crackles with clarifying insight.” Beautifully written, in a distinctive voice, Heartland combines personal narrative with powerful analysis and cultural commentary, challenging the myths about people thought to be less because they earn less.

FAITHPOINT PICK

 

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Raised Hunting

by David & Karin Holder

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In bow hunting, being at full draw is the height of adventure, the moment when you’re poised to take your best shot. Hunting enthusiasts and popular Discovery Channel personalities David and Karin Holder believe you can live the same way you hunt–at full draw, excited and ready for whatever God has in store for you. Each chapter is designed to help you take aim spiritually, physically, mentally, and on the hunt. This book will help you become a better hunter. But more importantly, it will help you become a better parent, spouse, friend, and child of God, which is what living at full draw truly means. Discover that real fulfillment is a successful life, not a successful hunt. When you can find a way bring those two things together, you’ve really got something to smile about.

YA PICK

 

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Emergency Contact

by Mary H. K. Choi

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For Penny, high school was a nonevent. Her friends were okay, her grades were fine, and while she’d somehow landed a boyfriend, they never managed to know much about each other. Now she’s is heading to college in Austin, Texas. It’s seventy-nine miles and a zillion light years away from everything she can’t wait to leave behind. Sam’s stuck. Literally, figuratively, emotionally, financially. He works at a café and sleeps there too, on a mattress in an empty storage room. He knows that this is the chapter of his life that will serve as inspiration for when he’s a famous movie director, but right this second things are really testing him. When Sam and Penny cross paths it’s less meet-cute and more a collision of unbearable awkwardness. Still, they swap numbers and stay in touch—via text—and soon become digitally inseparable, sharing their deepest anxieties and secret dreams without the humiliating weirdness of having to, you know, see each other.

KIDS PICK

 

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Keeper of the Lost Cities

by Shannon Messenger

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Twelve-year-old Sophie has never quite fit into her life. She’s skipped multiple grades and doesn’t really connect with the older kids at school, but she’s not comfortable with her family, either. The reason? Sophie’s a Telepath, someone who can read minds. No one knows her secret—at least, that’s what she thinks… The day Sophie meets Fitz, she learns she’s not alone. He’s a Telepath too, and it turns out the reason she has never felt at home is that, well…she isn’t. Fitz opens Sophie’s eyes to a shocking truth, and she is forced to leave behind her family for a new life in a place that is vastly different from what she has ever known.

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