12 of the Best Sharable Stories

  • October 1, 2014

Is your book club searching for its next great read? Here's a dozen suggestions to get you started!

12 of the Best Sharable Stories

October is National Reading Group Month! If your book club isn’t sure what to read next, try one of these best-of-2014 titles suggested by the Women’s National Book Association, the organization behind NRGM.

  1. Euphoria by Lily King. “A breathtaking novel about three young anthropologists of the 1930s caught in a passionate love triangle that threatens their bonds, their careers, and, ultimately, their lives.”

  2. Foreign Gods, Inc. by Okey Ndibe. “Foreign Gods, Inc., tells the story of Ike, a New York-based Nigerian cab driver who sets out to steal the statue of an ancient war deity from his home village and sell it to a New York gallery.”

  3. Where Somebody Waits by Margaret Kaufman. “Where Somebody Waits instantly transports you to small-town Arkansas more than a half-century ago — a world of catfish and bourbon-and-Coke; of tent revival meetings and less boisterous discussions about heaven and hell; of finding love or just dreaming about it.”

  4. Marching to Zion by Mary Glickman. “The tempestuous, tragic love story of a beautiful Jewish immigrant and a charismatic black man during the early 20th century.”

  5. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. “A beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.”

  6. Children of the Jacaranda Tree by Sahar Delijani. “Set in post-revolutionary Iran, this gripping novel is a blistering indictment of tyranny, a poignant tribute to those who bear the scars of it, and a celebration of the human heart’s eternal yearning for freedom.”

  7. Neverhome by Laird Hunt. “She calls herself Ash, but that’s not her real name. She is a farmer’s faithful wife, but she has left her husband to don the uniform of a Union soldier in the Civil War.”

  8. Painted Horses by Malcolm Brooks. “In this ambitious debut, Brooks animates [the 1950s American West] in a tale of the modern and the ancient, of love and fate, and of heritage threatened by progress.”

  9. Cataract City by Craig Davidson. “A searing novel about two friends on opposite sides of the law.”

  10. The Promise by Ann Weisgarber. “1900. Young pianist Catherine Wainwright flees the fashionable town of Dayton, Ohio, in the wake of a terrible scandal. Heartbroken and facing destitution, she finds herself striking up correspondence with a childhood admirer.”

  11. An Untamed State by Roxane Gay. “Mireille Duval Jameson is living a fairy tale. The strong-willed youngest daughter of one of Haiti’s richest sons, she has an adoring husband, a precocious infant son, by all appearances a perfect life. The fairy tale ends one day when Mireille is kidnapped in broad daylight by a gang of heavily armed men, in front of her father’s Port au Prince estate.”

  12. The Commandant of Lubizec by Patrick Hicks. “After the Nazis invaded Poland in 1939, they quickly began persecuting anyone who was Jewish. Death camps were built and something called ‘Operation Reinhard’ was set into motion. Its goal? To murder all the Jews of Poland.”

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