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Book of the Month

"James"
by Percival Everett

Our April Book of the Month

"James"
by Percival Everett

Our April Book of the Month

March: “Wandering Stars” by Tommy Orange

Wandering Stars by Tommy Orange Our March 2024 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK Colorado, 1864. Star, a young survivor of the Sand Creek Massacre, is brought to the Fort Marion Prison Castle, where he is forced to learn English and practice Christianity by Richard...

February: “Leaving” by Roxana Robinson

Leaving by Roxana Robinson Our February 2024 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK “I never thought I’d see you here,” Sarah says. Then she adds, “But I never thought I’d see you anywhere.” Sarah and Warren’s college love story ended in a single moment. Decades later, when...

January: “Martyr!” by Kaveh Akbar

Martyr! by Kaveh Akbar Our January 2024 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK Cyrus Shams is a young man grappling with an inheritance of violence and loss: his mother’s plane was shot down over the skies of the Persian Gulf in a senseless accident; and his father’s life...

December: “The Vulnerables” by Sigrid Nunez

The Vulnerables by Sigrid Nunez Our December 2023 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK Elegy plus comedy is the only way to express how we live in the world today, says a character in Sigrid Nunez’s ninth novel. The Vulnerables offers a meditation on our contemporary era,...

November: “North Woods” by Daniel Mason

North Woods by Daniel Mason Our November 2023 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK When two young lovers abscond from a Puritan colony, little do they know that their humble cabin in the woods will become the home of an extraordinary succession of human and nonhuman...

October: “Night Watch” by Jayne Anne Phillips

Night Watch by Jayne Ann Phillips Our October 2023 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK In 1874, in the wake of the War, erasure, trauma, and namelessness haunt civilians and veterans, renegades and wanderers, freedmen and runaways. Twelve-year-old ConaLee, the adult in...

August: “Tom Lake” by Ann Patchett

Tom Lake by Ann Patchett Our August 2023 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK In the spring of 2020, Lara’s three daughters return to the family’s orchard in Northern Michigan. While picking cherries, they beg their mother to tell them the story of Peter Duke, a famous...

July: “The Mythmakers” by Keziah Weir

The Mythmakers by Keziah Weir Our July 2023 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK Sal Cannon’s life is in shambles. Her relationship is crumbling, and her career in journalism hits a low point after it’s revealed that her profile of a playwright is full of inaccuracies....

June: “Chain-Gang All-Stars” by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

Chain-Gang All-Starsby Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah Our June 2023 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK She felt their eyes, all those executioners… Loretta Thurwar and Hamara “Hurricane Staxxx” Stacker are the stars of Chain-Gang All-Stars, the cornerstone of CAPE, or...

May: “The Covenant of Water” by Abraham Verghese

The Covenant of Waterby Abraham Verghese Our May 2023 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK The Covenant of Water is the long-awaited new novel by Abraham Verghese, the author of Cutting for Stone. Published in 2009, Cutting for Stone became a literary phenomenon, selling...

April: “Take What You Need” by Idra Novey

Take What You Need by Idra Novey Our April 2023 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK Set in the Allegheny Mountains of Appalachia, Take What You Need traces the parallel lives of Jean and her beloved but estranged stepdaughter, Leah, who’s sought a clean break from her...

March: “I Have Some Questions for You” by Rebecca Makkai

I Have Some Questions for You by Rebecca Makkai Our March 2023 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK A successful film professor and podcaster, Bodie Kane is content to forget her past — the family tragedy that marred her adolescence, her four largely miserable years at a...

February: “My Nemesis” – Charmaine Craig

My Nemesis by Charmaine Craig Our February 2023 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK Tessa is a successful writer who develops a friendship, first by correspondence and then in person, with Charlie, a ruggedly handsome philosopher and scholar based in Los Angeles. Sparks...

January: “The New Life” by Tom Crewe

The New Life by Tom Crewe Our January 2023 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK In this powerful, visceral novel about love, sex, and the struggle for a better world, two men collaborate on a book in defense of homosexuality, then a crime — risking their old lives in the...

December: “A Book of Days” by Patti Smith

A Book of Days by Patti Smith Our December 2022 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK In 2018, without any plan or agenda for what might happen next, Patti Smith posted her first Instagram photo: her hand with the simple message “Hello Everybody!” Known for shooting with...

November: “Demon Copperhead” by Barbara Kingsolver

Demon Copperheadby Barbara Kingsolver Our November 2022 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK “Anyone will tell you the born of this world are marked from the get-out, win or lose.” Demon Copperhead is set in the mountains of southern Appalachia. It’s the story of a boy...

October: “Our Missing Hearts” by Celeste Ng

Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng Our October 2022 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK Twelve-year-old Bird Gardner lives a quiet existence with his loving but broken father, a former linguist who now shelves books in a university library. Bird knows to not ask too many...

September: “The Boys” by Katie Hafner

The Boys by Katie Hafner Our September 2022 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK When introverted Ethan Fawcett marries fun-loving Barb, so comfortable in the world, he has every reason to believe he will be delivered from a lifetime of solitude. She fills his world with...

August: “A Map for the Missing” by Belinda Huijuan Tang

A Map For the Missing by Belinda Huijuan Tang Our August 2022 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK Tang Yitian has been living in America for almost a decade when he receives an urgent phone call from his mother: his father has disappeared from the family’s rural village...

July: “The Latecomer” by Jean Hanff Korelitz

The Latecomerby Jean Hanff Korelitz Our July 2022 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK The Latecomer follows the story of the wealthy, New York City-based Oppenheimer family, from the first meeting of parents Salo and Johanna, under tragic circumstances, to their triplets...

June: “This Time Tomorrow” by Emma Straub

This Time Tomorrow by Emma Straub Our June 2022 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK On the eve of her 40th birthday, Alice’s life isn’t terrible. She likes her job, even if it isn’t exactly the one she expected. She’s happy with her apartment, her romantic status, her...

May: “Trust” by Hernan Diaz

Trust by Hernan Diaz Our May 2022 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK Even through the roar and effervescence of the 1920s, everyone in New York has heard of Benjamin and Helen Rask. He is a legendary Wall Street tycoon; she is the daughter of eccentric aristocrats....

April: “Mecca” by Susan Straight

Mecca by Susan Straight Our April 2022 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK Johnny Frías has California in his blood. A descendant of the state’s Indigenous people and Mexican settlers, he has Southern California’s forgotten towns and canyons in his soul. He spends his...

March: “Free Love” by Tessa Hadley

Free Love by Tessa Hadley Our March 2022 Book of the Month Our March Book of the Month, Free Love by Tessa Hadley, is a wonderful contemporary companion to our series about the shift from the traditional marriage plot by female writers. Hadley’s omniscient narration...

February: “Honor” by Thrity Umrigar

Honor by Thrity Umrigar Our February 2022 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK Indian American journalist Smita has returned to India to cover a story, but reluctantly: long ago she and her family left the country with no intention of ever coming back. As she follows the...

January: “Olga Dies Dreaming” by Xochitl Gonzalez

Olga Dies Dreaming by Xochitl Gonzalez Our January 2022 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK It’s 2017, and Olga and her brother, Pedro “Prieto” Acevedo, are boldfaced names in their hometown of New York. Prieto is a popular congressman representing their gentrifying...

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