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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
A humorous, gritty, autobiographical novel of a budding cartoonist, who leaves his troubled school on a Spokane Indian reservation to attend an all-white town school. Book Discussion Questions from Hachette
The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
As the slowing down of the earth's rotation portends a coming apocalypse, Julia also faces adolescent struggles with friendships, first love, and family problems in this combination coming-of-age and science fiction novel. Book Discussion Questions from the author
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Blind Marie-Laure has escaped war-torn Paris for the French seaside town of Saint-Malo along with her father and a precious jewel, determined to keep it out of Nazi hands.  German boy Gunther’s talent with radios makes him a valuable asset to the Nazi war effort, but he struggles to cope with the human cost of his intelligence.  By the end of the war, the two children’s stories intertwine as they try to hold on to their humanity in Doerr’s Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller.  Book Discussion Questions from Simon and Schuster
All the Things You Are by Declan Hughes
A childhood Halloween prank with horrible consequences comes back to haunt a man and his family in this Madison-set thriller.   Book Discussion Questions from MPL
American Dervish by Ayad Akhtar
This coming-of-age story centers on young Hayat Shah, a Pakistani-American living in Milwaukee. His family'’s dynamics, and their various levels of engagement with Islam, are at the center of the novel. Book Discussion Questions from Book Browse
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
A young woman experiences racism for the first time after she leaves her native Nigeria, which is under oppressive military dictatorship, to attend college in the United States. Meanwhile, her boyfriend lives a miserable life in London as an illegal immigrant. Book Discussion Questions from LitLovers
Among the Ten Thousand Things by Julia Pierpont
Deb has always known that her artist husband Jack hasn’t always been faithful, even while she gave up her career to be a wife and mother to their two children.  But when evidence of his latest betrayal lands in their 11 year old daughter’s hands, Deb must make a choice:  try to save a marriage when her children know all of the dirty secrets of their father’s infidelity, or end the marriage permanently. Book Discussion Questions from Penguin Random House
And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
 In 1952, a poor Afghan father travels across the desert with his young son and daughter, about to make a decision that will have complex repercussions for years to come in this saga of family love, honor and sacrifice.    Book Discussion Questions from LitLovers
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: a Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver
Kingsolver and her family eat only local food for a year, including home-raised turkeys and chickens and garden grown and canned veggies. Book Discussion Questions from ReadingGroupGuides
Ape House by Sara Gruen
In this novel of drama and satire, the bombing of the Great Ape Language Lab and the subsequent removal of their bonobo apes to a new life on reality TV brings together married reporter John Thigpen and primate-loving scientist Isabel Duncan. Book Discussion Questions from O: The Oprah Magazine
The Art of Fielding : a novel by Chad Harbach
Hank Skirmshander looks to be a rising baseball star, but his talents take a serious dive while playing for Westish College.  His one errant throw impacts the lives of five people in unexpected ways. Book Discussion Questions from Book Browse
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
A tale of love, loyalty, child custody, death and betrayal with parallels to the sport of auto racing... narrated by a dog. Book Discussion Questions from LitLovers
At Home: A Short History of a Private Life by Bill Bryson
Bill Bryson relates the history of a household by touring his own home, a Church of England rectory built in the nineteenth century, and relating stories of everyday objects and how they transformed the way people lived. Book Discussion Questions from LitLovers
Away by Amy Bloom
Lillian Leyb, survivor of a Russian massacre, immigrates to New York in 1924.  Upon learning her 3-year-old daughter may still be alive, she journeys across North America through the Yukon wilderness and over the Bering Strait to find her. Book Discussion Questions from BookBrowse
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dal Sijie
Two boys are sent to the countryside to be re-educated in this fable set during China's Cultural Revolution. They discover hope through forbidden western literature, but find hope can be cruel and corrupting. Book Discussion Questions from ReadingGroupGuides
Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua
An honest and controversial memoir of a Chinese-American mother who parents her two high achieving daughters in a strict, authoritarian way. Book Discussion Questions from MPL
The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver
Young, independent Taylor heads west from Kentucky to Tucson, seeking a life change. Young, independent Taylor heads west from Kentucky to Tucson, seeking a life change. Book Discussion Questions from ReadingGroupGuides
Before I Go To Sleep by S. J. Watson
Following a mysterious accident, a woman suffers amnesia and cannot remember her past or form new memories.  She desperately tries to uncover the truth in this psychological thriller concerned with questions of memory and identity. Book Discussion Questions from Reading Group Guides
Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
One foggy night, a private plane takes off from Martha’s Vineyard.  Sixteen minutes later, it plunges straight into the sea.  Only two survive.  Was it an accident?  Murder?  Just a simple twist of fate?  As each of the passengers’ stories is revealed, the answer becomes more elusive.  Book Discussion Questions from Reading Group Guides
Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson
Ruby Lennox gives an account of family life above a petshop in England, revealing the lives of the women in her family, from her great-grandmother's affair with a French photographer to her mother's unfulfilled dreams of Hollywood glamour. Book Discussion Questions from ReadingGroupGuides
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande
While modern medicine has developed breathtaking advances in the pursuit to extend life, the ability of doctors treat the realities of aging and dying often runs counter to the best interests of the patient.  Surgeon Gawande examines the limitations of medicine at the end of life, and speaks with those in the profession who are turning ‘a good death’ into a quality life to the very end.  Book Discussion Questions from Reading Group Guides
Belong to Me by Marisa De los Santos
The intertwined stories of three women in suburban Philadelphia: newly arrived Cornelia searching for a new life; judgmental, perfectionist Piper struggling with her best friend's cancer; and elusive, free-spirited Lake. Book Discussion Questions from ReadingGroupGuides
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
In this National Book Award-winning memoir, journalist Coates recounts his experience growing up black and offers penetrating insight into the state of race relations in America today.  Book Discussion Questions from the University of Central Florida College of Health and Public Affairs
Blessings by Anna Quindlen
Found in a box on the doorstep of the richest woman in town, a newborn baby brings the parallel worlds of 'upstairs' and 'downstairs' together. Discussion Questions courtesy of ReadingGroupGuides
The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
In this multi-layered novel, a dying octogenarian recalls her past, including her forced marriage, her sister's suicide, and the publication of her sister's science fiction novel, The Blind Assassin. Book Discussion Questions from ReadingGroupGuides