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The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
In this literary novel, a 13-year-old-boy survives a terrorist explosion at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, which kills his mother.  He then finds himself the owner of a seventeenth century Dutch painting called “The Goldfinch,” and drawn into the dark and mysterious underworld of art dealing.  Book Discussion Questions from LitLovers
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
On the fifth anniversary of a seemingly ideal couple, wife Amy disappears and her husband Nick becomes the chief suspect. The novel alternates between Nick's point of view and Amy's (via her diary entries), engaging the reader in which version of events is accurate-- if any. Book Discussion Questions from Lit Lovers
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann and Annie Barrows Shaffer
A novel in letters about the WWII German occupation of Guernsey, one of the Channel Islands between France and England. An often sweet and funny book, with tinges of sadness. Book Discussion Questions from ReadingGroupGuides
Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach
Intrepid science reporter Mary Roach follows the bread crumbs in her exploration of the weird, sometimes disgusting but always fascinating account of what happens to our food after we swallow. Book Discussion Questions from MPL
H Is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
British naturalist Macdonald undertakes the training of a goshawk as a means of working through the grief at the sudden loss her father, himself a falconer.    Book Discussion Questions from Grove Atlantic
Half Broke Horses by Jeanette Walls
A fictionalized biography of the author's  grandmother, Lily Casey Smith,  who was a mustang breaker, school teacher, bootlegger, poker player, racehorse rider, bush pilot, ranch wife and mother. Book Discussion Questions from Simon & Schuster
Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
Two Pulitzer Prize winning authors issue a call to arms against the oppression of women in the developing world. The book highlights individuals working to effect change -- covering topics such as sex slavery, maternal mortality, and gender-based violence. Book Discussion Questions from Book Browse
Handle With Care by Jodi Picoult
A daughter born with a severe bone disease is the central focus of the family, to the detriment of her older sister and her parents’ marriage. When her mother pursues a suit against her obstetrician best friend, the family implodes. Book Discussion Questions from LitLovers
The Happiness Project: or, the Way I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right... by Gretchen Rubin
A chronicle of the author's year long quest to find happiness through testing ideas from age old wisdom, popular culture, and current scientific research. Book Discussion Questions from Oprah
Have Mercy on Us All by Fred Vargas
In this detective novel/biothriller French medievalist and archaeologist author Fred Vargas combines historical cryptology, the history of the plague and street life in modern day Paris. Book Discussion Questions from MPL
The Heat of the Moon by Sandra Parshall
This psychological mystery and romance set in suburban Washington, D.C. focuses on a veterinarian, her sister and mother, and the death of her father in an automobile accident when she was a child. Book Discussion Questions from MPL
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
In 1960s Jackson, Mississippi aspiring author Skeeter, who is white, gains the trust of some of the town's black maids and departs from her newspaper advice column assignment to secretly write a book from their point of view about being 'the help.' Book Discussion Questions from LitLovers
Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
A gothic ghost story and tale of sibling rivalry begins with the death of Elspeth Noblin, who bequeaths her London flat bordering on historic Highgate Cemetery to the twin daughters of her long estranged twin sister in Chicago. Book Discussion Questions from LitLovers
Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance
A personal reflection on upward mobility in America seen through the lens of a white, working-class family in the Midwest.  The UW-Madison Go Big Read Common Book Program selection for 2017.  Book Discussion Questions from MPL/UW-Madison
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
In this acclaimed prequel to The Lord of the Rings, hobbit Bilbo Baggins has his peaceful existence interrupted when he is persuaded to join a band of dwarfs in retrieving a famous hoard of gold far beyond the Misty Mountains.  Along the way, he encounters trolls, elves and the ferocious dragon Smaug. Book Discussion Questions from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
This novel follows the fate of two half-sisters born in eighteenth century Ghana, and their descendants.  One sister marries the British head of a slave trading colony, while the other is captured in the same colony and sold into American slavery.  Book Discussion Questions from LitLovers
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
A chance discovery of items left behind by Japanese-Americans forced into internment camps during World War II causes Henry Lee, a Chinese-American and recent widower, to reflect on his first romance with Keiko, which ended when her family was evacuated. Book Discussion Questions from ReadingGroupGuides
House Rules : a novel by Jodi Piccoult
Jacob Hunt, a teen with Asperger’s syndrome, becomes a suspect in a terrible murder which shines the spotlight on his family.  This medical courtroom drama deals with issues of what it means to be different, how autism affects the family, and how the legal system can fail people who cannot communicate well. Book Discussion Questions from Simon & Schuster
How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez
Interwoven stories of four Latina sisters chronicling their assimilation into the United States and their visits back to the Dominican Republic. Book Discussion Questions from LitLovers
The Hungry Tide by Amitav Ghosh
An Indian-American researcher arrives in a remote area of India to study the freshwater dolphins and meets two very different men, each important to her work and life there. Book Discussion Questions from MPL
The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
In this novel by Australian Moriarty, three women are caught up in marital strife and murder when one of them finds, and reads, a letter meant to be opened after her husband’s death.  Book Discussion Questions from Reading Group Guides
I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai
Shot in the head on her way home from her Pakistan school, Malala was targeted by the Taliban because she publicly advocated for girls’ education and attended school herself. In her book, Malala blends the politics and the personal into a story not just of what happened to her, but also the difficulties-- both politically and otherwise-- in Pakistan today. Chosen as UW-Madison's 2014 Go Big Read selection. Research Guide provided by Go Big Read
I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron
A candid, wry, amusing collection of essays on women getting older and dealing with the tribulations of maintenance, menopause, empty nests---and life itself. Book Discussion Questions from ReadingGroupGuides
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
The story of Henrietta Lacks, an African-American cancer patient, wife and mother, and of her cells, known as HeLa cells. HeLa cells are used daily in labs worldwide, yet Lacks' family was unaware of their use until more than 20 years after her death. Research Guide from UW
In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto by Michael Pollan
A tough, witty discourse on why food is more than the sum of its nutritional parts. Book Discussion Questions from MPL