Seattle Picks: Book Group Best Bets--Fiction

Americanah
Americanah By Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi Book - 2013 FIC ADICHIE 2013 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 236 on 85 copies

Annotation:Ifemelu, a Nigerian woman studying in America, reflects on her love life, but it is her sharp, poignant observations about race that provide real energy and depth to this romantic, moving novel.

Tell the Wolves I'm Home
Tell the Wolves I'm Home A Novel By Brunt, Carol Rifka Book - 2012 FIC BRUNT 2012 Available in some locations Holds: 15 on 30 copies

Annotation:When her uncle dies of AIDS, June loses her best friend and confidant. This coming-of-age debut novel is tender, subtle and expertly crafted as it explores love and loss.

The Orchardist
The Orchardist A Novel By Coplin, Amanda Book - 2012 FIC COPLIN 2012 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 91 on 28 copies

Annotation:In the early 1900s, William Talmadge quietly tends his orchards in eastern Washington until his life is upturned by the arrival of two pregnant teenage girls. Winner of the 2013 Washington State Book Award.

Claire of the Sea Light
Claire of the Sea Light By Danticat, Edwidge Book - 2013 FIC DANTICA 2013 Available in some locations Holds: 8 on 23 copies

Annotation:Just before her father sends her away for a “chance at a better life,” Claire disappears. Islanders discover secrets and harsh truths as they search for her in this beautiful, haunting story.

This Is How You Lose Her
This Is How You Lose Her By Díaz, Junot Book - 2012 FIC DIAZ 2012 Available in some locations Holds: 12 on 25 copies

Annotation:Yunior, a Dominican man in New Jersey, navigates life and relationships with a machismo swagger. This Pulitzer Prize–winning author brings comic and tragic weight to Yunior’s everyday struggles and triumphs.

The Round House
The Round House By Erdrich, Louise Book - 2012 FIC ERDRICH 2012 Available in some locations Holds: 37 on 29 copies

Annotation:Thirteen-year-old Joe's world is turned upside down after his mother is a victim of a horrific attack on their reservation. While tribal and federal authorities face off, Joe and his friends unravel the truth.

My Brilliant Friend
My Brilliant Friend Childhood, Adolescence By Ferrante, Elena Book - 2012 FIC FERRANT 2012 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 185 on 40 copies

Annotation:Elena and Lila grow up in 1950s Naples, Italy, where poverty and familial expectations determine young girls’ lives and education. First in a quartet, this compelling novel takes a powerful look at a complex lifelong friendship.

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk By Fountain, Ben Book - 2012 FIC FOUNTAI 2012 Available in some locations Holds: 13 on 26 copies

Annotation:Back from Iraq, Billy Lynn and the other surviving members of Bravo Company are invited to a Dallas Cowboys game on the final leg of their victory tour, with surreal results.

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves By Fowler, Karen Joy Book - 2013 FIC FOWLER 2013 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 38 on 46 copies

Annotation:Growing up as part of an academic experiment in a college town in the 1970s, Rosemary Cook’s complicated relationship with her chimpanzee sibling continues to shape her into young adulthood.

The Fault in Our Stars
The Fault in Our Stars By Green, John Book - 2012 YA GREEN Available in some locations Holds: 37 on 107 copies

Annotation:Teenagers Hazel and Gus meet in a cancer support group, fall in love and explore life's questions and uncertainties together in this honest, unforgettable story.

The Art of Fielding
The Art of Fielding A Novel By Harbach, Chad Book - 2011 FIC HARBACH 2011 Available in some locations Holds: 13 on 22 copies

Annotation:At Westish College, a baseball prodigy’s star rises and falls, the esteemed college president has his first love affair with a young man, and the president’s daughter returns home after a failed marriage.

The Book of Unknown Americans
The Book of Unknown Americans A Novel By Henríquez, Cristina Book - 2014 FIC HENRIQU 2014 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 94 on 19 copies

Annotation:Love begins at a Dollar Tree store in Delaware when Mayor, a young man from Panama, meets Maribel, whose family has left Mexico in hopes of getting her the medical attention she needs.

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry A Novel By Joyce, Rachel Book - 2012 FIC JOYCE 2012 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 16 on 21 copies

Annotation:A letter from an old, ailing colleague spurs Harold to do the unexpected: walk 600 miles across rural England to hand-deliver his reply in the hopes that it might keep Queenie Hennessy alive.

The Invention of Wings
The Invention of Wings By Kidd, Sue Monk Book - 2014 FIC KIDD 2014 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 114 on 109 copies

Annotation:The true story of abolitionist Sarah Grimké, the daughter of a plantation owner in pre–Civil War South Carolina, inspired this historical novel narrated by Handful, a Grimké family slave.

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena A Novel By Marra, Anthony Book - 2013 FIC MARRA 2013 Available in some locations Holds: 34 on 30 copies

Annotation:The lives of three disparate people intertwine while saving a child’s life in a novel that spans 1994–2004, covering two wars in Chechnya, in a story both brutal and beautiful.

Someone
Someone By McDermott, Alice Book - 2013 FIC MCDERMO 2013 Available in some locations Holds: 30 on 34 copies

Annotation:A careful and intimate study of an ordinary life—in this case an Irish Catholic girl named Marie Commeford who grows up in 1930s Brooklyn—illustrates how everyone is someone who matters.

The Son
The Son By Meyer, Philipp Book - 2013 FIC MEYER 2013 Available in some locations Holds: 15 on 25 copies

Annotation:A coming-of-age story, a sprawling tale of the American West and a portrait of the McCullough family through several generations play out in three story lines, past and present.

The Secret Keeper
The Secret Keeper A Novel By Morton, Kate Book - 2012 FIC MORTON 2012 Available in some locations Holds: 7 on 27 copies

Annotation:This haunting story, set in London during World War II and the present day, is a complex, richly woven tale of survival, betrayal and family secrets.

The Bees
The Bees By Paull, Laline Book - 2014 FIC PAULL 2014 Available in some locations Holds: 11 on 21 copies

Annotation:Flora 717 is a sanitation bee in her hive, the lowest caste in her group. When she enters the world of the Queen’s sanctum, she inadvertently disobeys orders with radical consequences.

The Yellow Birds
The Yellow Birds A Novel By Powers, Kevin Book - 2012 FIC POWERS 2012 Available in some locations Holds: 11 on 26 copies

Annotation:Two young soldiers cling to life and their unspoken pact to protect each other while deployed in Iraq. Powers, a poet and a veteran, presents a gritty, realistic portrait of war.

My Real Children
My Real Children By Walton, Jo Book - 2014 FIC WALTON 2014 Available in some locations Holds: 18 on 14 copies

Annotation:In a story about love and memory, Patricia Cowan, now in a care facility, remembers two parallel lives—one where she had four children with a man, and another where she had three children with a woman.

The Interestings
The Interestings By Wolitzer, Meg Book - 2013 FIC WOLITZE 2013 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 37 on 0 copies

Annotation:A group of friends who meet at an exclusive summer camp in the 1970s remain close as they pursue careers, get married and become parents. But group ties can change as people do.

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