SEPTEMBER BOOK CLUB PICKS

You by Caroline Kepnes

When a beautiful, aspiring writer strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do: he Googles the name on her credit card. There is only one Guinevere Beck in New York City. She has a public Facebook account and Tweets incessantly, telling Joe everything he needs to know, including the fact that and she’ll be at a bar in Brooklyn tonight—the perfect place for a “chance” meeting. As Joe invisibly and obsessively takes control of Beck’s life, he orchestrates a series of events to ensure Beck finds herself in his waiting arms. Moving from stalker to boyfriend, Joe transforms himself into Beck’s perfect man, all while quietly removing the obstacles that stand in their way—even if it means murder.
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NON-FICTION PICK

In the Kingdom of Ice by Hampton Sides

On July 8, 1879, Captain George Washington De Long and his team of thirty-two men set sail from San Francisco on the USS "Jeanette." Heading deep into uncharted Arctic waters, they carried the aspirations of a young country burning to be the first nation to reach the North Pole. Two years into the harrowing voyage, the "Jeannette's" hull was breached by an impassable stretch of pack ice, forcing the crew to abandon ship amid torrents of rushing of water. Hours later, the "ship had sunk below the surface, marooning the men a thousand miles north of Siberia, where they faced a terrifying march with minimal supplies across the endless ice pack. Enduring everything from snow blindness and polar bears to ferocious storms and labyrinths of ice, the crew battled madness and starvation as they struggled desperately to survive. With thrilling twists and turns, " In The Kingdom of Ice" is a spellbinding tale of heroism and determination in the most brutal place on Earth."
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FAITHPOINT PICK

A Treasury of Miracles for Friends Karen Kingsbury

In this heartwarming book, the miraculous power of friendship is proven through amazing experiences in the lives of ordinary men and women. Karen Kingsbury has gathered together real-life examples of friends who are there for each other because they want to be, not because they have to be. These uplifting stories illustrate that true friendship is made of love and laughter, compassion and understanding. And when life sends a challenge that cannot be met alone, God provides a friend when one is needed most.
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KIDS' PICK

Drama by Raina Telgemeier

Callie loves theater. And while she would totally try out for her middle school's production of Moon Over Mississippi, she's a terrible singer. Instead she's the set designer for the stage crew, and this year she's determined to create a set worthy of Broadway on a middle-school budget. But how can she, when she doesn't know much about carpentry, ticket sales are down, and the crew members are having trouble working together? Not to mention the onstage AND offstage drama that occurs once the actors are chosen, and when two cute brothers enter the picture, things get even crazier!  Read More »

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TEEN PICK

What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Gwen Castle’s Biggest Mistake Ever, Cassidy Somers, is slumming it as a yard boy on her idyllic island this summer. He’s a rich kid from across the bay, and she’s from a long line of fishermen and housecleaners who keep the island’s summer people happy. Gwen worries a life of cleaning houses will be her fate, too, but just when it looks like she’ll never escape her past—or the island—Gwen’s dad makes a surprising recommendation. Sparks fly and secret histories unravel as Gwen spends a gorgeous, restless summer struggling to come to terms with what she thought was true—about the place she lives, the people she loves, and even herself.  Read More »

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LITERARY PICK

Summer House with Swimming Pool by Herman Koch

When a medical procedure goes horribly wrong and famous actor Ralph Meier winds up dead, Dr. Marc Schlosser needs to come up with some answers. After all, reputation is everything in this business. Personally, he’s not exactly upset that Ralph is gone, but as a high profile doctor to the stars, Marc can’t hide from the truth forever. Featuring the razor-sharp humor and acute psychological insight that made "The Dinner" an international phenomenon, "Summer House with Swimming Pool" is a controversial, thought-provoking novel that showcases Herman Koch at his finest.  Read More »

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