People love to talk about books, and one of the best ways to do this is through a book club. Book clubs can be an important social outlet for many people. They bring us together by providing a place to share experiences, make new friends, and learn about each other. If you are part of a book club, you might want to read one of these three books as your next pick. If you aren’t, they just might inspire you start one!
The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires, by Grady Hendrix – It’s the late 80’s in Charleston, South Carolina, and Patricia Campbell is bored with her life. She gave up her nursing career to be a housewife and stay-at-home mom, but now she rarely sees her husband, and her children spend most of their time in their bedrooms. The only exciting thing her life is her book club, where they read true crime books, and exchange juicy gossip. When a handsome stranger moves into the neighborhood, things begin to change. At first, Patty thinks he’s wonderful, despite his odd habits. He’s charismatic, and is soon a large part of the community. But when children start to go missing, Patty begins to suspect that he’s behind it. At first she thinks he might be the next Ted Bundy, but later realizes that he might be something much, much worse, and it’s up to her book club to find out what’s really going on. This one is about neighborhood drama, friendship and loyalty, and how far we will go to protect those we love. It’s a little bit scary, a little bit gross, and a lot of fun.
The Toni Morrison Book Club, by Juda Bennett, Winnifred Brown-Glaude, Cassandra Jackson, and Piper Kendrix Williams – These four friends, all college professors, spend a lot of time discussing Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison’s books, and what they mean to each of them individually. Their discussions led them to writing this book. The group chose four of Morrison’s novels, and they all wrote two essays, each one about a different book, and what it means to them. Covering racism, parenthood, sexism, and more, these essays are deeply personal, powerful, and thought provoking. This book is about how book clubs and literature can bring us together, spark difficult, but necessary conversations, and grow.
The Bromance Book Club, by Lyssa Kay Adams – On the surface, baseball player Gavin Scott has it all – a loving wife, two adorable twin daughters, and a job he loves. When his wife Thea tells him that she’s been unhappy for years and wants a divorce, he is completely blindsided. Seeing how depressed he is, his teammates invite him to join their secret book club, where they read nothing but romance novels. Using their current read as a guide, the men will help Gavin heal his relationship with his wife. Told with alternating chapters between Gavin and Thea, with excerpts from the book club book itself, this one is romantic, funny, and just the right amount of steamy.
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