Book Club Corner: April Recommendations

Welcome to our Book Club Corner, where each month we highlight books new to paperback we think would make perfect picks for your next book club discussion.

If you’re looking to join a book club, we host a wide variety of free, bookseller-run book clubs right here at BookPeople. Join us! We love to talk books. 


Featured Books of the Month:

untamed stateAn Untamed State by Roxane Gay

Roxane Gay has built up a huge following online writing for such outlets as Salon and The Rumpus. In print, her work has appeared in such places as Best American Short Stories 2012, Oxford American, American Short Fiction, and The New York Times Book Review. This is her first novel and boy, howdy, did she absolutely knock our socks off.

Here’s what Julie says about An Untamed State: “This powerful novel about a woman kidnapped for ransom in Haiti grabbed me from the first sentence and held me, riveted and breathless, to the very last page. Gay is unflinching as she conveys the emotional, psychological and physical devastation of Mirielle Jameson during and following her captivity. Mirielle’s strength is the real backbone of this novel and held me fast as I worked through the difficult scenes of brutal treatment at the hands of her captors. This novel has me thinking about freedom, what it affords me and what it really means to be free, what I take for granted, and how a presumption of freedom defines my sense of self. There’s plenty more to dig into in this book, as well: economic disparity and dangerous assumptions on the part of both the rich and the poor; the cultural gulf between parents and children raised in different countries; and the power and responsibilities of love. Just a phenomenal, unforgettable read.”

BONUS: Roxane Gay will be here at BookPeople May 19!


cold songThe Cold Song by Linn Ullmann

For those of you out there who enjoy a good, dark literary mystery (think of Tana French’s In the Woods), pick up a copy of The Cold Song by Linn Ullmann (daughter of Liv Ullmann and Ingmar Bergman). This haunting tale of a loving but troubled married couple living on the coast of Norway and the tragic death of the woman they hire to care for their daughter will have you talking about the delicate tensions of family dynamics, family secrets, how we tell each other stories, and how we invent and reinvent our own lives. 

Check out The Cold Song reading group guide on the publisher’s website. 


other typistThe Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell

Did your group love The Chaperone or Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures? Here’s another debut novel you may enjoy set in the jazz and dazzle of 1920s New York City. Kirkus Reviews named this one of its Best Books of the year and Keira Nightley has already optioned film rights. The novel follows Rose Baker, a typist for the New York City Police Department, as she falls under the stylish, coquettish spell of a new typist who joins the pool. Rose soon finds herself drawn into a whole new speak-easy side of New York. Reviewers have compared The Other Typist to The Great Gatsby for its sharp, sparkling look at this period of time. You’ll talk old New York, friendship, obsession and the life of single women in 1920s America.


gone girlGone Girl by Gillian Flynn

You’ve waited for it…. And waited for it…. And WAITED for it…. And now it’s finally here! Gone Girl, the crazy huge nonstop everyone’s reading it everwhere best best BESTseller is FINALLY IN PAPERBACK! Do we need to say much about this one? A seemingly perfect couple. A wife goes missing. Did the husband murder her? Oh, but of course, it’s never that simple. Moving between the points of view of the husband and wife, Flynn’s thriller unfolds with a bang. You’ll talk about marriage, how well you can ever really know the one you love, the movie version Ben Affleck is making, and whether you’re #TeamAmy or #TeamNick. Will the book live up to the hype? Only one way to find out. 


Featured Wine of the Month: 

el gato negro

El Gato Negro – Malbec, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, it’s all good! 

Pick up a bottle of this cool cat for $3.99 at Wheatsville Food Co-op. That’s right, $3.99. You can tell your fellow members you spent $15 and they’ll believe you. The wine connoisseurs among us have yet to be disappointed by any of El Gato Negro’s Chilean varietals. Tell Wheatsville BookPeople sent you. And that we love them.


Featured Book Club Event:

Laurie Loewenstein
Unmentionables (novel; paperback)
Wednesday, April 30 at 7pm
Event Info

Marian Elliot Adams, an outspoken advocate for sensible undergarments for women, sweeps onto the Chautauqua stage under a brown canvas tent on a sweltering August night in 1917, and shocks the gathered town of Emporia with her speech: How can women compete with men in the work place and in life if they are confined by their undergarments? Laurie Lowenstein’s new novel explores how nineteenth century Emporia was forced into the twentieth century by considering its unspoken rules governing social order, women and Negroes.

Laurie Loewenstein has written five previous novels and the memoir Lies My Mother Never Told Me. Unmentionables debuts in paperback, making it a great way for you and your group to jump into her work. Invite everyone down to BookPeople on April 30 to check it out.

3 thoughts on “Book Club Corner: April Recommendations

  1. Interesting recommendations! As a huge 1920s buff I loved the style of The Other Typist, but found the plot ultimately lacking – without giving spoilers, I’m not entirely convinced I got the ending at all! Loved Gone Girl, and will add the other two to my to-read list – thank you!

  2. Yes I love the reads that take us back to other era’s, I felt the same way Claire does about The Other Typist. But loved the 20’s. I am currently reading a novel about the 1950’s, it’s so good. By Julian David Stone, for his info. It’s called Strange Birth, Short Life and Sudden Death of Justice Girl. It’s about the TV era when it was really coming alive. It’s been a great read!

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