Book of the Month for August 2018: Readers' Choice!

August BOTM: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Book of the Month for August 2018: Readers' Choice!

Lisa SF
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Joined: August 2nd, 2011, 11:43 pm

May 27th, 2018, 5:09 pm #1

Vote for your top choice for the August BOTM:

Total votes: 8
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3(38%)

Poll ended at June 12th, 2018, 2:17 pm

For the August 2018 Book of the Month, it's Readers' Choice!

If you have a book in mind that you'd love to discuss with the group, now's the time to suggest it! 

Here's how it will work:

Anyone who'd like to can suggest a book. Please stick to fiction, under 400 pages, available in the US and UK. Add your post to this thread, including the book title, author, number of pages, and (if possible) a brief synopsis (Goodreads is usually a good source).

Make your suggestions by June 10th. At that point, we'll collect all the book suggestions and put together a poll to pick a winner.

To see what books we're already read for BOTM and what books are coming up this year, you can check out the threads in the Book of the Month forum here.

Looking forward to seeing your book selections! Thanks for participating!
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Lady Jayne
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Joined: October 4th, 2009, 7:41 pm

May 29th, 2018, 1:19 am #2

Here is one of my recommendations:



Readers of Jodi Picoult and Liane Moriarty will also like this tenderhearted debut about healing and family, narrated by an unforgettable six-year-old boy who reminds us that sometimes the littlest bodies hold the biggest hearts and the quietest voices speak the loudest.
 
Squeezed into a coat closet with his classmates and teacher, first grader Zach Taylor can hear gunshots ringing through the halls of his school. A gunman has entered the building, taking nineteen lives and irrevocably changing the very fabric of this close-knit community. While Zach's mother pursues a quest for justice against the shooter's parents, holding them responsible for their son's actions, Zach retreats into his super-secret hideout and loses himself in a world of books and art. Armed with his newfound understanding, and with the optimism and stubbornness only a child could have, Zach sets out on a captivating journey towards healing and forgiveness, determined to help the adults in his life rediscover the universal truths of love and compassion needed to pull them through their darkest hours. (Amazon)

291 pages, 2018
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NigheanDubh
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NigheanDubh
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Joined: September 17th, 2009, 3:16 am

May 29th, 2018, 12:03 pm #3



This one caught my eye. 

From the author of Happiness for Beginners comes an unforgettable love story about finding joy even in the darkest of circumstances.
Margaret Jacobsen is just about to step into the bright future she’s worked for so hard and so long: a new dream job, a fiancé she adores, and the promise of a picture-perfect life just around the corner. Then, suddenly, on what should have been one of the happiest days of her life, everything she worked for is taken away in a brief, tumultuous moment.

In the hospital and forced to face the possibility that nothing will ever be the same again, Maggie must confront the unthinkable. First there is her fiancé, Chip, who wallows in self-pity while simultaneously expecting to be forgiven. Then, there's her sister Kit, who shows up after pulling a three-year vanishing act. Finally, there's Ian, her physical therapist, the one the nurses said was too tough for her. Ian, who won't let her give in to her pity, and who sees her like no one has seen her before. Sometimes the last thing you want is the one thing you need. Sometimes we all need someone to catch us when we fall. And sometimes love can find us in the least likely place we would ever expect.

320 pages, 2018
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Lisa SF
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Joined: August 2nd, 2011, 11:43 pm

June 5th, 2018, 2:23 pm #4

Bumping the thread - make sure to add your suggestions for the August book of the month!
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Lisa SF
Clan Fraser
Joined: August 2nd, 2011, 11:43 pm

June 6th, 2018, 2:26 am #5

I was looking at the list of book selection from Reese Witherspoon's book club, and two jumped out at me at possible fun choices for the group:

Eleanor Oliphant.jpg Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Published 2017; 327 pages

No one’s ever told Eleanor that life should be better than fine. 

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. 

But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond’s big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.

Soon to be a major motion picture produced by Reese Witherspoon, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is the smart, warm, and uplifting story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes. . . 

The only way to survive is to open your heart.

Punjabi Widows.jpg Erotic Stories For Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal
published 2017; 304 pages

A lively, sexy, and thought-provoking East-meets-West story about community, friendship, and women’s lives at all ages—a spicy and alluring mix of Together Tea and Calendar Girls.

Every woman has a secret life . . .

Nikki lives in cosmopolitan West London, where she tends bar at the local pub. The daughter of Indian immigrants, she’s spent most of her twenty-odd years distancing herself from the traditional Sikh community of her childhood, preferring a more independent (that is, Western) life. When her father’s death leaves the family financially strapped, Nikki, a law school dropout, impulsively takes a job teaching a "creative writing" course at the community center in the beating heart of London’s close-knit Punjabi community.

Because of a miscommunication, the proper Sikh widows who show up are expecting to learn basic English literacy, not the art of short-story writing. When one of the widows finds a book of sexy stories in English and shares it with the class, Nikki realizes that beneath their white dupattas, her students have a wealth of fantasies and memories. Eager to liberate these modest women, she teaches them how to express their untold stories, unleashing creativity of the most unexpected—and exciting—kind.

As more women are drawn to the class, Nikki warns her students to keep their work secret from the Brotherhood, a group of highly conservative young men who have appointed themselves the community’s "moral police." But when the widows’ gossip offers shocking insights into the death of a young wife—a modern woman like Nikki—and some of the class erotica is shared among friends, it sparks a scandal that threatens them all. 
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Lady Jayne
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Joined: October 4th, 2009, 7:41 pm

June 6th, 2018, 4:34 am #6

This is a lighter read --

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"A wildly entertaining debut about a Brooklyn Heights wife and mother who has embezzled a small fortune from her children's private school and makes a run for it, leaving behind her trust fund poet husband, his maybe-secret lover, her two daughters, and a school board who will do anything to find her.

Told from the points of view of Nathan, Marion's husband, heir to a long-diminished family fortune; Ginny, Marion's teenage daughter who falls helplessly in love at the slightest provocation; Jane, Marion's youngest who is obsessed with a missing person of her own; and Marion herself, on the lam--and hiding in plain sight."
(Amazon.com)

Published August 2017
276 pages
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NigheanDubh
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NigheanDubh
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Joined: September 17th, 2009, 3:16 am

June 6th, 2018, 11:56 pm #7

Lots of great choices.  It will tough to decide.  I want to read them all!  So many books...
"'I wish to God,' said Gideon with mild exasperation, 'that you'd talk--just once--in prose like other people.'"
--Game of Kings
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Lisa SF
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Joined: August 2nd, 2011, 11:43 pm

June 10th, 2018, 4:50 pm #8

Last call! If you'd like to suggest a book for August, today's the last day to do so!
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Pauline
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Joined: October 1st, 2009, 11:19 pm

June 11th, 2018, 11:04 am #9

I requested all of these books from my library and the only one not on a waitlist is TheMisfortune.  Not sure if everyone else has the same experience or that it matters.  So many good book choices though.  One way or another, I plan on reading them all.  Thanks!
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Lisa SF
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Joined: August 2nd, 2011, 11:43 pm

June 11th, 2018, 2:14 pm #10

Next step: Vote for your choice! Voting is open through June 18th. Thanks!
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NigheanDubh
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NigheanDubh
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Joined: September 17th, 2009, 3:16 am

June 12th, 2018, 1:04 am #11

Maybe not the best way to choose, but I went to Amazon and counted how many stars the books received.  I just couldn't decide.   
"'I wish to God,' said Gideon with mild exasperation, 'that you'd talk--just once--in prose like other people.'"
--Game of Kings
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