So, you’re starting a book club? Great! There are many, many tips to having a great book club: the members, the venue, how you “operate”, etc. but none more important than picking good books.
For a book club a book has to be good on two levels. First it has to be entertaining. Of course. But to be good for a club there has to be something to DISCUSS.
I have read many great books that I wouldn’t recommend for book clubs because there is nothing controversial about them. They also have to be “finishable”. Most people can’t read more than a 300 page book in a month. Life just gets in the way.
The book I have been recommending is “Loving Frank” by Nancy Horan. It has something for everyone. A love story, some historical fiction, a great plot and a crazy ending. Almost everyone that reads the book googles Frank Lloyd Wright and his mistress Mamie Borthwick to find out if it REALLY happened.
Did I say “mistress”? Why yes, and here comes the conflict. The biggest question for discussion in this book is how society has changed in our collective perspective of divorce. In the early 1900’s it was a much different ballgame for Frank and Mamie than it is today for people like Angelina and Brad.
And then there’s the even tougher question. What if you are like Mamie and married to the predictible but boring Edwin and you meet the love of your life, the exciting Frank? Of course this really happens to people all the time and it is interesting to see how people feel about the question of true love versus commitment.
Of course there are no “right” answers to such general questions. Life is full of twists and turns and shades of gray. That’s what makes this such a great book club book. ENJOY!