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The following books are recommended by our staff as great choices for book groups. Sign up for our Book Ends email newsletter to receive more great book group recommendations.

In a remote Mennonite community in the late 2000's, more than 100 girls and women were sexually assaulted as they were drugged at night, and then told that it was demons who visited them instead of the real culprits—the men of the colony. Miriam Toews takes real life events and creates a fictional world in which the women—uneducated and without decision-making power—come together over two nights to decide whether to fight or flee in order to save themselves and their daughters. In quiet desperation, these women discuss philosophy, faith, relationships and their needs, and ultimately reclaim their agency as individuals and their role in a community of women. This is a book you will never forget. - Casey

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Women Talking Cover Image
$19.20
ISBN: 9781635572582
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - April 2nd, 2019


If you loved The Historian or People of the Book this should be your next read. Dr. Voth, a modern-day historian, faces relationship troubles and "mandatory unpaid leave" while researching a unique manuscript from 18th century London. Jack Sheppard is an indentured servant who is ushered into a life of crime when he discovers the freedom of a pair of trousers. Part counter-history, part rollicking historical-thriller Rosenberg tackles transgender history and incarceration in this deeply satisfying mystery. - Clara

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Confessions of the Fox: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780399592287
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Published: One World - March 5th, 2019


Naamah is an erotic, embodied story of trauma. As I turned every page I was blown away by the boldness of Blake's storytelling in this retelling of the biblical flood. Trapped on the ark for months after humanity is washed away by the rains, Naamah grapples with grief, duty, loyalty, and identity. Blake brings a poet's language to every beautifully surreal sentence and image. - Clara

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Naamah: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525536338
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 9th, 2019


Early reviews dubbed Candice Carty-Williams' fierce debut as a "black Bridget Jones Diary" which speaks to the book's unparalleled humor, raw look at relationships and sex, and the chronicling of the ups and downs of single women today. However, this book is so much more. It is one of the most honest looks at race while dating, sexual norms of men vs. women and the navigation of relationships carrying the weight of abuse and societal norms that I've ever read. This is one you'll pass to all your friends and then stay up long into the night talking about how Queenie changed your thinking about life and love.  - Casey

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$26.00
ISBN: 9781501196010
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - March 19th, 2019


The Bird King is so many things at once. It plays with love, power, religion, freedom and what those words mean to different people at different times. You will be swept away in this gorgeously written historical fantasy. I have been a fan of Wilson’s ever since Alif the Unseen and she doesn’t disappoint here. In fact, she’s only gotten better as an author. - Karena

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780802129031
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Published: Grove Press - March 12th, 2019


A beautiful French novel exploring the difficult subject of mental illness. Written to the soundtrack of Nina Simone singing Mr. Bojangles, this is a magical love story. A young boy tells the story of watching his parents dance their way through life even as his mother descends into madness. This is a book that will make you laugh and cry. An international bestseller. - Trey

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By Olivier Bourdeaut, Regan Kramer (Translated by)
$23.99
ISBN: 9781501145919
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Published: Simon & Schuster - March 19th, 2019


This is one of the most beautiful and strangely compelling novels I’ve ever read. Centered around a small group of mostly failed poets in Mexico City in the 1970s, it veers to Spain, Africa, and back to Mexico in surprising and wonderful ways. Part crime story, part hero’s journey, the book is funny, poignant and one hundred percent unique. - Rico

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By Roberto Bolaño, Natasha Wimmer (Translated by)
$20.00
ISBN: 9780312427481
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Published: Picador - March 4th, 2008


William Boyd should be as well known as Steinbeck or Dickens. Like them, he does it all: amazing plots, wonderful descriptions and—especially—great characters. Written in the form of journal entries, this book tells the story of an art dealer and sometime-spy whose life is a kind of history of the 20th century. Both intimate and sweeping, this is simply a great old-fashioned read. - Rico

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Any Human Heart (Vintage International) Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781400031009
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Published: Vintage - January 6th, 2004


This sweeping, gorgeously written novel follows the dynastic Forster family, who in Wright’s telling are the first family in America to invent and popularize soda pop. Wright follows each family member across decades and continents, and they are by turns troubled, ambitious, humorous, heroic, and tragic, but all are written with incredible sympathy and humanity. I adored it. - Stuart

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American Pop: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062697745
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Published: William Morrow - February 5th, 2019


In case you haven't heard, Ferrante is brilliant and you should read everything she's written. Troubling Love is a whirlwind mystery that delves deep into my personal favorite topic, the relationship between a mother and daughter. Ferrante's use of language is unparalleled as she writes of a daughter obsessed with finding out who her mother really was in the days following her death. - Emma

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By Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein (Translated by)
$15.00
ISBN: 9781933372167
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Published: Europa Editions - September 2006


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