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One of the best things about books is their power to inspire community. Here’s ten books I think would be great to build a book club around.
1. Percy Jackson and the Olympians (Rick Riordan) – A great set of adventures with some fantastic themes.
2. The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver) – Read this in a high school English class, and remember it provoking a lot of good discussion.
3. The Eyre Affair (Jasper Fforde) – The history (sort of)! The allusions! The humor! What’s not to discuss?
4. Lucy (Laurence Gonzales) – The ethics of genetic experimentation and ape-human hybrids. Where’s the line between ape and human, right and wrong?
5. The Epic of Gilgamesh (Anonymous) – The progenitor of all stories.
6. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupéry) – A story to remind you of your inner child, and how to remember it always.
7. Virginity Lost: An Intimate Portrait of First Sexual Experiences (Laura M. Carpenter) – A fascinating look at the concepts of “virginity,” “sex,” and more.
8. Warm Bodies (Isaac Marion) – Yes, it’s a little gory. But it certainly makes you wonder…
9. Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong (James W. Loewen) – This book covers it all, from Columbus to Helen Keller to September 11, 2001. Turns out writing and publishing a history textbook involves even more politics than we thought.
10. The Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women (Geraldine Brooks) – I read this in college for a Psychology class, and loved it. In the book, Brooks “deftly illustrates how Islam’s holiest texts have been misused to justify repression of women, and how male pride and power have warped the original message of a once liberating faith” (Goodreads).
This may be the weirdest and best book club ever.
What books would you suggest to a book club?