For the second month in a row, thanks to COVID and #shelterinplace, our book club met virtually. April is “book pitch month” for our book club, where each member pitches 2 or 3 (or 6 – you know who you are) books for our next year’s reading. Then, we enter a voting period that can get as dicey as the 2000 hanging chads fiasco, but viola – at the conclusion we have a list of ten books that will get us through the next year.
In this year’s book pitch, we had a number of books that were put forth by multiple people and so we ended up with a shorter long list than usual. It remains to be seen if this will make the voting easier or harder.
With that, I present our 2020-2021 Long List.
- 11.22.63 by Stephen King
- A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne
- A Prayer for Owen Meany (audio version) by John Irving
- Abundance, A Novel of Marie Antoinette by Sena Jeter Naslund
- All of our Worldly Goods by Irène Némirovsky
- American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins
- Animal Farm by George Orwell
- Circe by Madeline Miller
- East of Eden by John Steinbeck
- Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels
- I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
- Native Son by Richard Wright
- Nothing to See Here by Kevin Smith
- Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout
- Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
- Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
- Say Nothing by Patrick Keefe
- The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
- The Giver of Stars by Jo Jo Moyes
- The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
- The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson
- The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
- The Tenth of December by George Saunders
- When All the World Was Young by Ferrol Sams
Which books would you vote for?
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