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BOOK CLUB BEAT with Sherry Hemingway How will you pick your books this year? We asked those local book clubs that compile an annual reading list to share with TODAY readers their picks for 2016. Surprisingly, among the vastly different choices, the only crossovers are Memory of Water, The Martian and The Life We Bury. Last year, locally, the most popular book club selections were All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doer, which won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and The Whip, a work of historical fiction with roots in the South Valley, by Karen Kondashian. Take a lesson from local book clubs, be choosy and grab a new book! Finding a good book is hit or miss. Finding a great book takes some work. One way to improve the odds of finding worthwhile reading is to look to book clubs for what they are choosing. Take advantage of their legwork. Book clubs are ever on the prowl for books with broad appeal that will provoke lively discussion. They may look at literary winners that have been singled out for the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award or Man Booker Award. They peruse the New York Times bestsellers and the newer Amazon lists. They might also look at the new NPR Morning Edition Book Club which has come to rival the heyday of Oprah’s recommended books. So many books, so little time. BookSmart Book Club Monthly, open-to-the- public, meet in Morgan Hill’s independent book- store (3rd Thurs., 7 pm) The Dinner, Herman Koch Sherwood Nation*, Benjamin Parzybok What Alice Forgot, Liane Moriarty Sea of Poppies, Amitav Ghosh The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Rachel Joyce How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World, Steven Johnson Gilroy Library Book Club Monthly, public book club discusses each book twice (1st Fri., 10:15 am and last Tues., 7 pm) In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex, Nathaniel Philbrick Memory of Water**, Emma Itäranta The Marriage Bureau for Rich People, Farahad Zama So Big, Edna Ferber The Sandcastle Girls, Chris Bohjalian East of Eden, John Steinbeck Land of Love and Drowning, Tiphanie Yanique The Plover, Brian Doyle All the Bright Places, Jennifer Niven The Octopus, Frank Norris Three Day Road, Joseph Boyden Different Seasons, Stephen King A Man Called Ove, Frederik Backman Golden Spruce: The True Story of Myth, Madness and Greed, John Vaillant The Life We Bury, Alan Esklins gmh Pageturners Book Club Morgan Hill friends who have been talk- ing over books for 10 years. Las Madres Book Club Affiliate of Las Madres of Gilroy social group for mothers of young children. Morgan Hill Library’s ‘Books with Dessert’ Monthly, public book club over potluck desserts (last Mon., 7:30 pm) The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde The Hypnotist’s Love Story, Liane Moriarty Memory of Water**, Emma Itäranta My Father the Maker of Trees, Eric Irivuzumugabe The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah The [Y[ق]\][[H[•HX\X[[HZ\HZYو ]\HXY]\][H]\[K[\H‘][[H]H]K\Z\ۂܜ[Z[\[HZ\[BHܝ YXYBوؙ\XXKYؘBH[X\\]X\ۈHY]Y[X[K YX[H܈و]\[Y\XМYHHX\X[[HZ\H\ؘ[8&\Xܙ] X[H[ܚX\]HXXHZHH]\ZY[\XݙK]H][[^X]Z[Z\\Yܚ[x&\YB܈X[X\[[[HY•HYHH\K[[\[•HܚYYYBوKZܞKXY[H][PT TS MH[Y[&SX[^B[X[܈ \Z[[^H[X[Y[ [[H\[B[Xۈ[^HXYœ[X[ۈ܈ M]]܈[H]B[ܙ[[X\H] œKY\^KX\ [Xۈ[^HXYœ[X[ۈ܈ M]]܈[H][HX\H] K]\^KX\ NKTHSRSVH[\[Y\Y]]H˜[\Y[\Hݙ\ˈ]YܙY\H[]H[]\]B[\\[]\]K\Y[ۙ˜\Y\\[\[\H[XXœ[][ۜˈ\ؘY\\H][[\JH[[H[Y\[Y\[[X˂YKX\[[Hؚ[ۂSH8(SԑSS8(SPTS[\[XK\[\[Z^KB