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BOOK CLUB BEAT with Sherry Hemingway How will you pick your books this year? 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. We asked those local book clubs that compile an annual reading list to share with gmh 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! BookSmart Book Club Monthly, open-to-thepublic, meet in Morgan Hill’s independent bookstore (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 East of Eden, John Steinbeck The Plover, Brian Doyle The Octopus, Frank Norris Different Seasons, Stephen King A Man Called Ove, Frederik Backman 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 Land of Love and Drowning, Tiphanie Yanique All the Bright Places, Jennifer Niven Three Day Road, Joseph Boyden Golden Spruce: The True Story of Myth, Madness and Greed, John Vaillant The Life We Bury, Alan Esklins The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, Gabrielle Zevin Pageturners Book Club Morgan Hill friends who have been talking over books for 10 years. The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde My Father the Maker of Trees, Eric Irivuzumugabe The Moment of Everything, Shelly King The Martian, Andy Weir The Weight of Blood, Laura McHugh Bloody Kin, Margaret Maron The Color of Water, James McBride The Husband’s Secret, Liane Moriarity Black Dove, White Raven, Elizabeth Wein The Life We Bury, Allen Eskins Home, Marilynne Robinson Las Madres Book Club Affiliate of Las Madres of Gilroy social group for mothers of young children. The Hypnotist’s Love Story, Liane Moriarty The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah Devil in the White City, Erik Larson Orphan Train, Christina Baker Kline The Short & Tragic Life of Robert Peace, Jeff Hobbs The Light Between Oceans, M. L. Stedman The Martian, Andy Weir Peace Like a River, Leif Enger Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs Morgan Hill Library’s ‘Books with Dessert’ Monthly, public book club over potluck desserts (last Mon., 7:30 pm) Memory of Water**, Emma Itäranta Everything I Never Told You, Celeste Ng Swamplandia, Karen Russell The Rook, Daniel O’Malley Eleanor & Park, Rainbow Rowell My Brilliant Friend, Elena Ferrante * Silicon Valley Reads selection for 2016. Author will be at the Morgan Hill Library at 7 pm, Tuesday, March 8. ** Silicon Valley Reads selection for 2016. Author will be at Gilroy Library at 2 pm, Saturday, March 19. SHERRY HEMINGWAY spent her childhood after lights out with a book and flashlight under the covers. With degrees from Kent State University and Harvard University, her lifelong career was in journalism and public relations. Her hobbies are travel in (very) remote countries, volunteering, and two book clubs. GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN MARCH/APRIL 2016 gmhtoday.com 67 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. 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