2020 Books

January

Before We Were Yours

Before we were Yours By Lisa Wingate

Based on one of America’s most notorious real-life scandals, Before We Were Yours is a riveting adaptation of Georgia Tann’s adoption scandal where she kidnapped, and through a Tennessee-based adoption agency, sold poor children to wealthy families. The story alternates between 12-year-old Rill Foss, who fights to keep her siblings together, and Avery Stafford, a successful federal prosecutor with a prominent family involved in state and federal government. The story is riveting, wrenching and ultimately uplifting, reminding us that even though the paths we take can lead different places, the heart never forgets where we belong.

February

Daisy Jones & The SixDaisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid is the story of a young, captivating singer who comes of age in the late 60s/early 70s. As Daisy Jones hits the big time, another band is also rising in fame and tensions arise as they join together. Set in Los Angeles, this story is filled with rock ‘n’ roll, intrigue and entertainment.

 


March

The Lost Girls of ParisThe Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff

Inspired by true events, The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff tells the mesmerizing story of a sisterhood of secret agents in WWII. The story starts with Grace Healey, who is rebuilding her life after losing her husband in the war, as she finds a suitcase filled with photographs of a dozen women. She learns that the women were part of a secret operation in WWII and many never returned home. Grace sets out to learn the truth behind the women’s stories in this mysterious and compelling novel.

April

Know My NameKnow My Name by Chanel Miller

April is national Sexual Assault Awareness Month and in honor of that theme, we read Know My Name by Chanel Miller. The memoir allows Chanel Miller, a young woman who was sexually assaulted by Brock Turner, to tell her story. At the time of Turner’s trial, her anonymous victim impact statement became instantly viral, but despite the overwhelming evidence against Turner, he was sentenced to just 6 months in a county jail. Miller’s memoir reclaims her identity in this story of trauma and shows the power of words. It will transform the way we think about sexual assault, speaking truth and the reality of healing from trauma.

May

A Man Called OveA Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

In this month's book by Fredrik Backman, Ove is a grumpy old man whose world is turned upside down when an energetic young couple moves in next door with their young daughter. This heartwarming story is the perfect lighthearted novel to take us into the summer season. A Man Called Ove has been described as comical and endearing when an unexpected friendship emerges over unkempt cats and the not-so-ancient art of backing up a U-Haul leads to a flattened mailbox.

jUNE

The Island of Sea WomentHE iSLAND OF sEA wOMEN BY lISA sEE

This beautifully written novel tells the story of two young girls growing up on a Korean island in an all-female diving collective. Their story unfolds over the course of decades starting with Japanese colonialism and journeys into the era of cellphones. The young girls develop a deep friendship that is tested and challenged as they come of age and experience war and violence in their homeland. In a rare story about a culture where women are in charge, we explore the theme of women’s friendships and the incredible forces that shape them.

July

Little Fires EverywhereLittle Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Little Fires Everywhere is about long-held secrets and the strength of motherhood. In a quiet suburb of Cleveland, everything is going smoothly until a single mom and her teenage daughter rent a house from the Richardsons, disrupting everyone’s idyllic life. Mia and her daughter Pearl have a healthy disregard for the carefully ordered community and soon cause chaos. Mia also brings with her a mysterious past, which becomes the focus of this dramatic novel. Mrs. Richardson becomes obsessed with uncovering Mia’s secrets – but at what cost?

August

The Secrets We KeptThe Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott

The Secrets We Kept is a thrilling tale of secretaries turned spies, in which we follow a CIA plot to infiltrate the hearts and minds of the USSR, not with propaganda, but with the greatest love story of the 20th century: Doctor Zhivago. Sally is a glamorous and sophisticated seasoned spy who has honed her gift for espionage all over the globe. She uses charisma and charm to pry secrets out of powerful men. Conversely, Irina is a complete novice, and while under Sally's wing she quickly learns how to be a spy. At the center of this novel is a powerful belief that a piece of art can change the world.

September

EducatedEducated by Tara Westover

In honor of the back-to-school season, we read Tara Westover’s memoir, Educated. Tara was born into a family of survivalists in the mountains of Idaho and was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. When a brother got himself into college, Tara decided to explore other options in life. Her quest for knowledge changed how she viewed the world, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far, if there was still a way home.


October

Death on the NileDeath on the nile by Agatha Christie

With the newest Agatha Christie movie adaptation coming out this month, we thought it would be fun to read a classic like Death on the Nile. One of Agatha Christie’s most famous mysteries, Death on the Nile is a gripping story about the death of a young, stylish girl. She had everything – until she lost her life on what was supposed to be a tranquil cruise along the Nile. We’ll follow Hercule Poirot as he investigates the exotic murder mystery.
 


November

Evvie Drake Starts OverEvvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes

In this month's book, Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes, Evvie is a grieving widow. Dean is a struggling major-league pitcher. When a mutual friend suggests that Dean move into an apartment at the back of Evvie’s house for a few months to get his head straight, they make a deal. Dean won’t ask about her late husband and Evvie won’t ask about his baseball career. Rules, however, are made to be broken in this unexpected friendship that soon blossoms. Before they can move forward, they’ll have to work through what’s holding them back.

December

The Dutch House by Ann PatchettThe Dutch House

Set over the course of five decades, The Dutch House is a dark fairy tale about two smart siblings who struggle to overcome their past. Despite every sign of success, Danny and Maeve are only truly comfortable when they’re together. Exiled from their childhood home by their stepmother, the siblings are thrown into poverty and find that they can only count on each other. Throughout their lives, they return with humor and anger to the well-worn story of what they’ve lost. But when at last they’re forced to confront the people who left them behind, the relationship between an indulged brother and his ever-protective sister is finally tested.

 
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