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Book Club: 10 Solid Choices For The Spring (2018) Reader

Spring is coming to the Queen City, and if it’s anything like it typically is, it will be beautiful. Spring in Cincinnati is as near to heaven as some of us will ever get, I suspect. In between hikes and bouts inside with allergy meds, what will this bookworm be doing? Reading, of course! Here are 10 books to stow in the basket of your Red Bike this season

1. An American Marriage
(Novel/ Literary Fiction)
Author: Tayari Jones
Publisher: Algonquin, 2018

The Story
: This Oprah’s Book Club pick and instant New York Times bestseller is sure to be the novel everyone is talking about this spring. Jones has written a harrowing story about a couple put to the ultimate test, deftly confronting tough issues with lyrical prose. The must-read of this season.


2. Girls Burn Brighter

(Novel/ Literary Fiction)
Author: Shobha Rao
Publisher: Flatiron, 2018

The Story: Did you, like me, read Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels and adore her depiction of strong female friendship? Then you will want to pick up Rao’s debut novel. Don’t be put off by the oft-used “Girls” in the title—this book is made of stern stuff.


3. What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky
(Short Stories)
Author: Lesley Nneka Arimah
Publisher: Riverhead, 2018

The Story: I have been recommending this book to anyone who will listen to me for the past month—friends, colleagues, startled strangers in Joseph-Bethit’s that’s good! Arimah is a beautiful writer, who has a brilliant career ahead of her. These short stories are so powerful, and the people you meet in them will stay with you long after you close the cover.


4. Stone Baby
(Short Stories)
Author: Michelle Sacks
Publisher: Triquarterly, 2017

The Story: Sacks cleverly connects each gorgeous story in this debut collection to each other. With vividly drawn characters, we travel from the India of today to the Africa of the not-so-distant future, and many points between. A darker read, and not for the faint of heart, to be sure, but well worth the journey.


5. How to Fall In Love with a Man Who Lives in a Bush

(Novel/Literary Fiction)
Author: Emmy Abrahamson
Publisher: Harper Collins, 2018

The Story: The book attached to this quirky title is utterly charming. From Scandinavian writer Emmy Abrahamson comes a love story about what happens when opposites attract, but this is no typical girl-meets-boy story. The girl is a frustrated novelist, and the boywell, he has an “alternative” living situation. A funny and endearing story, perfect for spring.


6. The Great Alone
(Novel/Literary Fiction)
Author: Kristin Hannah
Publisher: Holtzbrinck, 2018

The Story: From best-selling author Kristin Hannah comes what is sure to be a riveting read. Set in Alaska in 1974, The Great Alone tells the story of a family determined to make a fresh start off the grid in the last frontier. From the publisher: “Kristin Hannah reveals the indomitable character of the modern American pioneer and the spirit of a vanishing Alaska, a place of incomparable beauty and danger.”


7. The Flight Attendant
(Novel/Thriller)
Author: Chris Bohjalian
Publisher: Doubleday, 2018

The Story: Bohjalian is one of my favorite writers, and here he give us another stay-up-past-your-bedtime thriller of a read. A flight attendant wakes up in a foreign city, with a dead stranger in her bed, and no memory of how she got there. What happens next? Dig in and find out!


8. Alternate Side

(Novel/ Literary Fiction)
Author: Anna Quindlen
Publisher: Random House, 2018

The Story: From best-selling and beloved Anna Quindlen comes a new novel. Set in New York City, Alternate Side explores what happens when a carefully constructed life gets turned upside down: “People go through life thinking they’re making decisions, when they’re really just making plans, which is not the same thing at all.”


9. Educated

(Memoir)
Author: Tara Westover
Publisher: Random House, 2018

The Story: A powerful story about a girl who was kept out of school and isolated by her survivalist family, and yet ended up getting a PhD from Cambridge University. The memoir that everyone will be reading this season. If you loved The Glass Castle, be sure to pick this one up.


10. The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative

(Nonfiction/Science)
Author: Florence Williams
Publisher: W. W. Norton, 2018

The Story: Perfect reading for the time of year when even a bookworm wants to get outdoors! Why does a hike make us feel like a million bucks? Why does the beauty of nature spark some of our best ideas? Williams explores what good nature does us in this highly readable book.

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