New releases are fun, there’s no doubt about it. But there’s also something satisfying about returning to older (or “backlist” in publishing lingo) books that came out years ago. In this series, Bookish curates the best book club picks from a given year. Check out these outstanding book club books from the year 2010. We bet your club will love this blast from the past.
Gary Shteyngart’s near-future novel is set in New York City and follows the romance between Lenny Abramov (who works at a company that provides anti-aging services) and Eunice Park, a recent college graduate. Your club will love discussing Shteyngart’s vision of the Big Apple in the future (spoiler alert, Staten Island gets really cool) and following the love story between Lenny and Eunice.
Whether or not your book club normally reads nonfiction, we bet you won’t be able to stop talking about Rebecca Skloot’s exposé. Skloot tells the world about Henrietta Lacks and the HeLa cells that were taken from her (without consent or compensation) and used extensively by the medical community. This fascinating book touches on ethical questions that are sure to spark conversation.
A Visit from the Goon Squad is one of those books that is so different from everything else that is almost defies explanation. We’ll try anyway: Readers will meet a record label executive and musician named Bennie Salazar, as well as the people who surround him. Get ready for an exciting ride, and prepare to discuss Egan’s unique and interesting structural decisions with your club.
In this novel, readers travel to an 11 foot-by-11 foot shed where a woman and her five-year-old son have been held captive for years. Will they escape? You’ll have to read to find out. Bonus points if you and your club decide to check out the movie adaptation starring Brie Larson.
Your book club won’t be able to put down this novel about the aftermath of the Korean War and the impact that conflict can have on people’s lives. June and Hector first meet in a Korean orphanage after the end of the war, and after going their separate ways, they reconnect three decades later. Your book club will love this powerful novel.
This critically acclaimed work of nonfiction by Isabel Wilkerson tells the story of millions of black Americans who, in the years between 1915 and 1970, left the South for other parts of the country. You’ll delve deep into the lives of three of these people and experience their journey, challenges, and successes along the way.