Susan Orlean's Book Club Reads Fiction Great Books

What type of books does Susan Orlean read with her Literati book club?

Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill

Dept. of Speculation is a piercing portrait of a marriage, crafted in language that shimmers with rage, wit, and fierce longing. The New York Times called this suspenseful love story one of the 10 Best books of 2014.

The Good Lord Bird by James McBride

An absorbing mixture of history and imagination, The Good Lord Bird follows a young slave unwittingly swept up in abolitionist John Brown’s crusade. It’s a moving exploration of identity and survival, told with McBride's meticulous eye for detail.

News of The World by Paulette Jiles

Set in post Civil War Texas, News of the World follows an aging news reader who is transporting a young captive back to her people. This exquisitely-rendered, morally-complex novel explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.

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10 Minutes & 38 Seconds in This Strange World by Elif Shafak

How long do we live on after we die? In the fleeting 10 minutes and 38 seconds after she has been murdered, Leila’s brain re-lives her memories in vivid detail. You’ll come for the secrets and wonders of modern Istanbul. But you’ll stay for the captivating tales of the friends we make—and the families we choose—that bring this story, and this life, to its breathtaking conclusion.

Salvage The Bones by Jesmyn Ward

The silt of Hurricane Katrina will forever litter the floor of the American conscience. This month, enter the world of an impoverished Mississippian family in the days leading up to the storm in this gritty, tender novel. It's a story that proves that familial love is a powerful force that transcends even a Cat 5 storm.

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