Fall is here, so it's the perfect time to cozy up with a good book. What's better than a good book? Gathering with good friends and good wine! We're talking book clubs with Carole Barrowman! She joins us to share her tips on creating a successful club and some great suggestions for book picks.
For more information on Carole and her own books, visit BarrowmanBooks.com. And check out her book picks below:
1. “Ghosted” by Rosie Walsh - If you’ve been ghosted, or perhaps you’ve (gasp!) even ghosted someone yourself (you go out with someone and then never call them back), this unforgettable love story is a relatable and compelling choice for a book club. Sarah and Eddie connect immediately, but when Eddie appears to disappear, she doesn’t… and won’t believe she’s been ghosted. Her search for Eddie is at the heart of this riveting romantic debut.
2. “My Dear Hamilton” by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamdie - Still trying to get tickets for Hamilton, the musical? Reading this fictional account of Eliza Hamilton, the woman behind the man, will tide you over. This stellar historical novel is full of big revolutionary ideas, and a great choice for a book club.
3. “The Night Child” by Anna Quinn - Must admit, on occasion, I’ve had scary student dreams. At the end of a school day, Nora, an English teacher, sees the ghostly figure of a child hovering at her classroom door. Quinn’s psychological novel is a beautifully written exploration of the relationship between our minds and our bodies. Set in Seattle, this deeply moving novel about hope and healing will be a hit with any book club.
4. “The Spring Girls” by Anna Todd - I loved this re-imagining of the classic novel “Little Women.” Set on a military base in New Orleans, this is a breezy fast read captures the unique relationships among sisters, their self-reliance and their love for each other. Pairing this choice with Louisa May Alcott’s original book would make the English major in your book club very happy.
5. “Just the Funny Parts” by Nell Scovell - Scovell’s memoir of how she became a successful writer for TV is inspiring and her insider details will punch up the laugh track of your book club, especially if it’s in a bit of a rut. She’s written for many of TV’s funniest comedies, including The Simpsons and Murphy Brown (the original one), and she’s proof that feminists do have a sense of humor.