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See what our book Western Springs Book Discussion Group has read.

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The Library is often asked to suggest books for discussion groups. The following list includes some of our favorites, plus some recommended by book groups nationwide. Please don’t hesitate to ask us at the Reference Desk for further suggestions.

Contemporary Fiction
  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • The Handmaid’s Taleby Margaret Atwood
  • A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman
  • The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin
  • Little Beeby Chris Cleave
  • Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
  • LaRose by Louise Erdrich
  • My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
  • We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
  • Still Alice by Lisa Genova
  • Long Man by Amy Greene
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
  • Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
  • Euphoria by Lily King
  • Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
  • Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
  • Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
  • Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
  • Us by David Nicholls
  • Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
  • Lila by Marilynne Robinson
  • The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  • Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani
  • The Space Between Us by Thrity N. Umrigar
  • Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • My Antonia by Willa Cather
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  • East of Eden by John Steinbeck
Historical Fiction
  • The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure
  • People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
  • Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague by Geraldine Brooks
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  • The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • News of the World by Paulette Giles
  • Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
  • Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
  • The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
  • Circling the Sun by Paula McLain
  • The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
  • Suite Française by Irène Némirovsky
  • The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls
  • Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy by Karen Abbott
  • The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
  • Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant by Rose Chast
  • Pieces of My Mother by Melissa Cistaro
  • The Rainbow Comes and Goes by Anderson Cooper
  • Elephant Company by Vicki Constantine Croke
  • Zeitoun by Dave Eggers
  • The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  • Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
  • Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
  • Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
  • When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
  • Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson
  • The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
  • H Is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
  • Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
  • Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table by Ruth Reichl
  • My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor
  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Coast Trail by Cheryl Strayed
  • Keep Moving by Dick Van Dyke
  • The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls