by Adult Services Library Associate Beth
With just less than a month to go, the second meeting of the BPL Virtual Book Club is just around the corner! The upcoming meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 4 at 7PM, and we’ll discuss the book Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie. It’s an award-winning book, well received by critics and readers alike, and is sure to generate an engaging discussion. Register to join us! I’m still in the midst of reading the book, but I’m enjoying it so far. It seems like a book I could usually finish in just a day or two, but I’ve been trying to take my time with it. Not only to better prepare for the discussion, but I also have a feeling it is a book I’ll be sad to see end.
If you’re like me and don’t want to race through the book just yet, you might be looking for another book to absorb yourself with in the meantime. These books share a variety of themes with Shamsie’s: identity, belonging (especially as experienced by an “outsider”), and the nuances of strained/difficult relationships. They follow well-developed, complex and sympathetic (though often flawed) characters. They’re books that evoke a strong sense of place and that attempt to humanize and explore sometimes difficult political stories; i.e., my favorite kinds of books. Indeed, several of these make my list of all time favorite reads!
- A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza / print | digital
- The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri / print | digital
- The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai / print | digital
- Island of a Thousand Mirrors by Nayomi Munaweera / print | digital audiobook
- A Burning by Megha Majumdar / print | digital
- A Good Country by Laleh Khadivi / print
- Salt Houses by Hala Alyan / print | digital
- The Far Field by Madhuri Vijay / print | digital
- The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy / print | digital