Book clubs are the perfect location to read great books with great book lovers, and go deep into stories that actually make you think, whether in person or online.
1) An Emotion of Great Delight by Tahereh Mafi
A gorgeous story about love and loneliness, crossing the gap of dual identity, and reclaiming your right to joy—even while you’re stuck in the amber of sorrow—from Tahereh Mafi.
It’s 2003, many months after the United States formally launched war on Iraq, and the political landscape in the United States has changed. Tensions are rising, hate crimes are on the rise, FBI agents are infiltrating local mosques, and the Muslim community is being harassed and targeted in greater numbers than ever before. Shadi, who wears a headscarf, maintains a low profile.
She’s too involved with her own problems to devote time to dealing with racists.
Shadi is the name of a happy girl, although she is tortured by sadness. Her brother is no longer alive, her father is dying, her mother is failing, and her best friend has suddenly vanished from her life. There’s also the tiny issue of her heart to consider.
2) Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson
Tiffany D. Jackson, an award-winning novelist, has written another compelling, ripped-from-the-news thriller that reveals awful truths hidden behind the spotlight and celebrates the power of a young woman’s voice.
Enchanted Jones’ ambitions of becoming a great singer take flight when iconic R&B star Korey Fields notices her during an audition. Until Enchanted wakes up with blood on her hands and no sense of what happened the night before. Korey Fields was murdered.
3) Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam
The legendary Ibi Zoboi, author of the Pride & Prejudice remix, Pride, and the award-winning novel, American Street, is matched with criminal justice reform campaigner Yusef Salaam of the Found to be innocent Five, in a pairing not to be missed. As a consequence, you’ll be inspired to learn more and take action after reading this fascinating and incredibly heartbreaking narrative about a youngster who is wrongly imprisoned.
Amal Shahid has always been a poet as well as an artist. Even in a diverse art school, though, he is regarded as chaotic and uninspired due to a biassed system. Then, on a fateful night, a dispute in a desirable neighborhood becomes tragic. Only when the kids are white does “boys simply being boys” prove true.
4) Far from the Tree by Robin Benway
Being the middle kid has its advantages and disadvantages.
Grace, on the other hand, is an only child who was adopted at birth, so knowing that she is the middle child is a very different experience. She starts on the journey for her biological family after putting her own kid up for adoption.