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Literary Fiction inspired by true events

Although the following Literary Fiction titles are indeed novels, each feels to some extent familiar, as all borrow from real life events.   Those events are diverse, ranging from crimes to crises, as are the ways in which the titles incorporate them, with some drawing on scenarios as well as the individuals involved and others borrowing from the real more sparingly.   

It's All About Me-Ow by Hudson Talbott

Picture Books with Catitude

Picture Books About Cats

Do you have a little one at home who is obsessed with cats?  I lived with dogs growing up and long dreamed of being a cat owner.   Last October when my living situation changed, a cat finally entered the picture, followed by a new kitten in December.   Between the attitude that they are in charge of the household, the games of chase around the apartment, and the cuddling, I’ve grown to love everything about cats.  D.C.

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

Time Travel In Young Adult Fiction

Young Adult Novels Featuring Time Travel

Have you ever wished that you could travel through all of time and space?  Although we may not have time machines at any of our libraries yet, we do have lots of young adult fiction that features time travel, which is the next best thing.  Check out this list whether you want something historical, realistic, or a little paranormal.Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

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The Name of the Rose

The Georgetown Book Club's July Selection

As in previous years, the Georgetown Book Club is celebrating Summer Reading with the discussion of a classic, though this year that classic is of the modern variety:

Secret History

Killer Cliques

Friendships that go too far in Literary Fiction and Mystery

Tight-knit and exclusive, the groups of young people depicted in the following Literary Fiction and Mystery novels all become entangled to some extent with violence -- often of the fatal variety.   Formed for different reasons, these groups are similarly variable in their involvements in these acts of violence -- as well as in their members’ reactions, both immediate and ongoing.        

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The Buried Giant

The Georgetown Book Club's June Selection

Hushed in tone and steeped in medieval lore, Kazuo Ishiguro's 2015 novel The Buried Giant focuses on Axl and Beatrice, an aging married couple afflicted with the memory loss that has descended on the post-Arthurian England

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What Should the Georgetown Book Club Read Next?

Vote here for upcoming selections

The Georgetown Book Club is again replenishing our reading list! If you are a current or prospective member, please review the titles listed below and vote in the poll at the bottom of this post.  The poll will close on Thursday, May 26 at 5 p.m., and the five titles with the most votes will be added to the group's reading list. 

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An Unnecessary Woman

The Georgetown Book Club's May Selection

The narrator and heart of Rabih Alameddine's 2014 novel An Unnecessary Woman is Aaliya Sohbi, an aging translator living in her home city of Beirut whose perceived place within her family and culture gives the book its title -- yet is far from the whole story. 

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Authorial Intent

Literary Fiction about the literary world

Write what you know. This maxim takes on new meaning in the following works of Literary Fiction, in which authors explore stories set in or near their own professions.   As the characters in these novels grapple with the challenges of working within the literary landscape, they also struggle with personal lives that are in various states of flux -- often because of their work lives -- and in depicting how these characters negotiate their situations, the authors of the following novels display their own professional excellence.

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What Classic Should the Georgetown Book Club Read This Summer?

Vote to select the group's Adult Summer Reading selection

For the third year in a row, the Georgetown Book Club will be celebrating Adult Summer Reading with a throwback selection. This year, the options for that selection include classics both traditional and modern.