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What Should the Georgetown Book Club Read Next?

Vote here for upcoming selections

It is time again for the Georgetown Book Club to add to its 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, September 14 at 5 p.m., and the five titles with the most votes will be added to the group's reading list.  The choices are

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Party On

Literary Fiction that foregrounds parties

When bringing individuals together and providing them with a shared environment where they are expected to interact, parties have great potential for interpersonal connection—and conflict. Add the specifics of any given gathering—including who’s there and why -- and that potential further takes shape.  

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More Friendships Between Women

Recent fiction focused on female bonds

Previous Read Feed entry Friendships Between Women highlights titles featuring authentic depictions of friendships between two women.   The novels collected here, published since the release of that list, echo its titles in that they all skillfully portray the close bonds between pairs of women.  More specifically, they capture the way that deep connections between women can contain tension alongside affection and thereby can prove nourishing one moment, challenging the next.

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On Pointe

Literary Fiction about Ballet

As an art form, ballet is complex -- blending grace and power, beauty and control. This complexity shapes the demands that ballet makes on those involved in its production, particularly dancers, as well as the rewards that they can achieve and in these many and various tensions and triumphs, there is opportunity for nuanced narratives, making the world of ballet an apt setting for Literary Fiction.

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They Contain Multitudes

Novels with varying narratives

What shapes a life? What defines it? And what agency does an individual have? These questions echo throughout each of the following novels, all of which play with narrative to present multiple possibilities for their characters' lives.

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What Should the Georgetown Book Club Read Next?

Vote here for upcoming selections

It is time again for the Georgetown Book Club to add to its 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 Wednesday, March 15 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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Recent Dystopian Literary Fiction

Darker futures in contemporary novels

With classic dystopian novels such as 1984 by George Orwell and

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Protest in Prose

Literary Fiction about protest and activism

Distinct in motivation, nature, and consequence, acts of protest are also alike in their capacity to disrupt and demand recognition. The following Literary Fiction titles depict characters engaged in various forms of activism, and their experiences reflect the diversity of what calls individuals to protest, the methods that they use, and the results of their actions, as well as the immediate sensation of the act of protesting.

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The Secret Chord

The Georgetown Book Club's December Selection

In her 2015 novel The Secret Chord, Geraldine Brooks explores the Biblical figure David, whose feats - particularly his triumph over Goliath - transcend religion by extending into popular culture. 

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Fortune Smiles

The Georgetown Book Club's November Selection

"There is poetry and heartbreak on every page of Adam Johnson's extraordinary short story collection, Fortune Smiles," writes the National Book Foundation in praise of the title that they honored with the

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