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It Takes a Village?

Fiction that explores communal living experiments

If humanity could restart society from scratch, what would we prioritize, what would we reconsider, and how would we position ourselves to thrive? The following novels all consider these questions via their portrayals of characters whose answers have at their cores a belief in the value of living communally -- and who have created or are taking part in living situations that reflect this belief.

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The Con is On

Fiction for the "Summer of Scam"

Con artists, grifters and scammers of all kinds are having a moment this summer, leading this year’s warm weather months to be dubbed the Summer of Scam.

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New Life

Fiction about childbirth and new motherhood

A transformative experience, becoming a mother can reshape one’s life and alter one in a variety of ways—physically, mentally, emotionally and more.

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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 Monday, March 12 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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'90s Girls

Female-centered coming-of-age fiction set in the 1990s

Still recent history, the 1990s have been the setting of a run of novels lately that follow young women as they come of age.

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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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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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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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