STARRED REVIEW
August 2022

4 award-winning books to read with your book club

Pick a guaranteed winner for your reading group.
STARRED REVIEW

4 award-winning books to read with your book club

August 2022
Pick a guaranteed winner for your reading group.
STARRED REVIEW
August 2022

4 award-winning books to read with your book club

August 2022
Pick a guaranteed winner for your reading group.
STARRED REVIEW
August 2022

4 award-winning books to read with your book club

Pick a guaranteed winner for your reading group.
STARRED REVIEW
August 2022

4 award-winning books to read with your book club

Pick a guaranteed winner for your reading group.
August 2022

4 award-winning books to read with your book club

Pick a guaranteed winner for your reading group.
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Winner of the 2021 National Book Award for fiction, Jason Mott’s Hell of a Book is a searing portrayal of the Black authorial experience. At the center of the novel is an unnamed Black author on his first book tour struggling to navigate the publishing industry and make sense of the modern world. His narrative is offset by chapters recounting the story of Soot, a young Black boy in the South. Poignant and often funny, Mott’s novel draws readers in as it scrutinizes race in American society and the power of storytelling.

Marlon James’ epic fantasy Black Leopard, Red Wolf is narrated by Tracker, a hunter with an acute sense of smell. Accompanied by a shape-shifter named Leopard and a band of misfit mercenaries, Tracker travels through a landscape inspired by African mythology and ancient history on a dangerous quest to find a lost boy. Hallucinatory and violent yet marvelously poetic, this first entry in James’ Dark Star trilogy won the 2019 L.A. Times Ray Bradbury Prize for Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculative Fiction. There are an abundance of potential topics for discussion, such as James’ folkloric inspirations and Tracker’s unreliable narration.

Following the death of her aunt from an uncommon ailment called Chagas, or the kissing bug disease, Daisy Hernández decided to research the illness. She shares her findings in The Kissing Bug: A True Story of a Family, an Insect, and a Nation’s Neglect of a Deadly Disease. Hernández talked to physicians and disease experts throughout the United States, and her interviews with patients reveal the human cost of the American healthcare system’s inadequacies. Hernández displays impressive storytelling skills in this masterfully researched volume, which won the 2022 PEN/Jean Stein Book Award.

In the Dream House, Carmen Maria Machado’s powerful chronicle of a toxic love affair, won the 2020 Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ nonfiction. In the book, Machado reveals that she fell hard for a magnetic, emotionally unpredictable woman who became abusive. In structuring her memoir, she draws upon various narrative devices and traditions (coming-of-age, choose your own adventure and more), and the result is a multifaceted, daring and creative portrayal of a deeply dysfunctional relationship.

In the Dream House
By Carmen Maria Machado
Graywolf

ISBN 9781644450383

Get the Books

Hell of a Book

Hell of a Book

By Jason Mott
Dutton
ISBN 9780593330982
Black Leopard, Red Wolf

Black Leopard, Red Wolf

By Marlon James
Riverhead
ISBN 9780735220188
The Kissing Bug

The Kissing Bug

By Daisy Hernandez
Tin House
ISBN 9781953534194
In the Dream House

In the Dream House

By Carmen Maria Machado
Graywolf
ISBN 9781644450383

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