Penguin & Random House Reading Group Picks are here!!!

by Rachel on November 6, 2012

On Thursday, November 1, I had the amazing opportunity of hosting the Mega Reading Group event.  Sounds awesome, right? Well, it was!  Representatives from both Penguin and Random House joined us to discuss their suggestions for great new book club selections.  There was a huge variety of genres and paperback and hardcover titles, so there really is something for everyone.

The best thing is, these book ideas aren’t just for book clubs- the holidays are right around the corner, so if you’re in need of ideas for your favorite history buff, non-fiction connoisseur, short story lover, and/ or fiction fanatic, you're in the right place.  Or maybe you're just looking for a wonderful new book to read! That being said, just in case you couldn't join us at the event, I thought I’d pass along this wealth of information to all of you! All of the titles listed are currently available, unless otherwise noted.

Jenn's Picks | Random House

The Dog Stars by Peter Heller
Hallucinations by Oliver Sacks
Dear Life: Stories by Alice Munroe (available 11/13/12)
Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan (available 11/13/12)
Elsewhere: A Memoir by Richard Russo
Straight Man by Richard Russo
Ancient Light by John Banville
The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe
Silent House by Orhan Pamuk
The News from Spain by Joan Wickersham
On  Saudi Arabia by Karen Elliott House
The Life of Objects by Susanna Moore
Apocalyptic Planet by Craig Childs
The Wasted Vigil by Nadeem Aslam
The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud (available 4/2013)

Wade's Picks | Random House

Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power
by Jon Meacham (available 11/13/12)
Tenth of December: Stories by George Saunders (available 1/8/13)
From Here to Eternity by James Jones
I Am Half-Sick of Shadows by Alan Bradley
Silver: Return to Treasure Island by Andrew Morton
The Black Count by Tom Reiss
My Last Empress by Da Chen
Black Fire by Robert Graysmith
Buddy by Brian McGrory (available 11/13/12)
The People of Forever Are Not Afraid by Shani Boianjiu
War of the Worldviews by Deepak Chopra & Leonard Mlodinov
Voltaire in Love by Nancy Mitford | Introduction by Adam Gopnik
Thomas Jefferson's Crème Brûlée by Thomas J. Craughwell
The Boy in the Suitcase by Lene Kaaberol & Agnete Friis
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Black Swan Green by David Mitchell
Joseph Anton: A Memoir by Salman Rushdie

Tom's Picks | Penguin

This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz
Waging Heavy Peace by Neil Young
Peaches for Father Francis by Joanne Harris
A Working Theory of Love by Scott Hutchins
Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures by Emma Straub
May We Be Forgiven by A.M. Homes
NW by Zadie Smith
Life After Death by Damien Echols
A Thousand Mornings by Mary Oliver
The Entertainer: Movies, Magic, & My Father's Twentieth Century by Margaret Talbot (available 11/8/12)
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki (available 3/2013)
Mary Coin by Marisa Silver (available 3/2013)

Amy's Picks | Penguin

22 Britania Road by Amanda Hodgkinson
Blackberry Winter by Sarah Jio
Fiction Ruined My Family by Jeanne Darst
The Kitchen Counter Cooking School by Kathleen Flinn
Les Miserables (movie tie-in) by Victor Hugo
The Odds by Stewart O'Nan
Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
What the Heart Remembers by Debra Ginsberg
Your House is On Fire, Your Children All Gone by Stefan Kiesbye
Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth
Great Expectations (Penguin drop caps hardcover) by Charles Dickens
Jane Eyre  (Penguin drop caps hardcover) by Charlotte Bronte
Travels with Epicurus by Daniel Klein

So, take this information and run- start your own book club, talk about books with a friend over coffee, give someone a book that YOU loved.  Go for it, you crazy book-lovers!