Book Group Suggestions

Village Square Booksellers is happy to support book groups.  We have IndieBound book group and publisher's guides available in the store as well as the Reading Choices book for you to look through to chose your next reading group book.

These are some books that would make excellent book group picks.  The books are available in trade paperback and are enjoyable to read, with lots of potential discussion questions.

Contact us to arrange for us to order books for your book group.  We offer a 10% discount for books picked up individually. If one member of the group picks up all the books at one time, we can offer a larger discount. Contact Pat Fowler for details.

People of the Book Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143115007
Availability: Available from our warehouse - 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Books - December 30th, 2008

The complex and moving ("The New Yorker") novel by Pulitzer Prize-winner Geraldine Brooks follows a rare manuscript through centuries of exile and war Inspired by a true story, "People of the Book" is a novel of sweeping historical grandeur and intimate emotional intensity by an acclaimed and beloved author. Called a "tour de force"by the "San Francisco Chronicle," this ambitious, electrifying work traces the harrowing journey of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, a beautifully illuminated Hebrew manuscript created in fifteenth-century S pain. When it falls to Hanna Heath, an Australian rare-book expert, to conserve this priceless work, the series of tiny artifacts she discovers in its ancient binding-an insect wing fragment, wine stains, salt crystals, a white hair- only begin to unlock its deep mysteries and unexpectedly plunges Hanna into the intrigues of fine art forgers and ultra-nationalist fanatics. - - This is definitely a must-read. Once you start reading this book, you can't put it down!

The Elegance of the Hedgehog Cover Image
By Muriel Barbery, Alison Anderson (Translator)
ISBN: 9781933372600
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Europa Editions - September 1st, 2008

An enchanting IndieBound, New York Times and international bestseller about life, art, literature, philosophy, culture, class, privilege, and power, seen through the eyes of a 54-year old French concierge and a precocious but troubled 12-year-old girl. A moving, funny, triumphant novel that exalts the quiet victories of the inconspicuous among us. Renée Michel is the 54-year-old concierge of a luxury Paris apartment building. Her exterior (“short, ugly, and plump”) and demeanor (“poor, discreet, and insignificant”) belie her keen, questing mind and profound erudition. Paloma Josse is a 12-year-old genius who behaves as everyone expects her to behave: a mediocre pre-teen high on adolescent subculture, a good but not outstanding student, an obedient if obstinate daughter. She plans to kill herself on the sixteenth of June, her thirteenth birthday. Both Renée and Paloma hide their true talents and finest qualities from the bourgeois families around them, until a wealthy Japanese gentleman named Ozu moves into building. Only he sees through them, perceiving the secret that haunts Renée, winning Paloma's trust, and helping the two discover their kindred souls. Moving, funny, tender, and triumphant, Barbery's novel exalts the quiet victories of the inconspicuous among us. - - This book is also available as a Highbridge audio - here's a clip:

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