I’m back with four new page-turners ripe for the (book club) picking. The reads range from heart-wrenching memoir to bizarre love story and the decision of which to read first is difficult. Luckily, that’s where you come in.
Check out the options below and pick your favorite by 11:59 p.m. ET on Thursday, Feb. 11. Come back on Feb. 12 to find out which book took the top spot. After that, we'll be hosting an ongoing discussion on Twitter about the winning book, where we encourage you to post your thoughts with #RSbookclub, the official book club hashtag.
Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist
By Sunil Yapa
Step back in time to Seattle during the WTO protests of 1999. The novel takes place during a rainy November day when the demonstrations, which started out as mostly peaceful, grow violent. At the plot’s center is Victor, a runaway teen who joins the demonstrations only to discover that the chief of police he gets in a scuffle with is actually his father.
To buy: $16, amazon.
The Last Dreamer
By Barbara Solomon Josselsohn
Iliana Passing gave up her a career as an acclaimed journalist to start a family. Now, fifteen years later, she’s itching to get back into the industry. To her chagrin, each attempt to reach out to former colleagues and contacts for freelance work proves unsuccessful. Determined to write a piece no one will refuse she starts researching and discovers her childhood crush and old TV-star Jeff Downs lives nearby and owns a textile company. When the two meet Iliana finds her adult life colliding with her teen fantasy leaving her to make some life-changing decisions.
To buy: $10, amazon.
When Breath Becomes Air
A neurosurgeon diagnosed with advanced lung cancer at the age of 36 writes poignantly about his experience in this gripping memoir. Paul Kalanithi chronicles his life as a child of immigrant parents to Stanford medical student to doctor and finally to cancer patient in a quest to answer the question: “What makes a life worth living?”
To buy: $15, amazon.
The Portable Veblen
Dysfunctional families, young love and a charismatic squirrel come together in this tale. The unlikely pair (one’s a typist who talks to wild animals, the other a neurologist) is engaged within three months of knowing each other but have yet to be introduced to each other’s families. Needless to say a hilarious and quirky storyline ensues.
To buy: $19, amazon.