Travel writer Theroux examines the consequences of international aid in this provocative tale of a former Peace Corps worker who returns to the African village he was stationed 40 years ago to find disturbing changes.
Quiet looks at how our society often undervalues introverts as well as the contributions that introverts have made. This book provides a new perspective of group dynamics which can apply to schools, families, and the business world. Great book to discuss!
An emotionally honest look at raising a child with an extremely rare genetic disease. A beautifully written memoir portraying the incredible journey one father experiences in order to understand, accept, and help his son find his place in society. This book brings up many issues about our healthcare system, caregiving, and compassion.
An incredibly moving memoir about the power of books. Schwalbe formed a book group with his remarkable mother during her cancer treatment which provided them both comfort and insight during a difficult time. A great list of the titles they read together shows the range of topics and genres they discussed. This is a perfect book group read.
A touching multigenerational novel about a German immigrant family and their gradual assimilation into American society. The reader sees the family live through wars, marriages, work, birth and death and we see our own family through their stories. This is a very different type of immigrant novel as the author explores what it means to be a good American.
This clever novel uses baseball as a metaphor for life. The characters often find fielding plays on the ball field easier than dealing with problems off the field. Finding one’s passion and accepting one’s limitations are central to this debut novel full of memorable characters. Perfect for book groups.
This is both an amusing and informative account of one man’s experience traveling the world on a quest to discover which country contains the happiest residents and why. We learn much about the 10 countries, and the author’s findings on what contributes to happiness are very surprising. Readers will surely find the observations about America’s happiness quotient very insightful.