With summer approaching, your book club might be looking for short, discussion-worthy reads. I love shorter formats! Here are some of my favorites:
1. Adé: A Love Story by Rebecca Walker (128 pages) – A moving novella that is easy to get lost in. Rich and descriptive with intimate insight into Swahili culture.
2. The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami (96 pages) – For those who are unafraid of a quirky surreal read: “A lonely boy, a mysterious girl, and a tormented sheep man plotting their escape from a nightmarish library.”
3. Snow Hunters by Paul Yoon (224 pages) – A lovely, quiet story about a North Korean POW refugee; literary but minimalistic.
4. Late Lights by Kara Weiss (150 pages) – A powerful look at childhood friendships and how time–especially time spent apart–affects those relationships as we mature into adults.
5. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (181 pages) – A poignant, fantastical story even for those who “don’t like fantasy.”
6. Our Love Could Light the World by Anne Leigh Parrish (202 pages) – Interconnected short stories that read like a novel. An unforgettable story of a dysfunctional family.
7. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (160 pages) – A memoir in graphic novel form about the author’s experiences growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution.
And let’s not forget the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography. CCLaP is a treasure chest for readers wanting interesting (and short!) reads, especially the last three titles on my list:
8. Life After Sleep (143 pages) by Mark R. Brand – Speculative fiction about a society where people only need two hours of sleep each night.
9. Sad Robot Stories by Mason Johnson (126 pages) – Sci-fi in a post-apocalyptic future where only robots remain. Kind-hearted Robot will steal your heart.
10. Women Float by Maureen Foley (68 pages) – Story about friendship, family, and overcoming fears and childhood loss.