Bookclub Wednesday: May 14

Here’s a good mix of fiction and non-fiction releases, for your good mix of fiction and non-fiction book clubs:

Guests on Earth: A Novel by Lee Smith

Lee Smith’s Guests on Earth is a blend of fiction and fact. Zelda Fitzgerald’s last ten years were spent in the psychiatric hospital where she died in the mysterious 1948 fire that claimed nine lives.) Book clubs can find Lee Smith on Facebook and her website is full of great information, including this video of Lee speaking about Guests on Earth.

If You Were Here: A Novel of Suspense by Alafair Burke

Since the hardcover edition of the next Ellie Hatcher novel is coming next month, this is a great time to promote Alafair Burke to your mystery book club. The “books” page on Burke’s website lists the books, plots, and date released. She has more than 5,000 followers on Twitter and more than 10,000 fans on Facebook.

The Longest Road: Overland in Search of America, from Key West to the Arctic Ocean by Philip Caputo

One can become lost on Philip Caputo’s website… in a good way. In addition to videos, articles, and interviews, Philip Caputo maintains a blog. In yesterday’s entry, he writes:

I’ve been thinking a lot about two questions I put to the eighty-odd people I interviewed on the trip: “What holds a country as vast and diverse as the United States together? What puts the unum in the pluribus?” And, “Do you think it’s holding together as well as it used to? Will it continue to?”

Seems like a good book club question to me.

Beth Golay

Beth is a reader, writer, marketer and Books & Whatnot founder. Even though she knows better, she's a sucker for a good book cover and will positively swoon if a book is set in appropriate type. @BethGolay