Good Morning America Book Club Selections

I did the research so you won't have to!

The GMA book club started in 2019 and has become a force for suggesting new reads. Here is the complete list of their recommendations. Check back each month for the current pick.  Books I've read are in BOLD and reviewed books are in bold and blue.

lessons in chemistry

April 2022 - Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus, 400 pages

This debut novel set in 1960s California features the singular voice of Elizabeth Zott, a scientist whose career takes a detour when she becomes the star of a beloved TV cooking show. Replete with strong women, a wonderful dog, found family, told with humor, this sounds like a winner.    (added to my TBR)

March 2022 - The Love of My Life by Rosie Walsh, 384 pages

A love story wrapped up in a mystery with a dark secret at its core. When a man's wife gets sick and he looks into her past, he discovers he doesn't know her at all - in fact, he doesn't even know her name.   (added to my TBR)

violin conspiracy

February 2022 - The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb, 352 pages

A black classical musician's quest to recover his stolen violin on the eve of the most prestigious musical competition in the world.   (on my TBR)

the maid

January 2022 - The Mail by Nita Prose, 304 pages

A debut novel about a maid at a ritzy hotel who is slightly autistic and is the prime suspect of a murder because she's "different". Friends she didn't know she had come to her aid (if you liked Eleanor Oliphant, you'll enjoy this one).  (added to my TBR)

dava shastri's last day

December 2021 - Dava Shastri's Last Day by Kirthana Ramisetti, 384 pages

A debut novel about a multicultural family where the dying billionaire matriarch leaks news of her upcoming death so she can examine her legacy but her secrets come out.

still life

November 2021 - Still Life by Sarah Winman, 464 pages

This sweeping story told in beautiful prose is set in Italy during WWII. A British soldier meets a middle aged art historian in a wine cellar that sets a series of events in motion and when the soldier receives an inheritance, he returns to Italy.    (added to my TBR)

we are not like them

October 2021 - We Are Not Like Them by Christine Pride & Jo Piazza, 336 pages

A story told in alternating perspectives between two lifelong friends, one black, one white, as lives are changed by a tragic event. A book encompassing race, friendship, justice, and forgiveness.    (added to my TBR)

several people typing

September 2021 - Several People Are Typing by Calvin Kasulke, 256 pages

Told entirely through clever and captivating Slack messages, this irresistible, relatable satire of both virtual work and contemporary life is The Office for a new world.

The husbands

August 2021 - The Husbands by Chandler Baker, 346 pages

The story of a successful attorney who in addition to working hard, manages the kids, the house, the doctor appts, etc. When the family moves to a new neighborhood filled with successful wives and supportive husbands, the story takes on a reverse Stepford Wives vibe.

personal librarian

July 2021 - The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict, 341 pages

This book is the story of J.P. Morgan's personal librarian, hired to manage his art, manuscripts, and books. Little did the world know, this smart woman is a black woman who needs to pass as white.    (on my TBR)

the other black girl

June 2021 - The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris, 357 pages

A debut novel about tensions that unfurl when two young black women meet in the starkly white backdrop of the NYC book publishing industry.         

olympus texas

May 2021 - Olympus, Texas by Stacey Swann, 318 pages

Another debut. Full of big characters, Texas swagger, marriage struggles and flaring rivalries, with a clever wink toward classical mythology.              (on my TBR)

of women & salt

April 2021 - Of Women and Salt by Gabriela Garcia, 207 pages

In this multi-generational debut novel, a current-day Miami woman is determined to learn her family's history from her mom, a Cuban immigrant.

klara & the sun

March 2021 - Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Isiguro, 303 pages

An AI robot becomes friends with a sick little girl and the author explores the world and people through the eyes of a robot. He poses the question 'what does it mean to love'?   (on my TBR)

how 1 arm sister sweeps hse

February 2021 - How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House by Cherie Jones, 278 pages

Set in Barbados, it's a debut novel about four people trying to escape their legacy of violence. Trigger warnings.  (added to my TBR)

the push

January 2021 - The Push by Ashley Audrain, 307 pages

A tense, page-turning psychological drama about the making and breaking of a family–and a woman whose experience of motherhood is nothing at all what she hoped for–and everything she feared.           (on my TBR)

this time next year

December 2020 - This Time Next Year by Sophie Cousens, 352 pages

With a touch of humor, a dash of romance, a bit of family dynamics, this New Years story spans 30 years as the two main characters find their way to each other.

memorial

November 2020 - Memorial by Bryan Washington, 320 pages

A funny, sexy, profound dramedy about two young people at a crossroads in their relationship and the limits of love.

the midnight library

October 2020 - The Midnight Library by Matt Haig, 304 pages

Between life and death there is a library, and within that library, the shelves go on forever. Every book provides a chance to try another life you could have lived. Do you want to see how things would be if you had made other choices?     (read May '21)

50 words for rain

September 2020 - Fifty Words for Rain by Asha Lemmie, 449 pages

From debut author Asha Lemmie, a sweeping, heartrending coming-of-age novel about a young woman's quest for acceptance in post–World War II Japan.    (on my TBR)

lions of fifth avenue

August 2020 - The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis, 354 pages

Set in 1913, a series of book thefts roils the iconic New York Public Library, leaving two generations of strong-willed women to pick up the pieces.   (on my TBR)

sex and vanity

July 2020 - Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan, 336 pages

A glittering tale of love and longing as a young woman finds herself torn between two worlds–the WASP establishment of her father’s family and George Zao, a man she is desperately trying to avoid falling in love with, by the author of Crazy Rich Asians.

vanishing half

June 2020 - The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett, 336 pages

Twin sisters growing up in a small, southern black community until they run away at 16 and their lives diverge as one returns home with to raise her children in their home town and one passes for white and her white husband has no idea.   (read May '21)

book of v

May 2020 - The Book of V by Anna Solomon, 320 pages

This kaleidoscopic novel intertwines the lives of a Brooklyn mother in 2016, a senator’s wife in 1970s Washington, D.C., and the Bible’s Queen Esther, whose stories of sex, power and desire overlap and ultimately converge—showing how women’s roles have and have not changed over thousands of years.

oona out of order

April 2020 - Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore, 339 pages

A remarkably inventive novel that explores what it means to live a life fully in the moment, even if those moments are out of order. Each New Years Eve, a young woman jumps to another age at random.   (on my TBR)

in five years

March 2020 - In Five Years by Rebecca Serle, 255 pages

A young woman has her perfect life mapped out but when she wakes up one morning, she discovers she's in a different apartment, married to a different man and it's 5 years in the future!     (on my TBR)

long bright river

February 2020 - Long Bright River by Liz Moore, 482 pages

Two sisters travel the same streets, though their lives couldn't be more different, one a cop and one a drug addict. When the addict goes missing, the cop sister searches for her.      (read March '22)

children of virtue & vengeance

January 2020 - Children of Virtue and Vengeance #2 by Tomi Adeyemi, 404 pages

Follow up to Children of Blood and Bone; magic returns to the land but now the warring factions must be reunited to save the planet.       (on my TBR)

the family upsairs

December 2019 - The Family Upstairs #1 by Lisa Jewell, 340 pages

The can’t-look-away story of three entangled families living in a house with the darkest of secrets and they are about to be discovered as a young woman receives a letter telling her about her parents and her inheritance.      (on my TBR)

cominicana

November 2019 - Dominicana by Angie Cruz, 323 pages

A 15 year old girl marries a much older man who takes her from the Dominican Republic to NYC, but life is nothing like she expected. Political turmoil forces her husband to leave and Ana learns to find her way in her new home.     (on my TBR)