Book Club Recommendations from the Union Square Reading Group

Flashlight Worthy says:
Ion Freeman organizes the Union Square Reading Group so he knows a thing or two about what books work well when it comes to generating a lively discussion. When asked, Ion said the 5 below are the books they enjoyed most.

Oh, and if these 5 don't appeal to you, why not check out one of our dozens of fiction lists?


The Good Soldier

by Ford Madox Ford

Nina Sankovitch says:

"The Good Soldier" begins as the "sad story" of two couples who meet at a spa for those weak of heart: we are led to believe the sadness is in the death of parts of each couple, and although we are right, we have no idea how miserably right we are. The true story of sex and passion unfolds, bit by bit, hint by hint, detail by detail, and no one and nothing is as first appearances had promised. Deceits multiply, tensions escalate, and fate beckons its bony and horrible finger.

This book also appears on Great (Mostly) Novels on Sex and Love



by Michael Frayn

Expatina from Berlin, Germany and Umbria, Italy says:

Why do we long to possess? To whom should art belong? One of the great living novelists confronts these questions in this sly comedy about a Brueghel painting.


The History of Love

by Nicole Krauss

Gotham Gal from New York, NY says:

A beautifully written book that must be read back-to-back with her husband’s book, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (by Jonathan Safran Foer) — the writing has similarities. The two of them must have been discussing their stories daily.


A Personal Matter

by Kenzaburo Oe

Eric Mueller from Los Angeles, CA says:

This 1994 Nobel Prize winner takes a harsh, real look at a difficult situation: the protagonist, Bird, is an immature 27-year-old who still has some growing up to do... until he fathers a son with a terrible birth defect and he's forced onto a difficult path of responsibility and decision.


The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

by Haruki Murakami

Ray Davis Curry from Portland, Maine says:

Even in translation, Murakami writes in a unique, piercing style of Zen crystalline prose, describing aspects of common life and things I've never experienced, like nothing i'd ever read. Mystery, love, different culture.


Don't forget, if none of these books are for you, I have dozens of losts full of great fiction.