2022 LitLounge Book Discussion Titles

By Skokie Staff Advisory Services

LitLounge is the North Shore’s social book discussion group, brought to you in partnership with Morton Grove Public Library. We get together the second Wednesday of every month (please see the library calendar for registration information). Here are the books we discussed in 2022.

  • 142 Ostriches

    2020 by Dávila, April

    January 2022: Tallulah Jones, a free-spirited woman, wants to escape from her family-owned ostrich farm and has to navigate her obligations to a dysfunctional family in this thoughtful and reflective debut novel.

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  • The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper

    2019 by Rubenhold, Hallie

    February 2022: In her thoroughly researched and compelling true crime/collective biography, Rubenhold dispels many myths surrounding the infamous Jack the Ripper while providing a spotlight on and human portrait of each of his five victims.

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  • Libertie

    2021 by Greenidge, Kaitlyn

    March 2022: A historical fiction novel that reimagines the lives of Dr. Susan Smith McKinney Steward, the first Black female doctor in New York State, and her daughter, Libertie.

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  • Untamed Shore

    2020 by Moreno-Garcia, Silvia

    April 2022: Facing limited prospects in 1979 Baja California, Viridiana yearns to break free on her own and sees a way out when she becomes entwined in the lives of three wealthy American tourists. But things get complicated when one dies and revelations about their true identities come to light.

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  • Convenience Store Woman

    2018 by Murata, Sayaka

    May 2022: A quirky and sly commentary on modern work culture and social conformism told from the perspective of Keiko Furukura, who has worked as a convenience store employee for 18 years.

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  • Lawn Boy

    2019 by Evison, Jonathan

    June 2022: A candid, reflective, coming-of-age novel in which Mike Muñoz, an aimless young man, decides to get his life together, but life has other plans.

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  • Winter Counts

    2020 by Weiden, David Heska Wanbli

    July 2022: In this action-packed, suspenseful thriller, Virgil Wounded Horse is South Dakota's Rosebud Indian Reservation's vigilante enforcer and is enlisted with the help of his ex to investigate the activities of an expanding drug cartel on the reservation, while a new tribal council initiative raises controversial questions.

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  • Daughter of Fortune

    2020 by Allende, Isabel

    September 2022: Raised in Valparaíso, Chile, Eliza Sommers meets and falls in love with Joaquín Andieta, a lowly clerk with ambitious dreams. When gold is discovered in the hills of northern California, Joaquín and Eliza head north to seek their fortune. With the help of her new friend, Tao Chi'en, Eliza soon comes to discover that her search for love has actually become a quest of personal freedom.

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  • A Head Full of Ghosts

    2015 by Tremblay, Paul

    October 2022: Is Marjorie Bennett a demon-possessed victim or a savvy teen who knows how to play an audience? There is only one way to find out. When Marjorie suddenly displays erratic behavior, which only gets worse as the days go by, her family turns to exorcism by a priest and starts a reality-based television show, "The Possession," to record and earn the money they desperately need to keep their household together.

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  • The Seed Keeper

    2021 by Wilson, Diane

    November 2022: Wilson's deeply moving and thought-provoking debut novel follows Rosalie Iron Wing as she reclaims her family, her indigenous roots, and the land.

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