SBC (Sisters Book Club)

Dear Readers,


The very first meeting of the SBC (circa 1981).

You are cordially invited to join the Sisters Book Club (SBC).

SBC started when my sister and I accidentally created a long-distance book club. We called it “Sisters Book Club” because she and I are sisters, not realizing that people who are not sisters might feel discouraged from joining. We’ve toyed with changing the name to better reflect our inclusivity, but we’re averse to change so have just taken to calling it SBC for short and hope that makes it more accessible to non-sisters.

How it works:

We read one book a month, and our selections include both fiction and nonfiction (although a little more of the former than the latter) and generally lean towards the literary in our fiction choices.

The selections are either random (in the colloquial rather than statistical sense) or they follow some loose theme. For example, for 2015, we focused on women authors, and in 2016 and 2017, we’re focusing on books about siblings (more or less).

We enthusiastically encourage recommendations for themes and titles.

Discussions take place on our Goodreads group. There you’ll also find reading guide questions and links to interviews and reviews. So mosey on over and see what we’ve got going on.

If you’re not on Goodreads, don’t despair! You can still read along with us and add your comments on the book posts here on Imperfect Happiness or on your own blog (and be sure to leave us a link to your post in the comments here so we can find it).

You’ll find past and future SBC selections below and on the bookshelf of the Goodreads group.

We look forward to reading with you!

-Charity and Gabby

2017 Selections

March 2017: Summer Sisters by Judy Blume
April 2017: Big Brother by Lionel Shriver
May 2017: The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
June 2017: White Teeth by Zadie Smith
July 2017: Howards End by E.M. Forster
August 2017: The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells by Andrew Sean Greer
September 2017: How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez
October 2017: A Spoonful of Sugar by Brenda Ashford
November 2017: All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld
December 2017: The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery


Past Selections:

December 2016: We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson (published 1962)

November 2016: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler (published 2013)

October 2016: A Trumpet in the Wadi by Sami Michael (published 1987)

September 2016: Six of One by Rita Mae Brown (published 1978)

August 2016: The Hundred Secret Senses by Amy Tan (published 1995)

July 2016: The Parasites by Daphne du Maurier (published 1949)

June 2016: Atlas of Unknowns by Tania James (published 2009)

May 2016: Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson (published 1981)

April 2016:  Into the Go-Slow by Bridget M. Davis (published 2014)

March 2016: The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford (published 1945)

February 2016: The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout (published 2013)

January 2016: The Makioka Sisters by Jun’ichirō Tanizaki (published 1943)

December 2015: Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast

November 2015: Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde

October 2015: Some Luck by Jane Smiley

September 2015: The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert

August 2015: Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill

July 2015: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

June 2015: Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson

May 2015: St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell

April 2015: Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls

Mar 2015: The Peabody Sisters by Megan Marshall

Feb 2015: Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Jan 2015: The Home-Maker by Dorothy Canfield Fisher

Dec 2014: Plato at the Googleplex by Rebecca Newberger Goldstein

Nov 2014: No One is Here Except All of Us by Ramona Ausubel

Oct 2014: The Hundred-Year House by Rebecca Makkai

Sept 2014: Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

Aug 2014: Wild Swans by Jung Chang

Jul 2014: The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown

Jun 2014: The Sibling Effect by Jeffery Kluger

May 2014: Middlemarch by George Eliot

Feb 2014: The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner

Dec 2013: Ulysses by James Joyce

Nov 2013: The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud

Oct 2013: Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloane

Aug/Sep 2013: The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

Jul 2013: Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld


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