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Book Club Reading List for February

Thousands of books come out every month making it difficult to choose the next item on your reading list. So here’s a starting point: the following three books have received excellent reviews from professionals and book-club readers like you. Some are new, some are old and one is by an author who grew up right in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

One of the greatest love stories of all time was between one of the greatest authors of all time and his wife: Earnest and Hadley Hemmingway. In 1920, Hadley met Ernest, who proceeded to sweep her off of her feet and into a whirlwind courtship, wedding and life. Despite their obvious love for each other, The Paris Wife details just exactly how sometimes love is not enough, something that many of us would rather not learn. Heartbreaking and poignant, this story is sure to elicit lively discussions and deep thought. 

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

From the author of the famous novel Seabiscuit comes Unbroken, the story of a young lieutenant in the Air Force during the Second World Work. Zamperini started life as a juvenile delinquent turned stellar athlete, and then put all of his effort into becoming a pilot in the United States Military. Once his plane crashes, he embarks on one of the most amazing odysseys in the 20th century. With rich and vivid details, this novel will have you and your group questioning just how far a person can go to survive.

American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld

If you’re a stickler for history and would like to read something by an author who graduated from Seven Hills School right in Cincinnati, American Wife is sure to please. Loosely based on the life of Laura Bush and her relationship with the President, this tale follows Alice Blackwell from high school to her time as first lady of the United States.