Book Club: November

Emily Calkins of the King County Library System offers binge-able titles that will keep you engrossed through November.

Things We Didn’t Talk About When I Was a Girl

Jeannie Vanasco

When author Jeannie Vanasco was in college, a longtime friend sexually assaulted her at a house party. More than a decade later, she reached out to him to talk about what happened that night. In this searing memoir, Vanasco unpacks those conversations and her own complicated reaction to them. What does she want to hear from this man? What does she want him to know? It’s an unflinching look at the lingering effects of sexual assault and a gripping, timely, and thought-provoking read.

Behold the Dreamers

Imbolo Mbue

Set in the early days of the 2009 financial collapse, Mbue’s novel explores the financial crisis through the lives of two men and their families. One is a banker at Lehman Brothers, and the other is a Cameroonian immigrant who works as the banker’s driver. Complex and compelling
characters anchor this engaging story. 

The Dutch House

Ann Patchett

Literary powerhouse Patchett is at the top of her game with this sweeping family drama about two siblings and their childhood home. After their mother abandons them and their stepmother banishes them, Danny and Maeve build their lives around each other.

About Emily

Emily Calkins is the readers’ services program coordinator for KCLS, where she specializes in connecting readers with stories, authors, and each other. She also is the co-host of KCLS’ podcast, The Desk Set. As a reader, she likes flawed characters, atmospheric world-building, and anything with a slow-burn romance. 

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