Auckland Libraries: Top 10 our book clubs loved

Top 10 our book clubs loved

Our book clubs loved these reads and we hope you do too! Curated by our librarians for the 2021 Auckland Libraries Top 100.

Klara and the sun

Kazuo Ishiguro

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Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities, watches people enter the store and those that pass by outside. She remains hopeful a customer will soon choose her, but should Klara trust in human promises?

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The other black girl

Zakiya Dalila Harris

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26-year-old Nella Rogers is the only Black employee at Wagner Books. She's thrilled when Hazel starts work there, too. Then the notes begin to appear on Nella's desk: LEAVE WAGNER. NOW. Nella soon realises that there's more at stake than her career.

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What strange paradise

Omar El Akkad

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Another over-filled, ill-equipped ship has sunk under the weight of too many passengers. Only 9-year-old Amir has made the passage, a Syrian boy who has the good fortune to avoid officials's hands and meet Vänna: a teenage girl.

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The fortune men

Nadifa Mohamed

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In Cardiff, Wales in 1952, Mahmood Mattan, a young Somali sailor, is accused of a brutal killing he did not commit. A haunting tale of miscarried justice, this book offers a chilling look at the dark corners of our humanity.

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Second place

Rachel Cusk

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A woman invites a famed artist to visit the remote coastal region where she lives. His provocative presence provides a study of female fate and male privilege and the struggle to live morally between our internal and external worlds.

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How beautiful we were

Imbolo. author. Mbue

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How Beautiful We Were is a masterful exploration of what happens when the reckless drive for profit, coupled with the ghost of colonialism, comes up against one community’s determination to hold onto its ancestral land.

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Double blind

Edward St. Aubyn

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When Olivia meets a new lover just as she is welcoming her best friend, Lucy, back from New York, her dedicated academic life expands precipitously.

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Crazy love

Rosetta Allan

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Since running away with Billy, Vicki has barely looked back. They have become a family and prospered. They have survived much, but can they survive Billy's erratic behaviour, especially when he seems set on pulling them apart?

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All's well

Mona Awad

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Miranda's life is a nightmare after an accident ruins her acting career, and leaves her with chronic back pain, a failed marriage, and a dependence on painkillers and alcohol. She recovers unexpectedly, but at what cost?

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Animal

Lisa Taddeo

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Reeling from the public suicide of a former lover, Joan abandons her apartment in New York and drives west for California, in search of the one person who might help her unravel the past.

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