Auckland Libraries: Top 10 bookclub picks

Top 10 bookclub picks

The top 10 titles our bookclubs enjoyed, curated by our librarians for the Auckland Libraries Top 100 list.

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Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine

Gail Honeyman

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Eleanor Oliphant is fine. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except sometimes, everything. But with a simple act of kindness she's about to realise exactly how much better than fine life can be.

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How to stop time

Matt Haig

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Tom Hazard has been alive for centuries. From Elizabethan England to Jazz Age Paris, from New York to the South Seas, he has seen a lot, and now craves an ordinary life doing ordinary things. However, the one thing he must not do is fall in love.

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Swimming lessons

Claire Fuller

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Ingrid writes letters to her husband and hides them in the books he collected. After her final letter, she disappears. Twelve years later her daughter asks questions about her, not knowing the answers are hidden in the books that surround her.

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Heloise

Mandy Hager

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What happens when a love is caught in the crossfire of factions, religious reform and zealotry? At a time when celibacy in the church is being rigorously imposed, these lovers embark on an affair that will see their lives forever changed.

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The answers

Catherine Lacey

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Paralyzed with pain, Mary seeks relief from an expensive New Age treatment. Dead broke, she scours Craigslist for fast-cash jobs and finds herself applying for the "Girlfriend Experiment," of an actor determined to find the perfect relationship.

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Sing, unburied, sing

Jesmyn Ward

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This book grapples with the ugly truths of the American story and the power, and limitations, of the bonds of family. Rich with distinctive, musical language, this majestic new work is an essential contribution to American literature.

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The golden legend

Nadeem Aslam

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Someone has been broadcasting people's secrets from the local mosque. When a romance is revealed between a Muslim cleric's daughter and Nargis's Christian neighbor, she finds herself trapped in the center of the chaos tearing their community apart.

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Reservoir 13

Jon McGregor

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An extraordinary novel of cumulative power and grace, Reservoir 13 explores the rhythms of the natural world and the repeated human gift for violence, unfolding over thirteen years as the aftershocks of a stranger's tragedy refuse to subside.

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Sleeps standing

Witi Ihimaera

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A kaleidoscopic exploration of the Battle of Orakau through the eyes of a 14-year-old boy. Alongside the novella are non-fiction narratives from Maori eyewitnesses, together with waiata, images and a Maori translation by Hemi Kelly.

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Pachinko

Min Jin Lee

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Pachinko follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them all.

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