Anneke Gustafson, Plain Talk Books & Coffee manager, offered up five books you should add to the top of your book club list this year.
1. "The Night Watch" by Sarah Waters
Gustafson said that Sarah Waters' latest book, "The Paying Guests," has been receiving heavy attention. However she said her favorite novel by Waters, "The Night Watch," is well worth the trip through history.
"The story is told in reverse and takes place during the 1940s in London as people cope with the aftereffects of WWII."
2. "Behind the Scenes at the Museum" by Kate Atkinson
Atkinson is also a Brit, and "Behind the Scenes at the Museum" is her first novel.
"It is a hilarious, inventive and poignant read about the life of Ruby Lennox, who, in the style of Tristram Shandy, narrates her own life from conception," Gustafson said. "Atkinson also went on to write several mysteries featuring private investigator Jackson Brodie which have now been developed into a BBC television series."
3. "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory" by Caitlin Doughty
"Be the edgy one in your book club and nominate this book! Doughty, who also has a YouTube series called "Ask a Mortician," deals with the fundamentals of death and dying in practical and humorous ways. Not for the faint of heart … or stomach."
4. "Driftless," by David Rhodes
Gustafson recommends this read for the wondrous writing and the characters you are sure to love. The plot takes place in a tiny Wisconsin town, in the Driftless region, called Words.
"Driftless," published in 2009, was the first work by Rhodes after his 1976 motorcycle accident that left him paralyzed from the chest down," Gustafson said. "You will find that it was worth the wait, and you'll be glad that he is back to putting out his beautifully written books."
5. "Of All the Gin Joints: Stumbling through Hollywood History," by Mark Bailey, illustrated by Edward Hemingway
This read is for the club that enjoys a good drink.
Gustafson said this is a lighthearted, hilarious read about notorious actors and their maybe not so notorious drinking antics. Your club will gain the gossipy dish on some silver screen stars and some cocktail recipes for the next get together.