On Wednesdays we read Pink 

a weekly book club
we choose our books based solely on the cover's hue.

Not all romcoms and daises; we will have some thrillers, a couple of retellings of Shakespeare, a few meSMERISING memoirs and all-around epic reads.

 

JULY

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Over a year after her parents sent her away from Hawaii to live with her grandmother in landlocked Nebraska, Makani Young is still adjusting to her new life. She's made a small group of close friends and even flirted with romance, but her past in Hawaii is still hard to forget. 

And then . . . one by one the students of her new high school begin to die in a series of gruesome murders.

THERE'S SOMEONE INSIDE YOUR HOUSE BY STEPHANIE PERKINS

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A shocking, hilarious and strangely tender novel about a young woman’s experiment in narcotic hibernation, aided and abetted by one of the worst psychiatrists in the annals of literature.

A story of a year spent under the influence of a truly mad combination of drugs, designed to heal us from our alienation from this world.

MY YEAR OF REST & RELAXATION

BY OTTESSA MOSHFEGH

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A sexy, thrilling novel about that one person who still haunts you—the other one. The wrong one. The one you couldn’t let go of. The one you’ll never forget. 
Lucy Albright arrives on the campus of her small California college and happy to be hundreds of miles from her mother. Quickly grasping at her fresh start, Lucy embraces college life. And then she meets Stephen DeMarco. Charming. Attractive. Complicated. Devastating.

TELL ME LIES

BY CAROLA LOVERING

AUGUST

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In the old days, most people would find a decent person who lived in their village or neighbourhood, and after deciding they weren't a murderer, get married and have kids - all by the age of 22. 

Now we spend years of our lives searching for our perfect soul mate.

A hilarious, thoughtful, and in-depth exploration of the pleasures and perils of modern romance from Aziz Ansari.

MODERN ROMANCE BY

AZIZ ANSARI & ERIC KLINENBERG

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Centred on a community of immigrants precariously balanced on the edge of poverty in 1990s New York City,  examining the ways that family and history can weigh us down, but also lift us up. From the young woman coming to terms with her grandmother's role in the Cultural Revolution, to the daughter struggling to understand where her family ends and she begins.

SOUR HEART 

BY JENNY ZHANG

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Uncovering the lost histories of the influential women who have over hundreds of years refused over the hand they've been dealt and, as a result, have formed, shaped and changed the course of our futures. 

The Scientists celebrates 48* unsung scientific heroines whose hugely important, yet broadly unacknowledged or incorrectly attributed, discoveries have transformed our understanding of the scientific world.

FORGOTTEN WOMEN -

THE SCIENTISTS BY ZING TSJENG

SEPTEMBER

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An addictive literary puzzle that introduces an unforgettable young heroine plunged into the twisted world of a secret society with a dark agenda.

Lee Cuddy is seventeen years old and on the run, alone on the streets of Philadelphia.
A fugitive with no money, no home and nowhere to go 

Part literary detective novel, part art history, part conspiracy thriller.

THE READY-MADE THIEF

BY AUGUSTUS ROSE

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In a quiet suburb of Detroit, the five Lisbon sisters-beautiful, eccentric, and obsessively watched by the neighborhood boys-commit suicide one by one over the course of a single year. As the boys observe them from afar, transfixed, they piece together the mystery of the family's fatal melancholy, in this hypnotic and unforgettable novel of adolescent love, disquiet, and death. 

THE VIRGIN SUICIDES

BY JEFFREY EUGENIDES

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Provocative, fearless, and dizzyingly uncensored, Mandy spills every secret she knows about dating, networking, comedy, celebrity, media, psychology, relationships, addiction, and the quest to find one's true nature. She takes readers behind the scenes (and name names) as she relays her utterly addictive journey.

UNWIFEABLE: A MEMOIR

BY MANDY STADTMILLER

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Vinegar Girl By Anne Taylor

 A brilliant modern retelling of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew

VINEGAR GIRL

BY ANNE TAYLOR

sweetbitter by stephanie danler

A novel of the senses. Of taste and hunger, of love and desire, and the wisdom that comes from our experiences, both sweet and bitter.

SWEET BITTER

BY STEPHANIE DANLER

the white album by joan didion

In this now legendary journey into the hinterland of the American psyche, Didion searches for stories as the Sixties implode. 

THE WHITE ALBUM

BY JOAN DIDION

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Romy Hall is at the start of two consecutive life sentences, plus six years, at Stanville Women’s Correctional Facility. Outside is the world from which she has been permanently severed: the San Francisco of her youth, changed almost beyond recognition.

THE MARS ROOM

BY RACHEL KUSHNER

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With an absent wife and a daughter going off the rails, wealthy art collector and philanthropist Simon Strulovitch is in need of someone to talk to. So when he meets Shylock at a cemetery in Cheshire’s Golden Triangle, he invites him back to his house. 

SHYLOCK IS MY NAME

BY HOWARD JACOBSON

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Part memoir, part manifesto, and including chapters on dating, work, sport, babies, families, anger and friendship, it is based on the simple premise that understanding why we fail ultimately makes us stronger. 

HOW TO FAIL

BY ELIZABETH DAY

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The words 'girl power' conjure vivid memories of short skirts and platform boots. But it wasn't just about the look, it was about feminism. 
The Spice Girls gave a generation their first glimpse of the power of friendship and went on to kick-start a new conversation around gender equality.

 

WHAT WOULD THE SPICE GIRLS DO?

BY LAUREN BRAVO

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When Laila Lawrence becomes an orphan at twenty-three, the sudden loss unexpectedly introduces her to three glamorous cousins from New York who show up unannounced at her mother's funeral. The three siblings are scions of the wealthy family from which Laila's father had been estranged long before his own untimely demise ten years before.

SHE REGRETS NOTHING 

BY ANDREA DUNLOP

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Part-memoir, part-VERY long personality test, CHOOSE YOUR OWN DISASTER is a manifesto about the millennial experience and modern feminism and how the easy advice of "you can be anything you want!" is actually pretty fucking difficult when there are so many possible versions of yourself it seems like you could be.

CHOOSE YOUR OWN DISASTER

BY DANA SCHWARTZ

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You know the type: the woman who won't shut up, who flaunts it, who's too brazen, too opinionated – too much. Sometimes, she's the life of the party; others, she's the focus of gossip. She's the unruly woman, and she's one of the most provocative, powerful forms of womanhood today. 

TOO FAT TOO SLUTTY TOO LOUD

BY ANNE HELEN PETERSON

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Katie Daniels, a twenty-eight-year-old Kentucky transplant with a strong set of traditional values, has just been dumped by her fiancé when she finds herself seated across a negotiating table from native New Yorker Cassidy Price, a sexy, self-assured woman wearing a man's suit. 

WHEN KATIE MET CASSIDY

BY CAMILLE PERRI

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A memoir of startling honesty and subtle, profound beauty. Filled with vivid portraits of 1970's New York City, and fascinating insights into the intensity necessary for a career in professional music, this is more than a narrative of a brilliant musician struggling to make it big in the big city.

THE SKIN ABOVE MY KNEE

BY MARCIA BUTLER