July Book Club Picks

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JULY TBF book club

Welcome to the first monthly meeting of the Texas Book Festival Book Club recommendations blog post! Each month we will choose three new paperback releases and one TBF favorite that we think make for great group discussions. Hopefully this list will help your book club make a unanimous choice, whether your book club is Book Gals, Austin’s Fine Wine and Literature Society, or simply Book Club (some book clubs stay on task more than others). This month we have boredom, bravery, brain surgery, and a blue dress (and some beautiful alliteration). Let us know what you think, and if you have any recommendations let us know on our Facebook page.

July book club recs

New Paperback Releases:


Local Girls, by Caroline Zancan (288 pages)

We know books about “girls” are all the rage this season, and Local Girls by 2015 Festival author Zancan will fulfill your craving for dark intrigue in hot summer days that melt into hot summer nights. Maggie, Lindsey and Nina have been friends for most of their lives. The girls grew up together in a dead-end Florida town on the outskirts of Orlando, and the love and loyalty they have for one another have been their only constants. Now 19 and restless, the girls spend empty summer days bouncing between unfulfilling jobs, the beach, and their favorite local bar, The Shamrock. It’s there that a chance encounter with a movie star on the last night of his life changes everything.


I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World, by Malala Yousafzai (256 pages)

If you have not read I Am Malala, you have certainly heard of the fifteen-year old girl (this continuation of the “girl” theme is unintentional, but here we are) who nearly died fighting for her education. This is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls’ education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons.


Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death, and Brain Surgery, by Henry Marsh (320 pages)

Okay, this book exceeds the page limit a bit. However, the book clubs who choose to delve into this topic probably won’t mind. Do No Harm provides unforgettable insight into the countless human dramas that take place in a busy modern hospital. Above all, it is a lesson in the need for hope when faced with life’s most difficult decisions.



TBF Favorite:


Devil in A Blue Dress, by Walter Mosley (219 pages)

The first in 2014 Festival author Mosley’s Easy Rawlins detective series. Los Angeles, 1948: Easy Rawlins is a black war veteran just fired from his job at a defense plant. Easy is drinking in a friend’s bar, wondering how he’ll meet his mortgage, when a white man in a linen suit walks in, offering good money if Easy will simply locate Miss Daphne Money, a blonde beauty known to frequent black jazz clubs….

If you get hooked by Devil in A Blue Dress, you’ll be set for the next year of book clubs, including Mosley’s most recent Easy Rawlins Mystery: Charcoal Joe.



We would love to hear what you think about these books, and if you have any recommendations yourself! Find us on Facebook, and tell us about your book club. Maybe we’ll even feature yours in an upcoming post!