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About the Online Virtual Book Club
The My Purse Strings Virtual Book Club launched in January 2018. What started as an outlet to discuss books and to motivate me to read has turned into a Facebook Group of more than 800 members and counting.
Each month, a new book is introduced. The discussion takes place online in the group where we also recommend books to one another. Our group has members from all over the world who bring a unique perspective to the discussion.
Scroll down to the bottom of this post to get a free printable list of the “Book Club Questions You Can Use with Any Book”.
My Purse Strings Virtual Book Club Picks (so far)
Virtual Book Club Picks (most recent listed first):
For the first time, we will have two book club discussions in one month. People rave about the audiobook and it’s no wonder as it’s narrated by Tom Hanks!
The Dutch House tells the story of a brother and sister, forced to leave their home “The Dutch House” when their father dies and leaves everything to his new wife.
You can join the The Dutch House book club discussion here.
A cross between The Hunger Games and The Handmaid’s Tale, this dystopian novel is about the grace year young girls must take before marrying. Girls are sent to survive in the forest. Those who make it out must never talk about it.
This is our September Virtual Book Club pick. You can sign up for the event here.
Bryan Stevenson wrote this memoir about his life as a young Harvard Law school graduate who moves to Alabama to reexamine the cases of the wrongly accused on death row. This book focuses on Walter “Johnny D” McMillian, on death row for killing a white woman, and Stevenson’s attempt at restoring justice. Read the blog post about Just Mercy here.
There’s also a young adult adaptation of the book. Read more about it and other young adult book adaptations here.
If you’re a fan of the musical Hamilton, you’ll want to read this book. Elizabeth “Eliza” Hamilton doesn’t just live in her husband’s shadow. The daughter of a general, she has an important role in the birth of our country. Read more about it in the blog post about My Dear Hamilton here.
A family deals with some big decisions when their five-year-old son says he wants to become a girl. The author, a mother of a transgender child herself, not only informs the reader but raises interesting points of discussion.
Book club discussion questions post on the day of the event. You can find the blog post about This Is How It Always Is here.
Don’t let the title deceive you. This book is not fluff and deals with some serious issues. Evelyn Hugo, an aging starlet hires a young writer to tell her story, her truth.
If you want to discuss, head on over to the Facebook Group.
Book club discussion questions post on the day of the event. You can read the blog post about The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo here.
Unrelentlessly bullied for his red eyes (a condition called ocular albinism) Sam, aka “Devil Boy,” must learn to stand up for himself and live his life. This story follows him as a young boy through adulthood.
You can download the book club discussion questions and read the blog post about The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell here.
This National Book Award finalist tells the story of one Korean family over four generations. This examines the lives of Koreans as they find their way living in Japan.
Two neighbors lives’ are ripped apart by a tragic event. This story follows the main characters from childhood through adulthood. It deals with addiction, mental health issues, and what it means to be family.
You can download the book club discussion questions and read the blog post about Ask Again, Yes here.
A young woman works as a Pack Horse librarian in Appalachian Kentucky. Not only does she have the physically difficult task of delivering books to families living in poverty but she also was born with a genetic disorder making her appearance blue. These people, the Blue Fugates also known as the Blue People of Kentucky faced intense discrimination. This is the story of how books can bring a community together. You can find out more about The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek and download book club discussion questions here.
A reporter starts a letter correspondence and friendship with a group of people living on Guernsey, following the German occupation of the island during World War II. You can find out more about The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society and download book club discussion questions here.
Based upon the true story of Lale Sokolov, a Jew, who became the tattooist of Auschwitz, responsible for branding inmates with their numbers. Despite the conditions of Auschwitz, Lale manages to find love with a woman named Gita. You can find out more about The Tattooist of Auschwitz and download book club discussion questions here.
Heather Morris continues the story in her sequel, Chilka’s Journey, who was one of Gita’s best friends in the camp.
Translated from Swedish, we get a glimpse into 96-year-old Doris’ past through a series of diary entries throughout her life. Her life, like that of many, is full of surprises, accomplishments, and regrets. It also focuses on her present relationship with her adult niece. You can find out more about The Red Address Book and download book club discussion questions here.
The author, a biologist and zoologist, paints a beautifully vivid picture of the North Carolina marshlands and also, that of a young girl living all alone. When a local teen winds up dead years later, the Marsh Girl, Kya, becomes suspect #1. You can find out more about Where the Crawdads Sing and download book club discussion questions here.
Narrated by three characters, a Polish inmate at the concentration camp, Ravensbrück, a New York socialite, and a female German guard, this book examines the atrocities that occurred at the camp during World War II. The inmates of the all-women camp were subjected to disturbing medical experimentation. These “Rabbits” find an advocate and friend years later. You can find out more about Lilac Girls and download book club discussion questions here.
A Vietnam veteran takes his family to Alaska, in search of a new, happier life. His troubles continue to follow him there where he takes it out on his wife and teenage daughter. Add the isolation and wilderness of Alaska to the mix, and you have a captivating novel. You can find out more about The Great Alone and download book club discussion questions here.
The novel begins with a house fire in Ohio. This book examines the meaning of motherhood and identity. It focuses on the lives of three families: the one whose home burns down, their tenants down the road, and a family attempting to adopt a little girl. You can find out more about Little Fires Everywhere and download book club discussion questions here.
You can catch the series of the same name on Hulu.
In this memoir, Westover, tells the unbelievable story of living off the grid in Idaho with her father, mother, and siblings. Denied a formal education, she and her brothers work in the family junkyard and prepare for the world’s end, as predicted by her father. The author rises above it all these challenges to find formal education and even a Ph.D. from Cambridge University. You can find out more about Educated and download book club discussion questions here.
Newly married, a husband, wrongly accused of a crime, is sent to prison. Can a young marriage survive the disruption? And what happens once he comes home? You can find out more about An American Marriage and download book club discussion questions here.
As a young child, Rachel gets taken from her family and sent to Moloka’i, the leper colony. This book follows her life there. Daughter of Moloka’i, written 15 years later, takes over where the book ends. You can find out more about Moloka’i and download book club discussion questions here. Lucky for us, author Alan Brennert joined our chat and answered all our questions! You can see that discussion there too.
An African American nurse hesitates before performing CPR on a newborn baby, the son of white supremacists. This book examines privilege and racism, as the case goes to trial. You can soon watch this film adaptation starring Viola Davis and Julia Roberts. You can find out more about Small Great Things and download book club discussion questions here.
Don’t want to buy on Amazon? You can also find all of these books in Bookshop.org while supporting local independent bookstores. Check out my list there: My Purse Strings Virtual Book Club Picks So Far.
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