The Vain Conversation by Anthony Grooms

NEW YORK—SEPTEMBER 18, 2018—The National Reading Group Month Great Group Reads
Committee has chosen 20 books as this year’s list:

Selections 2018

  • America for Beginners by Leah Franqui (William Morrow)
  • As Wide as the Sky by Jessica Pack (Kensington)
  • Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang (St. Martin’s Press)
  • Dear Mrs. Bird by AJ Pearce (Scribner)
  • The Home for Unwanted Girls by Joanna Goodman (Harper Paperbacks)
  • A House Among the Trees by Julia Glass (Anchor)
  • Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese (Milkweed Editions)
  • In the Distance by Hernan Diaz (Coffee House Press)
  • In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills by Jennifer Haupt (Central Avenue Publishing)
  • Invitation to a Bonfire by Adrienne Celt (Bloomsbury Publishing)
  • The Lido by Libby Page (Simon & Schuster)
  • Maggie Boylan by Michael Henson (Ohio University Press/Swallow Press)
  • The Mercy Seat by Elizabeth H. Winthrop (Grove Press)
  • Plum Rains by Andromeda Romano-Lax (Soho Press)
  • The Second Mrs. Hockaday by Susan Rivers (Algonquin Books)
  • Shores Beyond Shores: From Holocaust to Hope, My True Story by
  • Irene H. Butter with John D. Bidwell and Kris Holloway (White River Press)
  • Tigerbelle: The Wyomia Tyus Story by Wyomia Tyus and Elizabeth Terzakis
    (Edge of Sports)
  • The Vain Conversation by Anthony Grooms (University of South Carolina Press/Story River
  • The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey (Soho Crime)
  • Wolf Season by Helen Benedict (Bellevue Literary Press)

These titles were selected on the basis of their appeal to reading groups, which seek books that open up lively conversations about a myriad of timely and provocative and diverse topics, from the intimate dynamics of family and personal relationships to major cultural and
world issues.

Great Group Reads Selection Committee Chair Kristen Knox says: “Challenging, surprising, life-changing — that is how I would describe this year’s Great Group Reads Selections. A thought-provoking list wherein book clubs and their members will discover an exceptional group of talented authors who are engaged with the issues currently apart of the national conversation. Truly a list for everyone.”

(A full list of Selection Committee members can be found at the National Reading Group
Month Web site,

The National Reading Group Month Chair Jill A. Tardiff thanks the Selection Committee for its constancy and thoroughness and all the publishers who submitted titles and made reading copies via traditional galleys and eBook format available. Ms. Tardiff says, “Our goal is to have these outstanding and often inspiring titles become reading-group staples with facilitators and that booksellers and librarians across the country feature them during the month of October, which is, of course, National Reading Group Month—and, throughout the
year.” She continues, “For that purpose, we provide a wide array of professionally designed display materials such as shelf-talkers and table-top posters on the National Reading Group Month website for anyone to download and use in promoting these titles. We encourage
visiting the site for these and other features and tips.” (See National Reading Group Month Marketing Toolkit at Get Involved


The Women’s National Book Association wishes to thank Premier Sponsor of National Reading Group Month: Sourcebooks—An Independent Vision, as well as Friends of National Reading Group Month: American Booksellers Association (ABA), Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, Baker & Taylor—the future delivered, The Booklist Reader (Booklist, American
Library Association), Edelweiss—Above the Treeline, Inc., Ingram Content Group, Net Galley— We Help Books Succeed, Reading Group Choices—Selections for Lively Book Discussions, and Reading Group Guides—The Online Community for Reading Groups.


National Reading Group Month/Great Group Reads is an initiative of the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) — Connecting, educating, advocating, & leading since 1917. The WNBA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization promoting reading and supporting the role of
women in the community of the book.

For more information about the Women’s National Book Association go to:
Women’s National Book Association, P.O. Box 237, FDR Station, New York, NY