Book nominations for Feb., March and April

Hi everyone!
One of the suggestions we received from our last survey on how things were going with the book group was to list monthly book selections earlier. This is a great idea and we are going to do our best to keep everyone posted with the upcoming 3 reads. So here is were you all come in; we have gathered book suggestions from group members (thank you all how submitted such good reads!) and now I need people to VOTE for what they would like to read that month. With the help of 8 members who made it out to GEek LOve discussion, we narrowed the choices down to 4 books for each month. I have included a brief description and the # of pages for each, but go and google the books and get a feel for what you are putting your VOTE towards!

Cheers, and we hope you find something that interests you!!
1. February is "Non-American Authors" month:

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini (author was born in Kabul, Afghanistan)
~A moving story about two women set in Afghanistan. The book's story illustrates both the second class, serf-like treatment of two women and their subjection to physical and emotional brutality that was allowed, enabled and endorsed. We also get to see the bravery, kindness and self-resilience of these same two women. Despite the harsh reality of the story, the humanness and compassion shown by both women while trying to survive in such a brutal and oppressive environment is very uplifting.
(372 pages)

The Never Ending Story by Michael Ende (author was born in Bavaria, Germany)
~The majority of the story takes place in the parallel world of Fantastica (Phantásien in the original German version; referred to as Fantasia in the films), a world being destroyed by the Nothing, a mysterious force. The first protagonist is a young warrior who is asked by the Empress of Fantastica to set off and find a way to stop the Nothing; the other protagonist is a boy from the real world, a reader of a novel with the same title, for whom the story gradually becomes more and more realistic.
(448 pages)

NW by Zadie Smith (author was born in London, England)
~Set in northwest London, Zadie Smith’s brilliant tragicomic novel follows four locals—Leah, Natalie, Felix, and Nathan—as they try to make adult lives outside of Caldwell, the council estate of their childhood. In private houses and public parks, at work and at play, these Londoners inhabit a complicated place, as beautiful as it is brutal, where the thoroughfares hide the back alleys and taking the high road can sometimes lead you to a dead end. Depicting the modern urban zone—familiar to city-dwellers everywhere—NW is a quietly devastating novel of encounters, mercurial and vital, like the city itself. (416 pages)

We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo (author born in Zimbabwe)
~Darling is only ten years old, and yet she must navigate a fragile and violent world. In Zimbabwe, Darling and her friends steal guavas, try to get the baby out of young Chipo's belly, and grasp at memories of Before. Before their homes were destroyed by paramilitary policemen, before the school closed, before the fathers left for dangerous jobs abroad. But Darling has a chance to escape: she has an aunt in America. She travels to this new land in search of America's famous abundance only to find that her options as an immigrant are perilously few.
(298 pages)
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