What books are you and your friends talking about?  Are you looking for a book that's bound to ignite a spirited conversation?  In order to extol the pleasures of shared reading and encourage more people to get involved in reading groups, the Women's National Book Association has named October National Reading Group Month. 

A selection committee has chosen eight works of fiction as this year's Great Group Reads.  The books are: 

These are titles from small presses and lesser known authors from larger publishing houses which were chosen by the committee because, even though they are provocative books with strong narratives, they may still fly under the radar of many readers.  There is also one non-fiction choice.  It is Perfection: A Memoir of Betrayal and Renewal by Julie Metz. 

Looking for discussion questions for your book club, reading group, or gathering of friends?  A good resource is  This web site can help you find guides to start discussions based on a title, author, or specific genre.  There are also guidelines for books that have no discussion questions listed, and you can even request a discussion guide for older or obscure titles.

The photo of the sculpture Gossip by Rose-Aimee Belanger courtesy of Dano.