Help Choose our Next Books for the JourneyWoman Book Club

by | May 13, 2022 | 0 comments

Vote for your favourite books by May 27

We’ve scoured recommendations from our readers, our partner TripFiction and our own libraries at home, and narrowed our selections down to six finalists. All of these meet specific criteria – they have a strong sense of place, a compelling storyline and powerful lessons to share.  In addition to choosing authors from diverse backgrounds, we’ve also ensured that all books are available in multiple formats and countries. 

Now we need your help! Scroll through the list to learn more about each title.  You can choose up to three, and we’ll announce the next three for 2022 in our June issue. If you have a book to add, please do so at the end and we’ll include it in our next round. 

With thanks,

Wendy, Sally and Carolyn, your book club hosts

Learn more about our Book Club here! Book clubs are held the third Wednesday of each month at 8 pm ET. All book clubs are recorded and shared on our YouTube channel. 

Join us on May 18 for our Book of the Month: Gods of Jade and Shadow, set in Mexico, with guest speaker and Maya mythology expert Trudy Woodcock. 

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Remember Me, by Charity Norman – set in New Zealand

Published in March 2022

When Emily returns to New Zealand’s North Island to take care of her father, who is struggling with Alzheimer’s disease, she finds her hometown still haunted by the mysterious disappearance of a young woman twenty-five years before. Now, shattering truths about the past threaten to rip the close-knit community apart. 

Read more here 

The Whale Rider, by Witi Ihimaera – set in New Zealand

Published in May 2003

Eight-year-old Kahu is the only descendant in the line of succession for the chieftainship of the Māori village of Whangara – but she’s a girl, and the chiefs have always been men. In her struggle to fulfill her destiny, Kahu has a powerful ally: her legendary ancestor, the “whale rider.” This contemporary tale, imbued with mythology, was authored by the first Māori writer to publish both a novel and a book of short stories.

Read more here

The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty, by Vendela Vida – set in Morocco

Published in March 2016

On the run from a traumatic past, a woman is robbed in Casablanca – losing her passport, cash, credit cards, laptop and more – setting off a chain of noir events. Written in the second person (you), this book has been described as “part glamorous travelogue, part slow-burn mystery,” “insanely funny,” and “a spellbinding literary thriller that probes the essence and malleability of identity.”

Read more here

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows – set on Guernsey

Published in July 2008

It’s 1946, and an intriguing exchange of letters draws Juliet into the world of the community living on Guernsey in the British Isles. As she “meets” the members of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – a book club that was created as a spur-of-the-moment alibi – she uncovers the damage done by Nazi Germany’s military occupation of the Channel Islands, witnesses the strength that binds the clandestine band of book lovers, and turns her own life upside down. This epistolary novel was drafted by Schaffer and completed by her niece, Barrows, in Schaffer’s last months.

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The Henna Artist, by Alka Joshi – set in India

Published in 2020

Lakshmi is 17 and fleeing an abusive husband when she arrives, alone, in Jaipur.  Through hard work, caution and talent, she becomes a highly sought-after henna artist. Her work gives her access to the secrets of the upper classes, but when her husband catches up – with her younger sister in tow – the new life she has built for herself comes under threat.

Read more here.

The Last Watchman of Old Cairo, by Michael David Lukas – set in Egypt

Published in March 2018

When he was a child, Joseph moved with his Jewish mother to the United States. His Muslim father stayed in Cairo, where his family has worked as watchmen at the Ibn Ezra Synagogue for generations. After his father dies, Joseph receives a mysterious package and travels to Egypt seeking answers. In his search for closure of unresolved family conflicts, he finds a history that goes back centuries. The novel weaves together narratives from the 11th century, 19th century (based on historical events), and contemporary times, resulting in a rich tapestry of tradition centred on a precious archive of documents guarded through the ages.

Read more here

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