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What Should Our Next Book Club Read Be?

It’s time to select our next read for the Free People book club! I loved diving into The Alchemist with you all in September and can’t wait to get started on a new book, but I need your help deciding! Please leave your suggestions for what book you’d like to read with us below –  we will take them all into consideration as we make our decision :).

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Chloe -November 14, 2012, 8:00AM

The great gatsby! It’s set in the twenties and I love the twenties I have read the book three times I really love everything about it. The movie also comes out in December I think

jaime @ sweet road -November 14, 2012, 8:03AM

The Sun Also Rises by Earnest Hemingway or The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. I’m reading them both right now and I love them!

Victoria -November 14, 2012, 8:27AM

One The Road, by Jack Kerouac. I’m looking forward to reading this one before I see the movie.

madz -November 14, 2012, 8:27AM

Tracks or Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich

Emily -November 14, 2012, 8:29AM

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
– Robert M. Pirsig

I cannot possibly live my life the same after having read this book. Glorious, and absolutely momentous all in the most simple of words.

Meaghan @ Just Me aghan -November 14, 2012, 8:41AM

I agree with Chloe, The Great Gatsby. I need to re-read it. The movie was pushed back to summer 2013 though…

Meaghan @ Just Me aghan -November 14, 2012, 8:41AM

I agree with Chloe, The Great Gatsby. I need to re-read it. The movie was pushed back to summer 2013 though…

kristi -November 14, 2012, 9:00AM

Long Past Stopping by Oran Canfield

Amanda -November 14, 2012, 9:09AM

The Night Circus – hands down one of the best books I’ve ever read. It’s one of those rare breeds of book that you don’t want to devour in a day. You should savor the sumptuous writing for as long as you can – go slowly and gorge on the details.

Alexandra Queen -November 14, 2012, 9:12AM

I just started Sons and Lovers by DH Lawrence…

Selena -November 14, 2012, 9:21AM

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Ju Ju -November 14, 2012, 9:29AM

Do you know the best book ever?! Its: “Before I fall” by lauren oliver. I love this book! You really, really have to read it. :)

dylanatthebeach -November 14, 2012, 9:33AM

Anthropology of an American Girl by Hilary Thayer Hamann…it is SO good.

ladi -November 14, 2012, 9:56AM

i am a novelist & one of my books, called come tumbling down, is about the coming of age of a girl who’s always getting into trouble with her friend. kind of like sal and dean from on the road, but from a girl’s point of view. a whimsical beat/boho fairytale of sorts.

come tumbling down is available here:

much love & the last of the leaves.

Molly -November 14, 2012, 10:12AM

How about “the god of small things”? Its an interesting book about twins in India and shows how all the little things in life make people into such unique individuals.

Brittan -November 14, 2012, 10:32AM

I love “The Dud Avocado” written in the 1950’s about an American Girl in Paris. Also, I am re-reading “A Room With A View” by E.M. Forester for the 5th time. It never dissapoints.

Carolina -November 14, 2012, 10:53AM

I think it would be great for everybody to read “One” or “The Bridge Across Forever” by Richard Bach. :)

Lissa -November 14, 2012, 11:29AM

The Paris Wife! By Paula McLain

Free -November 14, 2012, 11:48AM

The Lost Girls: Three Friends, Four Continents, One unconventional detour around the world!~
::::::::::::~ With their thirtieth birthdays looming, Jen, Holly, and Amanda are feeling the pressure to hit certain milestones—score the big promotion, find a soul mate, have 2.2 kids. Instead, they make a pact to quit their jobs, leave behind everything familiar, and embark on a yearlong round-the-world search for inspiration and direction.


Alyssa -November 14, 2012, 12:12PM


Alyssa -November 14, 2012, 12:14PM

The Four Agreements- by Don Miguel Ruiz

Rita -November 14, 2012, 12:15PM

Well, I’m currently reading Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon (Amado)

But my suggestion list is long:

The Golden Notebook or The Sweetest Dream – Lessing
The Kiterunner – Hosseini
The Steppenwolf – Hesse
The Magic Mountain – Mann
Blindness – Saramago
The sea wolf and/or White Fangs and The Call of the Wild – London
Eva Luna – Allende

leslie -November 14, 2012, 12:30PM

jitterbug perfume by tom robbins

lydia cotton -November 14, 2012, 12:34PM

wuthering heights my all time favorite book, it’ll stay with you forever after you read it. no other love story like it there’s something so ethereal and strange about it that it makes you cling to it even more. If you do choose to read it get ready to cry, stay up all night, and question love at every turn.

“And I pray one prayer—I repeat it till my tongue stiffens—Catherine Earnshaw, may you not rest as long as I am living; you said I killed you—haunt me, then! The murdered do haunt their murderers, I believe. I know that ghosts have wandered on earth. Be with me always—take any form—drive me mad! only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you! Oh, God! it is unutterable! I cannot live without my life! I cannot live without my soul!”

i usually hate movies from books but, they did make a really great movie with Kaya Scodelario in it.

Molly -November 14, 2012, 12:47PM

Shantaram–There is no other book out there about India that tells a story so poetically. It’s about to be made into a movie, so now is the time to read it before the Hollywood version is available.

madara -November 14, 2012, 12:58PM

catch-22 | Heller

Meghan -November 14, 2012, 1:34PM

Patty Smith’s memoir Just Kids was fantastic. Her prose is so poetic and it pints such a beautiful picture of her life in New York.

Hannah -November 14, 2012, 1:38PM

John Green – Looking for Alaska

Hannah -November 14, 2012, 1:39PM

John Green – Looking for Alaska or Jack Kerouac – On The Road

B -November 14, 2012, 1:46PM

John Greene’s looking for Alaska
This book is a young adult novel, but is seriously enjoyable for all ages!

Branch -November 14, 2012, 1:56PM

Like Water for Chocolate. Perfect.

Abigail -November 14, 2012, 1:56PM

Til We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis!

Sarah Gross -November 14, 2012, 2:17PM

Shantaram by gregory david roberts BEST BOOK I HAVE EVER READ, it will change your life. it changed mine.

Erika -November 14, 2012, 2:26PM

Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin!!! Inspiring read and the money from the book goes to help build schools for children!

Jessie -November 14, 2012, 2:41PM

Wild by Cheryl Strayed,

‘A powerful, blazingly honest memoir: the story of an eleven-hundred-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe—and built her back up again. At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she’d lost everything when her mother died young of cancer. Her family scattered in their grief, her marriage was soon destroyed, and slowly her life spun out of control. Four years after her mother’s death, with nothing more to lose, Strayed made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and to do it alone.’

Its really well written, funny and real. I definitely recommend it!

Sophie Barloc -November 14, 2012, 2:57PM

You should read Patti Smith’s “Just Kids”. Love, art and rock & roll from the late sixties and early 70’s. Really inspiring real story, it will make a change in everybody’s life..
greatings from Argentina!

marianne -November 14, 2012, 3:19PM

“Bright Shiny Morning” by James Frey

Morgan Polley -November 14, 2012, 3:36PM

I also go with “One Hundred Years of Solitude” by Marquez, it is absolutely fantastic. “Three Cups of Tea” is also one of my all-time favorites; it makes you want to go out and do wonderful things :)

Hanah Murph -November 14, 2012, 3:40PM

“Lost Horizon: A Novel” by James Hilton, it’s on my list of books to read!

Courtney -November 14, 2012, 3:56PM

Gatsby or Alice in Wonderland! Both brilliant classics! :)

kate -November 14, 2012, 3:58PM

TOM ROBBINS! anything. My favorite is ‘Still Life With Woodpecker’. It is the source of most of my list of inspirational quotes.

kelly -November 14, 2012, 4:03PM

Walden by Thoreau!! It is absolutely the most inspiring, thought provoking book I have read in a long time

Nieka -November 14, 2012, 4:20PM

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter. It’s really lovely, I am reading it right now.

Kathryn -November 14, 2012, 4:47PM

Les Miserables- is great but really long
The Host- again really long but good
The Black Tulip by Alexander Dumas-not as long
Dash and Lillys book of Dares
the Summer I Turned Pretty

Maddie -November 14, 2012, 5:03PM

What I Know Now: Letters to My Younger Self
by Ellyn Spragins

It’s not a story but its amazing! It’s a perfect selection of woman who are writers, actresses, senators, athletes, etc.. who pick a time in their life to write themselves a letter. The time in which all of them chose to write is a time in their lives where they were either struggling, starting a new chapter, being forced out of their comfort zone and so on.

It’s amazing. I recommend it to every woman!

Andi -November 14, 2012, 5:19PM

The Electric Kool-Aid Acid test!
It’s about the inventors of LSD in the 60s, it will totally change your perception on everything. So good.

Aria -November 14, 2012, 5:29PM

Down and out in Paris and London – George Orwell

Carli -November 14, 2012, 6:23PM

I agree with Night Circus. It is everything free people, and goes well with the current dark whimsy feeling of the latest free people clothing. I was amazed by this stories ability to completely transcend words and become so visual. I felt it challenging my reality and taking me to a place I never expected to be. It is gorgeous, inspiring, and pure magic. I agree with Amanda, take it slow, savor it, and let it transform you.

You will never feel the same way about your red scarf again.

C Michelle -November 14, 2012, 7:11PM

— Like Water for Chocolate (Esquivel)
— Siddhartha (Hesse)
— Colossus of Maroussi (Miller)

M Mukumoto -November 14, 2012, 7:25PM

Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World

Lauren -November 14, 2012, 7:34PM

I LOVE these memoirs:

Swallow the Ocean by Laura M. Flynn
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

Chelsea -November 14, 2012, 7:41PM

The Tigers Wife by Tea Obreht is a great one that was published recently.

Layla -November 14, 2012, 8:18PM

Orange Blossom Express
by Evangeline
(This is an autobiographical fiction set during the days of 1969.)
“The book gives modern-day readers a window on another time when reality’s stiff borders slipped into absurdity’s edgier, more-tenuous terrain.This is a story of the smuggler’s world, survived from a woman’s point of view, where the sheer will, determination, power and strength of two extraordinary women help them survive an era of vivid adventure and apocalyptic change.”

GraceJoelle -November 14, 2012, 9:34PM

Isn’t it pretty to think so? By nick miller. You will have no regrets about it. Trust me.

Taylor -November 14, 2012, 9:40PM

the unbearable lightness of being by milan kundera!

Katherine -November 14, 2012, 9:40PM

Into Thin Air – Jon Krakauer. So good.

Jaybird -November 14, 2012, 9:43PM

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard. A modern day Thoreau who reminds us of the importance with our connection to nature.

Rachel -November 14, 2012, 10:01PM

perks of being a wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. a quirky and relatable book that can be assessed on many different levels of literacy understanding. OR looking for alaska by John Green. I truly love that book, also an amazing read.

Shelby -November 14, 2012, 10:05PM

Let the Great World Spin – Colum McCann. Several different stories all woven together somehow.

Eileen -November 14, 2012, 10:06PM

Dance of the Dissident Daughter by Sue Monk Kidd- I have a copy and want to read it with a group= perfect opportunity. :)

Ash -November 14, 2012, 10:09PM

Ice by Anna Kavan is a short yet beautifully written book that I think would be great to read with winter approaching.

Georgia -November 14, 2012, 10:34PM

Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro
Lord of the Flies – William Golding

Alix -November 14, 2012, 10:53PM

The Stranger by Albert Camus
the book is absolutely amazing!

Hannah -November 14, 2012, 11:14PM

The History of Love- Nicole Krauss(really, this is the most beautiful, and complex book I have ever read. Even if you don’t use it for the book club you should still read it. It will blow your mind, and then you will cry beautiful tears of happieness.

Molly -November 14, 2012, 11:15PM

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, by Jonathan Safran Foer…
I’m reading it right now and it is incredible!!!! It is now a movie but I am waiting to see it till I finish the book. I heard the movie is great though!

tara dushey -November 15, 2012, 12:24AM

house of leaves- Mark Z. Danielewski
one of the most fascinating books i’ve ever read… eerie and haunting but amazingly crafted

Lizzie -November 15, 2012, 12:26AM

Wonderful Tonight by Pattie Boyd. She was the ‘muse’ for some of the best songs ever written, Layla/Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton- Something by The Beatles. She’s a powerful, amazing, artistic woman who has amazing style. A must read =)

Suzanne -November 15, 2012, 12:38AM

The Secret Keeper….the images of young women…in beautiful dress….things that make me think of free people-type clothes….among a back drop of heartbreaking and mysterious drama….its perfect

Kim -November 15, 2012, 12:40AM

BORN TO RUN by Christopher McDougall

haley -November 15, 2012, 12:41AM

white oleander! it’s amazing, by janet fitch

Ali -November 15, 2012, 12:43AM

Into the Wild was a great book. As you read it you become fascinated with the mind of Chris McCandless. He was an incredibly interesting person. Some people think he’s crazy and others brilliant. If you’ve seen the movie, it captures the book very very well and Chris himself. The book is told from the investigators point of view and gives the reader so many different perspectives. The book allows you to form your own opinion of Chris and his ideas. I was inspired and fascinated by Chris and his story and I think others will be too.

kelsey -November 15, 2012, 12:52AM

The Night Circus or weetzie bat

Tanisha -November 15, 2012, 12:52AM

”Ruskin Bond’s Book Of Nature”

Ruskin Bond has been decorated with the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 1999 for his outstanding contribution in literary field. As evident from the title, the book comprises of the author’s forays in the nature, be it his home with his grandparents or in the foothills of Himalayas.
Pick up this book before you could feel you are too late for a date with nature.

Hayley -November 15, 2012, 1:00AM

The Book Thief – Markus Zusak <—- Just plain wonderful. I recommend it to everyone I know.
Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell <— Favorite book I've read all year. Beautifully and intelligently written.
Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte <— A classic. One of my favorites. Love the brooding and haunting nature of this novel. Perfect read for these winter months.

Lauren L -November 15, 2012, 1:14AM

Wild by Cheryl Strayed. I read it a few months ago and loved it. It is her real story of trying new things and never giving up!

M Mukumoto -November 15, 2012, 1:24AM

Wild is AMAZING!

Ali -November 15, 2012, 1:33AM

Mountains Beyond Mountains–Tracy Kidder

Britta Moon -November 15, 2012, 1:56AM

Waging Heavy Peace: A Hippie Dream by Neil Young

kelsey -November 15, 2012, 5:22AM

Girl with a Pearl Earring

Lula -November 15, 2012, 5:35AM

City by Alessandro Baricco

Ayla -November 15, 2012, 7:56AM

John Green- Looking for Alaska or The Fault in our Stars

lj -November 15, 2012, 8:58AM

Ahab’s Wife by Sena Jeter Naslund

Julia -November 15, 2012, 9:41AM

“Justice”, by Michael Sandel opens up your mind!

Laura -November 15, 2012, 9:54AM

The Night Circus… Reading it now and I LOVE IT! So magical.

Megan -November 15, 2012, 10:03AM

I also agree that Wild by Cheryl Strayed is an awesome read! After reading that book I started planning my own backpacking trip through parts of Europe- very inspirational! Someone also mentioned Anthropology of an American Girl- another great read. White Girl Problems by Babe Walker is a quick and funny read- great for passing the time on a plane. Another great book I’ve recently read was Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn- definitely a page turner!

Stark -November 15, 2012, 10:47AM
MOIRAD -November 15, 2012, 12:06PM

Just Kids – Patti Smith (One of my favorite book from the past two years. Its just amazing!)

Amber -November 15, 2012, 12:08PM

On the road!!

Monet Belle Makohoniuk -November 15, 2012, 12:41PM

… Girls Like Us?? about Carole King, Joni Mitchell and Carley Simon.. I think Sheila Weller wrote it

Lisa -November 15, 2012, 12:55PM

A book that changed my life is the Celestine Prophecy by: James Redfield

Olivia -November 15, 2012, 2:53PM

wild by cheryl strayed

kendra -November 15, 2012, 4:09PM

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls or Wonderful Tonight by Pattie Boyd `- two of my most favorites xx

Lola -November 15, 2012, 5:03PM

Sula by Toni Morrison

Kallie -November 15, 2012, 9:48PM

John Green— The Fault in our stars or An Abundance of Katherines or Looking for Alaska. Love them all.

andrea -November 15, 2012, 11:13PM

The Book Of Lost Things, its amazing. A boy enters the real world of Fairy Tales. Its dark, fascinating, and lyrically written.

nina -November 16, 2012, 1:57AM

d fault in our stars / shantaram
amazng books!!!

lydiasee -November 16, 2012, 5:39AM

Townie by Andre Dubus (2011, longer read but worth it)
Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
Just Kids by Patti Smith
The Motel Life by Willy Vlautin *** (about to be made into a movie with Emile Hirsch, Stephen Dorff, and Dakota Fanning, came out in 2006)

Morgan -November 17, 2012, 6:23PM

Isn’t it Pretty to Think So? by Nick Miller. It’s his first novel and it blew my mind.

Amanda -November 17, 2012, 7:03PM

“Echo” by Francesca Lia Block. Her writing style is magic.

Olivia -November 18, 2012, 12:08AM

On The Road!

Ellena -November 18, 2012, 6:34PM

“The Shack” by William P Young … like changing book.

brittan -November 20, 2012, 10:05PM

I like to read humourous books written in the 1930’s (random genre, I know), they are always a little glamorous and often satirical. Dodie Smith and Stella Gibbons are favorites. Also up there is Agatha Christie! xo

Eva -November 22, 2012, 7:58AM

If its not too late, I’d love to reccomend something. :) I noticed in an earlier post that you mentioned the movie The Virgin Suicides, based on the book by Jeffrey Eugenides. I’ve recently finished a book by him called Middlesex. It is incredible! A bit of a challenge, but so so worth it :) He is one of my favourite authors.

Ashley G -November 26, 2012, 1:26PM

“Shadow of the Wind”

Laura -November 26, 2012, 3:10PM

“Cell” by Stephen King. I already think people with cell phones are zombies, but this really takes it to the next level. WARNING: Not for the faint of heart…Stephen King can be odd…

Laura -November 26, 2012, 3:12PM

Or “The Bean Trees” by Barbara Kingsolver.

Sequoia -November 27, 2012, 4:58PM

Francesca Lia Block’s novel “Echo”

Ally -November 27, 2012, 10:19PM

“The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood. Such a clever and insightful book, definitely worth a read!

Melissa -December 2, 2012, 11:18PM

“The Plumed Serpent’ by D.H. Lawrence
a very little known book of his, a dark magic
fairytale about a woman finding her strength
in Mexico among gods. It’s the bomb. Easily
his best book.

or “Green Mansions” by W.H. Hudson

amazing love story about a man in a rainforest
who falls in love with a wood nymph magical creature
that cannibals worship as a god. Thought provoking
and honestly lovely with imagery and mysticism.

Both books should be in a Free People girl’s library.

Sarah -December 4, 2012, 3:32PM

Well, when I read “I capture the castle” by Dodie Smith, I fell in love. Because it’s a book that brings together two genres -the young adult and the classic- together. And you just can’t ignore Cassandra’s charismatic voice through the narration.

It’s a coming of age story, beautifully told.

alyson -January 22, 2013, 1:58PM

no one belongs here more than you -miranda july
every from miranda july is so amazingly honest. watch the future if you haven’t already.
her work is so refreshing and life changing that my daughter’s middle name is july. just saying! ;)

on the road -or- dharma bums -kerouac
the diary of anais nin
to the lighthouse -virginia woolf
the bell jar -sylvia plath
i know why the caged bird sings -angelou

Alyssa Pizzolato -May 7, 2013, 11:54PM

Just Kids by patti smith- amazing. Read it for class this semester & it’s so beautiful, and inspiring & a great read!

Alex -June 28, 2014, 9:40AM

The Sun Also Rises the truth book have also read you and very good greetings.

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