The 20 titles on this year’s list were chosen “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.”

According to Shelf Awareness, National Reading Group Month chair Jill A. 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.” –Shelf Awareness, October 5, 2017