Welcome to GH Book Club — your destination for ☀️one feel-good book☀️ every month!

The year 2020 wasn't easy — and for most, it meant far more time spent at home without many of the people and pastimes that comfort us (spending time with family and friends, traveling and even physically participating in the communities we love). The pandemic also put more pressure than ever on our favorite hobbies to "perform" (read: bring us joy) — and truthfully, crafting the ultimate sourdough starter can only do so much for your mind, body and soul.

So if you're on the hunt for a new way to spend your time 2021 that doesn't involve doomscrolling, we're here to suggest reigniting your passion for reading by joining our brand-new book club. The twist? We'll be focusing solely on reads that will make you feel great, delivering a dose of positivity each month with an uplifting page-turner that will engage your mind and make you smile. At the end of the year, our hope is that your bookshelf will be filled to the brim with thought-provoking, inspiring fiction and non-fiction picks from both well-known and emerging authors — and that you discover a rekindled (or newfound) reading habit that will help you cultivate a sunnier outlook on life, and may even improve your memory and longevity.

How to join: Sign up for Good Housekeeping's newsletter to get a monthly reminder when a new book has been chosen. Then, buy the book. Finally, share this page with your friends so you can enjoy the book together. Don't forget to check back here the first week of every month to learn about our favorite new read and share what you loved about this month's book in the comments!

With every book hand-picked by Good Housekeeping editors, we want these reads improve your life and enrich your day-to-day routine, whether through uplifting stories and inspiring character journeys, peeks into lived experiences or ideas that challenge the status quo and offer new perspectives.

PICK OF THE MONTH (OCTOBER):

Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead

Amazon
Harlem Shuffle
Doubleday Amazon
$20.49

Harlem furniture salesman Ray doesn’t set out to live the life of crime his father did, but times are hard and he has a family to feed. When his cousin Freddie passes him jewelry that needs selling, Ray doesn’t ask too many questions. His careful facade as an upstanding citizen starts to crumble when he and Freddie find themselves mixed up in a heist at the Hotel Theresa and things go about as wrong as they possibly could. Soon Ray’s got to deal with shady cops, violent gangsters and a whole cast of lowlifes. This 1960s crime caper is a touching story of a man trying to support his family with the odds stacked against him, a love story about Harlem, an examination of race and power in America and just a rollicking good time.

BUY THE BOOK:

Order Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead on Amazon or Bookshop — or pick it up at your local library — and read along with us!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Colson Whitehead is the author eight novels and two works on non-fiction, including The Underground Railroad, which received the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Carnegie Medal, the Heartland Prize, the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Hurston-Wright Award, and was longlisted for the Booker Prize. The novel is being adapted by Barry Jenkins into a TV series for Amazon. Whitehead’s The Nickel Boys received the Pulitzer Prize, The Kirkus Prize, and the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction. A recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a MacArthur Fellowship, he lives in New York City.

EARLIER BOOK CLUB PICKS

• January 2021: The Book of Moods: How I Turned My Worst Emotions Into My Best Life by Lauren Martin. BUY NOW

• February 2021: This Close to Okay by Leesa Cross-Smith. BUY NOW

• March 2021: The Kitchen Front by Jennifer Ryan. BUY NOW

• April 2021: The Little French Bridal Shop by Jennifer Dupee. BUY NOW

• May 2021: The Music of Bees by Eileen Garvin. BUY NOW

• June 2021: Where the Grass Is Green and the Girls Are Pretty by Lauren Weisberger.

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• August 2021: The View Was Exhausting by Mikaella Clements and Onjuli Datta BUY NOW

• September 2021: Seeing Ghosts by Kat Chow BUY NOW