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Books to Read

  • Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World–and Why Things Are Better Than You Think by Hans Rosling (Eric)
  • Knowledge Of Angels by Jill Paton Walsh (Eric)
  • Driving Over Lemons Trilogy #2 & #3: A Parrot in the Pepper Tree and The Almond Blossom Appreciation Society by Chris Stewart
  • The Posthumous Memoirs of Brás Cubas by Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis (Allan)
  • The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson
  • Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger (Lois) – mystery
  • Light Years by James Salter (Jo)
  • The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich (Robin)
  • The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson (Eric)
  • The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami (Eric)
  • These Truths: A History of the United States by Jill Lepore (Carol)
  • We the Corporations How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights by Adam Winkler (Lois)
  • Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner (Marilynn)
  • Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende (Eric)
  • Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (Janet)
  • Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev (Eric)
  • The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe (Lois)
  • The Plot Against America or another novel by Philip Roth. We read American Pastoral – see Philip Roth’s Best Book, NY Times
  • They Came Like Swallows by Williams Maxwell
  • The 10 Best Books of 2017 from the NYTimes
  • On Such a Full Sea by Chang-rae Lee (Janet)
  • Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson – memoir/nonfiction (Lois)
  • Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World through Islamic Eyes by Tamim Ansary. Nonfiction. (Robin)
  • Harold Fry Series (The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy) by Rachel Joyce (Jo)
  • My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman. From the author of the internationally bestselling A Man Called Ove, a novel about a young girl whose grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters, sending her on a journey that brings to life the world of her grandmother’s fairy tales. (Jo)
  • The Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh (Allan)
  • Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
  • The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway (Deanna)
  • Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin (Allan, Jo)
  • Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood memoir by Fatima Marnissi (Deanna)
  • Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague by Geraldine Brooks (Nina)
  • A Personal Matter by Kenzaburo Oe (1964) – Entertainment Weekly
  • Money by Martin Amis (1985) – Entertainment Weekly
  • The Glass Bead Game by Herman Hesse (1943) – Entertainment Weekly
  • Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison – Ferro-Grumley Award for Lesbian Fiction (1993), National Book Award Finalist for Fiction (1992)
  • Rules of Civility by Amor Towles (Jo)
  • War by Sebastian Junger
  • The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan – history, nonfiction
  • The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion – memoir
  • The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris by David Mccullough
  • Bloodmoney: A Novel of Espionage by David Ignatius
  • Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
  • The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
  • The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver (2009)
  • Gone Away World by Nick Harkaway
  • I, Claudius by Robert Graves
  • The Day of the Locust by Nathaniel West
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  • Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean

Authors to read:

  • Don DeLillo: Libra, White Noise, Pafko at the Wall, The Names
  • Carl Hiaasen (satirical novelist, books based in Florida)
  • Grace Paley
  • Kurt Vonnegut
  • Saul Bellow
  • John Updike
  • Gay Talese
  • Suzan Lori-Parks
  • Ivan Doig
  • Stanislav Lemm
  • John Cheever


Reading History

2022-08Challenger DeepNealShustermanGary
2022-07The Midnight LibraryMattHaigLois
2022-06Chronicles from the Land of the Happiest People on EarthWoleSoyinkaDeanna & Wilfried
2022-05The Lincoln HighwayAmorTowlesMarilynn
2022-02Cloud Cuckoo LandAnthonyDoerrAllan
2022-01Go, Went, GoneJennyErpenbeckCarol
2021-11The Paris LibraryJanetSkeslienGary
2021-10Klara and the SunKazuoIshiguroJanet
2021-09Driving Over LemonsChrisStewartEric
2021-08Gun IslandAmitavGhoshAllan
2021-07The OverstoryRichardPowersCarol
2021-05 JackMarilynneRobinsonLois
2021-04The Splendid and the VileErikLarsonDeanna
2021-03The Water DancerTa-NehisiCoatesMarilynn
2021-02Nothing to See HereKevinWilsonBob
2021-01The Dutch HouseAnnPatchettMichele
2020-12Deacon King KongJamesMcBrideAllan
2020-11Disappearing EarthJuliaPhillipsJanet
2020-10The Nickel BoysColsonWhiteheadGary
2020-09Educated: A MemoirTaraWestoverDeanna
2020-08Provenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern ArtLaneySalisburyEric
2020-07American DirtJeanineCumminsMarilynn & Jo
2020-05Lost Children ArchiveValeriaLuiselliCarol
2020-02Man at the HelmNinaStibbeAllan
2020-01The Free WillyVlautinJo
2019-12On Earth We’re Briefly GorgeousOceanVuongMarilynn
2019-11The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated MemoirThiBuiElaine
2019-10There ThereTommyOrangeBob
2019-08The Samurai’s GardenGailTsukiyamaLois
2019-07The ImmortalistsChloeBenjaminAllan
2019-06A Gentleman in MoscowAmorTowlesBarbara
2019-05Wolf BorderSarahHallJanet
2019-04Born a Crime
2019-03ZamaAntonioDi Benedetto
2019-02Alexander HamiltonRonChernowDeanna
2019-01PachinkoMin Jin LeeBarbara
2018-12The Invention of Hugo CabretBrianSelznickJanet
2018-11Childhood’s EndArthur C.ClarkeMichele
2018-10The Underground RailroadColsonWhiteheadMarilynn
2018-09The Reluctant FundamentalistMohsinHamidBob
2018-08H is for HawkHelenMacdonaldDeanna
2018-07The Line of BeautyAlanHollinghurstAllan
2018-06Red SparrowJasonMatthewsLois
2018-05SlideCarlWolfson*author in attendance
2018-04Salvage the BonesJesmynWardRobin
2018-03Exit WestMohsinHamidMarilynn
2018-02The DinnerHermanKochDeanna & Wilfried
2018-01Norwegian by NightDerek B.MillerJanet
2017-12Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in CrisisJ.D.VanceAllen
2017-11The Neruda CaseRobertoAmpueroMarilyn
2017-09Lincoln in the BardoGeorgeSaundersAllen
2017-08Before the FallNoahHawleyJo
2017-07The Cellist of SarajevoStevenGallowayBob
2017-06Crow LakeMaryLawsonMichele
2017-05Tough Girl: An Olympian’s JourneyCarolynWood*author in attendance
2017-04The Handmaid’s TaleMargaretAtwoodJo
2017-03The VegetarianHanKangJanet
2017-02The SelloutPaulBeattyMarilynn
2016-11This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance!JonathanEvisonJanet
2016-09The Round HouseLouiseErdichRobin
2016-07Our Souls at NightKentHarufMichele
2016-06Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime WalkBenFountainBob
2016-05A Little LifeHanyaYanagiharaJo
2016-04City of ThievesDavidBenioffAllan
2016-02Unnecessary WomanRabihAlameddineJo
2015-12The Girl on the TrainPaulaHawkinsMichele
2015-11All the Light We Cannot SeeAnthonyDoerrRobin
2015-10Super Sad True Love StoryGaryShteyngartAllan
2015-09The MartianAndyWeirJanet
2015-08Birds Without WingsLouisde BernieresDeanna
2015-06The Snow ChildEowynIveyBob
2015-05The Last of the BlacksmithsClaireGebben*author in attendance
2015-04Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the EndAtulGawandeElaine
2015-03Death of a River GuideRichardFlanaganWilfried
2015-02The Ocean at the End of the LaneNeilGaimanRobin
2015-01The Signature of All ThingsElizabethGilbertAllan
2014-12The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie SocietyMary AnnShafferMarilynn
2014-11The Leisure SeekerMichaelZadoorianMichele
2014-10The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin OlympicsDaniel JamesBrownDon
2014-09The Hungry TideAmitavGhoshWilfried
2014-08Where’d You Go, BernadetteMariaSempleJanet
2014-07A Constellation of Vital PhenomenaAnthonyMarraJanet
2014-06One Amazing ThingChitra BanerjeeDivakaruniAllan
2014-05The Yellow BirdsKevinPowersBob
2014-04Life After LifeKateAtkinsonJo
2014-03A Tale for the Time BeingRuthOzekiMarilynn
2014-01Sue Grafton Alphabet SeriesSueGrafton
2013-12PerlaCarolinaDe RobertisDeanna
2013-11The Orphan Master’s SonAdamJohnsonAllan
2013-09The OrchardistAmandaCoplinMichele
2013-08A Home at the End of the WorldMichaelCunninghamJanet
2013-07Beautiful RuinsJessWalterJohn & Ilana
2013-06A Lady’s Life in the Rocky MountainsIsabella L.BirdDeanna
2013-04The Sense of an EndingJulianBarnesWilfried
2013-03The Night CircusErinMorgensternMarilyn
2012-12The Art of FieldingChadHarbachDon
2012-11Mink RiverBrianDoyleJohn and Ilana
2012-09The Sea RunnersIvanDoigJanet
2012-08The Tiger’s WifeTeaObrehtMichele
2012-07Extremely Loud & Incredibly CloseJonathan SafranFoerElaine
2012-06Purple HibiscusChimamanda NgoziAdichieDon
2012-04The Sisters BrothersPatrickDeWittAllan
2012-03The Social AnimalDavidBrooksJohn
2012-02The Girl Who Fell From The SkyHeidi W.Durrow
2012-01The Lemon TreeSandyTolan
2011-12The ImperfectionistsTomRachman
2011-11The Many Aspects of Mobile Home LivingMartinClark
2011-10In the Company of AngelsThomasKennedy
2011-09Lean on PeteWillyVlautinMichele
2011-08The Hunger GamesSuzanneCollins
2011-07A Visit from the Goon SquadJenniferEgan
2011-06The Immortal Life of Henrietta LacksRebeccaSkloot
2011-05Cutting for StoneAbrahamVerghese
2011-04The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two FatesWesMoore
2011-02Parrot & Olivier in AmericaPeterCarey
2011-01The Farming of BonesEdwidgeDanticat
2010-12Between a Rock and a Hard PlaceAronRalston
2010-11Red AprilSantiagoRoncagliolo
2010-10The HelpKathrynStockett
2010-09The Importance of Being EarnestOscarWilde
2010-08Baron in the TreesItaloCalvino
2010-07The White TigerAravindAdiga
2010-06I Know This Much is TrueWallyLamb
2010-05Let the Great World SpinColumMcCann
2010-04Lost HorizonJamesHilton
2010-03Olive KitteridgeElizabethStrout
2010-02The Space Between UsThrityUmrigar
2010-01The Constant GardenerJohn le Carre
2009-12The Catcher in the RyeJ DSalinger
2009-11The Girl with the Dragon TattooStiegLarsson
2009-10Things Fall ApartChinuaAchebe
2009-09The Heart is a Lonely HunterCarsonMcCullersMichele
2009-08The Stubborn Twig: Three Generations in the Life of a Japanese FamilyLaurenKessler
2009-06The Enchantress of FlorenceSalmanRushdie
2009-05Mister PipLloydJones
2009-04Lush LifeRichardPrice
2009-02The MoviegoerWalkerPercy
2009-01Wide Sargasso SeaJeanRhys
2008-12Revolutionary RoadRichardYates
2008-10Victim of the AuroraThomasKeneally
2008-09Dreams From My FatherBarackObama
2008-08Out Stealing HorsesPerPetterson
2008-07Three Cups of TeaGregMortenson
2008-06The Red and the BlackStendhal
2008-04Kitty & VirgilPaulBailey
2008-04Persepolis and Persepolis 2MarjaneSatrapiMichele
2008-03The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar WaoJunotDíaz
2008-02The Golden NotebookDoris MayLessing
2007-12The Amateur MarriageAnneTyler
2007-11The Memory of RunningRonMcLarty
2007-10Friday Night Lights: a Town a TeamH.G.Bissinger
2007-10The Blind Side: Evolution of a GameMichaelLewis
2007-09Water for ElephantsSaraGruen
2007-08The History of LoveNicoleKrauss
2007-07The MarchE.L.Doctorow
2007-06Suite FrancaisIreneNemirovsky
2007-05Devil in a Blue DressWalterMosley
2007-04The Inheritance of LossKiranDesai
2007-03The Professor and the MadmanSimonWinchester
2007-02Little ChildrenTomPerrotta
2007-01The Little FriendDonnaTartt
2006-12Desperate CharactersPaulaFox
2006-11The HuntersJamesSalter
2006-10Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or SucceedJaredDiamond
2006-08The Road to WellvilleT.C.Boyle
2006-07Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the WestGregoryMaguire
2006-06The ArchivestMarthaCooley
2006-04ParadisoJose LezamaLima
2006-02A Confederacy of DuncesJohn KennedyToole
2006-01In Cold Blood: A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its ConsequencesTrumanCapote
2005-12The Left Hand of DarknessUrsula K.Le Guin*author in attendance
2005-11Brick LaneMonicaAli
2005-10The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed AmericaErikLarson
2005-09A Trip to the StarsNicholasChristopher
2005-07Brazzaville BeachWilliamBoyd
2005-06The Lovely BonesAliceSebold
2005-05The TapestriesKienNguyen
2005-04Dogs of BabelCarolynParkhurst
2005-03The Known WorldEdward P.Jones
2005-02Peace Like a RiverLeifEnger
2005-01Everything is IlluminatedJonathan SafranFoer
2004-12The Book of SaltMoniqueTruong
2004-11About a BoyNickHornby
2004-09The Kite RunnerKhaledHosseini
2004-08The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeMarkHaddon
2004-07Chronicle of a Death ForetoldGabriel GarciaMarquez
2004-06Master and CommanderPatrickO’Brian
2004-04Life of PiYannMartel
2004-02Fahrenheit 451RayBradbury
2004-01Saints and VillainsDeniseGiardina
2003-12Three JunesJuliaGlass
2003-11Brunelleschi’s Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented ArchitectureRossKing
2003-10Seabiscuit: An American LegendLauraHillenbrand
2003-09A Lesson Before DyingErnestGaines
2003-08The CorrectionsJonathanFranzen
2003-07Open HouseElizabethBerg
2003-06Cold MountainCharlesFrazier
2003-05Fencing the SkyJamesGalvin
2003-03Fast Food NationEricSchlosser
2003-02True History of the Kelly GangPeterCarey
2003-01The Night ReaderAmisteadMaupin
2002-12Make Lemonade and True BelieverVirginia EuwerWolff
2002-11A Bend in the RiverV.S.Naipaul
2002-10Motherless BrooklynJonathanLethem
2002-09The Blind AssassinMargaretAtwood
2002-08The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & ClayMichaelChabon
2002-07Girl With a Pearl EarringTracyChevalier
2002-06The Feast of LoveCharlesBaxter
2002-04The SparrowMary DoriaRussell
2002-03A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering GeniusDaveEggers
2002-02La Dame dans l’Auto avec des Lunettes et un Fusil (Lady in a Car with Glasses & a Gun)SébastienJaprisot
2002-01The House of Sand and FogAndre Dubus III
2001-12Platero and IJuan RamónJiménez
2001-11This Side of BrightnessColumMcCann
2001-10Mendel’s DwarfSimonMawer
2001-08American PastoralPhilipRoth
2001-07The Man Who Fell in Love with the MoonTomSpanbauer
2001-06A Map of the WorldJaneHamilton
2001-05The Widow KillerPavelKohout
2001-04The HoursMichaelCunningham
2001-02The Magician’s AssistantAnnPatchett
2001-01Life & Death in ShanghaiNienCheng
1999-12Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s StoneJ.K.Rowling
1999-12The TempestWilliamShakespeare
1999-11The Poisonwood BibleBarbaraKingsolver
1999-10Memoirs of a GeishaArthurGolden
1999-09July’s PeopleNadineGordimer
1999-08The Executioner’s SongNorman Mailer
1999-07Enduring LoveIanMcEwan
1999-06The BeachAlex Garland
1999-05One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s NestKen Kesey
1999-04The Invisible ManRalph Waldo Ellison
1999-03Piano LessonsNoah Adams
1999-02The ReaderBernhard Schlink
1999-01Native SonRichard Wright
1998-12The Perfect StormSebastian Junger
1998-11Grapes of WrathJohn Steinbeck
1998-10Cold MountainCharles Frazer
1998-09Main StreetSinclair Lewis
1998-08Betrayed by Rita HayworthManuel Puig
1998-07Sons & LoversD.H.Lawrence
1998-06The Sky FishermanCraig Lesley
1998-05The Sun Also RisesErnest Hemingway
1998-04A Civil ActionJonathan Harr
1998-03The Bone PeopleKeri Hulme
1998-02Undaunted CourageStephen Ambrose
1997-12Behind the Scenes at the MuseumKate Atkinson
1997-11Native SpeakerChang-Rae Lee
1997-10Into the WildJon Krackauer
1997-09The Talented Mr. RipleyBarbara Hightower
1997-08The Ghost RoadPat Barker
1997-07Independent PeopleHaldor Laxness
1997-06Last OrdersGraham Swift
1997-05She’s Come UndoneWally Lamb
1997-04Midnight in the Garden of Good & EvilJohn Berendt
1997-03Montana 1948Larry Watson
1997-02Brothers KaramazovFyodor M. Dostoevsky
1996-12The Woman LitFirefliesJimHarrison
1996-11Stones from the RiverUrsulaHegi
1996-10Praying for SheetrockMelissa FayGreene
1996-09The PaperboyPeteDexter
1996-08Independence DayRichardFord
1996-06Corelli’s MandolinLouisDe Bernieres
1996-05Open SecretsAliceMunro
1996-04In the Lake of the WoodsTimO’Brien
1996-03Mr. VertigoPaulAuster
1996-02Snow Falling on CedarsDavidGuterson
1995-12The AlienistCalebCarr
1995-11The Stone DiariesCarolShields
1995-10Spectator BirdWallaceStegner
1995-09Cowboys Are My WeaknessPamHouston
1995-08Body & SoulFrankConroy
1995-07Killer AngelsMichaelShara
1994-12Jungle BookRudyard Kipling
1994-11The Shipping NewsAnnie Proulx
1994-10Goat BrothersLarry Colton
1994-09All the Pretty HorsesCormack McCarty
1994-08Pugilist at RestThom Jones
1994-07Venus EnvyRita Mae Brown
1994-06The English PatientMichael Ondaatje
1994-05Rebel AngelsRobertson Davies
1993-12Where the Bluebird Sings in the Lemonade SpringsWallaceStegner
1993-11A Story like the WindLawrence Vanderpost
1993-10Age of InnocenceEdithWharton
1993-09LolitaVladimir Nabakov
1993-08How the Garcia Girls Lost Their AccentsJulia Alvarez
1993-07Autobiography of Malcolm XMalcolm X
1993-06Pilgrim’s HarborFloyd Skloot
1993-05Great PlainsIan Frazier
1992-12The Brothers KDavid JamesDuncan
1992-11Animal DreamsBarbaraKingsolver
1992-10Natural SelectionFrederickBarthelme
1992-08Remains of the DayKazuoIshiari
1992-06Rising SunMichaelCrichton
1991-12The House of the SpiritsIsabelAllende
1991-11Death Comes for the ArchbishopWillaCather
1991-10Smilla’s Sense of SnowPeterHøeg
1991-09Young Men and FireNorman Maclean
1991-08Leaving CheyenneLarry McMurtry
1991-07Portrait of a LadyHenry James
1991-06Ordinary Love & Good WillJaneSmiley
1991-05A Yellow Raft in Blue WaterMichaelDorris
1991-04Den of ThievesJames B.Stewart
1991-03Palace WalkNaguibMahfouz



Meetings scheduled on the 4th Monday of the month, start times vary:

  • Summer – 4:00 or 7:30 pm
  • Winter – 1:30 or 4:00 pm
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