Apr 26: The Splendid and the Vile

The Splendid and the Vile

The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson
Date: Monday, Apr 26, 2021
Time: 4:00 pm
Host: Zoom Virtual Meeting
Discussion: Deanna
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The Water Dancer

Mar 22

Book: The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Host: Zoom
Time: 4:00 pm
Discussion Leader: Marilynn
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The Splendid and the Vile

Apr 26

Book: The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson
Host: Zoom
Time: 4:00 pm
Discussion Leader: Deanna
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Jack by Marilynne Robinson

May 24

Book: Jack by Marilynne Robinson
Host: Zoom
Time: 4:00 pm
Discussion Leader: Lois

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Books to Read

Recommendations & Ideas For Future Reading

  • The Posthumous Memoirs of Brás Cubas by 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
  • The Overstory by Richard Powers (Allan, Janet)
  • Light Years by James Salter (Jo)
  • The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich (Robin)
  • The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson (Eric)
  • Driving Over Lemons: An Optimist in Spain by Chris Stewart (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)
  • Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson (Janet)
  • Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner (Marilynn)
  • Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende (Eric)
  • Gun Island by Amitav Ghosh (Allan)
  • 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


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    Reading History

    2020-03The Water DancerTa-NehisiCoatesMarilynn
    2020-02Nothing 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



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    2021 Meeting Dates & Hosting

    Hosting order: Deanna, Allan, Bob, Marilynn, Wilfried, Gary, Robin, Janet, Ros, Carol, Lois, Michele, Elaine. On hold: Jo, Barbara
    • Monday, Jan 25 | Virtual meeting with Zoom | 4:00 pm
    • Monday, Feb 22 | Virtual meeting with Zoom | 4:00 pm
    • Monday, Mar 22 | Virtual meeting with Zoom | 4:00 pm
    • Monday, Apr 26 | 4:00 pm
    • Monday, May 24 | 4:00 pm
    • Monday, Jun 28 | 4:00 pm
    • Monday, Jul 26 | 4:00 pm
    • Monday, Aug 23 | 4:00 pm
    • Monday, Sep 27 | 4:00 pm
    • Monday, Oct 25 | 4:00 pm
    • Monday, Nov 22 | 4:00 pm
    • Monday, Dec 27 | 4:00 pm

    Date: 4th Monday of the month
    Start times: Zoom meetings 4:00 pm
    Summer in-person meetings 7:30 pm
    Winter in-person meetings 1:30 pm

    * Changes to dates or hosting schedule
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