Book Club Reading List

I was in a wonderful bookgroup for 14 years; on my own book wise since 2012, I welcome your suggestions!

the-nest The Nest
Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
Fast, fun summer read!
the-sympathizer The Sympathizer
Viet Thanh Nguyen
Difficult and painful; worthy of the Pulitzer.
girl on the train The Girl on the Train
Paula Hawkins
Euphoria Euphoria
Lily King
UnderMajorDomo Minor Undermajordomo Minor
Patrick deWitt
My Name Is Lucy Barton My Name Is Lucy Barton
Elizabeth Strout
After You Jojo Moyes After You
Jojo Moyes
book-when-breath-becomes-air When Breath Becomes Air
Paul Kalanithi
Heartbreakingly beautiful. Read this.
book-portable-veblen The Portable Veblen
Elizabeth Mckenzie
The best squirrel book ever.
book-a-god-in-ruins A God in Ruins
Kate Atkinson
Not sure about this one yet.
book-golden-age-smiley The Golden Age
Jane Smiley
Final book of the trillogy. Series is a knockout!
book-the-luminaries The Luminaries
Eleanor Catton
Booker winning knockout whodunit set in Gold Rush New Zeland.
book-early-warning-smiley Early Warning
Jane Smiely
Book 2 in the remarkable trillogy.
book-nw-zadie-smith NW
Zadie Smith
Bright, beautiful prose. A bit far-flung, but lovely.
book-purity Purity
Jonathan Franzen
Are our motives ever absolutely clear? Captiviating.
book-Americanah Americanah
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Beautiful, engrossing book.
book-rosie-effect The Rosie Effect
Graeme Simsion
Don Tillman is irresistible. Guilty pleasure.
book-this-is-where-i-leave-you This Is Where I Leave You
Jonathan Tropper
Wanted to like this more than I did...
book-spool-of-blue-thread A Spool of Blue Thread
Anne Tyler
Sweet read.
book-funny-girl Funny Girl
Nick Hornby
I will ready anything Hornby writes. Great book, smart and interesting.
book-first-bad-man The First Bad Man
Miranda July
Hilarious, uncomfortable, and ultimately moving.
book-paying-guests The Paying Guests
Sarah Waters
Kind of soapy, not sure I believed it.
book-narrow-road The Narrow Road to the Deep North
Richard Flanagan
Beautiful and harrowing.
book-state-of-wonder State of Wonder
Ann Patchett
Her narrators just reel me in. Page-turner.
book-to-rise-again-at-a-decent-hour To Rise Again at a Decent Hour
Joshua Ferris
Hilarious, dark, and insightful.
book-cant-we-talk-about-something Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant?
Roz Chast
Wonderful, heartbreaking illustrated memoir.
book-bone-clocks The Bone Clocks
David Mitchell
This book is unblurb-able, but a lot to talk about!
book-children-act The Children Act
Ian McEwan
His stream-of-conscious narration always keeps me hooked.
book-at-night-we-walk-in-circles At Night We Walk in Circles
Daniel Alarcón
Still thinking about whether I loved or hated it. Not neutral.
book-good-lord-bird The Good Lord Bird
James McBride
Funny and tragic fictional take on John Brown
book-cutting-for-stone Cutting for Stone
Abraham Verghese
Have 1 - 2 hankies ready.
book-i-am-having-so-much-fun I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You
Courtney Maum
Great summer book, a bit Nick Hornby-esque.
book-goldfinch2 The Goldfinch
Donna Tartt
Couldn't put it down.
book-the-snow-queen The Snow Queen
Michael Cunningham
One of my favorite writers.
book-and-the-dark-sacred-night And the Dark Sacred Night
Julia Glass
Beautiful read.
book-light-between-oceans The Light Between Oceans
M.L. Stedman
Heart-wrenching, but rewarded the read.
book-me-before-you Me Before You
Jojo Moyes
Sweet page-turner.
book-mr-peanut Mr. Peanut
Adam Ross
Too dark--should have believed the cover over the reviews!
book-we_are_water We Are Water
Wally Lamb
book-Tenth-of-December Tenth of December: Stories
George Saunders
Dark! But wow.


WhereYouGo Where’d You Go, Bernadette?
Maria Semple
Couldn't stop laughing.
transatlantic TransAtlantic
Colum McCann
book-rosie-project The Rosie Project
Graeme Simsion
seating-arrangements Seating Arrangements
Maggie Shipstead
the-interestings The Interestings
Meg Wolitzer
necessary-errors Necessary Errors
Caleb Crain
bad-monkey Bad Monkey
Carl Hiaasen
LifeAfterLife Life After Life
Kate Atkinson
Great writing, weird deja vu.
FaultInOurStars The Fault in Our Stars
John Green
Great three hankie read.
ParisWife The Paris Wife
Paula Mclain
Fun historical gossip.


artoffielding The Art of Fielding
Chad Harbach
senseofanending The Sense of an Ending
Julian Barnes
Lovely meditation
sweettooth Sweet Tooth
Ian McEwan
Even a minor McEwan is a big joy.
flightbehavior Flight Behavior
Barbara Kingsolver
shantaram Shantaram
Gregory David Roberts
Half as long would be twice as good.
bluenights Blue Nights
Joan Didion


bangkok8 Bangkok 8
John Burdett
gateatthestairs A Gate at the Stairs
Loorie Moore
ivanandmisha Ivan and Misha: Stories
Michael Alenyikov
tinkers Tinkers
Paul Harding
extra credit
the-we-came-to-the-end Then We Came to the End
Joshua Ferris
solar Solar
Ian Mcewan
My favorite writer!
zeitoun Zeitoun
Dave Eggers
One of Dave's best I think.
9780385413053 South of Broad
Pat Conroy


thelacuna The Lacuna
Barbara Kingsolver
extremelyloudincrediblyclose Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Jonathan Safran Foer
Energetic and moving
lazarusproject The Lazarus Project
Aleksandar Hemon
A knockout
case-histories Case Histories
Kate Atkinson
Love the Jackson Brodie series!
one-good-turn One Good Turn
Kate Atkinson
brooklyn-colm-toibin Brooklyn
Colm Toibin
littlebee Little Bee
Chris Cleave
bridge-of-sighs Bridge of Sighs
Richard Russo
Really a lovely book
thesongisyou The Song Is You
Arthur Phillips
About longing and pop music
summertime Summertime
J. M. Coetzee
aliasgrace Alias Grace
Margaret Atwood


89884 Eventide
Kent Haruf
art-of-racing-in-the-rain The Art of Racing in the Rain
Garth Stein
Three hankie book!
theoutlander The Outlander
Gil Adamson
americaamerica America America
Ethan Canin
Bonus book
unaccustomedearth Unaccustomed Earth
Jhumpa Lahiri
olivekitteridge Olive Kitteridge
Elizabeth Strout
whitetiger The White Tiger
Aravind Adiga
lushlife Lush Life
Richard Price


echomaker The Echo Maker
Richard Powers
story_of_marriage The Story of a Marriage
Andrew Sean Greer
898885 Loving Frank
Nancy Horan
gathering The Gathering
Anne Enright
148465 Forever
Pete Hamill
dirtmusic Dirt Music
Tim Winton
restless Restless
William Boyd


lovelybones The Lovely Bones
Alice Sebold
timetravelerswife The Time Traveler’s Wife
Audrey Niffenegger
chesilbeach On Chesil Beach
Ian McEwan
Don’t put it off!
shroud Shroud
John Banville
aboutgrace About Grace
Anthony Doerr
wonderspot The Wonder Spot
Melissa Bank
9780143036661 March: A Novel
Geraldine Brooks
9780385264662 Palace Walk
Naguib Mahfouz


24796 Zorro
Isabel Allende
saturday Saturday
Ian McEwan
Really great novel
lastorders Last Orders
Graham Swift
gilead Gilead
Marilynne Robinson
599545 Giant O’Brien
Hilary Mantel
9780060931414 Their Eyes Were Watching God
Zora Neale Hurston



Vladimir Nabokov
December 2005

Orhan Pamuk
September 2005

China Boy
Gus Lee
November 2005

The Other Boleyn Girl
Philippa Gregory
July 2005

Will Ferguson
May 2005

Lying Awake
Mark Salzman
March 2005

A General Theory of Love
Thomas Lewis et. al.
A change-your-life sort of book
February 2005

The Confessions of Max Tivoli
Andrew Sean Greer
January 2005


The Stories of Wallace Stegner
Wallace Stegner
December 2004

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime
Mark Haddon
Wonderful read
November 2004

The Namesake
Jhumpa Lahiri
Two hankies
October 2004

Empire Falls
Richard Russo
September 2004

The Known World
Edmund Jones
August 2004

Motherless Brooklyn
Jonathan Lethem
July 2004

The Secret Lives of Bees
Sue Monk Kidd
June 2004

The Kite Runner
Khaled Hosseini
May 2004

The Pieces from Berlin
Michael Pye
April 2004

Jeffrey Eugenides
March 2004

Where I Was From
Joan Didion
January 2004


The DaVinci Code
Dan Brown
December 2003

The Red Tent
Anita Diamant
October 2003

Educating Waverly
Laura Kalapian
September 2003

John Adams
David McCullough
August 2003

Caroline’s Daughters
Alice Adams
July 2003

Robert Mailer Anderson
June 2003

The Vine of Desire
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
May 2003

The Girl from Zanzibar
Roger King
April 2003

Pere Goriot
March 2003

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
Dai Sijie
February 2003

Fall on Your Knees
Ann-Marie MacDonald
January 2003


Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Marriage
Alice Munro
December 2002

Martin Amis
October 2002

The Dive from Claussen’s Pier
Ann Packer
September 2002

How to Be Good
Nick Hornby
August 2002

Kitchen Confidential
Anthony Bourdain
July 2002

The Sea, The Sea
Iris Murdoch
June 2002

The Human Stain
Philip Roth
May 2002

Ian McEwan
April 2002

Second Hand
Michael Zadoorian
March 2002

The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
Eudora Welty
February 2002

The Corrections
Jonathan Franzen
January 2002


The Notorious Dr. August: His Real Life and Crimes
Christopher Bram
November 2001

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
Michael Chabon
October 2001

In the Name of Salome
Julia Alvarez
September 2001

Prodigal Summer
Barbara Kingsolver
August 2001

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Dave Eggers
June 2001

The Bonesetter’s Daughter
Amy Tan
May 2001

The Vision of Emma Blau
Ursula Hegi
April 2001

Corelli’s Mandolin
Louis de Bernieres
March 2001

Girl with a Pearl Earring
Tracy Chevalier
February 2001


Kent Haruf
December 2000

Me Talk Pretty One Day
David Sedaris
October 2000

Bodily Harm
Margaret Atwood
August 2000

The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing
Melissa Bank
July 2000

Paul Auster
June 2000

Different Seasons
Stephen King
April 2000

American Pastoral
Philip Roth
March 2000

Interpreter of Maladies
Jhumpa Lahiri
January 2000


Murray Bail
November 1999

Harvest Son
David Mas Masumoto
October 1999

Lost in Translation
Nicole Mones
July 1999

Enduring Love
Ian McEwan
June 1999

Memoirs of a Geisha
Arthur Golden
March 1999

The Sweet Hereafter
Russell Banks
February 1999

The Perfect Storm
Sebastian Junger
January 1999


A Civil Action
Jonathan Harr
December 1998

Toni Morrison
November 1998

The Color of Water
James McBride
October 1998

None to Accompany Me
Nadine Gordimer
September 1998

Into the Wild
Jon Krakauer
August 1998

The God of Small Things
Arundhati Roy
July 1998

Sacred Hunger
Barry Unsworth
June 1998

Behind the Scenes at the Museum
Kate Atkinson
May 1998