Book Club (and Beyond) Reading List

I’ve been the beneficiary of wonderful bookgroups since forever. Much gratitude to many great recommendations and I welcome your suggestions!


You Remind Me of Me
Dan Chaon

Seating Arrangements
Maggie Shipstead

The Interestings
Meg Wolitzer

Necessary Errors
Caleb Crain

Bad Monkey
Carl Hiaasen

Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls
David Sedaris

No One Belongs Here More Than You: Stories
Miranda July

Someone Could Get Hurt: A Memoir of Twenty-First-Century Parenthood
Drew Magary

The Silver Linings Playbook
Matthew Quick

Life After Life
Kate Atkinson

The Fault in Our Stars
John Green

The Paris Wife
Paula Mclain

The End of Your Life Book Club
Will Schwalbe


The Art of Fielding
Chad Harbach

The Sense of an Ending
Julian Barnes

Sweet Tooth
Ian McEwan

Flight Behavior
Barbara Kingsolver

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
Cheryl Strayed

Blue Nights
Joan Didion

Redirect: The Surprising New Science of Psychological Change
Timothy D. Wilson

Bringing Up Bebe: The Wisdom of French Parenting
Pamela Druckerman


Bangkok 8
John Burdett

A Gate at the Stairs
Loorie Moore

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
David Mitchell

Ivan and Misha: Stories
Michael Alenyikov

Paul Harding

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
Jamie Ford

Then We Came to the End
Joshua Ferris

Ian Mcewan

Dave Eggers

Wishin’ and Hopin’
Wally Lamb

The Imperfectionists
Tom Rachman

South of Broad
Pat Conroy


The Lacuna
Barbara Kingsolver

Let the Great World Spin
Colum McCann

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Jonathan Safran Foer

The Lazarus Project
Aleksandar Hemon

Case Histories
Kate Atkinson

One Good Turn
Kate Atkinson
Love the Jackson Brodie series!

Colm Toibin

Little Bee
Chris Cleave

Bridge of Sighs
Richard Russo

The Song Is You
Arthur Phillips

J. M. Coetzee

The Amateur Marriage
Anne Tyler

Alias Grace
Margaret Atwood


Kent Haruf

The Art of Racing in the Rain
Garth Stein

The Outlander
Gil Adamson

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Stieg Larsson

America America
Ethan Canin

Unaccustomed Earth
Jhumpa Lahiri

Olive Kitteridge
Elizabeth Strout

Emergency Sex And Other Desperate Measures
Kenneth Cain

The White Tiger
Aravind Adiga

Lush Life
Richard Price

The Elegance of the Hedgehog
Muriel Barbery

The Distant Land of My Father
Bo Caldwell


The Echo Maker
Richard Powers

The Story of a Marriage
Andrew Sean Greer

The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox
Maggie Ofarrell

The Yiddish Policemen’s Union
Michael Chabon

Ten Days in the Hills
Jane Smiley

Loving Frank
Nancy Horan

The Gathering
Anne Enright

Pete Hamill

Dirt Music
Tim Winton

William Boyd


The Lovely Bones
Alice Sebold

The Time Traveler’s Wife
Audrey Niffenegger

On Chesil Beach
Ian McEwan

John Banville

About Grace
Anthony Doerr

The Wonder Spot
Melissa Bank

March: A Novel
Geraldine Brooks

Palace Walk
Naguib Mahfouz


Isabel Allende

The Glass Castle: A Memoir
Jeannette Walls

Memory Keeper’s Daughter
Kim Edwards

Ian McEwan

Last Orders
Graham Swift

Marilynne Robinson

Giant O’Brien
Hilary Mantel

The Plot Against America
Philip Roth

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

David Kerr Design