I was in a wonderful bookgroup on Potrero Hill from 1998 to 2010, was solo awhile, and am enjoying two East Bay bookgroups these days. I welcome your suggestions!
Gripping family drama set in Shaker Heights, Ohio (spoiler: family tie-in).
A poignant story of a not-so-successful author's 50th year; he never says the witty things he ends up writing down.
He's a powerful but still weird narrator of his kooky family's stories.
Fast and fun what if about the Queen's escape.
College, and looping back to his father's death. Now I have to wait for the translation of Book 6 to come out!
Teaching school at 18 in far northern Norway.
Deep dive into childhood.
Great yarn about WW2 New York: shipyards, the mafia, and more.
A Man in Love. And changing diapers.
Poetic and moving.
Compulsively readable meditation on death, building a powerful intimacy in this first (of 6!) autobiographical novel.
Elegiac and simple, a gorgeous meditation on noticing things.
This empty nest drama goes nowhere you expect and I could only follow.
A group of misfits banished from MI5 uncover a plot that could destroy them.
A lovely take on the joys of city life, and a very famous boyfriend.
Gorgeous, funny, and brutal Booker Prize shortlist. Don't miss.
Reissued and newly popular strong book from a mostly middling writer.
Not really introspective, but reveals a great deal about him through the oddball stuff he notices and writes down.
Gorgeous, elegiac poem about Willie, Abraham, and the Civil War. Powerful.
Funny and touching memoir about caring for a parent.
Fun summer whodoneit.
This long book breezes by quick. Charming read.
Beautiful, lyric writing and great setup, though it falls apart at the end.
Lovely novel about the gaps in what we know.
This is a tough book. Beautifully written but a kick in the guts.
Roots for a new generation.
Stressed out moms unite!
Fantastic read. He's back, after a disappointing "Telegraph Avenue"
What a narrative voice!
Engaging essays about writing and life.
I think my favorite Erdich.
Sprawling family saga had me paying attention.
Fast, fun summer read!
Difficult and painful; worthy of the Pulitzer.
Heartbreakingly beautiful. Read this.
The best squirrel book ever.
Not sure about this one yet.
Final book of the trillogy. Series is a knockout!
Booker winning knockout whodunit set in Gold Rush New Zeland.
Book 2 in the remarkable trillogy.
Bright, beautiful prose. A bit far-flung, but lovely.
Are our motives ever absolutely clear? Captiviating.
Beautiful, engrossing book.
Don Tillman is irresistible. Guilty pleasure.
Wanted to like this more than I did...
I will ready anything Hornby writes. Great book, smart and interesting.
Hilarious, uncomfortable, and ultimately moving.
Kind of soapy, not sure I believed it.
Beautiful and harrowing.
Her narrators just reel me in. Page-turner.
Hilarious, dark, and insightful.
Wonderful, heartbreaking illustrated memoir.
This book is unblurb-able, but a lot to talk about!
His stream-of-conscious narration always keeps me hooked.
Still thinking about whether I loved or hated it. Not neutral.
Funny and tragic fictional take on John Brown
Have 1 - 2 hankies ready.
Great summer book, a bit Nick Hornby-esque.
Couldn't put it down.
One of my favorite writers.
Heart-wrenching, but rewarded the read.
Too dark--should have believed the cover over the reviews!
Dark! But wow.
Couldn't stop laughing.
Great writing, weird deja vu.
Great three hankie read.
Fun historical gossip.
Even a minor McEwan is a big joy.
Half as long would be twice as good.
My favorite writer!
One of Dave's best I think.
Energetic and moving
Love the Jackson Brodie series!
Really a lovely book
About longing and pop music
Three hankie book!
Don’t put it off!
Really great novel
The Other Boleyn Girl
A General Theory of Love
Thomas Lewis et. al.
A change-your-life sort of book
The Confessions of Max Tivoli
Andrew Sean Greer
The Stories of Wallace Stegner
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime
The Known World
The Secret Lives of Bees
Sue Monk Kidd
The Kite Runner
The Pieces from Berlin
Where I Was From
The DaVinci Code
The Red Tent
Robert Mailer Anderson
The Vine of Desire
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
The Girl from Zanzibar
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
Fall on Your Knees
Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Marriage
The Dive from Claussen’s Pier
How to Be Good
The Sea, The Sea
The Human Stain
The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
The Notorious Dr. August: His Real Life and Crimes
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
In the Name of Salome
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
The Bonesetter’s Daughter
The Vision of Emma Blau
Louis de Bernieres
Girl with a Pearl Earring
Me Talk Pretty One Day
The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing
Interpreter of Maladies
David Mas Masumoto
Lost in Translation
Memoirs of a Geisha
The Sweet Hereafter
The Perfect Storm
A Civil Action
The Color of Water
None to Accompany Me
Into the Wild
The God of Small Things
Behind the Scenes at the Museum