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What We are Reading                                              

2018

Jan.-no meeting

Feb. And Then There We None by Agatha Christie

Mar. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

April The Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine

May Elinor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Sept.  The Red Notebook by Antoine Lourain

Oct. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

November      Moon and Sixpence W. Somerset Maugham        158 Pages

 This slim classic is a great way to delve into two worlds: the writing of W. Somerset Maugham and Paul Gaugin. The Moon and Sixpence, by W. Somerset Maugham first published in 1919. It is told in episodic form by a first-person narrator, in a series of glimpses into the mind and soul of the central character Charles Strickland, a middle-aged English stockbroker, who abandons his wife and children abruptly to pursue his desire to become an artist. The story is in part based on the life of the painter Paul Gauguin. 

December: The Only Story Julian Barnes            272 Pages


One summer in the sixties, in a staid suburb south of London, Paul comes home from university, aged nineteen, and is urged by his mother to join the tennis club. In the mixed-doubles tournament he's partnered with Susan Macleod, a fine player who's forty-eight, confident, ironic, and married, with two nearly adult daughters. She is also a warm companion, their bond immediate. You can take it from there, but know you are in the hands of a Man Booker Prize-winning author, Julian Barnes. His latest book, The Only Story is a novel about a young man on the cusp of adulthood and a woman who has long been there, a love story shot through with sheer beauty, profound sadness, and deep truth.

January TBA

February: The Right Stuff         Tom Wolfe     352 Pages

Millions of words have poured forth about man's trip to the moon, but until Tom Wolfe’s The Right Stuff was published in 1979 few people had a sense of the most engrossing side of the adventure: namely, what went on in the minds of the astronauts themselves - in space, on the moon, and even during certain odysseys on earth. This inner life of the astronauts that Tom Wolfe describes with his almost uncanny empathetic powers makes The Right Stuff a historical American classic.

2017

Jan. Hadji Murat by Leo Tolstoy with the Pevear and Volokhonsky translation,
      published by Vintage Classics, Random House

Feb. What We Become by Arturo Perez-Reverte

Mar. Nutshell by Ian McEwan

Apr. The Stranger by Albert Camus

May A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

July Summer Pop-Up Event A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

Summer Catch-22 by Joseph Heller 

Oct.  Killers of the Flower Moon by David Green

Nov. Kinfolk by Pearl Buck

Dec. Snow by Orhan Pamuk

2016

Jan. The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

Feb. The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende

Mar. The Water is Wide by Pat Conroy

April A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

May:  A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James

Sept: Bettyville by George Hodgman

Oct: Ordinary Grace by William Kent Kreuger

Nov. Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi

Dec. Cumberland Island, Strong Women, Wild Horses by Charles Seabrook

2015

Jan. Night Film by Marisha Pessl

eb.  The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

Mar. All the Light We Cannot See

April Dreaming in Cuban by Cristina Garcia

May Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow

Summer Selection: Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

Oct. The Wright Brothers by David McCullough

Nov. The Photograph by Penelope Lively

Dec. The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry 

2014

Jan. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Feb. Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen adapted by Arthur Miller

Transatlantic by Colum McCann

Apr. A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

May So Long, See You Tomorrow by William Maxwell

Sept. The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

Oct. The Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man by James Weldon Johnson

Nov. I am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes

Dec. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway

2013

Jan. Family Fang by Kevin Wilson

Feb. Cannery Row by John Steinbeck

Mar. The Middlesteins by Jamy Attenberg

Apr. Tender is the Night F.S. Fitzgerald

May Libra by Don DeLillo

Sept. East of Eden by John Steinbeck

June Z a Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Fowler

Oct. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Houseini

Nov. Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger

Dec. Seven Types of Ambiguity by Eliot Perlman

2012

Jan The Children’s Hour by Lillian Hellman

Feb Perfume, the Story of a Murderer by Patrick Suskind

Mar Mudbound by Hillary Jordan

Apr Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

May Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

Sept. Murder of the Century by Paul Collins

Oct. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Nov. Canada by Richard Ford

Dec. Ghost in the Wires by Kevin Mitnick and William Simon

2011

Jan Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote

Feb Little Bee by Chris Cleave

March Hare with the Amber Eyes by Edmund deWaal

April Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

May Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Woolfe

Sept. Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith

Oct. Enormous Changes at the Last Minute by Grace Paley

Nov. In the Garden of Beasts by Eric Larson

Dec. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

2010

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Murial Barbery

Feb The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo by Steig Larsson

Mar Moviegoer by Walker Percy

April Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann

May Zeitoun by Dave Eggers

Sept. The Lacuna by Barbara Kingslover

Oct. Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

The 1000 Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell

Dec. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

2009

Jan. Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

Feb. The Book Thief by Mark Zuzak

Mar. Birth of Venus

April Rebecca by Sarah Dunant

May Summer by Edith Wharton

Oct.  Atlas shrugged by Ayn Rand

Nov. Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

Dec. The Help by Kathryn Stockett

2008

Jan. The Plot Against America by Phillip Roth

Feb. Snow in August by Pete Hamill

1Mar. Lolita by Vladamir Nobakov

April Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

May The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet

Sept. Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Oct. Atmospheric Disturbances by Rivka Galchen

Nov. The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar

Dec. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski   

2007 

Jan. On Beauty by Zadie Smith                                                              

Feb Atonement by Ian McEwan

Mar The Heidi Chronicles by Wendy Wasserstein

April Skinny Dip by Carl Hiaasen

May Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl

Sept  A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Housseini

Oct Water for Elephants   by Sarah Gruen

Nov The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

Dec. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

        


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