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Book Club

 

We meet on the first Thursday of every month to discuss our latest book, and vote on what we will read next.

We alternate between fiction, and non-fiction.

Our current selection is:

 

 

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Coming up Next:

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For more information contact Linda Montgomery

montbaar@comcast.net

Books We've Read in the Past:

 

2019:
  • The Museum of Innocence - by Orhan Pamuk

  • Women V. Religion - edited by Karen L. Garst, PhD

  • Unsheltered - by Barbara Kingsolver

  • Becoming - by Michelle Obama

  • Major Pettigrew's Last Stand - by Helen Simonson

  • The Common Good - by Robert Reich

  • Pachinko - by Min Jin Lee

  • The Death and Life of the Great Lakes - by Dan Egan

  • Less - by Andrew Sean Greer

  • Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge - by Erica Dunbar

2018:
  • Sing, Unburied, Sing - by Jesmyn Ward

  • Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence - by Max Tegmark

  • Station Eleven - by Emily St. John Mandel

  • The Clockwork Universe: Isaac Newton, the Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World - by Edward Dolnick

  • Disgrace - by J. M. Coetzee

  • The Black Count: Glory, Revolution Betrayal and the Real Count of Monte Cristo - by Tom Reiss

  • The Distant Marvels - by Chantel Acevedo

  • Lab Girl - by Hope Jahren

  • A Gentleman in Moscow - by Amor Towles

  • Born A Crime - by Trevor Noah

  • Origin - by Dan Brown

 
2017:
  • The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve - by Stephen Greenblatt

  • Devoted - by Jennifer Mathieu

  • The Boy Kings of Texas: A Memoir - by Domingo Martinez

  • Gilead - by Marilynne Robinson

  • Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right - by Jane Mayer

  • The Handmaid's Tale - by Margaret Atwood

  • The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt - by T. J. Stiles

  • The Vegetarian - by Han Kang

  • The Boys in the Boat - by Daniel James Brown

  • The Buffalo Soldier - by Chris Bohjalian

  • The Age of Wonder: The Romantic Generation and the Discovery of the Beauty and Terror of Science - by Richard Holmes

  • Ten Little Indians - by Sherman Alexie

2016:
  • The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World - by Andrea Wulf

  • Night - by Elie Wiesel

  • Just Kids - by Patti Smith

  • The Sympathizer - by Viet Thanh Nguyen

  • Fighting God: An Atheist Manifesto for a Religious World - by David Silverman

  • Frankenstein - by Mary Shelley

  • Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley - by Charlotte Gordon

  • The Buddha in the Attic - by Julie Otsuka

  • The Omnivore's Dilemma - by Michael Pollan

  • Jazz - by Toni Morrison

  • Being Mortal - by Atul Gawande

  • A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters - by Julian Barnes

 

2015:
  • Godless - by Dan Barker

  • Claire of the Sea Light - by Edwige Danticat

  • Between the World and Me - by Ta-Nehisi Coates

  • Last Night in Twisted River - by John Irving

  • In the Garden of Beasts - by Erik Larson

  • The Round House - by Louise Erdrich

  • A Call to Action - by Jimmy Carter

  • The Children Act - by Ian McEwan

  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color Blindness - by Michelle Alexander

  • Bangkok 8 - by John Burdett

  • The Age of American Unreason - by Susan Jacoby

 

2014: 
  • The Light Between Oceans - by M. L. Stedman

  • Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces that Shape our Decision - by Dan Ariely 

  • Pride and Prejudice - by Jane Austen

  • American Creation - by Joseph J. Ellis

  • Unaccustomed Earth - by Jhumpa Lahiri

  • Ninety Percent of Everything- by Rose George

  • American Pastoral - by Phillip Roth

  • The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery - by Eric Foner

  • Middlesex - by Jeffrey Eugenides

  • My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel - by Ari Shavit

  • The Outcast Oracle - by Laury Egan

  • Eleanor of Aquitaine - by Alison Weir

 

2013:
  • My Antonia - by Willa Cather

  • Why Does the World Exist?: An Existential Detective Story - by Jim Holt

  • Flight Behavior - by Barbara Kingsolver

  • The Bonobo and the Atheist - by Frans de Waal

  • The Turn of the Screw - by Henry James

  • 1776 - by David McCullough

  • Siddartha - by Hermann Hesse

  • The Warmth of Other Suns - by Isabel Wilkerson

  • Gilgamesh translated - by Stephen Mitchell

  • The Places in Between - by Rory Stewart

  • English Passengers - by Matthew Kneale

  • Microbe Hunters - by Paul de Kruif

 

2012:
  • State of Wonder - by Ann Patchett

  • Mirage: Napoleon's Scientists and the Unveiling of Egypt - by Nina Burleigh

  • The Grapes of Wrath - by John Steinbeck

  • Biography of Eleanor Roosevelt - Reader’s choice

  • The Martian Chronicles - by Ray Bradbury

  • The Swerve: How the World Became Modern - by Stephen Greenblatt

  • To Kill a Mockingbird - by Harper Lee

  • Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body - by Neil Shubin

  • The Quiet American - by Graham Greene

  • The God Delusion - by Richard Dawkins

  • The Whiskey Rebels - by David Liss

  • Triangle: The Fire That Changed America - by David Von Drehle

 

2011:
  • The Wordy Shipmates - by Sarah Vowell

  • Half of a Yellow Sun - by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

  • Into Thin Air - by Jon Krakauer

  • The Plague - by Albert Camus

  • Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood with Britain in Its Darkest, Finest Hour - by Lynn Olson

  • Winesburg, Ohio - by Sherwood Anderson

  • Woman, An Intimate Geography - by Natalie Angier

  • True Grit - by Charles Portis

  • The Moral Landscape - by Sam Harris

  • Cutting for Stone - by Abraham Verghese

2010:
  • Walking Israel, a Personal Search for the Soul of Israel - by Martin Fletcher

  • To Live - by Yu Hua

  • Collapse - by Jared Diamond

  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - by Mark Twain

  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - by Rebecca Skloot

  • The Things They Carried - by Tim O’Brien

  • Cosmos - by Carl Sagan

  • City of Thieves - by David Benioff

  • Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism - by Susan Jacoby

  • The Elegance of the Hedgehog - by Muriel Berbery

  • The Healing of America, A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper and Fairer Healthcare - by T. R. Reid

  • The View from Castle Rock - by Alice Munro

  • Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America's Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion - by Edward J. Larson.

 

2009:
  • Madame Bovary - by Gustav Flaubert

  • The Meaning of it All - by Richard Feynman

  • Bel Canto - by Ann Patchet

  • Sisters: The Lives of America's Suffragists - by Jean H. Baker

  • Brave New World - by Aldous Huxley.

  • Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln - by Doris Kearns Goodwin.

  • The White Tiger - by Aravind Adiga.

  • Apollo 13 - by James Lovell and Jeffrey Kluger

  • A Death in the Family - by James Agee

  • The Making of the Fittest: DNA and the Ultimate Forensic Record of Evolution - by Sean B. Carroll

 
2008:
  • The Joke - by Milan Kundera

  • Dreams From My Father - by Barack Obama

  • Palace Walk - by Naguib Mahfouz

  • Infidel - by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

  • Interpreter of Maladies - by Jhumpa Lahiri

  • Incompleteness - by Rebecca Goldstein

 

2007:
  • The Exception - by Christian Jungerse.

  • Flow - by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

  • The Kite Runner - by Khaled Hosseini

  • Crimes Against Logic - by Jamie Whyte

  • Letter to a Christian Nation - by Sam Harris