Monday Afternoon Book Group
2015 Book Group Discussions
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January 5, 2015 – We celebrated Downtown Abbey’s return to the screen by reading: The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin and/or Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey by The Countess of Carnarvon
February 2, 2015 – Dreams of My Russian Summers by Andreï Makine
March 2, 2015 – The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
April 6, 2015 – The Giver by Lois Lowry
May 4, 2015 – The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan
June 1, 2015 – Italian Shoes by Henning Mankell
July 6, 2015 – Euphoria : a novel by Lily King
August 3, 2015 – Pigs can’t swim : a memoir by Helen Peppe
2014 Book Group Discussions
January 6, 2014 – The Boys in the boat: nine Americans and their epic quest for gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown
February 3, 2014 – Ape house: a novel by Sara Gruen
March 3, 2014 – You can read either, or, or both:
The Curious incident of the dog in the night-time by Mark Haddon
Animals make us human: creating the best life for animals by Temple Grandin
April 7, 2014 – Paris wife: a novel by Paula McLain
May 5, 2014 – Reread a childhood favorite and share.
June 2, 2014 – God's hotel: a doctor, a hospital, and a pilgrimage to the heart of medicine by Victoria Sweet
July 7, 2014 – An unexpected forest: a novel by Eleanor Lincoln Morse
August 4, 2014 – The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett
September 8, 2014 – Orphan Train: A Novel by Christina Baker Kline
October 6, 2014 – The One-Way Bridge: A Novel by Cathie Pelletier
November 3, 2014 – The Postmistress by Sarah Blake
December 1, 2014 – In Paradise by Peter Matthiessen
2013 Book Group Discussions
January 7, 2013 – Border songs by Jim Lynch.
February 4, 2013 – Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo.
March 4, 2013 – The Poacher’s Son by Paul Doiron.
April 1, 2013 – The Devil in the White City : Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson.
May 6 – The Beginner’s Goodbye by Ann Tyler
June 3 – The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
July 8 – The Snow child by Eowyn Ivey
Aug 5 – Quiet: The power of Introverts in a world that can’t stop talking by Susan Cain
Sep 9 – The Round house by Louise Erdrich
Oct 7 – A Long fatal love chase by Louisa May Alcott
Nov 4 – A Thousand mornings by Mary Oliver
Dec 2 – When we were the Kennedys: a memoir from Mexico, Maine by Monica Wood
2012 Book Group Discussions
Jan 9 – The Immortal life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Feb 6 – The Imperfectionists : a novel by Tom Rachman
March 5 – Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah
April 2 – Unbroken :a World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
May 7 – The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa
June 4 – The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
July 2 – The sound of a wild snail eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey.
August 6 – The school of essential ingredients by Erica Bauermeister.
September 10 – The gravedigger’s daughter : a novel by Joyce Carol Oates.
October 1 – Silent spring by Rachel Carson.
November 5 – Caleb’s crossing by Geraldine Brooks.
December 3 – 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff.
2011 Book Group Discussions
January 3 – Brooklyn: a novel by Colm Toibin
February 7 – Still Alice: a novel by Lisa Genova
March 7 – Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: a novel by Jamie Ford
April 4 – The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
May 2 – Outwitting History: the Amazing Adventures of a Man Who Rescued a Million Yiddish Books by Aaron Lansky
June 6- Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand: a Novel by Helen Simonson
July 11-The Art of Racing in the Rain: a Novel by Garth Stein.
August 1 – Cutting for stone : a novel by Abraham Verghese.
September 12 – Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout.
October 3 –The weight of silence by Heather Gudenkauf.
November 7 –The happiness project :|or why I spent a year trying to sing in the morning, clean my closets, fight right, read Aristotle, and generally have more fun by Gretchen Rubin.
December 5 –The dirty life : on farming, food, and love by Kristin Kimball
2010 Book Group Discussions
January 4 – The Space Between Us: a novel by Thrity Umrigar
February 1 – Vagrants: a novel by Yiyun Li
March 1 – Glory in the Name: a novel …Confederate Navy by James Nelson
April 5 – Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
May 3 – The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
June 7 – The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff
July 12 – The Girls From Ames: a Story of Women… by Jeffrey Zaslow
August 2 – Death with Interruptions by Jose Saramago
September 13 – readers’ choice of books by Leslie Wheeler and Leslie Meier
October 4 – Pocketful of Names by Joe Coomer. Also any books by Janet Morgan & Barbara Ross, the mystery writers visiting October 5 & 12.
November 1 – Harriet and Isabella by Patricia O’Brien
December 6 – The Toss of a Lemon by Padma Viswanathan
2009 Book Group Discussions
January 5 – Breakfast with Buddha by Roland Merullo
February 2 – The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett
March 2 – Animal, Vegetable, Miracle… by Barbara Kingsolver – cancelled snow day
April 6 – The Highest Tide: a novel by Jim Lynch
May 4 – The Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin
June 1 – The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: a Hmong Child.. by Anne Fadiman
July 6 – People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
August 3 – Last Night at the Lobster by Stewart O’Nan
September 14 – readers’ choice of books by Lee Child
October 5 – reader’s choice of books by Kate Flora
November 2 – Hemingses of Monticello: an American Family by Annette Gordon-Reed
December 7 – Wasted Vigil by Naleem Aslam
2008 Book Group Discussions
January 7 – A Certain Slant of Light by Cynthia Thayer
February 4 – Without a Map: A Memoir by Meredith Hall
March 3 – Shadow Divers by Robert Kurson – this is the 2008 Community Read choice
April 7 – Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
May 5 – Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission… by Greg Mortensen
June 2 – Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky
July 7 – Chant to Soothe the Wild Elephants by Jaed Coffin
August 4 – reader’s choice of books by Sarah Graves & Katharine Hall Page
September 8 – reader’s choice of books by Julia Spencer-Fleming and Tess Gerritsen
October 6 – Whistling Season by Ivan Doig
November 3 – A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
December 1 – Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson
2007 Book Group Discussions
January 8 – The March by E.L. Doctorow
February 5 – Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
March 5 – Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck – this the 2007 Community Read selection
April 2 – Garbage Land: on the Secret Trail of Trash by Elizabeth Royte
May 7 – Snow by Orhan Pamuk
June 4 – The Road by Cormac McCarthy
July 2 – Spoonhandle by Ruth Moore
August 6 – The Sea by John Banville
September 10 – Rowan Head by Elizabeth Ogilvie
October 1 – Faithful Traveler: a Father, a Daughter, a Fly-Fishing Journey of the Heart by James Dodson
November 5 – Any Bitter Thing by Monica Wood
December 3 – A Certain Slant of Light by Cynthia Thayer (cancelled because of storm)
2006 Book Group Discussions
January 9 – Blue Shoe by Anne Lamott
February 6 – Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder
March 6 – The Bone People by Keri Hulme
April 3 – The Spiral Staircase by Karen Armstrong
May 1 – Saving Fish from Drowning by Amy Tan
June 5 – The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
July 10 – Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively
August 7 – Teacher Man by Frank McCourt
September 11 – The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
October 2 – The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman
November 6 – The Romance Reader by Pearl Abraham
December 4 – Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines
2005 Book Group Discussions
(The group formed in May 2005)
June 6 – The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler
July 11 – Stolen Lives: Twenty Years in a Desert Jail by Malika Oufkir
August 1 – The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
August 29 – The Walk Down Main Street by Ruth Moore
October 3 – The Colony of Unrequited Dreams by Wayne Johnston
November 7 – Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner
December 5 – Gilead by Marilynne Robinson