Book Club List #4

Belmont, MA – Twenty-five Years Together

 

Not sure when read:
Bonfire of the Vanities        Tom Wolff
The Poisonwood Bible        Barbara Kingsolver
Beloved                Toni Morrison
Anna Karennina            Leo Tolstoy
A Room of One’s Own        Virginia Woolf
The Bridges of Madison County    James Walker
The Dubliners                James Joyce
The Hiding Place            Trezza Azzopardi
The Sound of Waves            Yukio Mishiama
The Country Girls            Edna O’Brien
Ahab’s Wife                Sena Jeter Naslund
In the Beauty of the Lilies        John Updike
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch    Alexander Solzhenitsyn
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil    John Berendt

As of January, 2002 or thereabouts
A Long Fatal Love Chase    Louisa May Alcott
A Month in the Country    J.L. Carr
An American Requiem    James Carroll
Annie John    Jamaica Kincaid
Behind the Scenes at the Museum    
Bel Canto    Ann Patchett
Billy Bathgate    E.L. Doctorow
Breathing Lessons    Ann Tyler
Caucasia    Denzy Senna
Charming Billy    Alice McDermott
Cod    Mark Kurlansky
Cold Mountain    James Frazier
Daughter of Fortune    Isabel Allende
Disgrace    J.M. Coetze
Divine Secrets of the YaYa Sisters    Rebecca Wells
Emma     Jane Austin
Enduring Love    Ian McEuan
Girl With a Pearl Earring    Tracy Chevalier
God of Small Things    Arundhati Roy
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone    J. K. Rawling
Hotel DuLac    Brookner
House of the Spirits    Isabel Allende
Howard’s End    E.M. Forester
Human Stain    Philip Roth
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings    Maya Angelou
Interpreter of Maladies    Jhumpa Lahiri
Islam    Karen Armstrong
Joys of Motherhood    Buch Emecheta
Kate Atkinson    
Last Orders    Graham Swift
Love in the Time of Cholera    Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Madame Bovary    Gustave Flaubert
Moo    James Smiley
Mrs. Dalloway    Virginia Wolf
My Son’s Story    Nadime Gordimer
Nine Parts of Desire    Geraldine Brooks
No Ordinary Time    Doris Kearns Goodwin
Object Lessons    Ann Quindlen
Old Bones    
Open Secrets    Alice Munro
Possessions    Byatt
Quartet in Autumn    Barbara Pym
Restauration    Rose Tremain
Segu    Maryse Conde
Smiley’s Sense of Snow    Peter Hoeg
Snow Falling on Cedars    David Guterson
Song of Solomon    Toni Morrison
Sons and Lovers    D.H. Lawrence
Still Life    A.S. Byatt
The Atonement    Ian McEwan
The Awakening    Kate Chopin
The Beggar Maid    Alice Munro
The Bluest Eye    Toni Morrison
The Color of Water    James McBride
The Country of the Pointed Firs    Sarah Jewett
The Diviners    Margaret Lawrence
The English Patient    Ondaatie
The Family Orchard    Nomi Eve
The Ginger Tree    Oswald Wynd
The Joy Luck Club    Amy Tan
The Ladies of Misalonghi    
The Lighthouse    Virginia Wolf
The Map of Love    Ahdaf Soueif
The Photographer’s Wife    Robert Sole
The Professor and the Madman    Simon Winchester
The Red Tent    Diane Diamant
The Remains of the Day    Ishiguru
The River King    Alice Hoffman
The Road to Corrain    Jill Kerr Conway
The Samurai’s Garden    Gail Tsukiyama
The Sheltering Sky    Boules
The Snapper    Roddy Doyle
The Sound and the Fury    Faulkner
The Stone Diaries    Carol Shield
The Unbelieveable Lightness of Being    Milan Kundera
The Unconsoled    Ishiguru
Three Junes    Julia Glass
True North    Jill Kerr Conway
Tuesdays with Morrie    William Kennedy
Waiting    Ha Jin
West with the Night    Markham
Wild Swans    Jung Chang
 

2003
American Chica                    Marie Arana        
The Glass Palace                    Amitav Ghosh
A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain        Robert Olen Butler
The Secret Life of Bees                Sue Monk Kidd
Alice in Exile                    Piers Paul Reid


2004
Revere Beach Boulevard        Ronald Murillo
A Very Long Engagement        Sebastien Japrisot
The DaVinci Code            Dan Brown
Pigeon Feathers            John Updike
100 Years of Solitude            Gabriel Marquez
A Gesture Life                Chang Lee
The Belles of New England        Moran
Middlesex                Jeffrey Eugenides
Reading Lolita in Tehran        Azar Nafisi
Half A Life                V.S. Naipaul
Women About Town            Laura Jacobs

2005
The Kite Runner            Khaled Hosseni
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night    Mark Haddon
Bringing Down the House        Ben Mezrich
Runaway                Alice Munroe
Pinochio                Collodi
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles    Haruki Murakami
The Morality Play            Barry Unsworth
House of Sand and Fog        Andre Dubois




2006
Leaving Mother Lake            Yang Erche Nama & Christine Mathieu
Snow                    Orhan Pamuk
Gilead                    Robinson, Marilynne
A Private View            Anita Brookner
Pat Conroy’s Cookbook        Pat Conry
Wind, Sand, and Stars            Antoine de Saint-Exupery
The Devil in the White City        Erik Larson
House of Mirth            Edith Wharton
Death in Venice            Thomas Mann

2007
The Peabody Sisters            Megan Marshall
The Inheritance of Loss        Kiran Desai
The Places In Between        Rory Stewart
Suite Francais                Irene Nemirovsky
Desert Queen                Janet Wallach
A Short History of the Tractors in Ukrainian    Marina Lewycka
Out Stealing Horses            Per Petterson
The Day of the Scorpion        Paul Scott

2008
African Laughter            Doris Lessing
The Book of Salt            Monique Truong
Christine Falls                John Banville
Song of the Lark            Willa Cather
Intuition                Allegra Goodman
(About lab in Cambridge)
The Transit of Venus            Shirley Hazzard
(@2 sisters orphaned in Australia, move to England,@ their romances and betrayal)
Three Cups of Tea            Greg Mortenson

2009
The Rector’s Daughter        F.M. Mayor
(19th c. Victorian single woman and her life)
Someone Knows My Name        Lawrence Hill
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society
(@life on an English island during Nazi occupation)
An Unfinished Season            Ward Just
(@well-to do 19 yr old Chicago boy’s summer in between senior year and college)
Brother, I’m Dying            Edwinge Danticot
Lark and Termite            Jayne Anne Phillips
The Help                Kathryn Stockett



2010
The Cellist of Sarajevo        Steven Galloway
Wolf Hall                Hilary Mantel
The Children’s Book            A.S. Byatt
The Glass Room            Simon Mawer
Let the Great World Spin        Colum McCann
(@lives of people under tightrope between Twin Towers)
Brooklyn                Colm Toiban
(@Irish girl who came to US, works, meet boy, and returns to Ireland for her sister’s funeral)

2011
The Island Beneath the Sea        Isabel Allende
(@lives of French landowner and slave girl in Haiti and what happens when slaves revolt
Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand    Helen Simonson
(@retired British major in English village who falls in love w/Pakistani widow and how neighbors and family react.)
Breaking Clean            Judy Blunt
(@girl growing up on a farm in Montana and her life as a farmer’s wife)
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob DeZoet        David Mitchell
(@Dutch East India Co. man on island off Japan who falls in love w/Japanese girl and her abduction to cult temple)
The Tiger’s Wife            Tea Obreht
The Greater Journey        David McCullough
(@American artists, writers, doctors, politicians, etc  @1850 -1900 who feel it is important to go to Paris.
The Late Homecomer        Kao Kalia Yang
(@Hmong family who fled Laos and came to the US as told by the daughter)
River of Darkness            Rennie Airth
Inspector Madden Mystery @ finding the killer of women whose throat is cut by bayonet
In the Garden of Beasts        Erik Larsen
@American ambassador to Germany in 1933

2012
The Barbarian Nurseries        Hector Tobar
@wealthy white family in LA and their Mexican housekeeper
Caleb’s Crossing            Geraldine Brooks
@2 Native American boys who went to Harvard in 17th century
Still Life                Louise Penny
An Inspector Gamache novel @ murder of woman in small village in Canada
Bring Up the Bodies            Hilary Mantel
Continuation of Wolf Hall about Henry VIII, Oliver Cromwell, and Ann Bolyn