Book Club Reading List

My book club in Seattle was formed by a friend in May of 2004. Since then, members have come and gone, many babies have been born, and we've been through a lot together. The women in the club are some of my best friends, and I love our monthly meetings.

We usually read 11 books a year, and take December off for a potluck brunch and gift exchange.  We read just about equal amounts of fiction and non-fiction.  One of my favorite things about this club is that it gets me to read books I would never have picked up otherwise.

Nonfiction books are in green.
Books I picked are in blue.
Books I recommend are in bold.

Books for 2013:
  • "Neccessary Lies" by Diane Chamberlain
  • "Cutting for Stone" by Abraham Verghese
  • "How to Be a Woman" by Caitlin Moran
  • "Lady in the Mist" by Laurie Alice Eakes
  • "The Journal of Best Practices: A Memoir of Asperger's Syndrome, and One Man's Quest to Be a Better Husband" by David Finch
  • "Every Day" by David Levithan
  • "Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide" by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
  • "Saving Cee Cee Honeycut" by Beth Hoffman
  • "America Again : Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren't" by Stephen Colbert
  • "The Hobbit" by J.R. Tolkien
  • "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn
*****

Books for 2012:
  • "Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Coast Trail" by Cheryl Strayed.
  • "Outliers" by Malcom Gladwell
  • "The End of Illness" by David Agus
  • "Room" by Emma Donoghue
  • "The Know It All" by AJ Jacobs
  • "Fifty Shades of Grey" by E.L. James
  • "Sex Wars: A Novel of Gilded Age New York:" by Marge Piercy
  • "Alice I Have Been" by Melanie Benjamin
  • "Winter Garden" by Kristin Hannah
  • "The Slap" by Christos Tsiolkas

*****

Books for 2011:
  • "One Day" by David Nicholls
  •  "Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything" by Joshua Foer
  • "The Jungle Book" by Rudyard Kipling
  •  "Bossypants" by Tina Fey
  • "The Red Tent" by Anita Diamant
  • "Madame Bovary" by Gustav Flaubert
  • "The Anubis Gates" by Tim Powers 
  • "Sarah's Key" by Tatiana de Rosnay
  • "Pirate Latitudes" by Michael Crichton
  • "The Wednesday Sisters" by Meg Waite Clayton 

*****
    Books for 2010:
    • "Mennonite in a Little Black Dress" by Rhoda Janzen
    • "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot
    • "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
    • "Shanghai Girls" by Lisa See
    • "Kitchen Literacy" by Ann Vileisus
    • "People of the Book" by Geraldine Brooks
    • "The Happiness Project" by Gretchin Rubin
    • "Hypnotizing Maria" by Richard Bach
    • "The Sharper the Knife, the Less You Cry" by Kathleen Flinn
    • "The Colony" by John Tayman

    *****

    Books for 2009:
    • "The Year of Yes" by Maria Dahvana Headley
    • "Escape" by Carolyn Jessup
    • "Lovely Bones" by Alice Sebold
    • "The Speed of Dark" by Elizabeth Moon
    • "Animal Vegetable Miracle" by Barbara Kingsolver
    • "The Zookeepers Wife" by Diane Ackerman
    • "Under the Sea-Wind" by Rachel Carson
    • "The Lost Girls" by Laurie Fox
    • "Myths, Lies and Downright Stupidity: Why Everything You Know is Wrong" by John Stossel
    • "Driving Over Lemons: An Optimist in Spain" by Chris Stewart
    • "Fruitless Fall: The Collapse of the Honeybee and the Coming Agricultural Crisis" by Rowan Jacobson.

    *****

    Books for 2008:
    • "The Kid" by Dan Savage
    • "The Host" by Stephanie Meyer
    • "The Bell Jar" by Sylvia Plath
    • "The Omnivore's Dilemna" by Michael Pollan
    • "Letters from the Earth" by Mark Twain
    • "Personal History" by Katherine Graham
    • "Secret Lives of the Sushi Club" by Christy Yorke
    • "Life Laughs: The Naked Truth About Motherhood, Marriage and Moving On" by Jenny McCarthy
    • "The Emperors of Chocolate: Inside the Secret World of Hershey and Mars" by Glenn-Brenner
    • "Hypocrite in a Pouffy White Dress: Tales of Growing Up Groovy and Clueless" by Susan Jane Gilman

    *****

    Books for 2007:
    • "Water for Elephants" by Sara Gruen
    • "My French Whore" by Gene Wilder
    • "A Confederacy of Dunces" by John Kennedy Toole
    • "The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini
    • "Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia" by Elizabeth Gilbert
    • "The Audacity of Hope" by Barack Obama
    • "Ines of My Soul" by Isabel Allende
    • "Winkie" by Clifford Chase
    • "Persepolis" by Marjane Satrapi
    • "No Hurry To Get Home" by Emily Hahn
    • "Everything Bad Is Good For You" by Steven Johnson

    *****

    Books for 2006:
    • "Bold Spirit : Helga Estby's Forgotten Walk Across Victorian America" by Linda Lawrence Hunt
    • 9-11 Commission Report
    • "If I Live to Be 100 : Lessons from the Centenarians" by Neenah Ellis
    • "The Emperor of Scent : A Story of Perfume, Obsession, and the Last Mystery of the Senses"by Chandler Burr
    • "Life of Pi" by Yann Martel
    • "Anansi Boys" by Neil Gaiman
    • "The Mermaid Chair" by Sue Monk Kidd
    • "The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference" by Malcolm Gladwell
    • "Before You Know Kindness" by Chris Bohjalian
    • "The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate" by Gary Chapman

    *****

    Books for 2005:
    • "The Historian" by Elizabeth Kostova (over 2 months)
    • "Secret Lives of the First Ladies: What Your Teachers Never Told You About the Women of the White House," by Cormac O’Brien & Monika Suteski
    • "In the Time of the Butterflies" by Julia Alvarez
    • "The Position" by Meg Wolitzer
    • "Honeymoon" by James Patterson
    • "Under the Banner of Heaven" by John Krakauer
    • "Bloodsucking Fiends" by Christopher Moore
    • "In Her Shoes" by Jennifer Weiner
    • "Mayada, Daughter of Iraq: One Woman's Survival Under Saddam Hussein" by Jean Sasson
    • "Set This House in Order : A Romance of the Souls" by Matt Ruff

    *****

    Books for 2004:
    • "Mists of Avalon" by Marion Zimmer Bradley
    • "Seductress: Women Who Ravished the World and Their Lost Art of Love" by Betsy Prioleau
    • "The Bonesetter's Daughter" by Amy Tan
    • "Tales of a Female Nomad" by Rita Golden Gelman
    • "Rule of Four" by Ian Caldwell
    • "Mary, called Magdalene" by Margaret George (over 2 months)
    • "Girl in Hyacinth Blue" by Susan Vreeland

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