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Book Club


Over the past several years, I have been a member of a book club. The current book club started in 2002 and we meet about once a month to discuss a book we've all read. I find it a great way to motivate myself to read and also to read some books I would never have picked up on my own. More often than not, I end up liking these books.


This page contains the list of all the books we have read since the book club started. Each month, a different person brings a list of 3-5 books we'll consider reading next. We vote on these books and then meet again in a month to discuss the "winner". The "Picked By" column below shows the person who brought that book for consideration while the "Host" column is who hosted that month's meeting.



Date Host Picked By Book
1/9/2013 Nicole Nicole 11/22/63: A Novel by Stephen King
12/5/2012  Phil  Phil Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto by Mark R. Levin
10/24/2012 Danielle Danielle Pigs in Heaven by Barbara Kingsolver
9/19/2012 Vicky Nicole The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl
8/22/2012 Nicole Nancy Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
7/18/2012 Nancy Vicky Fields of Fire by James Webb
5/30/2012  Barbara  Danielle The Women by T.C. Boyle 
4/25/2012 Phil Barbara Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky
3/14/2012 Vicky Phil Wolf Hall by Hillary Mantel
2/1/2012 Nicole Nicole In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
1/4/2012 Danielle Danielle A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
11/9/2011  Barbara  Barbara Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez 
10/5/2011 Kerry Kerry The Guernsey Library and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
8/31/2011 Phil Phil Get Capone: The Secret Plot that Captured America's Most Wanted Gangster by Jonathon Eig
7/27/2011 Kerry Danielle The Devil's Company by David Liss
6/22/2011 Danielle Barbara The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
5/25/2011 Barbara Kerry Valley of the Dolls by Jaqueline Susann
4/20/2011 Phil Phil Physics for Future Presidents: The Science Behind the Headlines by Richard A. Muller
3/23/2011 Kerry Danielle For the Thrill of It: Leopold, Leob and the Murder that Shocked Jazz Age Chicago by Simon Baatz
2/9/2011 Danielle Barbara The Battle for Christmas by Stephen Nissenbaum
12/22/2010 Barbara Phil The Lexus and the Olive Tree: Understanding Globalization by Thomas Freidman
10/27/2010 Phil Danielle Empire of the Wolves by Jean-Christophe Grange
9/22/2010  Danielle  Jennifer 
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender 
6/23/2010 Phil Phil The Accidental Billionaires: The Found Fathers of Facebook: A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal by Ben Menzrich 
5/19/2010 Maryam Barbara The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann 
4/21/2010 Danielle Danielle The Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward Abbey 
Phil A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn
2/3/2010 Vicky Vicky In the Woods by Tara French
1/6/2010 Barbara Danielle Animal, Vegetable, Miracle - A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver
12/2/2009 Marianne Maryam Straight Man by Richard Russo
10/21/2009 Maryam Marianne

The Invention of Air by Stephen Johnson


Danielle Danielle The Time Traveller's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger


Phil  Monica The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
5/13/2009 Danielle Barbara Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present by Hariet A. Washington
4/1/2009 Vicky Tanya The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference  by Malcolm Gladwell
2/25/2009  Tanya Phil Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond
1/14/2009 Tanya Vicky Riding the Rails: Teenagers on the Move During the Great Depression by Errol Lincoln Uys
11/19/2008 Phil Barbara The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
10/22/2008 Barbara Danielle Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water by Marc Reisner
9/17/2008 Monica Monica Life of Pi by Yann Martel
6/18/2008 Tanya Tanya A Tale of Love and Darkness by Amos Oz
5/14/2008 Phil Phil A Spectacle of Corruption: A Novel by David Liss
4/2/2008 Marianne Danielle A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
2/27/2008 Danielle Marianne The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan
1/30/2008 Monica Tanya The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic--and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World by Steven Johnson
1/2/2008 Tanya Phil The Road by Cormac McCarthy
11/28/2007 Barbara Barbara Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl
10/17/2007 Phil Monica Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace...One School at at Time by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
9/26/2007 Marianne Danielle The Witch of Cologne by Tobsha Learner
6/20/2007 Danielle Marianne A Wedding in December by Anita Shreve
5/23/2007 Monica Monica Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell
4/25/2007 Phil Tanya The End of Faith: Religion, Terror and the Future of Reason by Sam Harris
3/14/2007 Sheila Sheila Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner
1/31/2007 Tanya Jodi Everything is Illuminated: A Novel by Jonathan Safran Foer
1/3/2007 Barbara Phil Overthrow : America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq by Stephen Kinzer
11/29/2006 Tanya Maryann Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder
10/18/2006 Phil Thomas Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriett Beecher Stowe
9/13/2006 Maryann Danielle The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York by Robert A. Caro
6/7/2006 Mike Tanya Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt, et al
5/3/2006 Sheila Sheila The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
3/15/2006 Tanya Barbara The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey by Candice Millard
2/14/2006 Phil Phil Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic by John De Graaf et al.
1/4/2006 Danielle Mike The Calligrapher: A Novel by Edward Docx
11/2/2005 Mike Rooney Empire Falls by by Richard Russo
10/5/2005 Rooney Sheila Charming Billy by Alice Mcdermott
8/17/2005 Danielle Tanya Atonement: A Novel by Ian McEwan
6/29/2005 Tanya Danielle Prozac Nation by Elizabeth Wurtzel
5/18/2005 Phil Rooney The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
4/20/2005 Rooney Whiston Galilee by Clive Barker
3/23/2005 Sheila Barbara Bringing Down the House by Ben Mezrich
2/16/2005 Phil Sheila The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
1/5/2005 Danielle Phil Treason by Ann Coulter
11/17/2004 Sheila Danielle Legacy of Luna by Julia Hill
10/27/2004 Barbara Barbara Running With Scissors by Augusten Burroughs
9/15/2004 Phil Danielle The Coffee Trader by David Liss
7/21/2004 Danielle Rebekah The Secret by Eva Hoffman
6/23/2004 Evan Barbara John Adams by David McCullough
5/26/2004 Danielle Barbara John Adams by David McCullough
4/28/2004 Barbara Phil Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco
2/18/2004 Marie Evan The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
1/21/2004 Phil Marie East of Eden by John Steinbeck
11/19/2003 Evan Danielle Fast Food Nation by Eric Scholsser
10/15/2003 Danielle Danielle April 1865 by Jay Winik
7/14/2003 Barbara Rebekah Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
5/21/2003 Phil Barbara Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague by Geradline Brooks
3/19/2003 Meredith Meredith What Should I Do With My Life? by Po Bronson
2/19/2003 Evan Marie A Consipiracy of Paper by David Liss
1/15/2003 Danielle Evan The Satanic Verses by Salmon Rushdie
11/20/2002 Marie Danielle The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
10/16/2002 Evan Alix The Liar's Club: A Memoir by Mary Karr
9/18/2002 Phil   The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger


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