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2017 Books List


Here is the 2017 Book list. At the bottom are other books that interested us but we ran out of months.


Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler


News of the World by Paulette Jiles


On Earth by Suzanne Bolner


The House Girl by Tara Conklin

May 30:

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a

World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

June / July – Date TBD

Silas Marner by George Eliot


The Girls: A Novel by Emma Cline


Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling


Rescheduled b/c last Tuesday is the 31st

Dead Wake by Erik Larson

November / December – Date TBD

My Name is Lucy Barton: A Novel

By Elizabeth Stout

Everybody’s Fool by Richard Russo

Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

 Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates

 Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic by Sam


September Reading – A Man Called Ove


img_1596   This is  a wonderful read. Fredrick Backman, a Swedish blogger, columnist, creates a story filled with emotion. In my mind, I saw Paul Newman or Walter Matthau as Ove. A crawchty old man with little in his life until he starts to meet his neighbors. I’m looking forward to having this discussion. Reader’s guide from Simon and Schuester here.

The movie the trailer is here.

Release date is set for September 30, 2016 but that may not be in our fair city; as tends to be the case with foreign films. So if it doesn’t come within our reach soon, we may have to wait for the dvd release December 27,2016. Having a watch party may be a reason for a special edition book club meeting.

First of 2016 – Fates & Furies


“The deepest satisfaction gained by reading “Furies” after “Fates” lies less in admiring how tidily the puzzle pieces snap together — though they do — than in experiencing one’s own kaleidoscopic shift of emotions and concerns.” New York times review September 2015. Read the entire review here

From Penguin Books Readers guide.

Fates and Furies

Lauren Groff


1.      Fates and Furiesis told in halves. Why do you think the author chose to narrate the story this way? How did the split storytelling affect your reading of the book? Might it be symbolic of the characters’ inner lives?

2.      Consider Mathilde’s final decision—to keep her past a secret for so many years. Do you think she should have told Lotto the truth? Think about whether this lie was truly for the best; could they have been happy if Mathilde had told him everything? Why do you think she kept this information to herself?

3.      How did the inclusion of Lotto’s writing affect your reading experience? Did Lotto’s plays help you to understand his character?

4.      Discuss the way the author presents Lotto’s writing talent. Mathilde has a significant hand in his success, but she is never recognized for it. Should she have taken the credit? Discuss the effect of stardom on Lotto’s understanding of himself and his marriage.

5.      Fates and Furies questions male vs. female perceptions of reality. Think about how the author approaches the notion of feminine anger. Mathilde is an incredibly angry character; do the men in her life allow for this anger? Why or why not? Do you think Lotto is a misogynist? And how does your vision of Lotto’s world change after hearing Mathilde’s side of the story?

6.      Mathilde’s relationship with Ariel is abusive. What does Ariel’s presence in the story say about Mathilde’s natural impulse toward revenge? Where is her reaction to her experience with Ariel directed at other characters?

7.      Think about setting. As the characters grow, they find themselves in ever-changing spaces. How does each setting compel their actions and, eventually, their relationships? Specifically, discuss Mathilde’s life in France, Lotto’s childhood in Florida, and how these geographical differences affect their union in New York.

8.      Fates and Furies spans a long period of time. Chronologically, the plot is very complex, though there is a central focus on Lotto and Mathilde. . How do Lotto and Mathilde change over the years, together and apart? Do you think they had a happy marriage?

2016 Book Club List


Dear Fellow Readers,

This group is going into its twentieth year. That is really hard to believe. We have grown and changed in many ways and in other ways we have not changed much at all. We are a group that has been the start of many new friendships. I always feel like we really like each other and are special to each other in a very unique way.  Here’s to another great year of new books and new friends. Here is the list of books. Check your emails the week before our standing day of the month for hosts and locations.  See you soon!

JANUARY  Fates & Furies by Lauren Groff
FEBRUARY  The Italian Shoes by Henning Mankell
MARCH  The Husband’s Secret by Lianne Moriarty
APRIL  When we were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro
MAY-JUNE  Girl on a Train by Paula Hawkins
JULY  A Land More Than Home by Wiley Cash
AUGUST  All the Light We Cannot See  By Anthony Doer
SEPTEMBER  A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
OCTOBER  Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef –  by Gabrielle Hamilton
NOVEMBER/DECEMBER The Train to Crystal City: FDR’s Secret Prisoner Exchange Program and America’s Only Family Internment Camp During World War II  By Jan Jarboe Russell