Meets 2nd Wednesday every month at 4 pm at the library.
We often choose an author and read any book in a series.
This year we are revisiting some Mystery Classics.
Jan – Susan Andrews. Em Hansen series. c.2000. Geologist. Waterford author.
Feb –Karin Slaughter. Will Trent series. 2021. Trip Tych first.
Mar – Parini Shroff. The Bandit Queens. 1994. Set in India
Apr – Peter Wahloo & Maj Sjowall. Martin Beck series. 1960's. Stockholm
May – Donna Tartt. The Secret History. 1992. Multiple Top 10 lists
June – Barbara Vine. A Dark-Adapted Eye. 1986. On top 50 mystery lists.
July – Bruce Robert Coffin. Newest series with Lyndee Walker. 2024.
Aug – Raymond Chandler. The Long Goodbye. 1953. Top 50 mystery lists.
Sept –Danya Kukafka. Notes on an Execution. 2023 Edgar Winner.
Oct – Ngalo Marsh. A Man Lay Dead. 1934. Top 50 Mystery lists.
Nov – Olga Tokarczuk. Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead. 2009.
Dec – Dennis LeHane. Small Mercies. 2023. Set in 1970's Boston.
Meets 4th Wednesday every month at 10 am. All Welcome. Summer -Meet in Person. Email us for ZOOM link.
Jan. 25.The Last Kings of Shanghai: The Rival Jewish Dynasties That Helped Create Modern China, by Jonathan Kaufman. Nonfiction. 382p.
Feb. 22. The Woman in the Library, by Sulari Gentill. Fiction. 259 pages
Mar. 22. The Lincoln Highway, by Amor Towles. Fiction. 592 p.
Apr. 26. Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver. Fiction. 546 pages.
May 24. Night of the Living Rez, by Morgan Talty. Fiction. 296 p.
June 28. When We Were Orphans, by Kazuo Ishiguro – Fiction - 352p
July 26. Mink River, by Brian Doyle: Fiction, 319 pages.
Aug. 23. The Years, by Annie Ernaux. Autobiography. 200 p.
Sept. 27. This Other Eden, by Paul Harding. Fiction. 224 p.
Oct. 25. Matrix, by Lauren Groff. Fiction. 272 p.
Nov. 15. Lucy by the Sea, by Elizabeth Strout, fiction, 291 p.
Dec. 13. The Only Woman in the Room, by Marie Benedict. 272 p. Fiction
Jan. 24. My Name Is Red by Orhan Pamuk (Author), E. Goknar . Fiction . 432 p.
Feb. 28. Alchemy of a Black Bird by Claire McMillan. 288 p. Historical Novel
We often read any book from a series. * = stand alone book
2023 MBC TITLES
Jan – Faye Kellerman - (Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus series – L.A. Detective)
Feb –G.M. Ford (1st Leo Waterman series, Seattle; Who in Hell is Wanda Fuca?) *
Mar – William Tapply - Brady Coyne series, Boston – (Coyne is an attorney)
Apr – Peter May (Enzo Macleod series – set in France)
May – Shehan Karunatilaka – The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida (Sri Lanka) a victim’s ghost seeks to find his own murderer – 2022 Booker Prize winner *
June – Bruce Alexander – (Sir John Fielding series, 18th C mystery set in London)
July – Joe R. Lansdale - (Harry Collins series – set E. Texas, 2001 EDGAR AWARD)
Aug – David Heska Wanbli Weiden –Winter Counts - nominee 1st best novel) *
Sept – James Kestrel – Five Decembers – 2022 EDGAR AWARD winner) *
Oct – Laura Dave – The Last Thing He Told Me - (set in California) *
Nov – Richard Osman -Thursday Murder Club (witty retirement home mystery) *
Dec – Agatha Christie – And Then There Was None * Crooked House *
2022 MYSTERY BOOK CLUB TITLES
Jan - Locke, Attica. Jay Porter series or Texas Ranger Mathews series. Set in east TX.
Feb - Grisham, John. Jake Brigance series. Set in the south.
Mar - Barnes, Linda. Carlotta Carlyle series. Set in Boston area.
and will discuss Hillary Clinton & Louise Penny, State of Terror
Apr - Connelly, Michael. Renee Ballard series. Set in LA.
May - Adler-Olsen, Jussi. Danish writer. Dept Q series. Set in Denmark.
June - Paterson, James. Alex Cross series. Set in Washington DC.
July - Baldacci, David. Amos Decker series. Small towns which have seen better times.
Aug – Open. Looking for Suggestions.
Sept - Anappara, Deepa. Edgar Award, Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line. (Indian Slum)
Oct - Dawson, Janet. Jeri Howard series. Set in Oakland, CA.
Nov - Mukherjee, Abir. Wyndham & Banerjee series. Set in India in the 1920’s
Dec - Ide, Joe. I. Q. series. Set in Los Angeles.
2021 MYSTERY BOOK CLUB TITLES
Jan. Lippman, Laura, Tess Monaghan series, Baltimore-based
Feb Jance, J.A., Ali Reynolds series, Phoenix
Mar Buchanan, Edna Britt Montera series, Set in Miami
Apr Barr, Nevada, Amy Pigeon series set in U.S. National Parks
May Bowen, Rhys, Molly Murphy series P.I. 1940's, NYC via Ireland
June Cleeves, Anne, Two Rivers series, a new series, Scotland
July May Peter China series, Firestarter is first in the series
Aug Quinn, Spencer, Chet & Bernie Mysteries, written from the dog’s perspective.
Sept Griffiths, Elly, The Stranger Dairies, Edgar Award 2020 (not Ruth Galloway series)
Oct Dubois, Brendon Lewis, Cole series mag columnist NH
Nov Cruz-Smith, Martin Arkady Renko series, Russian cop, Havana Bay, (set in Cuba)
Dec Kwey Quartey, Male author with female protagonist, Ghana
2020 MYSTERY BOOK CLUB
Feb. John D. MacDonald, Travis McGee FL
Mar. Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling), Cormoran Strike series, NYC
Apr. Peter Robinson, Inspector Banks UK
May Gerry Boyle, Jack McMorrow series,OR
Jun. M.L. Longworth, Stranded in Provence
July John Sandford, Virgil Flowers series, MN
Aug. John Connolly, Charlie Parker series,
Sept. Walter Mosley, Down the River, Unto the Sea, NYC (Edgar Award 2019)
Oct. Lawrence Block, P.I. Matthew Scudder series, NYC
Nov Elly Griffiths, Dr. Ruth Galloway, forensic archaeologist series, Norfolk, England
Dec. Ruth Myers, Maggie Sullivan series, OH, before WWII
2019 MYSTERY BOOK CLUB
Oct – Noah Hawley, Before the Fall
Nov –Lori Roy, Let Me Die in His Footsteps
Dec – Robert Rotenberg, The Guilty Plea
2018 MYSTERY BOOK CLUB.
Sept.:The President is Missing, Bill Clinton & James Patterson
Oct.: Inspector Huss Series, Helen Tursten
Nov. : In a Dark, Dark Wood, Ruth Ware
Dec.: The Cutting, James Hayman
Started in 1998, this long-running book group boasts a truly dedicated following of readers who welcome actual discussions of the monthly selection. The group selects a mix of fiction and non-fiction by both contemporary and vintage authors. Topics range from current issues to simply pleasurable. Anyone is welcome to join in. As many members are located around the country, we offer Zoom for everyone's convenience. FMI email email@example.com
Angela’s Ashes – Frank McCourt
Cold Mountain – Charles Frazier
A Civil Action – Jonathan Harr
The Perfect Storm – Sebastian Junger
The Color of Water – James McBride
John Irving books
Stones From the River – Ursula Hegi
God of Small Things – Roy Arundhati
Wait ‘till Next Year – Doris Kearns Goodwin
Straight Man – Richard Russo
Into the Wild – Jon Krakauer
Alias Grace – Margaret Atwood
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – J.K. Rowling
Two Old Women – Velma Wallis
The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
Visions – Michio Kaku
A Pale View of Hills – Kazuo Ishiguro
A Walk in the Woods – Bill Bryson
The Pilot’s Wife – Anita Shreve
The Long Walk – Slavomir Rawicz
Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood – Rebecca Wells
Undaunted Courage – Stephen Ambrose
One Man’s Meat – E.B. White
December meeting: Group shared favorite poems
Second Nature – Michael Pollan
Moonstone – Wilkie Collins
Birds of America (short stories) – Lorrie Moore
The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver
The Golden Spur – Dawn Powell
Mrs. Dalloway, The Hours – M. Cunningham
Professor and the Madman – Simon Winchester
The Red Tent – Anita Diamant
Wit (play) – Margaret Edson
Plainsong – Kent Haruf
Waiting – Ha Jin
December meeting cancelled (snow storm)
Chocolat – Joanne Harris
Wyoming Stories (short stories) – Annie Proulx
A Reason For Hope – Jane Goodall
Galileo’s Daughter – Dava Sobel
Call It Sleep – Henry Roth
Girl with the Pearl Earring – Tracy Chevalier
Girl in Hyacinth Blue – Susan Vreeland
We Were the Mulvaneys – Joyce Carol Oates
The Vision of Emma Blau – Ursula Hegi
Anil’s Ghost – Michael Ondaatje
Angle of Repose – Wallace Stegner
A Certain Slant of Light – Laura Whitcomb
River Horse – William Least Heat Moon
Personal History - Katherine Graham
A Maine Hamlet – Lura Beam
Death Comes for the Archbishop – Willa Cather
Driving Mr. Albert – Michael Paterniti
Rebel Angels – Robertson Davies
Empire Falls – Richard Russo
The Sea, The Sea – Iris Murdoch
The Spirit Catches you, and You Fall Down – Ann Fadiman
Women of the Dawn – Bunny McBride
The Corrections – Jonathan Franzen
Sailing Around the Room (poems) – Billy Collins
On Writing – Stephen King
Founding Brothers – Joseph Ellis
Year of Wonders – Geraldine Brooks
A Prayer for the Dying – Stewart O’Nan
Nickel and Dimed in America – Barbara Ehrenreich
Atonement – Ian McEwan
The Meaning Of It All – Richard Feynman
Island (short stories) – Alistair MacLeod
Bel Canto – Ann Patchett
The Emperor of Ocean Park – Steven Carter
The Dance of the Dissident Daughter – Sue Monk Kidd
Wild Swans – Jung Chang
Proof (play) – David Auburn
Mary Oliver poems
The Piano Tuner- Daniel Mason
Reading Lolita in Tehran – Azar Mafisi
Disgrace – J.M. Coetzee
Abraham – Bruce Feiler
Life of Pi – Yann Martel
Daisy Miller/Washington Square – Henry James
The Master Butcher’s Singing Club – Louise Erdrich
The Known World – Edward P. Jones
We Took to the Woods – Louise Dickinson Rich
The Kite Runner – Khaled Husseini
The Big House – George Colt
Delights and Shadows (poems) – Ted Kooser
The Great Fire – Shirley Hazzard
Mountains Beyond Mountains – Tracy Kidder
Ernie’s Ark – Monica Wood
Dinner With Friends (play) – Donald Margulies
Ex Libris – Anne Fadiman
The Namesake – Jhumpa Lahiri
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter – Carson McCullers
The Jane Austen Book Club – Karen Joy Fowler
The Devil in the White City – Erik Larson
Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
The Pine Barrens – John McPhee
Hateship, Friendship, Loveship, Marriage (short stories) – Alice Munro
The Birth of Venus – Sarah Dunant
Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides
Suburban Safari – Hannah Holmes
The Price (play) – Arthur Miller
Washington’s Crossing – David Hackett Fischer
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime – Mark Haddon
The Glass Castle – Jeannette Walls
Snowflower and the Secret Fan – Lisa See
Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro
Cry The Beloved Country – Alan Paton
Tortilla Curtain – T. C. Boyle
I Saw Ramallah – Mourid Baghouti
Leap of Faith - Queen Noor
Moon Tiger – Penelope Lively
Yeh Yeh’s House – Evelina Chao
Waiting for Snow in Havana – Carlos Eire
Abide With Me – Elizabeth Strout
The Solace of Leaving Early – Haven Kimmel
The Memory Keeper’s Daughter – Kim Edwards
Suite Francaise – Irene Nemirovsky
Widow of the South – Robert Hicks
Forever – Pete Hamill
Ali and Nino – Kurban Said
On the Road – Jack Kerouac
Water for Elephants – Sara Gruen
Here If You Need Me – Kate Braestrup
Doubt (play) – John Patrick Shanley
Peace Like a River – Leif Enger
Three Cups of Tea – Greg Mortenson
Traveling Mercies – Anne Lamott
Charity Girl – Michael Lowenthal
The Ministry of Special Cases – Nathan Englander
Team of Rivals – Doris Kearns Goodwin (2 meetings)
Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight – Alexandra Fuller
Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name – Vendela Vida
Loving Frank – Nancy Horan
The Road – Cormac McCarthy
The Inheritance of Loss – Kiran Desai
The Drawer Boy (play) – Michael Healey
Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Mary Ann Shaffer
An Artist of the Floating World – Kazuo Ishiguro
Mayflower – Nathaniel Philbrick
Olive Kitteridge - by Elizabeth Strout
Run - by Ann Patchett
Too Far To Go - John Updike
The Elegance of the Hedgehog, by Muriel Barbery.
Push, by Sapphire.
People of the Book, by Geraldine Brooks.
Wandering Star, by J.M.G. Le Clézio.
Bach at Leipzig, a play by Itamar Moses.by
Little Giant of Aberdeen County, by TiffanyBaker.
Little Bee, by Chris Cleeve.
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee.
Old Filth, and The Man in the Wooden Hat, by Jane Gardam.
The Power of One, by Bryce Courtenay.
The Things They Carried, by Tim O’Brien
Tinkers, by Paul Harding
January: The Places In Between, by Rory Stewart
February: Cutting For Stone, by Abraham Verghese
March: Mockingbird, by Charles J. Shields
April: Strength in What Remains, by Tracy Kidder
May: The Syringa Tree, by Pamela Gien (play)
June: Out Stealing Horses, by Per Petterson.
July: Little Dorrit, by Charles Dickens
August: Half Broke Horses, by Jeannette Walls.
September: Winters Bone, by Daniel Woodrell.
October: The Three Weissmans of Westport, by Cathleen Schine
November: The Immortal life of Henriete Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot.
December: The Tiger's Wife, by Tea Obrecht.
January: The Bells, by Richard Harvell.
February: The Hare With Amber Eyes, by Edmund de Waal.
March: Sylvia Plath poems.
April: Unbowed: A Memoir, by Wangari Maathai.
May: Marie Antoinette: the Color of Flesh; a play by Joel Gross.
June: Cleopatra, by Stacy Schiff
July: The Tennis partner, by Abraham Verghese
August, The Tin Ticket, by Deborah Swiss
September: The Girl Who Fell From the Sky, by Heidi Durrow
October: The Johnstown Flood, by David McCullough
November: A Visit from the Goon Squad, by Jennifer Egan
December: The Buddha in the Attic, by Julie Otsuka
January: Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad
February: State of Wonder, by Ann Patchett
March: Rules of Civility, by Amor Towles
April: The Cat's Table, by Michael Ondaatje
May: Wittenberg, a play by David Davalos
June: The Paris Wife, by Paula Mclain
July: The Sense of an Ending, by Julian Barnes
August: Show Me Good Land, by Shonna Milliken Humphrey
September: Freud's Sister, by Goce Smilevski
October: The Round House, by Louise Erdrich
November: Heat and Dust, by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
December: When We Were the Kennedys, by Monica Wood
January: The Elephant Whisperer, by Lawrence Anthony
February: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, by Rachel Joyce
March: Quiet, by Susan Cain
April: The Orphan Train, by Christina Baker Kline
May: The Savannah Disputation, a play by Evan Smith
June: The Art Forger, by B.A. Shapiro
July: The Light Between Oceans, by M.L. Stedman
August: My Brilliant Friend, by Elena Ferrante
September: Rebecca, by Daphne Du Maurier
October: The Lowland, by Jhumpa Lahiri
November: Etched In Sand, by Regina Calcaterra
December: The Old Man and the Sea, by Ernest Hemingway
January: Appointment in Samarra, by John O'Hara
February: Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
March: The Pecan Man, by Cassie D. Selleck
April: The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho
May: Papermaker, a play, by Monica Wood
June: Cellist of Sarajevo, by Steven Galloway
July: Boys in the Boat, by Daniel Brown
August: Silas Marner, by George Eliot
September: Empress Dowager Cixi, by Jung Chiang
October: The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins
November: Cinnamon and Gunpowder, by Eli Brown
December: A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman
January: Behind the Beautiful Forevers, by Katherine Boo
February: Bird Skinner, by Alice Greenway
March: A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, by Anthony Marra
April: Sweetland, by Michael Crummy
May: They Don’t Pay? We Won’t Pay! A play by Dario Fo
June: Elsewhere, by Richard Russo
July: Shotgun Lovesongs, by Nickolas Butler
August: The Boston Girl, by Anita Diamant
September: The Life We Bury, by Allen Eskens
October: Dracula, by Bram Stoker
November: O Pioneers!, by Willa Cather
December: The Prince of Los Cocoyos: a Miami Childhood, by Richard Blanco
January: Tess of the D'Urbervilles, by Thomas Hardy
February: A Passage to India, by E.M. Forester
March: The Fisherman, by Chigozie Obioma
April: The Orchardist, by Amanda Coplin
May: Disgraced, a play by Ayad Akhtar
June: The One-in-a-Million Boy, by Monica Wood. Fiction.
July: The Rent Collector, by Camron Wright; Fiction.
Aug.: The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother, by James McBride. NF
Sept.: Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe. Fiction.
Oct.: Hillbilly Elegy. by J.P. Vance. Non-fiction.
Nov.: Giovanni’s Room, James Baldwin. Fiction.
Dec. 13: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie. Fiction.
Jan.: A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles. 480 p. Fiction
Feb: Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates. 176 p. Non fiction
Mar.: Stay With Me, by Ayobami Adebayo, Fiction, 272 pages
Apr.: A Piece of the World, by Christina Baker Kline...fiction...325 pgs.
May: Sex and Other Disturbances, by Marisa Smith (play)
June : This House of Sky: Landscapes of a Western Mind, by Ivan Doig. 336 p. Autobiography.
July : Tangerine, by Christine Mangan. Fiction. 320 p.
Aug. : Exit West, by Mohsin Hamid. 226 pags. Fiction
Sept: Elephant Company: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War II, by Vicki Constantine Croke. Non-fiction. 368 pages.
Oct.: Killers of the Flower Moon, The Osage Murders and Birth of the FBI: by David Grann; NF
Nov: Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi. 320 pp. Fiction.
Dec: The Day the World Came to Town. 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland, By Jim Defede. NF
Jan: Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah. NF.
Feb: Less, by Andrew Greer. fiction.
Mar: The Storyteller's Secret, by Sajal Badani. Fiction
April : They Came Like Swallows, by William Maxwell. Fiction
June : Educated: A Memoir, by Tara Westover. NF
July: The Girl with Seven Names, by Hyeonseo Lee. NF
Aug.: Normal People, by Sally Rooney. Fiction.
Sept: The Shell Collector, by Anthony Doerr. Short-story collection.
Oct: The Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Nguyen. Fiction
Nov: Crossing to Safety, by Wallace Stegner. Fiction.
Dec: Our Souls at Night, by Kent Haruf. Fiction.
Jan: Red at the Bone, by Jacqueline Woodson. Fiction. .
Feb: The Water Dancer, by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Fiction.
March meeting cancelled due to Corona virus, no trip to Portland Stage in May.
Apr: On the Black Hill by Bruce Chatwin. Fiction. (via Zoom)
May: Call Me American: A Memoir, by Abdi Nor Iftin. NF. (via Zoom)
June : Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family, by Amy Ellis Nutt. NF
July: Girl, Woman, Other, by Bernardine Evaristo. Fiction.
Aug: The Nickel Boys, by Colson Whitehead. Fiction.
Sept: This Tender Land, by William Kurt Krueger. Fiction.
Oct: Black Like Me, by John Howard Griffin. NF
Nov: Writers & Lovers, by Lily King. Fiction.
Jan: The Book That Changed America: How Darwin's Theory of Evolution Ignited a Nation, by Randall Fuller. NF
Feb: Washington Black, by Esi Edugyan. Fiction
Mar: Go Down, Moses by William Faulkner. Fiction
Apr: The Reluctant Fundamentalists, by Mohsin Hamid.
May: Hamnet, by Maggie O’Farrell. Fiction.
June : The Vanishing Half. By Britt Bennett. Fiction.
July: Mothers and Sons, by Colm Toibin. Fiction
Aug: Afterlife by Julia Alvarez. Fiction. .
Sept: Olive, Again: A Novel by Elizabeth Strout. . Fiction
Oct: The Last Town on Earth, by Thomas Mullen. Historical Fiction,
Nov: Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick: Stories from the Harlem Renaissance, by Zora Neale Hurston. Fiction.
Dec: Homeland Elegies: A Novel, by Ayad Akhtar Fiction.
Jan: The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey, by Candice Millard. NF
Feb: Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead; Fiction
Mar: Sisters from Hardscrabble Bay, by Beverly Jensen. Fiction
Apr: Interior Chinatown, Charles Yu, Fiction.
May: The Green Road, by Anne Enright. Fiction
June: Beautiful Country, by Qian Julie Wang. NF
July: Silverview, by John le Carré. Fiction
Aug The Soul of America, The Battle for our Better Angels, by Jon Meacham, NF 272 .
Sept The Sentence, by Louise Erdrich. Fiction. 400 p.
Oct: The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker, Fiction,
Nov: O, Caledonia, by Elspeth Barker. Fiction
Dec: Downeast: Five Maine Girls and the Unseen Story of Rural America, by Gigi Georges. NF
Jan. The Last Kings of Shanghai: The Rival Jewish Dynasties That Helped Create Modern China, by Jonathan Kaufman. Nonfiction. 382p.
Feb. The Woman in the Library, by Sulari Gentill. Fiction. 259 pages
Mar. The Lincoln Highway, by Amor Towles. Fiction. 592 p.
Apr. Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver. Fiction. 546 pages.
May Night of the Living Rez, by Morgan Talty. Fiction. 296 p.
June When We Were Orphans, by Kazuo Ishiguro – Fiction - 352p
July Mink River, by Brian Doyle: Fiction, 319 pages.
Aug. The Years, by Annie Ernaux. Autobiography. 200 p.
Sept. This Other Eden, by Paul Harding. Fiction. 224 p.
Oct. Matrix, by Lauren Groff. Fiction. 272 p.
Nov. Lucy by the Sea, by Elizabeth Strout, fiction, 291 p.
Dec. The Only Woman in the Room, by Marie Benedict. 272 p., Fiction
Jan. 24. My Name Is Red by Orhan Pamuk (Author), E. Goknar . Fiction . 432 p.
Feb. 28. Alchemy of a Black Bird by Claire McMillan. 288 p. Historical Novel