Meets 2nd Wednesday every month at 4 pm. All welcome.
We often choose an author and read any book in a series.
Feb. 12 John D. MacDonald, Travis McGee series, Florida
Mar 11 Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling), Cormoran Strike series, NYC
Apr 8 Peter Robinson, Inspector Alan Banks series, Yorkshire, England
May 13 Gerry Boyle, Jack McMorrow series, Portland
Jun 10 M.L. Longworth, Stranded in Provence series, south of France
Jul 8 John Sandford, Virgil Flowers series, Minnesota
Aug 12 John Connolly, Charlie Parker series, Ireland
Sep 9 Walter Mosley, Down the River, Unto the Sea, NYC (Edgar Award winner for 2019)
Oct 14 Lawrence Block, recovering alcoholic P.I. Matthew Scudder series, set in NYC
Nov 11 Elly Griffiths, Dr. Ruth Galloway, forensic archaeologist series, Norfolk, England
Dec 9 Ruth Myers, Maggie Sullivan series, Dayton, OH, before WWII
Jan 13, 2021 Laura Litman, Baltimore-based series
Meets 4th Wednesday every month at 10 am. All Welcome.
Jan. 22. Red at the Bone, by Jacqueline Woodson. Fiction. 208 p.
Feb.26. The Water Dancer, by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Fiction. 402 p.
Mar. 25. cancelled
Apr. 22. On the Black Hill by Bruce Chatwin. Fiction. 248p.
May 27. Call Me American: A Memoir, by Abdi Nor Iftin. Nonfiction. 320 p
with special ZOOM guest appearance by the author,
June 24. Becoming Nicole, by Amy Ellis Nutt. Biography
NEW ADULT BOOKS, FEB. 2020
Isabel Allende: A Long Petal of the Sea.
Marie Benedict: Lady Clementine
Jeanine Cummins: American Dirt
Hilary Mantel: The Mirror of Light
Ann Napolitano: Dear Edward
Danielle Steel: Moral Compass
Magna Szabo: Abigail
Jussi Adler-Olsen: Victim 2117: A Department Q Novel
C.J. Box: Long Range (Joe Pickett)
Tom Clancy and Marc Cameron: Code of Honor
Joseph Finder: House on Fire
Lisa Gardner: When You See Me.
Donna Leon: Trace Elements: A Comissario Guido Brunetti Mystery
Liz Moore: Long Bright River
James Patterson: Lost
Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child: Crooked River
Kwei Quartey: The Missing American
Peter Robinson: Many Rivers to Cross
Charles Todd: A Divided Loyalty Backordered
Brad Taylor: Hunter Killer: A Pike Logan Novel
Stuart Woods: Treason
Jung Chang: Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister
Brian Kilmeade: Sam Houston and the Alamo Avengers: The Texas Victory That Changed AmericanHistory
Erik Larson: The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz
Jean Edward Smith: The Liberation of Paris: How Eisenhower, de Gaulle, and von Choltitz Saved the City of Light
E. B White: On Democracy
Peter Wohlleben: The Hidden Life of Trees
NEW ADULT BOOKS, DEC. 2019
Marie Benedict: Only Woman in the Room
Elizabeth Berg: The Confession Club.
Erin Morgenstern: The Starless Sea
Jojo Moyes: The Giver of Stars
Chris Pavone: The Paris Diversion
Lara Prescott: The Secrets We Kept
Danielle Steel: Spy
Elizabeth Strout: Olive, Again.
Book group choices
Red at the Bone, by Jacqueline Woodson
On the Black Hill, by Bruce Chatwin
Call Me American: Memoir, by Abdi Nor Iftin.
David Baldacci: A Minute to Midnight (An Atlee Pine Thriller (2)
Leigh Bardugo: Ninth House
Jack Carr: Terminal List
Lee Child: Blue Moon (A Jack Reacher Novel)
Michael Connelly: The Night Fire (A Renée Ballard /Harry Bosch Novel)
Clive Cussler: Final Option (The Oregon Files)
Nelson DeMille and Alex DeMille: The Deserter.
Allen Eskens: Nothing More Dangerous.
Vince Flynn: Lethal Agent (18 Mitch Rapp)
John Grisham: The Guardians
Robert Harris: The Second Sleep
Lisa Jewell: The Family Upstairs
Ragnar Jonasson: Blackout: Ari Thor Thriller (The Dark Iceland Series 3)
Ragnar Jonasson: Rupture: Ari Thor Thriller (The Dark Iceland Series 4)
Joseph Kanon: The Accomplice
John le Carré: Agent Running in the Field.
James Patterson: The 19th Christmas (Women's Murder Club (19)
Anne Perry: Death in Focus
Charles Todd: A Cruel Deception
Brian Murphy: 81 Days Below Zero: The Incredible Survival Story of a World War II Pilot in Alaska's Frozen Wilderness
Rachel Slade: Into the Raging Sea: Thirty-Three Mariners, One Megastorm, and the Sinking of El Faro.
Michael Smith: An Unsung Hero: Tom Crean - Antarctic Survivor
2019 Roberts Memorial
Edmund Morris: Edison
New CHILDREN/YOUTH FEB. 2020
Carl & the meaning of life/Deborah Freedman
Truman / Jean Reidy
Chick and Brain : Smell my foot / Cece Bell
Charlie & Mouse even better / Laurel Snyder
Who is the mystery reader? / Mo Willems
Narwhal's otter friend (Narwhal series, #4) / Ben Clanton
Ra, the Mighty : cat detective / A.B. Greenfield
Wrecking ball (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, #14) / Jeff Kinney
New kid / Jerry Craft (Newbery winner)
Dog Man : Fetch 22 (Dog Man series, #8)
Smile / Raina Telemeier
Hey, water / Antoinette Portis
A ray of light / Walter Wick
Lovely war / Julie Berry
The downstairs girl / Lee Stacey
One of us is next / Karen McManus
CHILDREN/YOUTH DEC. 2019
Beaty, Andrea / Sofia Valdez, future prez
Cooper, Susan / The shortest day
Schachner, Judy /Stretchy McHandsome
Schertle, Alice / Good night, little blue truck
Sotomayer, Sonia / Just ask : be different, be brave, be you
Tavares, Matt / Dasher : how a brave little doe changed Christmas forever
Van Dusen, Chris / If I built a school (Maine)
Hale,Shannon/Princess Black-bathtime battle
Burgis, Stephanie / The dragon with a chocolate heart
Colfer, Eoin / The dog who lost his bark
Crimi, Carolyn / Weird little robots
Di Camillo, Kate / Beverly, right here
Philbrick, Rodman / Wildfire (Maine)
Ursu, Anne / The lost girl
Blabey, Aaron / Bad Guys in The Big Bad Wolf
Hale, Nathan / Major Impossible : Hazardous
Hale, Shannon / Best friends
White bird / R.J. Palacio
Black, Holly / The Queen of Nothing
Lippincott, Rachael / Five feet apart
Pullman, Philip / The Secret Commonwealth
Shusterman,Neal /The Toll-Arc of Scythe#3
Yoon, David / Frankly in love
2019 MYSTERY BOOK CLUB
We often read any book from a series.
Oct 9 – Noah Hawley, Before the Fall
Nov 13–Lori Roy, Let Me Die in His Footsteps
Dec 11 – Robert Rotenberg, The Guilty Plea
2018 MYSTERY BOOK CLUB.
Sept.11:The President is Missing, Bill Clinton & James Patterson
Oct.9: Inspector Huss Series, Helen Tursten
Nov. 14: In a Dark, Dark Wood, Ruth Ware
Dec.12: The Cutting, James Hayman
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 28: The One-in-a-Million Boy, by Monica Wood. Fiction. 336 pages
July 26: The Rent Collector, by Camron Wright; Fiction. 288 p.
Aug. 23: The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother, by James McBride. Non-fiction. 296 pages
Sept. 27: Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe. Fiction. 209 p.
Oct. 25: Hillbilly Elegy. by J.P. Vance. Non-fiction. 260 p.
Nov. 15: Giovanni’s Room, James Baldwin. Fiction. 176p.
Dec. 13: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie. Fiction.
Jan. 24: A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles. 480 p. Fiction
Feb. 28: Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates. 176 p. Non fiction
Mar. 28: Stay With Me, by Ayobami Adebayo, Fiction, 272 pages
Apr. 25: A Piece of the World, by Christina Baker Kline...fiction...325 pgs.
May: Sex and Other Disturbances, by Marisa Smith (play)
June 27: This House of Sky: Landscapes of a Western Mind, by Ivan Doig. 336 p. Autobiography.
July 25: Tangerine, by Christine Mangan. Fiction. 320 p.
Aug. 22: Exit West, by Mohsin Hamid. 226 pags. Fiction
Sept. 26: 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. 24: Killers of the Flower Moon, The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI: by David Grann; non-fiction, 352 pp,
Nov. 14: Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi. 320 pp. Fiction.
Dec. 19: The Day the World Came to Town. 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland, By Jim Defede. non-fiction. 256 pages
Jan. 23: Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah. non -fiction. 288 pages
Feb. 27: Less, by Andrew Greer. fiction. 261 pages
March 27: The Storyteller's Secret, by Sajal Badani. Fiction. 370 pages
April 24: They Came Like Swallows, by William Maxwell. Fiction 191 pages
June 26: Educated: A Memoir, by Tara Westover. Non fiction. 336 pgs
July 24: The Girl with Seven Names, by Hyeonseo Lee. Non fiction. 320 pgs.
Aug. 28: Normal People, by Sally Rooney. Fiction. 288 pages,
Sept. 25: The Shell Collector, by Anthony Doerr. Short-story collection. 240 p.
Oct. 23: The Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Nguyen. Fiction 384 p.
Nov. 20: Crossing to Safety, by Wallace Stegner. Fiction. 335 p.
Dec. 18. Our Souls at Night, by Kent Haruf. Fiction. 192 p.
Jan. 22. Red at the Bone, by Jacqueline Woodson. Fiction. 208 p.
Feb.26. The Water Dancer, by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Fiction. 402 p.
March meeting cancelled due to Corona virus, no trip to Portland Stage in May.
Apr. 22. On the Black Hill by Bruce Chatwin. Fiction. 248p (via Zoom)
May 27: Call Me American: A Memoir, by Abdi Nor Iftin. Nonfiction. 320 p. (via Zoom)
June 24. Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family, by Amy Ellis Nutt. Non-fiction. 281 p.
July 22. Girl, Woman, Other, by Bernardine Evaristo. Fiction. 464 p.
Aug. 26. The Nickel Boys, by Colson Whitehead. Fiction. 224 p.
Sept. 23. This Tender Land, by William Kurt Krueger. Fiction. 465 p.
Oct. 28. Black Like Me, by John Howard Griffin. Non-fiction. 208 p.
Nov. 18. Writers & Lovers, by Lily King. Fiction. 324 p.