We brought our group to Meetup.com in April 2010, but we actually began our monthly book discussions in September 2009.  We have been having our meetings the first Wednesday evening of every month, 7pm at Chapter House Cafe at 620 S. 9th Street (on 9th street between South St. and Bainbridge St.). The meetings generally go no later than 9pm. We are casual and enthusiastic; our members enjoy reading and collectively choosing and discussing books on a monthly basis.

We take turns selecting the books for each month.  We determine our book for a given month two months ahead of the meetup.  A pre-determined member brings three book selections to the meeting (& posts online beforehand), and after we discuss the book at hand, we vote on the new book. We are sticking with paperbacks (affordable - under $15, practical), and under 400 pages if we can. All genres are open. We ask members to give $2 for each meet up to help offset the costs of maintaining our MeetUp page. Movie nights are free for anyone to attend. Please join us!


In August we will discuss:

The Sun Also Rises by Earnest Hemingway

and in September we will discuss:

TBD

Here is the list of our previously read books (newest to oldest):

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

The Farming of Bones by Edwidge Dandicat

Fifth Business by Robertson Davies

Never Let Me Go by Kakuo Ishiguro

The Immortal Life of Henriette Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

Just Kids by Patti Smith

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan

D.V. by Diana Vreeland

Case Histories by Kate Atkinson

Flaubert's Parrot by Julian Barnes

Damned by Chuck Palahniuk

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark

Heat by Bill Buford

If Today by Sweet by Thrity Umrigar

They Boy Kings of Texas by Domingo Martinez

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky

The Plot Against America by Philip Roth

Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart

The Leftovers by Tom Perotta

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy

Atonement by Ian McEwan

The Dream Archipelago by Christopher Priest

Travels with Charley: In Search of America by John Steinbeck

The Man Who Was Thursday - G.K. Chesterton

The Things They Carried - Tim O'Brien
The Maltese Falcon - Dashiell Hammett
Father Goriot - Honoré de Balzac
The Cave - José Saramago
My Life in France - Julia Child & Alex Prud'Homme
Nurtureshock:  New Thinking

About Children - Po Bronson & Ashley Merryman
Sex with Kings - Eleanor Herman
Await Your Reply - Dan Chaon
Manhattan Transfer - John Dos Passos
The Color of Water:  A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother - James McBride
Just Like Someone Without Mental Illness Only More So - Mark Vonnegut
The Believers - Zoe Heller
Finding Nouf - Zoe Ferraris
House of Mirth - Edith Wharton
Priceless - Robert K. Wittman
The New Kings of Nonfiction - edited and introduced by Ira Glass
Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
Flashman and the Dragon - George MacDonald Fraser
The Brooklyn Follies: A Novel - Paul Auster
The Big Sleep - Raymond Chandler
Consider the Lobster - David Foster Wallace
The Ginger Man - J.P. Donleavy
Bright Shiny Morning - James Frey
Sunflowers - Sheramy Bundrick
Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates - Tom Robbins
The Lazarus Project - Aleksandar Hemon
100 Years of Solitude - Gabriel García Márquez
The Road - Cormac McCarthy

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