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  • We'd love your input on the following books. I'm sorry that there isn't room for a synopsis of all titles here, but a quick google  or amazon search will give you all the info you need. I'm thinking we could just go through the list. Or if you have a suggestion to add, please let me know here, by email or a meeting!


    Books that have been suggested recently:

    The Curfew by Jesse Ball

    The Tiger's Wife by Téa Obreht

    A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

    The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley

    How to Be an American Housewife by Margaret Dilloway

    The Yiddish Policeman's Union by Michael Chabon

    At Home by Bill Bryson

    Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut

    In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson

    The Fault in our Stars by John Green (still in hard cover)

    The Uncoupling by Meg Wolitzer

    Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson (still in hard cover)

    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

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  • Cynthia P.

    Not sure if suggestions are accepted or where they are accepted buuuutttt - Jennifer Government by Max Barry. I've been dying to read it and it would be nice to be able to discuss it with other avid readers!

    May 20

  • Nora

    Prefer The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht

    May 1

  • Stefanie J.

    Hi there. Could someone remind me of the next meeting - for the Wonder Woman book? I seem to have some trouble navigating around this site:). Thanks, Stefanie

    April 12

    • Liya

      Hi Stefanie, you probably already saw, but it's April 22nd.

      April 13

  • BranDee

    I'd like to read either the The Winter Sea or Slaughterhouse-Five.

    April 10

  • Krista

    Some nonfiction suggestions - The Warmth of Other Suns: the Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson and The Art of Political Murder: Who Killed the Bishop? by Francisco Goldman.

    February 8

  • Devon M

    Has a book been chosen for February?

    January 24

  • A former member
    A former member

    I like the looks of these recommended books, any one or all of them would suit me fine.

    December 29

  • Judi

    I loved the book The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down. I loved the book. I think I related to it since I have epilepsy and I learned a lot about the different cultural attitudes regarding the disease. All my friends that I recommended this book to also enjoyed it. I think it would be great for discussion in a book group.

    Fom Goodreads:
    " The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down is a tragedy of Shakespearean dimensions, written with the deepest of human feeling. Sherwin Nuland said of the account, "There are no villains in Fadiman's tale, just as there are no heroes. People are presented as she saw them, in their humility and their frailty--and their nobility."

    October 22

    • Melinda A.

      One of the best books I have ever read. I agree that it would be a great book to discuss

      December 12

    • Rachael D.

      Oo this book looks very interesting! I would definitely be up for reading it!!!!

      December 15

  • Julie

    There are some fun events coming up at the Central Library, including one this Sunday, 7/13. Below is the email from the librarian that runs the Notable Book series. Julie Dear Reader, We are truly excited about our upcoming Notable Books program. Back to our classic ways, but with a new look
    <http://www.saclibrary.org/About-Us/News/2014/July/Notable-Books-Frankenstein”/>;, we are presenting Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Next Sunday Sacramento State University Professor Emeritus Luc Agosta will make his debut at the Central Library when he introduces us to Mary Shelley’s “hideous progeny.” No need to have read the book yet. We’ll have copies available for checkout, or you can read it online through Classicly <http://www.classicly.com/read-frankenstein-online-free>; or Project Gutenberg<http://www.gutenberg.org/files/84/84-h/84-h.htm>;. See you next Sunday, July 13 at 3:00 p.m.
    http://www.saclibrary.org/Home/Events/?eventId=118739>00, after the World Cup (fingers crossed)!

    July 8

  • Steph

    Out of the list, The Curfew and The Uncoupling appeal the most to me. I loved The Fault in our Stars and wouldn't mind reading it again.

    July 5

  • Steph

    I just read 'The Age of Miracles' by Karen Thompson Walker. It's about the slowing rotation of the earth and how the lives of others are affected by longer days and by the unknown future. It would make a for a good discussion.

    July 5

  • A former member
    A former member

    Do you know the library has a "book club in a box" program where you get 15 copies of the book, along with discussion questions? I just discovered it. Seems like it might be worth taking a peek at some of the titles they have available.

    Also, these looks like great suggestions!

    2 · June 25

  • Karla

    wild by Cheryl Strayed is a non-fiction account of her 1,100 mile hike on the Pacific Crest Trail, and what drove her to complete this grueling hike. Amazing adventure. Inspiring!

    1 · August 19, 2012

    • Steph B.

      Someone else told me it's great too!

      February 21, 2014

  • Cassie J.

    A Prayer for Owen Meany is one of my mom's favorite books, she's read all of John Irving and I have yet to tackle any of his. I've read a ton of Bill Bryson's books -- he's hilarious -- I especially love "A Brief History of Nearly Everything." I just finished "The Fault in Our Stars," one of my favorite books of 2013. I read Walter Isaacson's biography of Ben Franklin and it was amazing -- I'll bet the Steve Jobs book would be great! Many of my friends also love "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" -- it may be a little tough to get into, but would probably be a great book for discussion.

    January 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just joined do you ever choose any Science Fiction or Fantasy titles?

    May 20, 2013

    • Liya

      Absolutely. We've done a few over the years, but I think they tend to be more dystopian society types like Never Let Me Go, Handmade's Tail, Hunger Games, etc. We haven't touched Orson Scott Card or anything truly sci-fi in my memory. I don't really count Time Traveler's Wife as sci-fi. I wouldn't mind rereading Ender's Game since the movie is coming out this fall. PM a list of suggestions.

      May 20, 2013

  • Ruth R.

    I saw the movie version of Slaughterhouse Five and it ranks as one of my all-time favorites, so I would love to read the book and discuss it!

    October 11, 2012

  • Anne R.

    I'm a new member and look forward to the Sept 19th meeting. I'm presently reading A Team of Rivals, a book given me by my son a few years ago. Finally getting to it, now that a movie is in the works!

    August 27, 2012

  • Kristin

    Looking forward to seeing some familiar and some new faces:) The Room was original. I too liked it.

    August 16, 2012

  • Kristin

    Looking forward to seeing you all again.

    August 16, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    This will be my first meeting and I am really looking forward to meeting everyone! Currently reading the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - very interesting!!

    August 6, 2012

  • Kelly N.

    I agree with Abigayle. The Room is awesome!!!

    February 26, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, a first book by a local author who has since moved to Boston. It is already being made into a movie.

    February 15, 2012

  • Erica L.

    The White Queen!

    1 · December 23, 2011

  • Liya

    I've read all the Malcolm Gladwells and Geraldine Brooks. Pretty awesome. Can it be something short or funny?

    1 · October 16, 2011

  • Jennifer

    Hello Kitty Must Die, also on Kindle, was a disturbing tale of two psychopaths who do what they call "God's work." It started out funny, then got creepy.

    August 23, 2011

  • Jennifer

    I'm reading a historical fiction book set at Slains Castle in Scotland called The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley ($2.99 on Kindle). I can't put it down...so if we're interested in something fun, suspenseful, and romantic, but not harlequin-style, it's a winner.

    June 15, 2011

  • Abigayle

    The Room!!!

    1 · June 9, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Read a sample of Mildred Pierce and really like it.

    May 31, 2011

  • Jennifer

    Mildred Pierce. I've been hearing things...

    May 21, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm interested in Mildred Pierce too.

    May 14, 2011

  • Lisa

    I vote for Mildred Pierce. I just saw the HBO movie and I would like to compare!

    May 13, 2011

  • kris

    Hi Anita! You can do it a number of ways! You can email me through meetup, you can come to a meeting and tell us all in person, or you can just leave your suggestion on the website. We try to eventually get to all the suggestions, even if it takes bit!

    May 5, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello, this is a wonderful community! Could you tell me how to submit a book idea for discussion?

    May 4, 2011

  • kris

    Here is a link to an interesting interview with Geraldine Brooks about the writing of this book:


    April 18, 2011

  • Dawn N.

    Sounds like an interesting book!

    April 1, 2011

  • Laurie G

    Look forward to it!

    March 14, 2011

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