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Welcome! This is a group for those who enjoy a good book coupled with a calming cup of tea. Books will run the gamut of literary novels, classics, award winners, fun, popular reads, as well as nonfiction. We usually meet on the last Sunday of the month at 3 PM (occasionally on Saturday) at a library to discuss our book. At the end of the year, members nominate and select the upcoming year's books, three or more are nonfiction.

A personal profile photo is required. As a courtesy, RSVPs should be updated as soon as one knows their plans have changed. This is a fun and engaging group where many members attend regularly. We welcome new participants.

Members selected the following books for 2020:

Jan 26 - Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman, 332 pgs

Feb 23 - How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence by Michael Pollan, 477 pgs

Mar 29 - Where the Crawdads Sing by Dalia Owens, 384 pgs

Apr 26 - Turtles All the Way Down by John Green, 320 pgs

May 31 - The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov, pgs 418, Mirra Ginsburg editing

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, 112 or 256 pgs

June 28 - Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver, 496 pgs

July 26 - In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, pgs 416

Aug 30 - The Plaza: The Secret Life of America’s Most Famous Hotel by Julie Satow, 384 pgs

Sep 27 - This Child Will be Great by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, 376 pgs

Oct 25 - Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know by Malcom Gladwell, 400 pgs

Nov 22 - Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know by Malcom Gladwell, 400 pgs

Dec 20 -

Members selected the following books for 2019:

Feb 24 The Eyre Affair: A Thursday Next Novel by Jasper Fforde, 379 pgs

Mar 31 Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence By Max Tegmark, 384 pgs

Apr 28 Mary's Monster: Love, Madness, and How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein by Lita Judge, 320 pgs

May 19 Washington Square by Henry James, 98 pgs

June 30 All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, 545 pgs

July 27 The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager, 384 pgs

Aug 25 The Brightest Sun by Adrienne Benson, 336 pgs

Sep 29 The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony That Shaped America by Russell Shorto, 416 pgs

Oct 27 The Library Book by Susan Orlean, 337 pgs

Nov 24 Circe by Madeline Miller, 353 pgs

Jan 26 Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman, 332 pgs

Feb 23 How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence by Michael Pollan ,477 pgs

Members selected the following books for 2018:

Sun, Jan 28th The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, 487 pgs

Sun, Feb 25th Cure: A Journey into the Science of Mind Over Body by Jo Marchant, 320 pgs

Sun, Mar 25th Night Train to Lisbon by Pascal Mercier, 448 pgs

Sun, Apr 29th Fiction Ruined My Family by Jeanne Darst, 320 pgs

Sun, May 20th Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline, 278 pgs

Sun, Jun 24th The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro, 245 pgs

Sun, Jul 29th Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors by Carl Sagan, 528 pgs

Sun, Aug 26th A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again by David Foster Wallace, 368 pgs

Sun, Sep 30th The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett, 271 pgs

Sun, Oct 28th The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See, 384 pgs

Sun, Nov 18th When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalinithi, 256 pgs

Sun, Dec 16th Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin, 192 pgs

Members selected the following books for 2017:

Sun, Jan 29 Other Voices, Other Rooms by Truman Capote, 127 pages

Sun, Feb 26 Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande, 304 pgs

Sun, Mar 26 Take Me With You by Catherine Ryan Hyde, 362 pgs

Sun, Apr 30 Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, 455 pgs

Sun, May 21 Wright Brothers by David McCollough, 336 pgs

Sat, June 24. The Dollhouse by Fiona Davis, 304 pgs

Sun, July 30 Younger Next Year: Live Strong, Fit and Sexy by Chris Crowley and Henry S. Lodge, 330 pgs

Sun, Aug 27 A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Bachman, 337 pgs

Sun, Sep 24 The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis, 368 pgs

Sun, Oct 29 Small Great Things: A Novel by Jodi Picoult, 480 pgs

Sun, Nov 26 Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari, 464 pgs

Sun, Dec 17 A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles, 480 pgs

Members selected the following books for 2016:

We Have Always Lived in the Castle - Shirley Jackson (160 pages) - Sat, Feb 27th

The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine - Michael Lewis (291 pages) - Sun, April 3rd

Avenue of Mysteries - John Irving (480 pages) - Sat, April 30th

The Husband’s Secret – Liane Moriarty (464 pages) - Sun, May 20th

Somewhere in Time - Richard Matheson (320 pages) - Sun, June 26th

The Fall – Albert Camus (147 pages) - Sun, July 24th

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind - William Kamkwamba (320 pages) - Sat, Aug 27th

Becoming Jane Austen - Jon Spence (312 pages) - Sun, Sep 25th

Modern Romance – Aziz Ansari (288 pages) - Sun, Oct 30th

The Secret Chord - Geraldine Brooks (320 pages) - Sun, Nov 27th

The Japanese Lover - Isabel Allende (336 pages) - Sun, Dec 18th

Members selected the following books for 2015:

Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts (944 p) - Sat, Jan 31

The Bite of the Mango by Mariatu Kamara (216 p) - Sat, Feb 28

The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James (336 p) - Sun, Mar 29

Alone: The Classic Polar Adventure by Admiral Richard E. Byrd (310 p) - Sun, Apr 26

The Gulag Archipelago By Alexsandr Solzhenitsyn (528 p) - Sun, May 31

The Moon is Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein (384 p) - Sun, June 28

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (290 p) - Sun, Jul 26

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey (416 p) - Sun, Aug 30

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (72 p) - Sat, Sep 26

Dante’s Divine Comedy (798 p) (I have John Ciardi translation) - 798 Sun, Nov 1

A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby (368 p) - Sun, Nov 29

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (381 p) - Sun, Dec 27

Members selected the following books for 2014:

January - Americanah

March - Don Quixote

April - The Goldfinch

May - The Orphan Master's Son

June- The Luminaries

July - Outliers: The Story of Success

August - Of Human Bondage

September - Life After Life

October - The End of Your Life Book Club

November - Bluebeard

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This Child Will be Great by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, 376 pgs

Hello Everyone, I hope this finds you well, surviving our smoky air and continued restrictions. I have removed September’s book, The Warmth of Other Suns, due to the long wait at the library. We’ll move ahead with This Child Will Be Great, which is also available on Link+ through many libraries. Since we read our Dec pick, The Hound of the Baskervilles, in lieu of completing The Master and Margarita, I will try to announce our upcoming book poll sooner rather than later. Until then, happy reading🤓 Kind regards, Kathy

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