What we're about

This is a group for people who love to read and enjoy sharing ideas and opinions about books over dinner. We meet once a month in a cafe or restaurant in the Forest Hills, Queens area.

Books read so far:

Rats (Robert Sullivan)

What Is the What (Dave Eggers)

The Extra Man (Jonathan Ames)

The Namesake (Jhumpa Lahiri)

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)

North River (Pete Hamill)

On Chesil Beach (Ian McEwan)

World's Fair (E. L. Doctorow)

The Emperor's Children (Claire Messud)

Everything Is Illuminated (Jonathan Safran Foer)

The Inheritance of Loss (Kiran Desai)

Atonement (Ian McEwan)

The Devil in the White City (Erik Larson)

Travels With My Aunt (Graham Greene)

The Accidental Tourist (Anne Tyler)

Rabbit, Run (John Updike)

The Haunting of Hill House (Shirley Jackson)

Freakonomics (Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner)

The Time Traveler's Wife (Audrey Niffenegger)

The Mermaid Chair (Sue Monk Kidd)

The Day of the Locust (Nathanael West)

Dust Tracks on a Road (Zora Neale Hurston)

The Wicked Pavilion (Dawn Powell)

The Ha-Ha (Dave King)

Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe)

Tell No One (Harlan Coben)

Losing Battles (Eudora Welty)

On the Road (Jack Kerouac)

Felicia's Journey (William Trevor)

Blink (Malcolm Gladwell)

Girlbomb (Janice Erlbaum)

A Short History of Nearly Everything (Bill Bryson)

Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)

America (E. R. Frank)

Absurdistan (Gary Shteyngart)

Tender Is the Night (F. Scott Fitzgerald)

Wench (Dolen Perkins-Valdez)

Wesley the Owl (Stacey O'Brien)

The Penelopiad (Margaret Atwood)

The Elegance of the Hedgehog (Muriel Barbery)

The Gods Themselves (Isaac Asimov)

Persuasion (Jane Austen)

The Awakening (Kate Chopin)

Henderson the Rain King (Saul Bellow)

Crazy Horse: A Life (Larry McMurtry)

I Am Nujood, Age 10 And Divorced (Nujood Ali)

Silk (Alessandro Baricco)

"Gooseberries," "The House with the Mezzanine," "The Lady with the Toy Dog" (Anton Chekhov)

Replay (Ken Grimwood)

The Lambs of London (Peter Ackroyd)

The Tender Bar (J.R. Moeringer)

Unless (Carol Shields)

Day After Night (Anita Diamant)

Girl in Translation (Jean Kwok)

The Unit (Ninni Holmqvist)

The Color of Water (James McBride)

The Pilot's Wife (Anita Shreve)

A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry)

The Lathe of Heaven (Ursula K. Le Guin)

The Red Umbrella (Christina Gonzalez)

Breakfast of Champions (Kurt Vonnegut)

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet (David Mitchell)

Through the Children's Gate (Adam Gopnik)

Trespass (Rose Tremain)

Ines of My Soul (Isabel Allende)

Ghostwalk (Rebecca Stott)

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (Carson McCullers)

The Book Thief (Markus Zusak)

The Magicians (Lev Grossman)

The Plague of Doves (Louise Erdrich)

The Yiddish Policeman's Union (Michael Chabon)

The Night Circus (Erin Morgenstern)

Rules of Civility (Amor Towles)

The Age of Innocence (Edith Wharton)

The Sun Also Rises (Ernest Hemingway)

Peony (Pearl S. Buck)

The Master and Margarita (Mikhail Bulgakov)

The Queen's Fool (Philippa Gregory)

Oracle Night (Paul Auster)

The History of Love (Nicole Krauss)

Another Country (James Baldwin)

Nickel and Dimed (Barbara Ehrenreich)

The Year of the Flood (Margaret Atwood)

Blessings (Anna Quindlen)

Runaway (Alice Munro)

Gone Girl (Gillian Flynn)

The Last Enchantments (Charles Finch)

Norwegian Wood (Haruki Murakami)

All Quiet on the Western Front (Erich Maria Remarque)

The Orphan Master's Son (Adam Johnson)

Lady Chatterley's Lover (D.H. Lawrence)

Bunker Hill (Nathaniel Philbrick)

An Invisible Thread: The True Story of an 11-Year-Old Panhandler, a Busy Sales Executive, and an Unlikely Meeting with Desiny (Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowski)

Middlesex (Jeffrey Eugenides)

Water for Elephants (Sara Gruen)

The Dinner (Herman Koch)

To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)

A Star Shines Over Mt. Morris Park (Henry Roth)

Me Before You (Jojo Moyes)

The Man in the High Castle (Philip K. Dick)

The Care and Management of Lies (Jacqueline Winspear)

The Death of Ivan Ilyich, Master and Man, Eleven Short Stories, The Snowstorm, Three Deaths (Leo Tolstoy)

In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin (Erik Larson)

The Stories of John Cheever, 20 selections (John Cheever)

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Agatha Christie)

The Corrections (Jonathan Franzen)

Wonder Boys (Michael Chabon)

In the Unlikely Event (Judy Blume)

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Maya Angelou)

The Shadow of the Wind (Carlos Ruiz Zafón)

Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family (Amy Ellis Nutt)

Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker (Jennifer Chiaverini)

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry (Gabrielle Zevin)

When I Was Puerto Rican (Esmeralda Santiago)

The Lady in Gold: The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt's Masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer (Anne-Marie O’Connor)

Let the Great World Spin (Colum McCann)

Orphan Train (Christina Baker Kline)

White Noise (Don DeLillo)

The Little Paris Bookshop (Nina George)

Everything I Never Told You (Celeste Ng)

The Plot Against America (Philip Roth)

A Farewell to Arms (Ernest Hemingway)

The Lover (Marguerite Duras) and short stories (Colette)

Dark Matter (Blake Crouch)

The Sleepwalker (Chris Bohjalian)

The Goldfinch (Donna Tartt)

Djibouti (Elmore Leonard)

The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas (Gertrude Stein)

The Blunderer (Patricia Highsmith)

The Refugees (Viet Thanh Nguyen)

Vanessa and Her Sister (Priya Parmar)

Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)

Postcards from the Edge (Carrie Fisher)

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold (Daniel James Brown)

A Death in the Family (James Agee)

Amy and Isabelle (Elizabeth Strout)

The One Man (Andrew Gross)

I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban (Malala Yousefzai and Christina Lamb)

In a Lonely Place (Dorothy B. Hughes)

Tara Road (Maeve Binchy)

The Underground Railroad (Colson Whitehead)

Disobedience (Naomi Alderman)

Men Without Women (Haruki Murakami)

Breakfast at Tiffany's and Three Stories (Truman Capote)

The Wife Between Us (Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen)

The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector’s Story (Hyeonseo Lee)

The Optimist’s Daughter (Eudora Welty)

Exit West (Mohsin Hamid)

Interpreter of Maladies (Jhumpa Lahiri)

The Rent Collector (Camron Wright)

Americanah (Chimamande Ngozi Adichie)

Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead (Olga Tokarczuk)

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking (Susan Cain)

The Leavers (Lisa Ko)

The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man (James Weldon Johnson)

A Woman of No Importance (Oscar Wilde)

All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes (Maya Angelou)

Heart Berries (Terese Marie Mailhot)

Upcoming events (2)

John Updike stories

Online event

We will discuss four short stories by John Updike on Wednesday, Aug. 11 at 7 p.m. on Zoom. They are:
• The Happiest I’ve Been (1958, 16 pages), email organizer for document
• A&P (1960, 6 pages), https://littletonpublicschools.net/sites/default/files/HHS-2015-Eng-10%20Honors%20Summer%20reading_1.pdf or http://www.tiger-town.com/whatnot/updike/ (Note that there are other stories included in the Littelton document; we will only be discussing the first one, A&P.)
• Separating (1974, 9 pages), https://travellerlevin.pixnet.net/blog/post/352924064
• The Lovely Troubled Daughters of Our Old Crown (1981, 5 pages), https://storyoftheweek.loa.org/2013/08/the-lovely-troubled-daughters-of-our.html

Bel Canto discussion

Online event

We will discuss Bel Canto by Ann Padgett at a restaurant in or near Forest Hills, in the outdoor seating area if weather permits, at 7 p.m. on Wed., Aug. 25. RSVPs will open on July 28.

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