What we're about

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 8:30pm. We are casual and enthusiastic; our members enjoy reading and collectively choosing and discussing books on a monthly basis. Just to spice things up a bit we have a trivia question at each meeting on the book for that month. The winner gets a gift certificate for Amazon.

We take turns selecting the books for each month. We determine our book for a given month two months ahead of the meetup. A member volunteers to bring 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 also try not to read a book that we have read before. 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!

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

A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

Frog by Mo Yan

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

The Alienist (Dr. Laszlo Kreizler #1) by Caleb Carr

The Boys in the Bunkhouse: Servitude and Salvation in the Heartland by Dan Barry

The Changeling by Victor LaValle

1984 by George Orwell

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Best Boy by Eli Gottlieb

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson

Lila by Marilynne Robinson

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

Beloved by Toni Morrison

Paddy Clarke, Ha Ha Ha by Roddy Doyle

The Boy with the Bamboo Heart by Chantal Jauvin

Where We Belong by Emily Giffin

The Hours by Michael Cunningham

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

Dept. of Speculation by Jewnny Offill

The Last Word by Hanif Kureishi

Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children by Ranson Riggs

Long Bourn by Jo Baker

Tumbling by Diane McKinney-Wetsone

I Shall be Near to You by Erin Lindsay McCable

Then we Came to the End by Joshua Ferris

The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara

Washington Square by Henry James

Dubliners by James Joyce

Gun with Occasional Music by Jonathan Lethem

The Brief and Wondrous life of Oscar Wao

Lucky Us by Amy Bloom

Tess of the D' Urbervilles

The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kid

Ready Player One by Ernist Cline

Bossy Pants by Tina Fey

The Alchemist by Pauolo Coelho

Tomorrow There will be Apricots by Jessica Soffer

The Maltese Falcon by Dashielle Hammett

The Night Inspector by Frederick Busch

The Circle By Dave Eggers

Dead Cat Bounce by Norman Green

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hossenini

Manhattan Transfer by John Dos Passos

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

John Dies at the End by Davis Wong

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

Upcoming events (2)

The Perfect Nanny, by Leila Slimani

Chapterhouse Cafe & Gallery


Join us on Wednesday, February 6, to discuss The Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani (https://www.amazon.com/Perfect-Nanny-Novel-Leila-Slimani/dp/0143132172/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1544400003&sr=8-1&keywords=the+perfect+nanny). When Myriam decides to return to work as a lawyer after having children, she and her husband look for the perfect nanny for their son and daughter. They never dreamed they would find Louise: a quiet, polite, devoted woman who sings to the children, cleans the family’s chic Paris apartment, stays late without complaint, and hosts enviable kiddie parties. But as the couple and the nanny become more dependent on one another, jealousy, resentment, and suspicions mount, shattering the idyllic tableau. Building tension with every page, The Perfect Nanny is a compulsive, riveting, bravely observed exploration of power, class, race, domesticity, motherhood, and madness—and the American debut of an immensely talented writer. The #1 international bestseller and winner of France’s most prestigious literary prize, the Goncourt, by the author of Adèle.

Educated, A Memoir - by Tara Westover

Chapterhouse Cafe & Gallery


We normally read only books available in mass-market paperback; however, we had almost unanimously picked this title before realizing it is available in hardback/Kindle only. Please patronize your local library for a free copy, and accept my apologies for the oversight. Educated, A Memoir - by Tara Westover (352 pages). An unforgettable memoir in the tradition of The Glass Castle about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her "head-for-the-hills bag". In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. The family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education and no one to intervene when one of Tara's older brothers became violent. Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. She taught herself enough mathematics and grammar to be admitted to Brigham Young University, where she studied history, learning for the first time about important world events like the Holocaust and the civil rights movement. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she'd traveled too far, if there was still a way home. Educated is an account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a tale of fierce family loyalty and of the grief that comes with severing the closest of ties. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education is and what it offers: the perspective to see one's life through new eyes and the will to change it.

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Notes From Underground, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Chapterhouse Cafe & Gallery


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