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We brought our group to 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):

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

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