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"Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague" Geraldine Brooks - historical fiction

Come meet local book lovers in our Williamsburg Book Club! We read many different genres (fiction, non-fiction, sci-fi/fantasy, historical fiction, and mystery/suspense/thriller/horror), and we read a different book (and author!) every month. Come share your interest in books, expand your list of authors whose work you'd like to read more of, and make some new friends! Club is open to both women and men, and open to new members.

What the group has read so far (title, author, date, genre) - also see our upcoming selections at the bottom of this list):

"Angels and Demons" Dan Brown 5/30/09 thriller

"Ender's Game" Orson Scott Card 6/27/09 sci fi

"Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves" P.G. Wodehouse 7/25/09 humor

"Three Cups of Tea" Greg Mortensen 9/12/09 nonfiction

"Slaughterhouse Five" Kurt Vonnegut 10/18/09 sci fi

"Out of the Silent Planet" C.S. Lewis 11/14/09 fantasy

"Pillars of the Earth" Ken Follett 12/12/09 historical fiction

"The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao" Junot Diaz 1/23/10 modern fiction

"Assassination Vacation" Sarah Vowell 2/20/10 nonfiction/history

"The Sun Also Rises" Ernest Hemingway 3/20/10 classic

"Personal Injuries" Scott Turow 4/17/10 legal/crime fiction

"The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay" Michael Chabon 5/15/10 modern fiction

"Gone to Gonega" Brenda Lee Renwick 6/12/10 sci fi/comedy

"The Coffin Dancer" Jeffrey Deaver 7/17/10 mystery/suspense

"Kindred" Octavia Butler 8/14/10 historical scifi/fantasy

"The Postman" David Brin 9/18/10 post-apocalyptic

"The Cabinet of Curiosities" Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child 10/16/10 thriller

"Memoirs of a Geisha" Arthur Golden 11/13/10 historical fiction

"To Kill a Mockingbird" Harper Lee 12/11/10 classic

"Presidential Courage" Michael Beschloss 1/15/11 nonfiction/history

"The Handmaid's Tale" Margaret Atwood 2/12/11 sci-fi, dystopia

"The Elegance of the Hedgehog" Muriel Barbery 3/12/11 modern French literature

"Cutting for Stone", Abraham Verhese 4/16/11 historical/medical fiction, Ethiopia

"A Tale of Two Cities" Charles Dickens 5/21/11 classic fiction

"Gaudy Night" Dorothy Sayers 6/11/11 suspense

"The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that changed America"

Erik Larson 7/9/11 nonfiction/history/crime

"The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" Rebecca Skloot 8/13/11 nonfiction/medical/ethical

"House Rules" Jodi Picoult 9/10/11 fiction/topical/Asperger's

"Summer of Night" Dan Simmons 10/15/11 fiction/horror

"2030: The Real Story of What Happens to America" Albert Brooks 11/12/11 dystopia/comedy

"Rebecca" Daphne Du Maurier 12/10/11 classic/gothic [movie following meeting]

"Lonesome Dove" Larry McMurtry 1/14/11 fiction/western

"The Art of Racing in the Rain" Garth Stein 2/18/12 fiction/literature

"In Cold Blood" Truman Capote 3/17/12 nonfiction/biography/true crime

"The Silver Pigs" Lindsey Davis 4/14/12 historical fiction/detective story

"The Left Hand of Darkness" Ursula K. Le Guin 5/12/12 sci fi

"The Hunger Games" Suzanne Collins 6/9/12 sci fi

"An Instance of the Fingerpost" Iain Pears 7/7/12 historical mystery

"The Uncommon Reader" Alan Bennett 8/4/12 novella

"Lincoln" Gore Vidal 9/8/12 historical novel

"World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War" Max Brooks 10/13/12 horror

"At Home" Bill Bryson 11/10/12 nonfiction

"East of Eden" John Steinbeck 12/08/12 classic novel

"American Gods" Neil Gaiman 1/19/13 fantasy

"Einstein's Dreams" Alan Lightman 2/09/13 fiction (more poetical than physics)

"Middlesex" Jeffrey Eugenides 3/16/13 modern fiction

"In the Woods" Tana French 4/20/13 detective fiction

"Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood" Marjane Satrapi 5/18/13 nonfiction

"Noon at Tiffany's" Echo Heron 6/15/13 historical fiction

"The Caves of Steel" Isaac Asimov 7/13/13 sci-fi

"The Good Soldier" Ford Madox Ford 8/10/13 classic novel

"Atonement" Ian McEwan 9/07/13 modern novel

"The Shining" Stephen King 10/26/13 (postponed from 10/19) horror [movie following meeting]

"The Poisoner's Handbook" Deborah Blum 11/16/13 nonfiction

"I, Claudius" Robert Graves 12/14/13 historical fiction

"Wool" Hugh Howey 1/11/14 science fiction

"One of Ours" Willa Cather 2/08/14 classic/Pulitzer prize winner

"The Orphan Master's Son" Adam Johnson 3/08/14 modern fiction/Pulitzer

"The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World" Michael Pollan 4/12/14 nonfiction/botany/ecology

"The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime" Mark Haddon - 5/10/14 - modern fiction/mystery/autism

"Rendevous with Rama" Arthur C. Clarke - 6/07/14 - sci fi

"Jane Eyre" Charlotte Bronte - 7/12/14 - classic/English Gothic

"The Round House" Louise Erdrich - 8/09/14 - mod fiction/Native American

"Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" John le Carre - 9/06/14 - spy novel

"Ghost Story" Peter Straub - 10/18/14 - horror/thriller [moving following meeting]

"The Alchemy of Air: A Jewish Genius, a Doomed Tycoon, and the Scientific Discovery that fed the world but fueled the rise of Hitler" Thomas Hager - 11/15/14 - nonfiction

"People of the Book" Geraldine Brooks - 12/13/14 - historical fiction

"The Gate to Women's Country" Sheri Tepper - 1/10/15 - fantasy

"The Picture of Dorian Gray" Oscar Wilde- 2/7/15 - classic

"Empire Falls" Richard Russo - 3/7/15 - modern fiction

"The Eight" Katherine Neville - 4/11/15 - thriller

"Destiny of the Republic: Madness, Medicine, and Murder" Candace Millard - 5/9/15 - nonfiction

"Cloud Atlas" David Mitchell - 6/6/15 - sci fi/fantasy

"The Quiet American" Graham Greene - 7/11/15 - classic/50's Saigon & CIA

"The Brothers K" David James Duncan - 8/8/15 - modern fiction

"The Goldfinch" Donna Tartt - 9/12/15 - modern fiction

"Hell House" Richard Matheson - 10/10/15 - horror

"The First 15 Lives of Harry August" Claire North - 11/7/15 - historical fiction

"The Name of the Rose" Umberto Eco - 12/5/15 - mystery/thriller/suspense [movie following meeting]

"Dreamland: Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep" David K. Randall - 1/9/16 - nonfiction

"BUtterfield-8" John O'Hara - 2/6/16 - classic [movie following meeting]

"Old Man's War" John Scalzi - 3/5/16 - sci fi

"The Girl on the Train" Paula Hawkins - 4/2/16 - modern fiction

"Jackson - A Novel" Max Byrd - 5/7/16 - historical fiction

"Gone Girl" Gillian Flynn - 6/11/16 - mystery/thriller/suspense [movie following meeting]

"The Secret History of Wonder Woman" Jill Lepore - 7/16/16 - nonfiction

"The Violent Bear It Away" Flannery O'Connor - 8/13/16 - classic

"The Martian" Andy Weir - 9/10/16 - sci fi/fantasy [movie following meeting]

"I Am Not A Serial Killer" Dan Wells- 10/15/16 - horror

"Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" Ransom Riggs - 11/19/16 - mystery/thriller/suspense/fantasy

"Boy's Life" Robert McCammon - 1/7/17 - modern fiction

"Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story" John Berendt - 2/4/17 - nonfiction

[movie following meeting]

"A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" Mark Twain - 3/4/17 - classic

"Timeline" Michael Crichton- 4/1/17 - sci-fi/fantasy

"The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax" Dorothy Gilman - 5/6/17 - mystery/thriller/suspense

"The 100-year-old man who climbed out the window" Jonas Jonasson - 6/10/17 - modern fiction

"Confederates in the Attic" Tony Horwitz - 7/15/17 - nonfiction

"Mrs. Dalloway" Virginia Woolf - 8/12/17 - classic

"14" Peter Clines - 9/9/17 - sci-fi/fantasy/horror

"Foreign Affairs" Alison Lurie - 10/14/17 - modern fiction

"A Midwife's Tale (based on Martha Ballard's diary, 1785-1812) Laurel Thatcher Ulrich - 11/18/17 - nonfiction/biography

1/13/18 - "The Alienist" Caleb Carr - detective/historical fiction

2/10/18 - "Mansfield Park" Jane Austen - classic

3/10/18 - "The Bear and the Nightingale" Katherine Arden - fantasy/historical fiction

4/7/18 - "A Man Called Ove: A Novel" Fredrik Backman - modern fiction

5/5/18 - "Self-Made Man: One Woman's Year Disguised as a Man" Norah Vincent - nonfiction/memoir

6/2/18 - "Istanbul Passage" Joseph Kanon - spy thriller/historical fiction

7/14/18 - "Little Women" Louisa May Alcott - classics

8/11/18 - "CyberStorm" Matthew Mather - sci fi

9/15/18 - "Still Life" Louise Penny - modern fiction

10/13/18 - "The Devourers" Indra Das - horror

11/10/18 - "The Ghost Map" Steven Johnson - nonfiction

1/12/19 - "Outlander" (Book 1), Diana Gabaldon - fantasy/historical fiction

2/9/19 - "Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemical Boyhood" Oliver Sacks - memoir

3/9/19 - "The Last Tycoon/The Love of the Last Tycoon" F. Scott Fitzgerald - classics

4/6/19 - "The City & The City" China Mieville - sci fi/fantasy

5/4/19 - "Still Life with Woodpecker" Tom Robbins - modern fiction

6/8/19 - "Educated" Tara Westover - memoir

7/13/19 - "My Name is Red" Orhan Pamuk - historical fiction

8/10/19 - "The Last Days of Night" Graham Moore - historical fiction

9/7/19 - "Lafayette in the Somewhat United States" Sarah Vowell - nonfiction/humor

10/5/19 - "Dracula" Bram Stoker - horror/classic

11/16/19 - "The Man in the High Castle" Philip K. Dick - sci fi/fantasy

1/11/20 - "The Wine of Angels" Phil Rickman - supernatural/occult mystery

2/8/20 - "The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven" Sherman Alexie - modern fiction

3/21/20 - CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS "SOCIAL DISTANCING" - SEE BELOW FOR NEW SCHEDULE

4/18/20 - CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS "SOCIAL DISTANCING" - SEE BELOW FOR NEW SCHEDULE

5/16/20 - CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS "SOCIAL DISTANCING" - SEE BELOW FOR NEW SCHEDULE

6/20/20 - "Blue Latitudes: Boldly going where Captain Cook has gone before" Tony Horwitz - memoir

7/18/20 - "Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague" Geraldine Brooks - historical fiction

8/15/20 - "Seven Gothic Tales" Isak Dinesen - classic/short stories

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The New Williamsburg Book Club

Bob & Lisa Pike

PLEASE NOTE: We have cancelled the May 16 meeting and postponed discussion of this book until JULY 18. On Saturday, July 18, 2020 [God and the Governor of Virginia willing!], we'll meet at 7 p.m. to discuss a modern fiction pick, "Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague" by Geraldine Brooks. According to Amazon.com: "When an infected bolt of cloth carries plague from London to an isolated village, a housemaid named Anna Frith emerges as an unlikely heroine and healer. Through Anna's eyes we follow the story of the fateful year of 1666, as she and her fellow villagers confront the spread of disease and superstition. As death reaches into every household and villagers turn from prayers to murderous witch-hunting, Anna must find the strength to confront the disintegration of her community and the lure of illicit love. As she struggles to survive and grow, a year of catastrophe becomes instead annus mirabilis, a "year of wonders." Inspired by the true story of Eyam, a village in the rugged hill country of England, Year of Wonders is a richly detailed evocation of a singular moment in history. Written with stunning emotional intelligence and introducing "an inspiring heroine" (The Wall Street Journal), Brooks blends love and learning, loss and renewal into a spellbinding and unforgettable read." We hope you'll join us that evening to share some knoshes and good discussion! Lisa

The New Williamsburg Book Club

Bob & Lisa Pike

On Saturday, August 15, we'll meet at 7 p.m. to discuss a classic collection of short stories, "Seven Gothic Tales" by Isak Dinesen. According to Amazon.com: "Published in 1934, Seven Gothic Tales, the first book by "one of the finest and most singular artists of our time" (The Atlantic), is a modern classic. Here are seven exquisite tales combining the keen psychological insight characteristic of the modern short story with the haunting mystery of the nineteenth-century Gothic tale, in the tradition of writers such as Goethe, Hoffmann, and Poe." "These tales are a modern refinement of German romanticism. ...They are peopled, or haunted, by ghosts of a past age, voluptuaries dreaming of the singers and ballerinas of the operas of Mozart and Gluck, young men who are too melancholy to enjoy love or too perverse to profit by it, maidens dedicated to chastity and others hopeful of a gentlemanly seduction; their generally fantastic adventures are exquisitely played." - The New York Times We hope you'll enjoy reading this collection, especially those of you who are partial to short stories, and will come join us to discuss it that evening - Lisa

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