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Williamsburg Book Club
Book club members: On Saturday, january 12 at 7 p.m. we'll meet to discuss "Outlander" by Diana Gabaldon. According to Amazon.com: "#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NOW A STARZ ORIGINAL SERIES Unrivaled storytelling. Unforgettable characters. Rich historical detail. These are the hallmarks of Diana Gabaldon’s work. Her New York Times bestselling Outlander novels have earned the praise of critics and captured the hearts of millions of fans. Here is the story that started it all, introducing two remarkable characters, Claire Beauchamp Randall and Jamie Fraser, in a spellbinding novel of passion and history that combines exhilarating adventure with a love story for the ages. Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read Scottish Highlands, 1945. Claire Randall, a former British combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding clans in the year of Our Lord . . . 1743. Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of a world that threatens her life, and may shatter her heart. Marooned amid danger, passion, and violence, Claire learns her only chance of safety lies in Jamie Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior. What begins in compulsion becomes urgent need, and Claire finds herself torn between two very different men, in two irreconcilable lives." Come start the new year right by meeting with old and new friends for a stimulating discussion of a popular book!

Bob & Lisa Pike

118 Shore Drive · Williamsburg, VA

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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 - classic

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

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