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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.

Below is a list of 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 - MEETING CANCELLED DUE TO POOR SIGNUP - BOOK TO BE DISCUSSED AT NEXT MEETING "Seven Gothic Tales" Isak Dinesen - classic/short stories

9/12/20 - "Circe" Madeline Miller - Historical fiction (ancient, military)/mythology

10/24/20 - "The Magician's Nephew" C.S. Lewis - fantasy

11/21/20 - "Salt: A World History" Mark Kurlansky - nonfiction

*NOW 03/06/21 - "The Stand" Stephen King - sci fi/horror [2/3 - this meeting date has been postponed until next month because weather.com does not predict any warm enough weather for having windows open where we meet]

*NOW 04/10/21 - Two short comedic novels by P.G. Wodehouse: 1) The Adventures of Sally and 2) Love Among the Chickens [2/3 - this meeting date has been postponed because February's date needed to be postponed (see above)]

* 05/15/21 - "Savage Kingdom: The True Story of Jamestown, 1607" Benjamin Woolley - nonfiction

06/12/21 - "Maybe you should talk to someone" Lori Gottlieb - memoir

07/17/21 - "One for the Money" Janet Evanovich - humorous fiction

08/14/21 - "Wyrd Sisters" Terry Pratchett - humorous fantasy/parody

09/18/21 - "Murder Must Advertise: A Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery" Dorothy Sayers - mystery

10/23/21 - "Not in Kansas Anymore: Dark Arts, Sex Spells, Money Magic, and other things your neighbors aren't telling you" Christine Wicker - nonfiction

11/20/21 - "Novel Problems: Some Books Should Stay Buried!" George T. Morrison - sci-fi

01/08/22 - "Doomsday Book" Connie Willis - historical fiction/sci-fi/fantasy/time travel

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The New Williamsburg Book Club

Bob & Lisa Pike

NOTE: IF YOU SIGN UP TO ATTEND THIS MEETING BUT YOUR PLANS CHANGE, PLEASE REMOVE YOURSELF FROM THE SIGNUP SO THAT THOSE ON THE WAITING LIST CAN BE NOTIFIED BY MEETUP.COM OF THE OPEN SPACE. THANKS IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR HELP!

(Re: Covid - Both of the hosts (Bob & Lisa) have been fully vaccinated, so it's okay with us if you leave the mask at home if you, too, have been fully vaccinated. Or you can continue using a mask if you need to or if that is your preference).

On Saturday, November 20, 2021, we'll meet at 7 p.m. to discuss "Novel Problems: Some Books Should Stay Buried!" by George T. Morrison. According to Amazon.com:

"A humorous sci-fi story about a book that causes its author unexpected grief. How can one book cause so much trouble? It starts when the author uses confidential information to write a novel about alien spies. The book falls into the hands of an ambitious admiral who mistakes it for a real document. He launches a manhunt for the aliens, with the author as his prime suspect. The truth is out there somewhere, but neither of these characters is likely to find it. The author's friends must help him clear his name, while the admiral's inept minions try to put him away for good - all unaware that real aliens are watching the situation and deciding the fate of humanity!"

I hope you enjoy this book and can join us to discuss it that night! - Lisa

The New Williamsburg Book Club

Bob & Lisa Pike

Re: Covid:
Both of the hosts will be fully vaccinated by the time of this meeting, so it's okay to leave the mask at home if you, too, have been fully vaccinated. Or you can continue using a mask if you need to or if that is your preference.

NOTE: IF YOU SIGN UP TO ATTEND THIS OR OTHER MEETINGS BUT YOUR PLANS CHANGE, PLEASE REMOVE YOURSELF FROM THE SIGNUP FOR THE MEETING SO THAT THOSE ON THE WAITING LIST CAN BE NOTIFIED BY MEETUP.COM THAT THERE IS NOW AN OPEN SPACE. THANKS IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR HELP!

On Saturday, January 8, 2022, we'll meet at 7 p.m. to discuss a book combining the genres of historical fiction/sci-fi/fantasy/time travel, "Doomsday Book" by Connie Willis.

According to the description on Amazon.com: "For Kivrin, preparing an on-site study of one of the deadliest eras in humanity's history was as simple as receiving inoculations against the diseases of the fourteenth century and inventing an alibi for a woman traveling alone. For her instructors in the 21st-century, it meant painstaking calculations and careful monitoring of the rendezvous location where Kivrin would be received.
But a crisis strangely linking past and future strands Kivrin in a bygone age as her fellows try desperately to rescue her. In a time of superstition and fear, Kivrin - barely of age herself - finds she has become an unlikely angel of hope during one of history's darkest hours.

Five years in the writing by one of science fiction's most honored authors, Doomsday Book is a storytelling triumph. Connie Willis draws upon her understanding of human nature to explore the ageless issues of evil, suffering and the indomitable will of the human spirit."

And their quoted reviews:
"A stunning novel that encompasses both suffering and hope.... The best work yet from one of science fiction's best writers."
-- "The Denver Post
"Splendid work -- brutal, gripping and genuinely harrowing, the product of diligent research, fine writing and well-honed instincts, that should appeal far beyond the normal science-fiction constituency."
-- "Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"The world of 1348 burns in the mind's eye, and every character alive that year is a fully recognized being.... It becomes possible to feel...that Connie Willis did, in fact, over the five years Doomsday Book took her to write, open a window to another world, and that she saw something there."
-- "The Washington Post Book World

We hope you'll join us that evening to share a snack and some lively discussion with friends and neighbors. - Lisa

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