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August 5, 2021 Lost Horizon by James Hilton

September 9, 2021 The Good Lord Bird by James McBride

October 7, 2021 Last Exit to Brooklyn by Hubert Selby, Jr.

November 4, 2021 Einstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman

December 9, 2021 The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton


The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner. July 8, 2021

The Hearing Trumpet by Leonora Carrington June 3, 2021

Time and Again by Jack Finney May 6, 2021

High Cotton by Darryl Pinckney April 1, 2021

Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol March 4, 2021

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens February 4, 2021

Open City by Teju Cole January 7, 2021

Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift December 10, 2020

Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell November 5, 2020

Pleased to Meet Me: Genes, Germs, and the Curious Forces That Make Us Who We Are by Bill Sullivan October 8, 2020

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison September 3, 2020

Pale Horse, Pale Rider by Katherine Anne Porter August 6, 2020

Hunger by Roxane Gay July 9, 2020

City of Thieves: A Novel by David Benioff June 4, 2020

Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me) by Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson May 7, 2020

Looking for Alaska (Online Meetup) by John Green April 9, 2020

March 12, 2020 Meetup was cancelled due to Coronavirus

How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States by Daniel Immerwahr February 6, 2020

Stoner by John Williams January 9, 2020

Tenth of December by George Saunders December 12, 2019

Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo November 7, 2019

Homes: A Refugee Story by Abu Bakr al Rabeeah & Winnie Yeung October 10, 2019

Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse September 12, 2019

Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates by Tom Robbins August 15, 2019

The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo July 11, 2019

The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements by Eric Hoffer June 6, 2019

The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante May 9, 2019

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks, M.D. April 4, 2019

We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter March 7, 2019

Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe February 7, 2019

Mislaid by Nell Zink January 3, 2019

Watership Down by Richard Adams December 6, 2018

The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi November 8, 2018

Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami October 11, 2018

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot September 6, 2018

The Moviegoer by Walker Percy August 9, 2018

1491 by Charles C. Mann July 12, 2018

A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories by Flannery O’Connor June 7, 2018

The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen May 10, 2018

Ashfall by Mike Mullin (local author) April 12, 2018

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles March 8, 2018

Guest of Honor by Deborah Davis February 8, 2018

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak January 11, 2018

Among the Wild Mulattos and Other Tales by Tony Williams December 7, 2017

Seveneves by Neal Stephenson November 9, 2017

Hillbilly Elegy by James David Vance October 5, 2017

Good Girls Revolt by Lynn Povich September 7, 2017

The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain August 10, 2017

King Lear by William Shakespeare July 6, 2017

Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov June 8, 2017

The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington May 11, 2017

A Thief of Time by Tony Hillerman April 6, 2017

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier March 9, 2017

A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore February 9, 2017

Something Rich and Strange: Selected Stories by Ron Rash January 5, 2017

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon December 1, 2016

A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway November 3, 2016

Deep Down Dark by Hector Tobar October 6, 2016

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood September 8, 2016

Uncle Anton's Atomic Bomb by Ian Woollen (local author) August 11, 2016

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie July 14, 2016

The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas June 9, 2016

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick May 5, 2016

The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien April 7, 2016

The Round House by Louise Erdrich March 10, 2016

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic... by Erik Larson February 11, 2016

What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures by Malcolm Gladwell January 14, 2016

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini December 10, 2015

The Jungle by Upton Sinclair November 5, 2015

The Martian by Andy Weir October 8, 2015

East of Eden by John Steinbeck September 10, 2015

White Man's Problems by Kevin Morris August 6, 2015

Beloved by Toni Morrison July 9, 2015

My Antonia by Willa Cather June 11, 2015

Ben Hur by Lew Wallace May 14, 2015

Ficciones by Jorge Borges April 9, 2015

Ham on Rye by Charles Bukowski March 12, 2015

Frankenstein (1816 first edition) by Mary Shelley February 12, 2015

Watchmen by Alan Moore January 15, 2015

The Tender Bar, A Memoir by J.R. Moehringer December 11, 2014

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston November 6, 2014

Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafsi October 9,2014

Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell September 3, 2014

Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall August 7, 2014

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. July 10 2014

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy June 12, 2014

Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan May 8, 2014

When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka April 10, 2014

Among the Missing by Dan Chaon March 13, 2014

Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein February 13, 2014

January 2014 Meetup cancelled due to snow and road conditions

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller December 12, 2013

Becoming Ray Bradbury by Jonathan R. Eller (local author) November 14, 2013

The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith October 17, 2013

Speaks the Nightbird by Robert McCammon September 19 2013

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese August 15, 2013

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams July 11, 2013

Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates June 13, 2013

Whose Names are Unknown by Sanora Babb May 16, 2013

Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore April 18, 2013

A Passage to India by E.M. Forster March 21, 2013

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes February 2013

The Lost City of Z by David Grann January 2013

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy December 2012

A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle November 2012

The Shaman Sings by James Doss October 2012

The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldridge by Philip K Dick September 2012

August 2012 Meetup cancelled due to sudden closure of The Earth House

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel July 2012

A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan June 2012

The Man Who Loved Children by Christina Stead May 2012

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe April 2012

Ishmael by Daniel Quinn March 2012

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by John Le Carre February 2012

January 2012 Meetup cancelled due to inclement weather

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers December 2011

Home by Marilynne Robinson November 2011

Amongst Women by John McGahern October 2011

Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum September 2011

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote August 2011

Boys Life by Robert McCammon July 2011

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury June 2011

Herzog by Saul Bellow May 2011

Dry by Augusten Burroughs April 2011

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbary March 2011

The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck February 2011

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole January 2011

The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean December 2010

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald November 2010

Amsterdam by Ian McEwan October 2010

Been Here A Thousand Years by Venezia Mariolina September 2010

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson August 2010

The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett July 2010

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee June 2010

Anonymous Celebrity by Ignacio de Loyola Brandao May 2010

The Angel by Carla Neggers April 2010

Cloud Atlas: A Novel by David Mitchell March 2010

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon February 2010

Fortune's Rocks: A Novel by Anita Shreve January 2010

Supreme Courtship by Christopher Buckley December 2009

The Turn of the Screw by Henry James November 2009

My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult October 2009

The Year of Living Biblically by A.J. Jacobs September 2009

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer August 2009

As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner & Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris July 2009

The Counterlife by Philip Roth June 2009

Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris May 2009

Pearl Harbor by Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen April 2009

Centennial by James A. Michener March 2009

The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka February 2009

The Shack by William P. Young January 2009

The Road by Cormack McCarthy December 2008

Kingdom of Fear by Hunter S. Thompson November 2008

Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult (Initial Club Selection) October 2008

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August 5, 2021: Lost Horizon by James Hilton

The Rathskeller

The Mars Room was well received by those who attended our Meetup on July 8th. For some reason the table on the raised platform at the end of the Rathskeller main hallway has been removed. We're lobbying to get back our traditional spot! In the meantime, we'll be reserving a table nearest the end of the hallway.

Our August selection is Lost Horizon, by James Hilton. It is the classic 1933 novel about a fictional utopian lamasery in the remote mountains of Tibet, and is best remembered as the origin of Shangri-La.

In order to protect everyone involved, we are again requiring ALL participants to be fully vaccinated, meaning two shots of either Moderna or Pfizer, or a single shot of Johnson & Johnson. Please do not attend our in-person Meetups until you are fully vaccinated. We want to do all we can to ensure the safety of everyone who attends.

We hope to see you at the Rathskeller on August 5! And if you aren't already, please arrive fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Ron Elkins, Organizer
Indianapolis Book Club Meetup

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July 8, 2021: The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner

The Rathskeller

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