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    New reading list is posted below. This is a work in progress. Dates for meetings will need tinkering. Comments?


    The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

    The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

    The Accidental by Ali Smith

    Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

    The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

    The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

    The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

    Shopgirl by Steve Martin

    The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

    A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

    State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

    The New Republic by Lionel Shriver

    The Price of a Child by Lorene Cary

    Juneteenth by Ralph Ellison

    Their Eyes Were Watching God

    Invisible Man

    Native Son

    Go Tell it on the Mountain

    The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

    Equal of the Sun by Anita Amirrezvani

    David Wong - Slacker sensibility in a world of Lovecraftian horror. Hilarious without watering down the scary.

    Hemingway - Always Hemingway. He's the best and the man.

    Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

    The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

    Despair by Vladimir Nabokov

    A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra

    Manufacturing Consent by Chomsky

    It's Even Worse than it Looks by Mann & Ornstein

    King Leopold's Ghost by Hochschild

    Burr by Gore Vidal

    The Death of Common Sense by Howard

    The Culture of Narcissism by Lasch

    Breaking the News by Fallows

    The Party Is Over: How Republicans Went Crazy, Democrats Became Useless, and the Middle Class Got Shafted by Lofgren

    The Best and the Brightest by Halberstam

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  • Frederick G.

    I heartily suggest "Carry Me" by Peter Behrens. A rich portrait of the first half of the 20th Century. Like "War & Peace" but better & with fewer aristocrats

    January 7

  • Kyle J.

    The Secret History of Las Vegas: A Novel
    by Chris Abani
    3.66 · Rating Details · 565 Ratings · 107 Reviews

    Before he can retire, Las Vegas detective Salazar is determined to solve a recent spate of murders. When he encounters a pair of conjoined twins with a container of blood near their car, he’s sure he has apprehended the killers, and enlists the help of Dr. Sunil Singh, a South African transplant who specializes in the study of psychopaths. As Sunil tries to crack the twins, the implications of his research grow darker. Haunted by his betrayal of loved ones back home during apartheid, he seeks solace in the love of Asia, a prostitute with hopes of escaping that life. But Sunil’s own troubled past is fast on his heels in the form of a would-be assassin.

    Suspenseful through the last page, The Secret History of Las Vegas is Chris Abani’s most accomplished work to date, with his trademark visionary prose and a striking compassion for the inner lives of outsiders.

    August 21

  • Anne

    What happened to the meetup for the book Slow Sex? I saw that and then it disappeared!

    September 29, 2015

  • Dionne

    Shanghai Girls by Lisa See and Everything I never told you by Celeste Ng

    May 27, 2015

  • Chas j.

    OK, here's a list of books suggested by the readers at the May meetup. I asked for some women authors so the reading list isn't dominated by white male authors. I'll work on getting some of these scheduled through the end of the year.
    Toni Morrison-Beloved
    Robert Graves-I, Claudius
    Kate Atkinson-Life after Life
    Emma Donoghue-Room
    Olive Kitteridge-Elizabeth Strout
    Doris Lessing-Golden Notebook
    Madeline Miller-The Song of Achilles
    Along with other authors: Kingsolver, Atwood, Byatt, Drabble, Monroe (Alice, not Marilyn)

    And two other suggestions:
    Michael Cunningham-Snow Queen
    Buzz Bissinger-A Prayer for the City (non-fiction)

    May 27, 2015

  • A former member
    A former member

    How about Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

    1 · April 1, 2015

  • maria l

    How about "Main Street" by Sinclair Lewis? I keep forgetting the fact that Sinclair Lewis was the first American ever to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

    March 6, 2015

  • Tricia

    I'm wondering if it's possible to know the location at the same time a book is scheduled. I live near St. Stephen's Green and am more likely to read books that will be discussed at that location especially in the winter months.

    September 8, 2014

    • Chas j.

      Our normal spot is Fado at 15th and Locust, but if we get shut out of there, SSG is our next choice, mainly because my wife and I live near there too. You could ride the 2 bus from SSG's front door to 17th and Locust, or the 33 to 15th and Market, both a short walk to Fado. Hope to see you there.

      February 25, 2015

  • Iphigenia Leonidou K.

    nice list! I would suggest Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides. and Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. I read middlesex, very well written, engaging book about self discovery and self reflection. I would like to read Goldfinch. how about Feb 27th or March 14th?

    January 17, 2015

    • Chas j.

      We read and discussed Goldfinch a few months ago. It's still getting a lot of buzz, so it may come around again.

      January 20, 2015

  • Michael B.

    King Leopold's Ghost by Hochschild sounds like a fascinating read - was the title inspired by the Vachael Lindsay lines? - they made quite an impression on me when I was 12:

    Listen to the yell of Leopold's ghost
    Burning in Hell for his hand-maimed host.
    Hear how the demons chuckle and yell
    Cutting his hands off, down in Hell.

    November 29, 2014

  • michelle d.


    September 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm down for anything by Junot Diaz, King Leopold's Ghost, The Marriage Plot and Despair. I live by St Stephen's Green as well.

    September 12, 2014

  • Renee C

    A Place at the Table by Susan Rebecca White

    August 15, 2014

  • Michael M.

    The Luminaries by Caton
    The Dinner by Koch

    1 · August 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    How about " Thousand White Women" by Jim Ferguson or The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo Both great books!

    July 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Oh, and I don't share the fascination for Hemingway.....give me Mark Twain or Stephen Crane anyday.

    February 24, 2014

  • Brian

    The Master and Margarita! The Master and Margarita! Love me some Bulgakov. I'd read it again (or the 5th time) anytime.

    May 16, 2013

  • Chas j.

    Paul - I read about this book in The Economist magazine. It is the precursor to Catcher in the Rye and The Great Gatsby. Give it a look. It's not about a psychopath, just a stalker.

    December 30, 2012

  • Xiomara D.

    When is the meeting and what do I need to read.
    Please respond to [masked]

    May 14, 2012

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    My husband and I enjoy book clubs and look forward to meeting new people and love the Dark... more

  • Scott M

    Recovering literature grad student who still enjoys a good book.

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