Books read thru Sept 2018

Books read thru August 2018

Enjoy our reads over the last # of years. The list has grown so fast.

10% Human – Alanna Collen
Absent – Katie Williams
A Christmas Memory – Truman Capote
A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
Across a Hundred Mountains Reyna Grande
Aross the Great Divide – Laton McCartney
A Different Kind of Normal — CAthy Lamb
A Dogs Purpose – W. Bruce Cameron
After Anna – Alex Lake
Agatha Raisin Series – MC Beaton
Alex Cross-Run – James Patterson
Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
All the Light We Cannot See — Anthony Duerr
All over but the Shouting — Rick Bragg
A Man Called Ove – Fredrik Backman
A Manual for Cleaning Women – Jackie Berlin
America’s First Daughter – Stephanie Dray & Laura Kamoie
Americcanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adihic
Army Wife – Vicki Cody
A Separate Peace – John Knowles
Ashleys War – Gayle Tzemack Lemmon
At The Waters Edge — Sara Green
Becoming Josephine – Heather Webb
Belle — Paula Bryne
Beethoven the Man Revealed – John Suchet
Behold the Dreamer – Imbolo Mbue
Best State Ever – Dave Barry
Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates
Big Little Lies — Liane Moriarty
Black Like Me – John Howard Griffin
Black Swan Green – David Mitchell
Blackthorn Justice – Rick Odermatt
Bleeding Hearts — Ian Rankin
Born A Crime – Trevor Noah
Brooklyn — Colm Toibin
Budda in the Attic — Julie Otsuka
Butterflies Child – Angela Davis-Child
Calling Me Home – Julie Kibler
China Dolls – Lisa See
Chimney Pond Tales – Yarns told by Leroy Dudley
Citizen Creek — Lalita Tademy
Cold Sassy Tree – Olive Ann Burns
Coldest Winter Ever – Sister Souljah
Conn Witch Trials – Cynthia Wolfe Boynton
Cop to corpse — Peter lovesay
Cutting for Stone – Abraham Verghese
Damaged – Kathy Glass
Death comes from the Archbishop – Willa Cather
Deep South – Paul Theroux
Dickinson (Poem) — Helen Vendler
Educated – Tara Westover
Elephant Company — Vicki Croke
Everyone Brave is Forgiven – Chris Cleave
Everything we never told you — NG
Family Life — Akhiel Sharma
Fever Tree — Jennifer McVeigh
Flight of the Sparrow – Amu Belding Brown
Fly Away – Kristin Hannah
Gilead – Marilynne Robinson
Girls Like Us — Sheila Weller
Ghost Boy — Martin Pistorius
God Save the Sweet Potato – Jill Conner Browne
Go Set a Watchman — Harper Lee
Grimms Fairy Tales – Brothers Grimm
Hillbilly Elergy – JD Vance
Holding The Line – Barbara Kingsolver
Home – Harlan Coben
Home Front – Kristin Hannah
I Feel Bad about my Neck – Nora Ephron
I Let you go — Clare MacIntosh
Inferno – Dan Brown
In The Garden of Beasts — Eric Larson
Island in the Sound — Hazel Heckman
Jia — Hyejin Kim
Kim — Rudyard Kipling
Kingdom of Strangers — Zoe Farraris
Leaving Time — Jodi Picoult
Life in the Mississippi – Mark Twain
Life is a Wheel — Bruce Weber
Life with Harper Lee – Marja Mills
Light in August – Faulkner
Lilac Girls – Martha Hall Relly
Lisette’s List – Susan Vreeland
Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste NG
Loving Frank — Nancy Horan
Mary Rose – Geoffrey Girard
Me Before You — Jojo Moyes
Me After You – Jojo Moyes
Mediation for Dummies – Stephan Bodian
Miss Peregrines Home
for Peculiar Children — Ransom Riggs
Moody Bitches – Julie Holland, MD
Mrs Bridge and Mr bridge (2 diff books) Evan S Connell
Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker -Jennifer Chiaverini
My Brillant Friend – Elena Fervante
My Life on the Road — Gloria Steinem
My Mothers King — Dana Fitzwater Cornell
Natchez Burning — Greg Iles
Never Out of Season – Rob Dunn
No Way But Gentlenesse – Richard Hines
Nothing to Envy- Ordinary times in N. Korea – Barbara Demick
Not My Fathers Son — Alan Cumming (Neil Gaiaman)
Nutshell – Ian McEwan
Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All – Allan Gurgannus
Old Souls – Tom Shroder
One Plus One — JoJo Moyes
Oranges and Sunshine — Margaret Humpfreys
Ordinary Grace – William Kent Krueger
Out of Isak Dineson in Africa — Linda Donelson
Peace like a River — Leif Enger
Plain Truth – Jodi Picoult
Prague Winter — Madelyn Albright
Querber Affair – Joel Dicker
Rabbit is Rich — John Updike
Redeeming Love — Francine Rivers
Red Scarf Girl – JiLi Jiang
Return to Sender – Fern Michaels
River Town — Peter Hessler
Rogue Lawyer — John Grisham
Ruby – Cynthia Bond
Secret Daughter – Shilpi Somaya Gowda
Secrets of a Charmed Life – Susan Meissner
Shantaram – Gregory David Rogers
Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort Joy – S Breathnach
Sing Unburied Sing – Jesmyn Ward
Slaves in the Family – Edward BAll
Small Great Things – Jodi Picoult
Someone — Alice McDermott
Stand Up and Sing — Jessy Norman
Still Alice — Lisa Genova
Stoney Creek Series – Joanne Demaio
Strawberry Pie — Lynne Cote
Such Good Girls — R.D. Rosen
Summer – Edith Wharton
Sunshine & Oranges — Margaret Humphreys
Tattoos of the Heart – Gregory Boyle
Tell Tale – Jeffrery Archer
Tepper Isn’t Going Out — Calvin Trillin
Testimony of an Irish Slave –
Tiny Sunbirds far Away – Christine Watson
That Summer in Italy – Marlena DeBlasi
The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
The Art of Healing Heartbeats — Jan Phillipp Sendker
The Aviators Wife – Melanie Benjamin
The Beach Quilt – Holly Chamberlain
The Beekeepers Apprentice — Laura R. King
The Blood of Emmett Till – Timothy B Tyson
The Book of Unknown Americans — Cristina Hernandez
The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
The Boston Girl — Anita Diamant
The Boys in the Boat — Daniel James Brown
The Burgess Boys – Elizabeth Strout
The Childrens Act — Ian McEwan
The City of Joy – Dominique Lapierre
The Corfu Trilogy – Gerald Durrell
The Crossover – Kwame Aexander
The Curious Incident of the dog in the night time – Mark Heddon
The Devils Corinorant – Richard J king
The Devil in the White City – Erik Larson
The Double Bind – Chris Bohjalian
The Dovekeepers — Alice Hoffman
The Elephant Keeper – Christopher Nicholson
The End of Your Life Book Club – Will Schwalbe
The Engagements – J. Courtney Sullivan
The Family Gene – Joselin Linder
The Family Tree – Barbara Delinsky
The Fifth Woman — Henning Mankel
The Girl in cabin 10 – Ruth Wave
The Girl on the Train — Paula Hawkins
The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
The Great Bridge – David McCullough
The Guilty – David Balducci
The Guise of Another – Allen Eskens
The Homesman — Glendon Swartout
The Hotel New Hampshire — John Irving
The Improbable Friendship – David Anthony
The Indomitable Lady Doctors — Carlotta Hacker
The Inventious of Wings — Sue Monk Kidd
The Lace Reader – Brunonia Barry
The Last Child — John Hart
The Life We Bury – Allen Eskens
The Light Between Oceans — M.L. Stedman
The Light Keepers – Abby Geni
The Light keepers daughters – Jean E Pendziwol
The Lido – Libby Page
The Little Lady Who Struck Lucky Again – Catharina Sundberg
The Mockingbird Next Door
The Long Way Home — Louise Penny
The Lost Book of the Grail – Charlie Lovett
The Lost Wife – Alipen Richman
The Lost Years — Mary Higgins Clark
The Mill River Recluse – Darcie Chan
The Muralist – BA Shapiro
The Namesake — Jhumpa Lahiri
The Nest – Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
The Nightingale — Kristin Hannah
The Perfect Horse – Elizabeth LEtts
The Piano Turner – Daniel Mason
The Reading Group — Elizabeth Noble
The Secret History of Wonder Woman – Jill Lepone
The Silly Salt Sisters – Tiffany Baker
The Sound of Gravel – Ruth Wariner
The Story of a New Name – Elena Ferrarte
The Story of the Lost Child – Elena Ferrarte
The Strangler Vine — M J Carter
The Things We keep – Sally Hepworth
The Trouble with Diversity – Walter Michael
The Truth About The Harry
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry – Rachel Joyce
The Watch that ends the night -Hugh Maclennan
The Wright Brothers — David McCullough
Tightrope – Simon Mawer
Ty Cobb — Charles Leerhean
The View from Penthouse B — Elinor Lipman
The Wild Trees – Richard Preston
The Woman in the Fifth – Douglas Kennedy
The Woman Next Door – Barbara Delinsky
The Wright Brothers – David McCullough
The Yellow Birds – Kevin Powers
The Zookeepers Wife – Diane Ackerman
The 100 yr old man who climbed out the window – Jonas Jonasson
Twains End – Lynn Cullen
Unaccustomed Earth — Jhumpa Lahiri
Unitended Consequences: Innocent Prisoners Project — Marti Green
Vinegar Girl – Anne Tyler
Youdunnit — French, Weaver,&Gunn
We are Water — Wally Lamb
We are not Ourselves — Matthew Thomas
We Never asked for Wings — Vanessa Diffenbaugh
When the Emperor was Devine — Julie Otsuka
Whistling Past the Graveyard — Susan Crandall
White Chysanthemum – Mary Lynn Bracht
Wild Swans — Jung Chang
Wuthering Heights — Emily Bronte
X – Sue Grafton

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Books Read Through January 2014

Dear Readers,

Below is the list of books we have discussed through January 2014. The members have decided that they would like to concentrate on different periods of history during specified months in 2014 and read books of their choice within certain decades. For the February meeting, we are going to discuss books written in or about the 1950s. A selection of titles that are available in the Guilford Library are listed at the bottom of last month’s blog. Please feel free to read any books that you choose that will in some way reflect this period. It can be fiction or non-fiction.

11/22/63 Stephen King
A Certain Justice P.D. James
A Chance in the World: An Orphan Boy, a Mysterious Past, and How He Found a Place Called Home Stephen J. Pemberton
Amanda Knox : Waiting to Be Heard Amanda Knox
And Thereby Hangs the Tale Jeffrey Archer
And the Mountains Echoed Khaled Hosseini
A Redbird Christmas Fannie Flag
A Reliable Wife Robert Goolrick
A Team of Rivals Doris Kearns Goodwin
Afterwards Rosamund Lupton
Amy and Isabelle Elizabeth Strout
Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin Benjamin Franklin
Back Fire Catherine Coulter
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress Sijie Dai
Beach Music Pat Conroy
Beautiful Ruins Jess Walter
Before I Go to Sleep S. J. Watson
Behind the Beautiful Flowers Katherine Boo
BEL CANTO Ann Patchett
Benny and Shrimp Katarina Mazetti
Big If Mark Costello
Blame Michelle Huneven
Blue Monday Nicci French
Body Surfing Anita Shreve
Bomb Shell Catherine Coulter
Breaking Night Liz Murray
Breakout Nations Ruchir Sharma
Broken Harbor Tana French
Brooklyn Colm Toibin
Calling Invisible Women Jeanne Ray
Canada Richard Ford
Caravans James Mitchner
Catch Me if You Can Donna Falkman
Catherine the Great Robert Massie
China in Ten Words Yu Hua
Citizens of London Lynne Olson
City of Women David Gilham
Civil War Wives Carol Berkin
Clara & Mr. Tiffany Susan Vreeland
Country Walks in Connecticut Susan Cooley
Cover of Snow Jenny Milchman
Crooked Letter, Letter Tom Franklin
Crossing to Safety Wallace Stegner
Curse of the Kennedys Edward Klein
David Copperfield Charles Dickens
Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child Bob Spitz/Julia Child
Death Comes to Pemberly PD James
Defending Jacob William Landay
Deitune Dave Evers
Dog Days Jon Katz
Eight White Nights André Aciman
Enemy Women Paulette Jiles
Even Silence Has an End Ingrid Betoncourt
Every Last One Ann Quindlen
Faith Jennifer Haigh
Fall of Giants Ken Follett
False Friend, Bee Season Myra Goldberg
FIN AND LADY Cathleen Schine
Flight Behavior Barbara Kingsolver
Following Atticus Tom Ryan
Founding Mothers Cokie Roberts
Freedom at Midnight Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre
Freedomland Richard Price
Gilead Marilynne Robinson
Going Home Jon Katz
Gone Girl Gillian Flynn
Great Expectations Charles Dickens
Heart of the Matter Emily Giffin
Heart of the Sea Nathaniel Philbrick
Hedy’s Folly Richard Rhoads
Hey, Good Looking Fern Michaels
Huckelberry Finn
Homefront Kristin Hannah
House Rules Jodi Picoult
Housekeeping Marilynne Robinson
Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain
Hunger Games Suzanne Collins
IQ84 Haruki Murakami
I AM MALALA Malala Yousafzai
I Can’t Complain Elinore Lipman
INHERIT THE DEAD Edited by Jonathan Santlofer
I Remember Nothing Nora Ephron
In a Sunburned Country Bill Bryson
In Need of A Good Wife Kelly O’Connor McNee
In the Garden of Beasts Erik Larson
Infidel Ayaan Hirsi Ali
In the Shadow of the Banyan Vaddey Ratner
Is Paris Burning? Larry Collins
Jane Fonda Patricia Bosworth
Katy Up and Down the Hall Glenn Plaskin
Lazy B Sandra Day O’Connor; H. Alan Day
Let the Great World Spin Colum McCann
Local Girls Alice Hoffman
Lost Memory of the Skin Russell Banks
Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake Anna Quindlen
Love Walked In Marissa de los Santos
Love, Loss and What I Wore Ilene Beckerman
Lulu in Marrakech Diane Johnson
Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand Helen Simonson
Mary Coin Marisa Silver
May We Be Forgiven A.M.Homes
Me Before You JoJo Moyes
Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend Matthew Dicks
Mendella’s Way Richard Stengle
Middlesex Jeffrey Eugenides
Midwife of Venice Roberta Rich
Moloka’i Alan Brennert
Mom and Me and Mom Maya Angelou
Must You Go Antonia Fraser
My Antonia Willa Cather
My Name is Mary Sutter Robin Oliveria
My Sister’s Keeper Bill Benner
Nature’s Royal Tea Party Cheryl Kling
Nothing to Envy Barbara Demick
Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, Great Expectations Charles Dickens
On Canaan’s Side Sabastian Barry
On the Occasion of My Last Afternoon Kay Gibbons
One Thousand White Women Jim Fergus
ORPHAN TRAIN Christina Baker Kline
Oxygen Carol Cassella
Painted Kiss Elizabeth Hickey
Paula Dean Autobiography Pala Dean
Plainsong Kent Haruf
Please Look After Mom Kyung-Sook Shin
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog Dylan Thomas
Quiet Susn King
Ready Player One Ernest Cline
Reagan & Thatcher: The Difficult Relationship Richard Aldous
Rin Tin Tin Susan Orlean
Room Emma Donoghue
Rules of Civility Amor Towles
Runaway Alice Munro
Sally Hemmings Barbara Chase Ribound
Sarah’s Key Tatiana de Rosnay
Saturday Ian McEvan
Sentence of Marriage: Promises to Keep Shayne Parkinson
Shanghai Girls Lisa See
Shoemaker’s Wife Adriana Trigiani
Sisters Rosamund Lupton
Small Wonders Barbara Kingsolver
Snow Child Eowyn Ivey
Somewhere Between Luck and Trust Emily Richards
State of Wonder Ann Patchett
Submission Amy Waldman
Sutton J.R. Moehringer
The Alienist Kalin Carr
The American Heiress Daisy Goodwin
The Art Forger B.A. Shapiro
The Art of Hearing Heartbeats Jan-Philipp Sendker
The Art of Fielding Chad Harbach
The Aviator’s Wife Melanie Benjamin
The Big Stone Gap Trilogy Adriana Trigiani
The Book Thief Markus Zusak
The Book of Ages Jill Lepore
The Boy in the Suitcase Lene Kaaberbol
The Color of Water James McBride
The Cuckoo’s Calling Robert Galbraith
The Daily Coyote Shreve Stockton
The Death of Bees Lisa O’Donnell
The Descendants Alexander Payne
The Devil in the White City Erik Larson
The Dinner Herman Koch
The Dressmaker of Khair Khana Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
The Elegance of the Hedgehog Muriel Barbery
The Emotional Life of Animals Marc Beckoff
The End of the Paint Elizabeth Graver
The First Phone Call From Heaven Mitch Albom
The Flight of Jemma Hardy Margot Livesey
The Getaway  Car – A Practical Memoir About Writing and Life Ann Patchett
The Good House Ann Leary
The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck
The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood
The Haunting of Maddy Clare Simon St. James
The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet Jamie Ford
The Housekeeper and the Professor Yoko Ogawa; translated by Stephen Snyder
The Husband’s Secret Liane Moriarty
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Rebecca Skloot
The Imperfectionist Tom Rachman
The Informationist Taylor Stevens
The Interestings Meg Wolitzer
The Island Victoria Islop
The Killer Angels Michael Shaara
The Kitchen House Kathleen Grissom
The Lake of Dreams Kim Edwards
The Land of Decoration Grace McCleen
The Language of Flowers Vanessa Diffenbaugh
The Light Between Oceans M.L. Stedman
The Lion is In Delia Ephron
The Little Book of Economics Greg Ip
The Looking Glass Michelle Roberts
The March E.L. Doctrow
The Middlesteins Jamie Attenberg
The Midwife of Hope River Patricia Harman
The Money Game Adam Smith
The Monument Men Robert Easel
The Mountain Echoed Khaled Hosseini
The New Jim Crow Michelle Alexander & Cornel West
The Nineteenth Wife David Ebershoff
The Omnivore’s Dilemma: The Secrets Behind What You Eat Michael Pollan
The Orchardist Amanda Coplin
The Orchid Thief Susan Orlean
The Orphan Train Christina Kline
THE PECAN MAN Cassie Dandridge Selleck
The Photograph Penelope Lively
The Places That Scare You Pema Chodron
The Play Date Louise Miller
The Redbreast, Nemisis, Devil Star, Redeemer Jo Nesbo
The Round House Louise Erdrich
The Secret Keeper Ann Leary
The Sense of an Ending Julian Barnes
The Soldier’s Wife Margaret Leroy
The Soul of an Island Mimi Merton
The Submission Amy Waldman
The Timekeeper Mitch Albom
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry Rachel Joyce
The Upright Piano Player David Abbott
The View from Penthouse B Elinore Lipman
The Wedding Nicholas Sparks
The Wild Cheryl Straight
The Worst Hard Time: Surviving the Great American Dust Bowl Timothy Egan
The Year of Pleasures, Open House Elizabeth Berg
Things I Want My Daughters to Know Elizabeth Noble
This is How It Ends Kathleen MacMahon
Tiny Sunbirds Far Away Christie Watson
To Be Sung Underwater Tom McNeal
Tolstoy and the Purple Chair Nina Sankovitch
Trafficked Sophie Hayes
Travels in Siberia Ian Frazier
Travels with My Donkey Tim Moore
Turn of Mind Alice LaPlante
Unbroken Laura Hillenbrand
In the Shadow of the Banyan Vaddy Ratner
We Need to Talk about Kim Lionel Shriver
Wench Dolen Perkins-Valez
What Alice Forgot Liane Moriarty
What Matters Most, The Geometry of Sisters Luanne Rice
What Remains Carole Radziwill
When She Woke Hillary Jordan
Where’d You Go, Bernadette; A Novel Marie Semple
While I Was Gone Sue Miller
Who Stole the American Dream Hedrick Smith
Widow of the South Robert Hicks
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Welcome to the Club

The Women Recreating Retirement Bookclub is comprised of a group of vital women who meet once a month to share their best “reads.” We keep an ongoing list of books that we’ve reviewed in the past as a record of our favorites as we strive to find new and exciting titles to discuss.

The next blog contains the complete list of the many books we’ve read over the past few years.

The selections for the month of May are as follows:

My Name Is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveria

The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara

Civil War Wives by Carol Berkin

Widow of the South by Robert Hicks

On the Occasion of My Last Afternoon by Kay Gibbons

Enemy Women by Paulette Jiles

The March by E. L. Doctrow

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