Book Club Suggestions

This list is courtesy of THE BOOK CLUB, a group of about a dozen women, including my wife, who meet on the first Tuesday of the month. Dedicated readers all, half of them are either currently employed by, or retired from, the UCCS Kramer Library or the Pikes Peak Public Library system. The others are all active or retired business and professional women. Their selections are discussed by the group before, and after, being chosen . . . any of them are worth reading. — JDM

September 26, 1989 Inaugural meeting

The Man Who Killed the Deer by Frank WatersOctober

Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo AnayaNovember

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

January 1990 The Old Gringo by Carlos FuentesFebruary Persuasion by Jane Austen

March A Lady’s Life in the Rockies by Isabella Bird

April A House Made of Dawn by M. Scott Momaday

May Old Jules by Mari Sandoz

June Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner

July The Woman of Otowi Crossing by Frank Waters

August Delight Makers by Adolf Bandelier

September Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Burns

October Optimist’s Daughter by Eudora Welty

November Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein

January 1991 Woman of Genius by Mary Austin

February Death Comes to the Archbishop by Willa Cather

March Laughing Boy by Oliver LaFarge

April From Beirut to Jerusalem by Thomas Friedman

May Autumn Quail by Naguib Mahfouz

June Arabesque by Anton Chames

July Road to Coorain by Jill Kerr

August 1991 any book by Pearl Buck

September Rabbit is Rich by John Updike

October Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko

November Plains Song by Wright Morris

January 1992 Black Elk Speaks by John Neihardt

February Any book by Robertson Davies

March Ishi by Theodore Kroebler

April My Son’s Story by Nadine Gordimer

May Any book by Edith Wharton

June No book

July Letters of a Woman Homesteader by Elinor Pruitt Stewart

August Dust Tracks on the Road by Zora Neale Hurston

September Temple of the Golden Pavilion by Yukio Mishima

October Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

November Yellow Raft in Blue Water by Michael Dorris

January 1993 Journey to the East by Herman Hesse

February The Sunflower by Simon Wiesenthal

March Any book by Amy Tan

April Any book by Isaac Bashevis Singer

May How to Make an American Quilt by Whitney Otto

June I, Rigoberta Menchu by Rigoberta Menchu

July The Black Box by Amos Oz

August The Snows of Yesteryear by Gregor von Rezzori

September 1993 Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller

October How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accent by Julia Alvarez

November Saint Maybe by Ann Tyler

January 1994 All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy

February Doc Susie by Virginia Cornell

March no meeting

April Libby; the Alaskan Diaries and Letters of Libby Beaman ed. by
Betty John

May Eva Luna by Isabel Allende

June The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver

July Random Harvest by James Hilton

August English Creek by Ivan Doig

September Blue Calhoun by Reynolds Price

October Hotel du Lac by Anita Brookner

November Dancing at the Rascal Fair by Ivan Doig

January 1995 Middle Passage by Charles Johnson

February Clover by Dori Sanders

March So Far From God by Ana Castillo

April Any mystery

May A River Sutra by Gita Mehta

June The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx

July Dakota by Kathleen Norris

August I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

September 1995 The Living by Annie Dillard

October Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively

November Stones for Ibarra by Harriet Doerr

December Persuasion by Jane Austen

January 1996 Hank and Chloe by Jo Ann Mapson

February Bailey’s Cafe by Gloria Naylor

March Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson

April Doctor Zay by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps

May Diminished Capacity by Sherwood Kiraly

June Ishmael by Daniel Quinn

July Two Old Women by Velma Wallis

August No meeting

September Mutant Message Down Under by Marlo Morgan

October Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon

November When Nietzsche Wept by Irvin Yalom

December Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts

January 1997 Reef by Romesh Gunesekera

February Stone Diaries by Carol Shields

March Second Hoeing by Hope Williams Sykes

April The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje

May The Chosen by Chaim Potok

June The Spectator Bird by Wallace Stegner

July 1997 The Meadow by James Galvin

August Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons

September Tear This Heart Out by Angela Mastretta

October Book of Ruth by Jane Hamilton

November When I Was Puerto Rican by Esmeralda Santiago

December Christmas stories

January 1998 Patty Jane’s House of Curl by Lorna Landvik

February Thousand Pieces of Gold by Ruthanne Lum McCunn

March Daisy Bates in the Desert by Julia Blackburn

April The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

May The Bear Went Over the Mountain by William Kotzwinkle

June The Diary of Mattie Spenser by Sandra Dallas

July Rebel Private: Front and Rear by William Fletcher

August Bachelor Brothers Bed and Breakfast by Bill Richardson

September A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

October West With the Night by Beryl Markham

November any Tony Hillerman

December Christmas stories

January 1999 All Passion Spent by Vita Sackville-West

February Turkish Reflections by Mary Lee Settle

March Intrusions by Ursula Hegi

April Of Love and Other Demons by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

May Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas

June Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes

July Mama Day by Gloria Naylor

August Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

September Pumpkin Seed Point by Frank Waters

October Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells

November A Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus

December Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling

January 2000 Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier

February The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

March The Honk and Holler Opening Soon by Billie Letts

April Notes From a Small Island by Bill Bryson

May Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt

June The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester

July Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

August Render Up the Body by Marianne Wesson

September These is My Words by Nancy Turner

October Perfume by Patrick Suskind

November Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt

December The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

January 2001 Plainsong by Kent Haruf

February Longitude by Dava Sobel

March The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

April Evensong by Gail Godwin

May All Over But the Shoutin’ by Rick Bragg

June Big Sky by A.B. Guthrie

July Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland

August Eccentric Neighborhoods by Rosario Ferre

September Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende

October no meeting

November Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

December Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

January 2002 Follow Your Heart by Suzanna Tamaro

February Bee Season by Myla Goldberg

March House of Sand and Fog by Andres Dubus III

April Postville by Stephen Bloom

May No Great Mischief by Alistair Macleod

June Immortality by Milan Kundera

July no meeting

August no book – watched video of Postville

September Lambs of God by Marele Day

October To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

November No Reck’ning Made by Joanne Greenberg

December Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton Porter

January 2003 Clay’s Quilt by Silas House

February Empire Falls by Richard Russo

March Blackberry Wine by Joanne Harris

April Life Is So Good by George Dawson

May Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Sijie Dai

June Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand

July Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks

August Brunelleschi’s Dome by Ross King

September Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

October 2003 Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

November Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

December Holes by Louis Sachar

January 2004 Girl With a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier.

February cancelled due to snow

March Slammerkin by Emma Donoghue

April Girl From the Golden Horn by Kurban Said

May Blessings by Anna Quindlen

June Too Close to the Falls by Catherine Gildiner

July Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon

August Life of Pi by Yann Martel

September Bold Spirit : Helga Estby’s Forgotten Walk Across Victorian America by Linda Hunt

October Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

November The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

December The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith

January 2005 China Boy by Gus Lee

February Pope Joan by Donna Cross

March The Flanders Panel by Arturo Perez Reverte

April The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

May Crescent by Diana Abu-Jaber

June The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington

July The Great Husband Hunt by Laurie Graham

August Expecting Adam by Martha Beck

September A Midwife’s Tale : The Life Of Martha Ballard, Based On Her Diary, 1785-1812 by Laurel Ulrich

October Arabian Nights

November Color of Water by James McBride

December Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell & Dustin Thomason

January 2006 Good Faith by Jane Smiley

February Journey from the Land of No by Roya Hakakian

March Dangerous Depths by Kathy Brandt (author visit)

April The Known World by Edward Jones.

May Pilot’s Wife by Anita Shreve

June Small Island by Andrea Levy

July Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant

August Buy the Chief a Cadillac by Rick Steber

September The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

October Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

November The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

December Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

January 2007 Oh My Stars by Lorna Landvik

February Zorro by Isabel Allende

March Bitter Lemons by Lawrence Durrell

April No Country for Young Men by Julia O’Faolain

May The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

June Invisible Lives by Anjali Banerjee

July Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai

August Embers by Sandor Marai

September The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

October Water for Elephants by Sarah Gruen

November Night of the Radishes by Sandra Benítez

December Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld

January 2008 Hundred in the Hand by Joseph Marshall

February Dressmaker by Elizabeth Oberbeck

March The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig

April The Tattoo Artist by Jill Ciment

May Too Close to the Sun by Sara Wheeler.

June Suite Française by Irene Nemirovsky.

July Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert.

August The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield.

September Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck.

October A Real Basket Case by Beth Groundwater (with author visit)

November Amsterdam by Ian McEwan

December I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron.

January 2009 The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch.

February Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson.

March Love Walked In by Marisa De Los Santos

April The Perfect Summer;England 1911, just before the storm by Juliet Nicholson

May The House At Sugar Beach: In Search Of A Lost African Childhood by Helene Cooper

June La Maravilla by Alfredo Vea Jr.

July Body and Soul by Frank Conroy

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

September The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

October The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

November Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

December The Crazyladies of Pearl Street by Trevanian

January 2010 The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry

February Breakfast With Buddha by Roland Merullo.

March Master and Commander by Patrick O’Brian

April Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart

May The Piano Shop On The Left Bank : Discovering A Forgotten Passion In A Paris Atelier by Thad Carhart

June The Hearts of Horses by Molly Gloss

July The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

August The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larson

September Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

October Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

November Postcards from a Dead Girl by Kirk Farber (with author visit)

December Little Bee by Chris Cleave

January 2011 Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

February 1491 : New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann
(discussed at March meeting due to cancellation)

March The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney

April The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe

May Brooklyn by Colm Toibin

June Velva Jean Learns to Drive by Jennifer Niven

July Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

August Russian Winter by Daphne Kalotay

September The Help by Kathryn Stockett

October Hot Springs by Geoffrey Becker

November Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff

December Room by Emma Donahue