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Book Club Recommendations


  • Atkinson, Kate. Case Histories and sequels
  • Barnes, Julian. Sense of an Ending
  • Brooks, Geraldine. Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague, People of the Book
  • Brown, Eleanor. The Weird Sisters
  • Byatt, A.S. Possession
  • Chevalier, Tracy. Remarkable Creatures
  • Cleave, Chris. Little Bee
  • De Rosnay, Tatiana. Sarah's Key
  • Diffenbaugh, Vanessa. The Language of Flowers
  • Doctorow, E.L. Homer and Langley; Ragtime; The March
  • Donoghue, Emma. Room
  • Edwards, Kim. The Memory Keeper’s Daughter
  • Enger, Leif. Peace Like a River
  • Eugenides, Jeffrey. Middlesex; The Marriage Plot
  • Flynn, Gillian. Gone Girl
  • Ford, Jamie. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
  • Fowler, Therese. Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald
  • Genova, Lisa. Still Alice
  • Goolrick, Robert.  A Reliable Wife
  • Grissom, Kathleen. The Kitchen House
  • Gruen, Sara. Water for Elephants
  • Haddon, Mark. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
  • Haigh, Jennifer. Baker Towers
  • Hoffman, Alice. The Story Sisters
  • Horan, Nancy. Loving Frank
  • Hosseini, Khaled. The Kite Runner; A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • Kidd, Sue Monk. The Secret Life of Bees
  • Kingsolver, Barbara. Poisonwood Bible; Flight Behavior
  • Klaussmann, Lisa. Tigers in Red Weather
  • Krauss, Nicole. History of Love; Great House
  • Mantel, Hilary.  Wolf Hall; Bring Up the Bodies
  • Martel, Yann. Life of Pi
  • Mason, Daniel. The Piano Tuner
  • McCarthy, Cormac. The Road
  • McEwan, Ian. Atonement; Saturday; Amsterdam
  • McLain, Paula. The Paris Wife
  • Mitchell, David. Cloud Atlas; The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
  • Morton, Kate. The Forgotten Garden; The House at Riverton
  • Niffenegger, Audrey. The Time Traveler’s Wife
  • Oates, Joyce Carol. Missing Mom
  • Obrecht, Tea.  The Tiger's Wife
  • Ondaatje, Michael. Cat's Table
  • Otsuka, Julie. Buddha in the Attic; When the Emperor Was Divine
  • Patchett, Ann. Bel Canto; State of Wonder
  • Petterson, Per. Out Stealing Horses
  • Phillips, Jayne Anne. Lark and Termite
  • Picoult, Jodi. My Sister’s Keeper or any
  • Proulx, Annie. Shipping News, That Old Ace in the Hole
  • Russo, Richard. Empire Falls; Nobody’s Fool
  • See, Lisa. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan; any
  • Semple, Maria. Where'd You go Bernadette?
  • Setterfield, Diane. The Thirteenth Tale
  • Shaffer, Mary Ann.  The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society
  • Simonson, Helen. Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
  • Smiley, Jane. A Thousand Acres; Private Life
  • Stedman, M. L. The Light Between Oceans
  • Stegner, Wallace. Angle of Repose; Crossing to Safety
  • Stein, Garth.  The Art of Racing in the Rain
  • Stockett, Kathryn. The Help
  • Strout, Elizabeth. Olive Kitteridge
  • Towles, Amor. Rules of Civility
  • Trigiani, Adriana.  Big Stone Gap; The Shoemaker's Wife
  • Tsukiyama, Gail. Samurai’s Garden; Women of the Silk
  • Tyler, Anne. Digging to America (or any)
  • Verghese, Abraham. Cutting for Stone
  • Vreeland, Susan. Clara and Mr. Tiffany, or any
  • Walker, Karen Thompson. The Age of Miracles
  • Walter, Jess. Beautiful Ruins
  • Winterson, Jeanette. Lighthousekeeping
  • Zufak, Markus. The Book Thief


  • Boo, Katherine. Behind the Beautiful Forevers
  • Bryson, Bill. A Walk in the Woods, In a Sunburned Country or any
  • Child, Julia. My Life in France
  • Conway, Jill Kerr. The Road from Coorain
  • Gilbert, Elizabeth. Eat, Pray, Love
  • Gladwell, Malcolm. The Tipping Point; Blink; Outliers
  • Goodwin, Doris Kearns.  Team of Rivals
  • Hillenbrand, Laura. Unbroken
  • Kingsolver, Barbara. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle
  • Larson, Erik. Devil in the White City; In the Garden of the Beasts
  • Nafisi, Azar. Reading Lolita in Tehran
  • Pollan, Michael. Omnivore’s Dilemma; In Defense of Food
  • Quindlen, Anna.  Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake
  • Skloot, Rebecca. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • Strayed, Cheryl. Wild
  • Walls, Jeannette. The Glass Castle

More Book Recommendations from our Collection

  • Boxall, Peter. 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
  • Ellington, H. Elisabeth. A Year of Reading: A Month-by-Month guide to classics and crowd-pleasers for you and your book group
  • Ephron, Effie 1001 Books for Every Mood
  • Major, David. 100 One-Night Reads
  • Pearl, Nancy. Book Lust and More Book Lust
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