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Book Discussion Group

The Book Group meets once every month except August, and usually on the first Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the home of a member.  All Service League members are welcome.  

The annual dues are $5.

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Contact:  Laura Kracke

Scroll down or click on these books to see reading lists from previous years

2019 - 2020

2018 - 2019

*  November 6 Meeting will begin at 5 p.m.

2017 - 2018

2016 - 2017

September - Capital Dames by Cokie Roberts

October - An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris

November - Believer by David Axelrod

December - The Wright Brothers by David McCullough

January - The May Bride by Suzanne Dunn

February - Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

March - The Summer Before the War by H Simonson

April - My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by F Backman

May - BOOK LIST

June - The Secret Chord by G Brooks

July - The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

2015 -2016

September - The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

October - Desert Queen:  The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell by Janet Wallach

November - Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard

December - The Art Forger:  A Novel by B A Shapiro

January - The Storied Life of A J Firky:  A Novel by Gabrielle Zevin

February - The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

March - The Bastard of Istanbul by Elif Shafak

April - The Paris Architect:  A Novel by Charles Belfoure

May - BOOK LIST

June - The Forest Lover by Susan Vreeland

July - All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

2014 -2015

September - Call the Midwife trilogy by Jennifer Worth

October - Dear Life:  Stories by Alice Monro

November - Ladies' Paradise by Émile Zola

December - The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman

January - The Dressmaker of Khair Khana by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

February - Life Studies:  Stories by Susan Vreeland

March - The Heretic's Daughter:  A Novel by Kathleen Kent

April - The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion:  A Novel by Fannie Flagg

May - BOOK LIST

June - The Bully Pulpit:  Theodore Roosevelt by Doris Kearns Goodwin

July - The Good Lord Bird by James McBride

2013 -2014

September - Moloka'i:  A Novel by Alan Brennert

October - Bonhoeffer:  Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas

November - Orphan Trai by Christina Baker Kline

December - The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown

January - Quite a Year for Plums:  A Nover by Bailey White

February - The Lemon Tree by Sandy Tolan

March - The Map that Changed the World by Simon Winchester

April - The Favored Daughter by Fawzia Koofi

May - BOOK LIST

June - Prague Winter by Madeline Albright

July - The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan

2012 -2013

September - Game Change by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin

October - Caleb's Crossing:  A Novel by Geraldine Brooks

November - The Tiger's Wife:  A Novel

December - In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson

January - When the Emperor Was Divine AND The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka

February - Remarkable Creatures:  A Novel by Tracy Chevalier

March - The Greater Journey:  Americans in Paris by David McCullough

April - Elizabeth and Hazel:  Two Women of Little Rock by David Margolick

May - BOOK LIST

June - Clara and Mr. Tiffany:  A Novel by Susan Vreeland

July - The Madonnas of Leningrad:  A Novel by Debra Dean

2011 -2012

September - The Female Brain AND  The Male Brain by Louann Brizendine

October - Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton

November - Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

December - Brooklyn by Colm Toibin

January - Major Pettigrew's Last Stand:  A Novel by Helen Simonson

February - Remarkable Creatures:  A Novel by Tracy Chevalier

March - The Greater Journey:  Americans in Paris by David McCullough

April - Elizabeth and Hazel:  Two Women of Little Rock by David Margolick

May - BOOK LIST

June - Clara and Mr. Tiffany:  A Novel by Susan Vreeland

July - The Madonnas of Leningrad:  A Novel by Debra Dean

2010 -2011

September - The Help by Kathryn Stockett

October - The Big Short:  Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis

November - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson

December - Pictures at an Exhibition by Sara Houghteling

January - The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett AND Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie

February - Miracles at Philadelphia by Catherine Drinker Bowen

March - Stones into Schools by Greg Mortensen and Khaled Hosseini

April - Half the Sky by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WeDunn

May - BOOK LIST

June - The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova

July - The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

2009 -2010

September - Team of Rivals:  The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin

October - People of the Book:  A Novel by Geraldine Brooks

November - Windy City:  A Novel of Politics by Scott Simon

December - Portrait of an Unknown Woman:  A Novel by Vanora Bennett

January - The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Schaffer and Annie Barrows

February - The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

March - The World's Wife:  Poems by Carol Ann Duffy AND Mothers and Sons:  Stories by Colm Toibin

April - The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

May - BOOK LIST

June - The Nine:  Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court by Jeffrey Toobin

July - A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

2008 -2009

September - Family Tree by Barbara Delinsky AND Another Way Home by Ronne Hartfield

October - Little Heathens:  Hard Times and Hard Spirits on an Iowa Farm by Mildred Armstrong Kalish

November - The Zookeeper's Wife:  A War Story by Diane Ackerman

December - Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

January - Year of Wonders:  A Novel of the Plague by Geraldine Brooks

February - A Long Way Gone:  Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah

March - The Tenderness of Wolves:  A Novel by Stef Penney

April - Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

May - BOOK LIST

June - The Yiddish Policemen's Union:  A Novel by Michael Chabon

July - Iceland's Bell by Halldor Laxness

2007 -2008

September - The Moor's Last Sigh by Salman Rushdie

October - Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky

November - Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin

December - The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

January - The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai

February - March by Geraldine Brooks

March - The Namesake:  A Novel by Jhumpa Lahiri

April - The Known World:  A Novel by Edward P. Jones

May - BOOK LIST

June - After This by Alice McDermott

July - On Hitler's Mountain by Ms. Irmgard A. Hunt

2006 -2007

September - Dearest Friend:  A Life of Abigail Adams by Lynn Withey

October - Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

November - Three Junes by Julia Glass

December - Gilead:  A Novel by Marilynne Robinson

January - In the Company of Cheerful Ladies by Alexander McCall Smith

February - The Master:  A Novel by Colm Toibin

March - The Trouble with Islam Today by Irshad Manji

April - Birds Without Wings by Louis de Bernieres

May - BOOK LIST

June - Snow Flower and the Secret Fan:  A Novel by Lisa See

July - The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

2005 -2006

September - The Old Curiousity Ship by Charles Dickens

October - The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

November - Thunder at Twilight:  Vienna, 1913-1914 by Frederic Morton

December - The Good Doctor:  A Novel by Damon Galgut

January - The Pied Piper of South Shore by Caryn Amster

February - Snow by Orhan Pamuk

March - The Way to Paradise:  A Novel by Mario Vargas Llosa

April - Saturday by Ian McEwan

May - BOOK LIST

June - The Red Queen by Margaret Drabble

July - The Orientalist by Tom Reiss

2004 -2005

October - The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

November - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

December - Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

January - Empress Orchid by Anchee Min

February - The Pieces from Berlin by Michael Pye

March - King Leopold's Ghost by Adam Hochschild

April - Galileo's Daughter by Dava Sobel

May - BOOK LIST

June - Unless:  A Novel by Carol Shields

July - Empire Falls by Richard Russo

- 2004

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi

Property by Valerie Martin

Morality Play by Barry Unsworth

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

The Dream of Scipio by Iain Pears

Wild Decembers by Edna O'Brien

The Heat of the Day by Elizabeth Bowen

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

The Metaphysical Club by Louis Menand

Half a Life:  A Novel by V. S. Naipaul