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Brown Bag Book Club

Reading lists from prior years of Brown Bag Book Club.

  • 2013
    • When She Woke by Hillary Jordan
    • The Hare With Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance by Edmund De Waal
    • The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman
    • Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard
    • Little Bee by Chris Cleave
    • A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar by Suzanne Joinson
    • Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
    • Conquistadora by Esmeralda Santiago
    • The Postmistress by Sarah Blake
    • Midnight Rising by Tony Horowitz
    • The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiani
    • The Peach Keeper: A Novel by Sarah Addison Allen
  • 2012
    • Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson
    • Pearl of China by Anchee Min
    • The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan
    • The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
    • The Girl Who Fell From the Sky by Heidi Durrow
    • The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett
    • The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent
    • In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin* by Erik Larson
    • Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
    • Dreams of Joy by Lisa See
    • Caleb's Crossing* by Geraldine Brooks
    • The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht

    *2011 Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle book and a Chautauqua Prize Finalist.

  • 2011
    • Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague by Geraldine Brooks
    • Escape from Slavery: The True Story of My Ten Years in Captivity And My Journey to Freedom in America by Francis Bok
    • Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich
    • The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
    • The Night Counter by Alia Yunis
    • The Well and the Mine by Gin Phillips
    • Island of Exiles by I. J. Parker
    • The Seamstress by Frances de Pontes Peebles
    • The Butterfly Mosque: A Young American Woman's Journey To Love and Islam by G. Willow Wilson
    • The Work of Wolves by Kent Meyers
    • The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir by Kao Kalia Yang
    • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
  • 2010
    • Sister of My Heart by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
    • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hossein
    • My Antonia by Willa Cather
    • The Naked Quaker: True Crimes and Controversies by Diane Rapaport
    • Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
    • The Commoner by John Burnham Schwartz
    • Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson
    • In the Land of Invisible Women: A Female Doctor's Journey in the Saudi Kingdom by Quanta A. Ahmed
    • The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland by Jim Defede
    • The Help by Kathryn Stockett
    • The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary by Simon Winchester
    • The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham
  • 2009
    • The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar by Robert Alexander
    • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
    • Unburnable by Marie-Elena John
    • Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden
    • Luncheon of the Boating Party by Susan Vreeland
    • Winter in Madrid by C.J. Sansom
    • Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
    • Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War by Tony Horwitz
    • Spilling Clarence by Anne Ursu
    • Sweet Mandarin: The Courageous True Story of Three Generations Of Chinese Women and Their Journey from East to West by Helen Tse
    • One for Sorrow: A John the Eunuch Mystery by Mary Reed and Eric Mayer
    • The Road Home by Rose Tremain
  • 2008
    • The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor
    • The Heartless Stone: A Journey Through the World of Diamonds, Deceit, and Desire by Tom Zoellner
    • The Book Thief by Mark Zusak
    • The Tapestries by Kien Nguyen
    • Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
    • Five Skies by Ron Carlson
    • The Samurai's Garden by Gail Tsukiyama
    • Kindred by Octavia Butler
    • Runaway Grandma by Ann McCauley
    • The Blood of Flowers by Anita Amirrezvani
    • The Lady in the Palazzo: at Home in Umbria by Marlena De Blasi
  • 2007
    • Love in the Driest Season: A Family Memoir by Neely Tucker
    • The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant
    • The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier
    • Crow Lake by Mary Lawson
      Embers by Sandor Marai
    • Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
    • Bold Spirit: Helga Estby's Forgotten Walk across Victorian America by Linda Lawrence Hunt
    • The Secret River by Kate Grenville
    • The Last Town on Earth by Thomas Mullen
    • The Splendor of Silence by Indu Sundaresan
    • Drowning in Honey by Kate Hatfield
    • The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson
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