Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
This amazing book was our first group selection, and the gold standard by which we measure all other books we select! Historical fiction at it’s best, this story is about the life-long friendship between two women in 19th Century China. The footbinding section is particularly gruesome, but fascinating. All members of our book club loved this book.
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kid
This was our 2nd selection. An easy read. Most liked it, some loved it, some thought it was just ok. Can easily imagine it as a movie. We had a great discussion about race relations and family secrets.
Eating Heaven by Jennie Shortridge
This was our 3rd selection. We had an interesting book club meeting, with the author calling in on speaker phone. Lively discussion about food, eating disorders, family ties, secrets and lies, caring for a loved one with a terminal illness. It’s all there. Great book for a book club.
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
Our 4th selection. Everyone in our club really enjoyed it. Set in 1931 during the depression and prohibition, an old man in a nursing home reflects on his past as a veterinarian in a travelling circus. Very well written and entertaining.
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Our 5th selection. Set in Afghanistan, and in the US, and back.. it is the tale of a friendship between Amir and Hassan, a wealthy man’s son and the son of their servant, raised like brothers until a terrible twist of fate pulls them apart. We had a great discussion about loyalty, class differences, politics, love, etc. The reading guide/discussion questions at the back of the book were excellent. Even though there were a couple of very brutal scenes, this is one of my all time favorite books, a modern day classic. Can’t wait for the movie.
Veil of Roses by Laura Fitzgerald
Sept. 2007. This book is a delightful, very quick, easy read. The parents of 27 year old Tami send her to America from Iran in the hopes of finding a husband before her visa runs out. We loved the romantic ending. Many funny, laugh out loud moments. The author got the “voice” of Tami just right. We talked about cultural differences between Iran and the US, parental expectations, marraige, OCD, stereotypes, etc. We had a fun meeting which included the author by speakerphone. Highly recommend.
1.000 White Women: The Journals of May Dodd by Jim Fergus
The jury is still out on this one. Our meeting will take place Oct. 21, 2007.
Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace.. One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson and David Relin, reviewed HERE
Kandide and the Secret of the Mists by Diana Zimmerman
April- Taking a break!
Life of Pi by Yann Martell
Lottery by Patricia Wood
Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
The Wednesday Sisters by Meg Waite Clayton
Bold Spirit by Linda Lawrence Hunt
The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf
A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
Shanghai Girls by Lisa See
Nefertiti by Michelle Moran
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
Clapton, the Autobiography by Eric Clapton
City of Refuge by Tom Piazza
Honolulu by Alan Brennert
Dracula, My Love by Syrie James
People of the Book by Geraldine March
Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
This is Where I Leave You by Jonathon Tropper
The Unit by Ninni Holmqvist
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Beneath a Marble Sky
The Kitchen Daughter by Jael McHenry
Domestic Violets by Matthew Norman
The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli
Digging to America by Anne Tyler
My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira
Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua
Faith by Jennifer Haigh
State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
Mudbound by Hilary Jordan
The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
The Gap Year by Sarah Bird
The Magic Room by Jeffrey Zaslow
The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Steadman
Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple