The Complete Works of Our Book Club (Volume 1)

Ever since January 2007, my friends and I have been getting together to do all kinds of talking and eating and drinking.Is this heaven? Yes… it’s a book club.

(I swear: the way he says “Iowa” makes me smile every doggone time.)I’ve been writing book club updates ever since we were 2 ½ years old, but this is the first full list, all in one place, of everything we’ve read.

It’s a little bit frightening (in the very best way).
One thing I love about this list is that I can recognize who chose
which book, and sometimes I can even remember what we talked about–including, sometimes, things that made me laugh hard.

Ladies of the book club, you’re my favorite fellow readers.Here’s what we’ve been reading:

Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
My Antonia by Willa CatherCider House Rules by John Irving
Short stories/novellas
“People Like That Are the Only People Here” by Lorrie Moore
“A Good Man Is Hard to Find” by Flannery O’Connor
“The Awakening” by Kate Chopin
Children’s books
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
On the Road by Jack Kerouac

The Painted Veil by W. Somerset MaughamSwimming to Antarctica by Lynne Cox

Zen Flesh, Zen Bones by Paul Reps and Nyogen Senzaki
various short stories by Edgar Allan Poe

The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot DiazThe Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett

Casino Royale by Ian Fleming 

The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
“Garden Guerrillas” [novella] by Jane Stevenson
The Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward Abbey
The White Hotel by D. M. Thomas
They Dared Return by Patrick K. O’Donnell
Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck
Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea by Jules VerneRevolutionary Road by Richard Yates

Giant by Edna Ferber 

The End of the Affair by Graham Greene
Animal Farm by George Orwell
Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk
The birth year sequence
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown
Christy by Catherine Marshall

Midnight Cowboy by James Leo HerlihyLaura Rider’s Masterpiece by Jane Hamilton

Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
Children’s books and tie-ins
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer by Novella Carpenter

The Road by Cormac McCarthyThe Gate to Women’s Country by Sheri S. Tepper

Henry’s Sisters by Cathy LambMiddlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

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

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

World War Z by Max Brooks

The Shining by Stephen King

A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Killshot by Elmore Leonard

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuelsson
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt

Shopgirl by Steve Martin
The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
Songbook by Nick Hornby
Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey
Shane by Jack Shaeffer
Hondo by Louis L’Amour
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
Quiet by Susan Cain
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank BaumModern Romance by Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe
The North Water by Ian McGuire
On Writing by Stephen King

And on we read…

6 thoughts on “The Complete Works of Our Book Club (Volume 1)

  1. What a great list! From your selections, your book club sounds like a wonderful group of readers.

    I can't seem to find a book club in my area, and have thought a bit about starting my own sometime soon.

  2. Gosh, you read Tropic of Cancer? and this is the first time I have found anyone who read the Herlihy book Midnight Cowboy. You DO have a great club. I wouldn't be able to get mine to read a third of these! They *say* they want to read stuff out of their comfort zone but they do not.

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