Book Club

The book club  meets on the 4th Wednesday of the month at 7PM at the Melrose Public Library, 2nd Floor, 69 West Emerson Street. There are no meetings in December or in August. For further information, contact Karen Gareis at melwakeaauw (at) gmail (dot) com.

September 2017 – August 2018

  • September 27 (2 books):
    • Amy and Isabelle, Elizabeth Strout (carried over from July)
    • Americanah, Chimananda Ngoze Adichie
  • October 25: The Quartet: Orchestrating the 2nd American Revolution, 1783-1789, Joseph Ellis
  • November 29 (moved from November 22): My Only Story, Monica Wood
  • No December meeting
  • January 24: Beneath A Scarlet Sky, Mark Sullivan
  • No February meeting; too many members away
  • March 28 (two books this month):
    • Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O’Connor & Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World, Linda Hirshman
    • Dodgers, Bill Beverly
  • April 25: Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition, Paul Watson
  • May 23: Behold the Dreamers, Imbolo Mbue
  • June 27: Thunderstruck, Eric Larson
  • July 25: The All-True Travels & Adventures of Lidie Newton, Jane Smiley
  • No August meeting

PAST YEARS

September 2016 – August 2017

  • September 28: The Boys in the Boat, Daniel James Brown
  • October 26: My Brilliant Friend (The Neapolitan Novels, Book #1), Elena Ferrante (transl. A. Goldstein)
  • November 30 (moved from November 23): H is for Hawk, Helen Macdonald
  • No December meeting
  • January 25: The Makioka Sisters, Junichiro Tanazaki (transl. E. Seidensticker)
  • February 22:  The Big House: A Century in the Life of an American Summer Home, George Howe Colt
  • March 22:  The One-in-a-Million Boy, Monica Wood
  • April 26: LaRose, Louise Erdrich
  • May 24: Behind the Beautiful Forevers, Katherine Boo
  • June 28: The Invention of Wings, Sue Monk Kidd
  • July 26: MEETING CANCELED
  • No August meeting

September 2015 – August 2016

  • September 23: Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy 
  • October 28: All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr
  • December 2 (moved from November 25): Maisie Dobbs, Jacqueline Winspear
  • No December meeting
  • January 27: Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania, Erik Larson
  • February 24: MEETING CANCELED
  • March 22 (2 books):
    • Nothing Daunted, Dorothy Wickenden
    • The Signature of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert
  • April 27: Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef, Gabrielle Hamilton
  • May 25: The Boston Girl, Anita Diamant
  • June 22: Hissing Cousins: The Untold Story of Eleanor Roosevelt and Alice Roosevelt Longworth, Mark Peyser
  • July 27: Flight: A Novel, Sherman Alexie
  • No August meeting

September 2014 – August 2015

  • September 24: Pillars of the Earth, Ken Follett 
  • October 22: The Widower’s Tale, Julia Glass
  • November 19 (3rd Wednesday): Bunker Hill, Nathaniel Philbrick
  • No December meeting
  • January 28: And the Mountains Echoed, Khaled Hosseini
  • February 25: Orphan Train, Christina Baker Kline
  • March 25: Desert Queen, Janet Wallach
  • April 22: Schmidt Steps Back, Louis Begley
  • May 27: The Light Between Oceans, M.L. Stedman
  • June 24: The Orchardist, Amanda Coplin
  • July 22: The Sandcastle Girls, Chris Bohjalian
  • No August meeting

September 2013 – August 2014

  • September 25: Fall of Giants, Ken Follett
  • October 24 (moved to Thursday): Rules of Civility, Amor Towles 
  • November 20 (3rd Wednesday): Year of Wonders, Geraldine Brooks 
  • No December meeting
  • January 22: Middlemarch, George Elliott 
  • February 26: The Poisoner’s Handbook, Deborah Blum (CANCELED)
  • March 26: Brick Lane, Monica Ali  (CANCELED)
  • April 23: 
    • The Poisoner’s Handbook, Deborah Blum
    • Brick Lane, Monica Ali
  • May 28: The Caning, Stephen Puleo
  • June 25: Father’s Day, Buzz Bissinger
  • July 23: The Burgess Boys, Elizabeth Strout
  • No August meeting

September 2012 – August 2013

  • September 19: Caleb’s Crossing, Geraldine Brooks
  • October 24: Unbroken, Laura Hillenbrand
  • November 28: The Dovekeepers, Alice Hoffman
  • No December meeting
  • January 23: The Hare With Amber Eyes, Edmund DeWaal
  • February 27: The Buddha in the Attic, Julie Otsuka
  • March 27: The Paris Wife, Paula McLain
  • April 24: Zeitoun, Dave Eggers
  • May 22: The Reliable Wife, Robert Goolrich
  • June 26: State of Wonder, Ann Patchett
  • July 23: Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn
  • No August meeting
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