The 2011 Book Club List

Whoo-hoo! Our 2011 book club list is done!

Here’s what’s in store this year:

January: The Glass Castle, Jeanette Wells 
February: One Day, David Nicholls 
March: The Alchemist, Paulo Coehlo 
April: Cleopatra, Stacey Schiff  
June: Wolfe Hall, Hilary Mantel 
July: Room, Emma Donoghue 
August: Little Bee, Chris Cleave 
September: Night Trilogy: Night, Dawn, Day, Elie Wiesel  
October: Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million, Daniel Mendelsohn 
November: The Autobiography of Mark Twain, Mark Twain  
December: Cutting for Stone, Abraham Verghese  
January 2012: The Lacuna, Barbara Kingsolver

Have you read any of these? Tell me what I’m in store for. …

Here’s our 2010 book club list.
Here’s our 2009 book club list.
Here’s how we come up with our book club list each year.

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4 thoughts on “The 2011 Book Club List

  1. You’re going to love Glass Castle. I just bought Room and the Autobiography of Mark Twain, but haven’t read them. Loof forward to reading them both.

  2. Hmmm, maybe I will try and read some of these with you this year! I don’t think I will have time to get Januarys done by Frebruary, or be at the meetings…but I might just check them out, =)

  3. Well, Shea and Debi — Certainly read along with us! I’m not very good at writing book reviews, but maybe I can do one or two this year and we can “chat” about them here.

    I already missed “Glass Castle,” but Barbara told me about it the other day and it sounded really interesting. I almost bought “One Day” last night, but I decided to wait for the weekend when I can start reading right away. It’s supposed to be a romantic story, so we picked it for February.

  4. We look back fondly at the ‘Shea era’ of our long-running book club–your name comes up from time to time and it’s all good, but that goes without saying. Thanks for helping it take shape in the early years, and any cameo appearances are welcome!

    The Glass Castle was a fascinating read. It sure had some amazing contradictions in parenting. Safety for children was all-too-apparently not a concern. The author as a 3-yr-old, while her mom painted, was allowed to boil her own hot dogs, caught her dress on fire, and was severely burned, hospitalized for weeks, and scarred for life). Yet reading all of your daughter’s college material along with her, so you could discuss what she was learning, WAS important.

    Good things often come out of misfortune or bad things, these children great to be incredibly creative, self-reliant, resourceful and able to move through the world effectively—but not without a lot of loneliness and heartache. Oh, and starvation.

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