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Brown Bag Books : Book Selections 1999 to 2018

2018

Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast

News of the World by Paulette Jiles

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens

The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

2017

Desert Queen by Janet Wallach

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

Once in a Great City by David Maraniss

The Turner House by Angela Flournoy

The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure

One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Ngyuen

Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf

X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

2016

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

Euphoria by Lily King

Shanghai Girls by Lisa See

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine

TransAtlantic by Colum McCann

Dead Wake by Erik Larson

The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

2015

The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert

The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin

The Forgotten Waltz by Anne Enright

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

I Shall Not Hate by Izzeldin Abuelaish

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

2014

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

The View from Castle Rock by Alice Munro

Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

Before You Know Kindness by Chris Bohjalian

Night Train to Lisbon by Pascal Mercier

The Round House by Louise Erdrich

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain

Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel

The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson

Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

2013

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

The Tiger's Wife by Tèa Obreht

Remains of the Day by Kazou Ishiguro

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin

The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers

Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do? by Michael J. Sandel

The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

2012

The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

Tinkers by Paul Harding

The Art Student's War by Brad Leithauser

Please Look After Mom by Kyong-Sook Shin

Half the Sky by Nicholas D. Kristof

Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

The Submission by Amy Waldman

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

2011

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly

Annie's Ghosts by Steven Luxenberg

Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner

The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver

The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

On the Road by Jack Kerouac

Arc of Justice: a saga of race, civil rights, and murder in the Jazz Age by Kevin Boyle

Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks

2010

Stealing Buddha's Dinner by Bich Minh Nguyen

Birds Without Wings by Louis de Berniers

Still Alice by Lisa Genova

Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Kings of New York by Michael Weinreb

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

The Girls From Ames by Jeffrey Zaslow

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood

My Ántonia by Willa Cather

 

 

2009

Little Heathens by Mildred A. Kalish

The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O'Farrell

Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch & Jeffrye Zaslow

Dreamers of the Day by Mary Doria Russel

Paul Revere's Ride by David Hackett Fischer

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Schaffer and Annie Barrows

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

The History of Love by Nicole Krauss

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Home by Marilyne Robinson

 

2008

His Excellency: George Washington by Joseph J. Ellis

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Nick Adams Stories by Ernest Hemingway

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaleid Hosseini

Atonement by Ian McEwan

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Loving Frank by Nancy Horan

Go and Come Back by Joan Abelove

 

2007

Saturday by Ian McEwan

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards

A Thread of Grace by Mary Doria Russell

Julie and Julia by Julia Powell

Digging to America by Anne Tyler

Arc of Justice: a saga of race, civil rights, and murder in the Jazz Age by Kevin Boyle

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

March by Geraldine Brooks

The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls

The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham

 

2006

The Bone People by Keri Hulme

True North by Jim Harrison

Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver

Shadow Divers by Robert Kurson

East of Eden by John Steinbeck

The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

Broken for You by Stephanie Kallos

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio by Terry Ryan

 

2005

Benjamin Franklin by Walter Isaacson

The Three Miss Margarets by Louise Shaffer

Niagara Falls All Over Again by Elizabeth McCraken

Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi

The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

Madam Secretary by Madeleine Albright

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon

The Jungle by Upton Sinclair

Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

 

2004

April 1865: the month that saved America by Jay Winik

The Runaway Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini

Black Dahlia Avenger by Steve Hodel

Saul and Patsy by Charles Baxter

Empire Falls by Richard Russo

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn

The Giver, Gathering Blue, & The Messenger by Lois Lowry

Leap of Faith: Memoirs of an Unexpected Life by Queen Noor of Jordan

Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague by Geraldine Brooks

True to Form by Elizabeth Berg

 

2003

John Adams by David McCullough

The Water is Wide by Pat Conroy

A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines

The Hours by Michael Cunningham

Angle of Repose by Wallace Earle Stegner

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

The Lucky Gourd Shop by Joanna Catherine Scott

A Year by the Sea by Joan Anderson

West of Kabul, East of New York by Tamim Ansary

Observatory Mansions (may be interloaned) by Edward Carey

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

 

2002

A Virtuous Woman by Kaye Gibbons

Drowning Ruth by Christina Schwarz

Seabiscuit: an American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Ahab's Wife by Sena Jeter Naslund

The Beet Queen by Louise Erdrich

Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns

Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier

The Bonesetter's Daughter by Amy Tan

The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell

Palace Walk by Naguib Mahfouz

Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood

 

2001

The Girl who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King

The Pilot's Wife by Anita Shreve

The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Nine and Counting: The Women of the Senate by Barbara Mikulski, et al.

Samurai's Garden by Gail Tsukiyama

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

Beach Music by Pat Conroy

Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

A Boy's Life by Robert R. McCammon

Personal History by Katharine Graham

Sometimes I Dream in Italian by Rita Ciresi

 

2000

The Shipping News by Annie Proulx

Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson

Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier

Follow the River by James Alexander Thom

Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang

No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Evensong by Gail Godwin

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling

At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon

 

1999

Charming Billy by Alice McDermott

Father Melancholy's Daughter by Gail Godwin

We Were the Mulhaneys by Joyce Carol Oates

I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb

The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells

The Dollmaker by Harriette Arnow

Patty Jane's House of Curl by Lorna Landrik

The Testament by John Grisham

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy