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Brown Bag Books : Book Selections 1999-2009


Charming Billy
Alice McDermott

Father Melancholy's Daughter
Gail Godwin

We Were the Mulhaneys
Joyce Carol Oates

I Know This Much is True
Wally Lamb

The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
Rebecca Wells

The Dollmaker
Harriette Arnow

Patty Jane's House of Curl
Lorna Landrik

The Testament
John Grisham

The God of Small Things
Arundhati Roy


Benjamin Franklin
Walter Isaacson

The Three Miss Margarets
Louise Shaffer

Niagara Falls All Over Again
Elizabeth McCraken

Reading Lolita in Tehran
Azar Nafisi

The Blind Assassin
Margaret Atwood

My Sister’s Keeper
Jodi Picoult

Madam Secretary
Madeleine Albright

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

The Jungle
Upton Sinclair

Pope Joan
Donna Woolfolk Cross

The Kite Runner
Khaled Hosseini

Jeffrey Eugenides


The Shipping News
Annie Proulx

Snow Falling on Cedars
David Guterson

Into Thin Air
Jon Krakauer

Pillars of the Earth
Ken Follett

Cold Mountain
Charles Frazier

Follow the River
James Alexander Thom

Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China
Jung Chang

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

Gail Godwin

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

At Home in Mitford
Jan Karon


The Bone People
Keri Hulme

True North
Jim Harrison

Devil in the White City
Erik Larson

The Other Boleyn Girl
Philippa Gregory

Prodigal Summer
Barbara Kingsolver

Shadow Divers
Robert Kurson

East of Eden
John Steinbeck

The Jane Austen Book Club
Karen Joy Fowler

Marilynne Robinson

Broken for You
Stephanie Kallos

Never Let Me Go
Kazuo Ishiguro

The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio
Terry Ryan


The Girl who Loved Tom Gordon
Stephen King

The Pilot's Wife
Anita Shreve

The Perfect Storm
Sebastian Junger

To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee

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

Samurai's Garden
Gail Tsukiyama

The Red Tent
Anita Diamant

Beach Music
Pat Conroy

Prayer for Owen Meany
John Irving

A Boy's Life
Robert R. McCammon

Personal History
Katharine Graham

Sometimes I Dream in Italian
Rita Ciresi


Ian McEwan

Daphne Du Maurier

The Year of Magical Thinking
Joan Didion

The Memory Keeper’s Daughter
Kim Edwards

A Thread of Grace
Mary Doria Russell

Julie and Julia
Julia Powell

Digging to America
Anne Tyler

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

Water for Elephants
Sara Gruen

Geraldine Brooks

The Glass Castle
Jeanette Walls

The Painted Veil
W. Somerset Maugham


A Virtuous Woman
Kaye Gibbons

Drowning Ruth
Christina Schwarz

Seabiscuit: an American Legend
Laura Hillenbrand

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Mark Twain

Ahab's wife
Sena Jeter Naslund

The Beet Queen
Louise Erdrich

Cold Sassy Tree
Olive Ann Burns

Girl with a Pearl Earring
Tracy Chevalier

The Bonesetter's Daughter
Amy Tan

The Sparrow
Mary Doria Russell

Palace Walk
Naguib Mahfouz

Alias Grace
Margaret Atwood


His Excellency: George Washington
Joseph J. Ellis

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
Lisa See

Eat, Pray, Love
Elizabeth Gilbert

The Nick Adams Stories
Ernest Hemingway

Into the Wild
Jon Krakauer

A Thousand Splendid Suns
Khaleid Hosseini

Ian McEwan

The Thirteenth Tale
Diane Setterfield

Garden Spells
Sarah Addison Allen

Murder on the Orient Express
Agatha Christie

Loving Frank
Nancy Horan

Go and Come Back
Joan Abelove


John Adams
David McCullough

The Water is Wide
Pat Conroy

A Lesson Before Dying
Ernest J. Gaines

The Hours
Michael Cunningham

Angle of Repose
Wallace Earle Stegner

The Lovely Bones
Alice Sebold

The Lucky Gourd Shop
Joanna Catherine Scott

A Year by the Sea
Joan Anderson

West of Kabul, East of New York
Tamim Ansary

Observatory Mansions (may be interloaned)
Edward Carey

Bel Canto
Ann Patchett

Secret Life of Bees
Sue Monk Kidd


Little Heathens
Mildre A. Kalish

The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox
Maggie O'Farrell

Three Cups of Tea
Greg Mortenson

The Last Lecture
By Randy Pausch & Jeffrye Zaslow

Dreamers of the Day
Mary Doria Russell

Paul Revere's Ride
David Hackett Fischer

Joseph Heller

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

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Junot Diaz

The History of Love
Nicole Krauss

The Book Thief
Markus Zusak

Marilyn Robinson


April 1865: the month that saved America
Jay Winik

The Runaway Quilt
Jennifer Chiaverini

Black Dahlia Avenger
Steve Hodel

Saul and Patsy
Charles Baxter

Empire Falls
Richard Russo

Life of Pi
Yann Martel

Ella Minnow Pea
Mark Dunn

The Giver, Gathering Blue, & The Messenger
Lois Lowry

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

Fellowship of the Ring
J.R.R. Tolkien

Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague
Geraldine Brooks

True to Form
Elizabeth Berg