Book Club

2015 -2106 Book List

November 16, 2015 – Killing Kennedy, by Bill O’Reilly, Martin Dugard; 4.4 stars; 337 pages

A riveting historical narrative of the shocking events surrounding the assassination of John F. Kennedy

December 14, 2015 – Honeymoon with My Brother , A Memoir by Franz Wisner; 4 stars; 292 pages

The true story of Franz Wisner, a man who thought he had it all- when suddenly his fiancée called off the wedding. Luckily, his large support network of family and friends wouldn’t let him succumb to his misery. They decided Franz should have a wedding and a honeymoon anyway- there just wouldn’t be a bride at the ceremony, and Franz’ travel companion would be his brother, Kurt

January 25th, 2016 – An Embarrassment of Mangoes, A Caribbean Interlude by Amy Vanderhoof; 4.7 stars

320 pages; Canadians Ann Vanderhoof and her husband were driven, forty-something professionals who were desperate for a break from their deadline-dominated, career-defined lives. So they quit their jobs, rented out their house, moved onto a 42-foot sailboat called Receta (“recipe,” in Spanish), and set sail for the Caribbean on a two-year voyage of culinary and cultural discovery.

February 22, 2016 – Inside the O’Briens by Lisa Genova; 4.3 stars; 353 pages

The story of a father diagnosed and grappling with Huntington’s disease and his children’s facing the decision to live a “life at risk” or to learn their fate.

March 28, 2016 – The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown 4.7 stars; 417 pages

The improbable, intimate account of how nine working-class boys from the American West showed the world at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin what true grit really meant.

April 25, 2016 – Memory Man, by David Baldacci; 4.4 stars; 417 pages;

Amos Decker is a former professional football player whose career was ended by a terrible hit. Now a police detective, Amos is still haunted by a side effect from the accident he can never forget. One night Decker comes home from a stakeout to find his wife, young daughter and brother-in-law horrifically murdered. Obviously scarred and nearly broken, Decker has to use his skills as a detective and his unusual brain capacity to try and catch the monster who killed his family.

May 23, 2016 – The Rosie Project by Gaeme Simsion; 4.4 stars; 305 pages

Featuring the oddly charming, socially challenged genetics professor, Don, as he seeks true love.

June 27, 2016 – The Leisure Seeker by Michael Zadoorian; 4.4 stars; 290 pages

The Leisure Seeker, is a story of two seniors who escape from their retirement home and embark upon a hilarious and touching end-of-life road trip.

July 25, 2016 – Finding Dolores: An Adoptee’s Mid-Life Search for the Beginning, by Thomas Muldary; 4.8 stars; 322 pages; Psychologist and author Thomas Muldary searched tenaciously for his family of origin, unaware of forces working against him to prevent the revelation of a secret that had been concealed for nearly half a century. Finding Dolores is a compelling true story of perseverance and triumph over failure and adversity. It details an extraordinary journey against all odds to learn the truth, connect with genetic history, and claim a birth right.

I am delighted to say that Tom has agreed to join us for our discussion during this meeting! He also volunteered to promote his book on Amazon so that we might purchase it at a reduced cost. Stay tuned for more details!

August 22, 2016 – The The Rent Collector by Camron Wright; 4.7 stars; 304 pages

This fictional story, based on actual accounts, follows a Cambodian family that lives at–and makes their living from–Stung Meanchey, the largest municipal waste dump in all of Cambodia. As her husband scavenges the dump for things to sell, Sang Ly tries to find a way to heal her ailing son. When she discovers that the bad-tempered rent collector can read, Sang LY begs the woman to teach her. The unlikely relationship is the beginning of a life-changing quest. It is a story of hope, determination, and the strength of family. It is the journey of one woman to save her son and another woman’s chance at redemption.

September 26, 2016 – One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, by Ken Kesey; 4.4 stars; 284 pages

The unforgettable story of a mental ward and its inhabitants, especially the tyrannical Big Nurse Ratched and Randle Patrick McMurphy, the brawling, fun-loving new inmate who resolves to oppose her. We see the struggle through the eyes of Chief Bromden, the seemingly mute half-Indian patient who witnesses and understands McMurphy’s heroic attempt to do battle with the powers that keep them all imprisoned.

October 24, 2016 – Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley; 4.3 stars;

November 28, 2016 – The House Girl, by Lisa Conklin 4.3 stars; 389 pages

Weaving together the story of an escaped slave in the pre–Civil War South and a determined junior lawyer, The House Girl follows Lina Sparrow as she looks for an appropriate lead plaintiff in a lawsuit seeking compensation for families of slaves. In her research, she learns about Lu Anne Bell, a renowned prewar artist whose famous works might have actually been painted by her slave, Josephine.


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