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Below is a list of titles chosen by the monthly Book Discussion group.
Discussions are held on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM, at the library.
No discussion is held in the month of December.

May 27, 2014 This is the Story of a Happy Marriage, personal essays by Ann Patchett
April 22, 2014 A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, a novel by Anthony Marra
March 25, 2014 Little Bee, a novel by Chris Cleave
February 25, 2014 The Age of Miracles, a novel by Karen Thompson Walker
A Tale for Three Counties selection, 2014
January 28, 2014 One Summer: America, 1927, by Bill Bryson
November 26, 2013
Held Nov. 20, 2013
A Guide for the Perplexed, a novel by Dara Horn
October 22, 2013 OPEN DISCUSSION:  any fiction or nonfiction book
September 24, 2013 The Silver Star, a novel by Jeanette Walls
August 27, 2013 The Book Thief, a novel by Markus Zusak
July 23, 2013 My Beloved World, a memoir by Sonia Sotomayor
June 25, 2013 Anna Karenina, a novel by Leo Tolstoy
May 28, 2013 Butter, a novel by Anne Panning
April 23, 2013 Elsewhere, a memoir by Richard Russo
March 26, 2013 The Fault in our Stars, a novel by John Green
February 26, 2013 May the Road Rise Up to Meet You, a novel by Peter Troy
A Tale for Three Counties selection, 2013
January 22, 2013 Dandelion Wine, a novel by Ray Bradbury
November 27, 2012 Housekeeping, a novel by Marilynne Robinson
October 23, 2012 OPEN DISCUSSION:  any fiction or nonfiction book
September 25, 2012 The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne
August 28, 2012 Nothing But the Truth, a documentary novel by Avi

July 24, 2012

When She Woke, a novel by Hillary Jordan

June 26, 2012

Summer in a Glass: The Coming of Age of Winemaking in the Finger Lakes, by Evan Dawson

May 22, 2012

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, a novel by Jamie Ford
April 24, 2012 In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin, by Erik Larson

March 27, 2012

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, by Laura Hillenbrand

February 28, 2012

The Call, a novel by Yannick Murphy
A Tale for Three Counties selection, 2012

January 24, 2012 Caleb's Crossing, a novel by Geraldine Brooks
November 22, 2011 The Most Dangerous Thing, a novel by Laura Lippman
October 25, 2011 OPEN DISCUSSION:  any fiction or nonfiction book
September 27, 2011 Olive Kitteridge, a novel in stories by Elizabeth Strout

August 2011 marked the 10th anniversary of the Book Discussion Group
with a celebration on Wednesday, October 19, 2011, 6:00 PM.  Click here.

August 23, 2011 Among the Hidden, a novel by Margaret Peterson Haddix
July 26, 2011 Finding Nouf, a mystery by ZoŽ Ferraris
June 28, 2011 Journey to Nowhere, a novel by Mary Jane Auch
May 24, 2011 The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, a mystery by Alan Bradley
April 26, 2011 The Imperfectionists, a novel by Tom Rachman

March 22, 2011

Freedom, a novel by Jonathan Franzen

February 22, 2011

Mudbound, a novel by Hillary Jordan
A Tale for Three Counties selection, 2011

January 25, 2011

Five Quarters of the Orange, a novel by Joanne Harris

November 23, 2010 The Glass Castile, a memoir by Jeannette Walls
October 26, 2010 OPEN DISCUSSION:  any fiction or nonfiction book
September 28, 2010 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, a novel by Stieg Larsson

August 24, 2010

The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains,
by Nicholas Carr
July 27, 2010 A Tale of Two Cities, a novel by Charles Dickens
June 22, 2010 The Help, a novel by Kathryn Stockett
May 25, 2010 Half Broke Horses, a true-life novel by Jeannette Walls
April 27, 2010 Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity For Women Worldwide, by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

March 23, 2010

Bel Canto, a novel by Ann Patchett

February 23, 2010

The Art of Racing in the Rain, a novel by Garth Stein
A Tale for Three Counties selection, 2010

January 26, 2010

All Other Nights, a novel by Dara Horn
November 24, 2009 That Old Cape Magic, a novel by Richard Russo
October 27, 2009 OPEN DISCUSSION:  any fiction or nonfiction book
September 22, 2009 The Wordy Shipmates, by Sarah Vowell

August 25, 2009

BE CREATIVE--Read and bring in any book that helps us to be more creative!   Also--show us something creative you have done that represents you or your philosophy.
July 28, 2009 Enrique's Journey, a true story by journalist Sonia Nazario
June 23, 2009 The Beekeeper's Apprentice (Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes mystery #1), by Laurie R. King
May 26, 2009 The White Tiger, a novel by Aravind Adiga
April 28, 2009 Dewey:  The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World, by Vicki Myron, with Bret Witter

March 24, 2009

Three Cups of Tea:  One Man's Mission to Promote Peace ... One School at a Time, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin

February 24, 2009

Separate from the World:  An Ohio Amish Mystery, by P.L. Gaus
A Tale for Three Counties selection, 2009

January 27, 2009

The Eyre Affair, a novel by Jasper Fforde
November 25, 2008 This Land Is Their Land, by Barbara Ehrenreich
October 28, 2008 OPEN DISCUSSION:  any fiction or nonfiction book
September 23, 2008 POETRY SHARING:  Bring a poem that you have enjoyed and share it with the group.

August 26, 2008

Remember Me?, a novel by journalist Sophie Kinsella
July 22, 2008 Standing Tall: A Memoir of Tragedy and Triumph, by C. Vivian Stringer, with Laura Tucker
June 28, 2008 People of the Book, a novel by Geraldine Brooks
May 27, 2008 Case Histories, a novel by Kate Atkinson
April 22, 2008 A Thousand Splendid Suns, a novel by Khaled Hosseini

March 25, 2008

Dream When You're Feeling Blue, a novel by Elizabeth Berg

February 26, 2008

The Last Town on Earth, a novel by Thomas Mullen
A Tale for Three Counties selection, 2008

January 22, 2008

Bridge of Sighs, a novel by Richard Russo
November 27, 2007 The Places in Between, by Rory Stewart
October 23, 2007 OPEN DISCUSSION:  any fiction or nonfiction book
September 25, 2007 Burning Bright, a novel by Tracy Chevalier

August 28, 2007

Water for Elephants, a novel by Sara Gruen
July 24, 2007 Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love, by Dava Sobol
June 26, 2007 The God of Animals, a novel by Aryn Kyle
May 22, 2007 Mrs. Kimble, a novel by Jennifer Haigh
April 24, 2007 The Memory Keeper's Daughter, a novel by Kim Edwards

March 27, 2007

The Bookseller of Kabul, by Asne Seierstad

February 27, 2007

An Unfinished Life, a novel by Mark Spragg
A Tale for Three Counties selection, 2007

January 23, 2007

The Historian, a novel by Elizabeth Kostova
November 28, 2006 The Rich Part of Life, a novel by Jim Kokoris
[The discussion included a call-in talk with the author.]
October 24, 2006 OPEN DISCUSSION:  any fiction or nonfiction book
September 26, 2006 The Da Vinci Code, a novel by Dan Brown

August 22, 2006

The Sunday Philosophy Club, a mystery by Alexander McCall Smith
July 25, 2006 Digging to America, a novel by Anne Tyler
June 27, 2006 The World to Come, a novel by Dara Horn
May 23, 2006 Animals in Translation: Using The Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior, by Temple Grandin and Catherine Johnson
April 25, 2006 The Weight of All Things, a novel by Sandra Benitez

March 28, 2006

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, a novel by Jonathan Safran Foer

February 28, 2006

A Northern Light, a novel by Jennifer Donnelly
A Tale for Three Counties selection, 2006

January 24, 2006

The Kite Runner, a novel by Khaled Hosseini
November 22, 2005 Lazy B: Growing Up On a Cattle Ranch in the American Southwest, by Sandra Day O'Connor
October 25, 2005 OPEN DISCUSSION:  any fiction or nonfiction book
September 27, 2005 Light on Snow, a novel by Anita Shreve

August 23, 2005

The White, a novel by Deborah Larsen
... based on the true story of Mary Jemison
July 26, 2005
[held August 2, 2005]
March, a novel by Geraldine Brooks
June 28, 2005 Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America,
by Barbara Ehrenreich
May 24, 2005 Eventide, a novel by Kent Haruf
April 26, 2005 The Red Tent, a novel by Anita Diamant

March 22, 2005

Plainsong, a novel by Kent Haruf

February 22, 2005

In the Bleak Midwinter, a mystery by Julia Spencer-Fleming
A Tale for Three Counties selection, 2005

January 25, 2005

The Alchemist: A Fable about Following Your Dream, by Paulo Coelho
November 23, 2004 Life of Pi, a novel by Yann Martel
October 26, 2004 OPEN DISCUSSION:  any fiction or nonfiction book
September 28, 2004 We Are Our Mothers' Daughters, by Cokie Roberts

August 24, 2004

The Great Gatsby, a novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald
July 27, 2004 Mystic River, a novel by Dennis Lehane
June 22, 2004 The Secret Life of Bees, a novel by Sue Monk Kidd
May 25, 2004 Memoirs of a Geisha, a novel by Arthur Golden
April 27, 2004 The Lobster Chronicles: Life on a Very Small Island, by Linda Greenlaw

March 23, 2004

Too Close to the Falls, a memoir by Catherine Gildiner

February 24, 2004

Northern Borders, a novel by Howard Frank Mosher
A Tale for Three Counties selection, 2004

January 27, 2004

Skipping Christmas, a novel by John Grisham
November 25, 2003 Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, a novel by Dai Sijie
October 28, 2003 OPEN DISCUSSION:  any fiction or nonfiction book
September 23, 2003 The Nanny Diaries, a novel by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus

August 26, 2003

Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague, by Geraldine Brooks
July 22, 2003 The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing, a novel by Melissa Bank
June 24, 2004 Enemy Women, a novel by Paulette Jiles
May 27, 2003 Falling Angels, a novel by Tracy Chevalier
April 22, 2003 Step-Ball-Change, a novel by Jeanne Ray

March 25, 2003

An American Childhood, an autobiography by Annie Dillard

February 25, 2003

Peace Like a River, a novel by Leif Enger
A Tale for Three Counties selection, 2003 [first year of Tale]

January 28, 2003

Behind the Scenes at the Museum, a novel by Kate Atkinson
November 26, 2002 Julie and Romeo, a novel by Jeanne Ray
October 22, 2002 OPEN DISCUSSION:  any fiction or nonfiction book
September 24, 2002 Back Roads, a novel by Tawni O'Dell

August 27, 2002

The AguŽro Sisters, a novel by Cristina Garcia
July 30, 2002 The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, a novel by Rebecca Wells
June 25, 2002 Girl with a Pearl Earring, a novel by Tracy Chevalier
May 28, 2002
[held May 21, 2002]
The Tipping Point, by Malcolm Gladwell
April 23, 2002 The Sweet Hereafter, a novel by Russell Banks

March 26, 2002

Empire Falls, a novel by Richard Russo

February 26, 2002

Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation, by Joseph J. Ellis

January 22, 2002

The Last Dance, a mystery by Ed McBain

November 27, 2001

Jeeves and the Tie that Binds, by P.G. Wodehouse

October 23, 2001

Any book by Ernest Hemingway

September 25, 2001

Any book (fiction or non-fiction) concerning local history or by a local author (Western New York area)

August 29, 2001 [Wednesday]

FIRST MEETING of the Book Discussion Group [organizational meeting to decide regular day and time of future meetings].   Participants were asked to "bring a book you have enjoyed" to this first meeting.

 

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