Wednesday Book Group Previous Titles

2017-2018

  • The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney (September)
  • Dead Wake: The Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson (October)
  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (November)
  • The Children Act by Ian McEwan (December)
  • The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George (January)
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (February)
  • Refuge by Dina Nayeri (March – One Book, One Watertown)
  • Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult (April)
  • The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith (May)
  • My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante (July)
  • The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker (August)

2016-2017

  • One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (September)
  • Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande (October)
  • Defending Jacob by William Landay (November)
  • Lost Memory of Skin by Russell Banks (December)
  • Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline (January)
  • Lila by Marilynne Robinson (February)
  • Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (March – One Book, One Watertown)
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (April)
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (May)

2015-2016

  • Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd (September)
  • Ireland by Frank Delaney (October)
  • The Sixth Extinction: an Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert (November)
  • All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld (December)
  • Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter (January)
  • Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance by Atul Gawande (February)
  • The Race Underground: Boston, New York, and the Incredible Rivalry That Build America’s First Subwayby Doug Most (March – One Book, One Watertown)
  • The Reivers by William Faulkner (April)
  • A Spy Among Friends by Ben MacIntyre (May)

2014-2015

  • My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor (September)
  • Salvage the Bones by Jessmyn Ward (October)
  • Infidel by Ayaan Hersi Ali (November)
  • The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh (December)
  • Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation by Cokie Roberts (January)
  • The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout (February)
  • The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian (March – One Book, One Watertown)
  • A Hope in the Unseen: An American Odyssey from the Inner City to the Ivy League by Ron Siskind (April)
  • The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure (May)

2013-2014

  • Wool by Hugh Howey (September – One Book, One Watertown)
  • Slammerkin by Emma Donoghue (October)
  • The Magic of Reality: How We Know What’s Really True by Richard Dawkins (November)
  • The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes (December)
  • Rules of Civility: A Novel by Amor Towles (January)
  • The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson (February)
  • Maine by Courtney Sullivan (March)
  • In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik Larson (April)
  • Shadows on the Rock by Willa Cather (May)

2012-2013

  • Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese (September)
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (October – One Book, One Watertown)
  • Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919 by Steven Puleo (November)
  • State of Wonder by Ann Patchett (December)
  • The Good Life by Jay McInerney (January)
  • By Nightfall: A Novel by Michael Cunningham (February)
  • Room by Emma Donoghue (March)
  • The Devil’s Casino: Friendship, Betrayal, and the High-Stakes Game Played Inside Lehman Brothers by Vicky Ward Wiley (April)
  • Map of True Places by Brunonia Barry (May)

2011-2012

  • Rocket Boys by Homer H. Hickam, Jr. (September – One Book, One Watertown)
  • The Widower’s Tale by Julia Glass (October)
  • Desert Queen: The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell: Adventurer, Adviser to Kings, Ally of Lawrence of Arabia by Janet Wallach (November)
  • The Bone People: A Novel by Keri Hulme (December)
  • The Company of Heaven: Stories from Haiti by Marilene Phipps-Kettlewell (January)
  • The Imperfectionists: A Novel by Tom Rachman (February)
  • Little Bee by Chris Cleave (March)
  • Brooklyn by Colm Toibin (April)
  • The History of Love by Nicole Krauss (May)

2010-2011

  • The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield (September)
  • March by Geraldine Brooks (October, One Book, One Watertown)
  • Abigail Adams by Woody Holton (November)
  • Old Filth by Jane Gardam (December)
  • Fools of Fortune by William Trevor (January)
  • Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout (February)
  • The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel with Brett Witter (March)
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz (May)

2009-2010

  • Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri (September)
  • Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution – and How It Can Renew America by Thomas Friedman (October – One Book, One Watertown)
  • The Hill Bachelors by William Trevor (November)
  • West with the Night by Beryl Markham (December)
  • Thames: The Biography by Peter Ackroyd (January)
  • The American Wife: A Novel by Curtis Sittenfeld (February)
  • A Summer Bird Cage by Margaret Drabble (March)
  • The House at Sugar Beach: In Search of a Lost African Childhood by Helene Cooper (April
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (May)

2008-2009

  • The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan (September 2008)
  • The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls (January 2009)

2007-2008

  • The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion (September)
  • Sunday Philosophy Club by Alexander McCall Smith (October)
  • Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War by Nathaniel Philbrick (November)
  • Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky (December)
  • Adventure of English: The Biography of a Language by Melvin Bragg (January)
  • The Bookseller of Kabul by Åsne Seierstad (February)
  • Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace – One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson (March)
  • Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards (April)
  • Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (May)
  • Zappo’s First Wife: New and Selected Poems by Gail Mazur (July)

2006-2007

  • Shadow of the Wind by Luis Ruiz Zafon (September 20, 2006)
  • Case Histories by Kate Atkinson (October 4, 2006)
  • March by Geraldine Brooks (October 18, 2006)
  • On Beauty by Zadie Smith (November 1, 2006)
  • Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell (November 15, 2006)
  • Peabody Sisters: Three Women Who Ignited American Romanticism by Megan Marshall (November 29, 2006)
  • Amateur Marriage by Anne Tyler (December 13, 2006)
  • My Life in France by Julia Child (January 10, 2007)
  • 1776 by David McCullough (January 2007)
  • Queen of the South by Arturo Perez-Reverte (February 2007)
  • The World Is Flat by Thomas Friedman (March 2007)
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffeneger (April 2007)
  • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro (May 2007)

2005-2006

  • The Known World by Edward P. Jones (September 2005)
  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (October 2005)
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon (October 2005)
  • Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883 by Simon Winchester (November 2005)
  • Women of the Silk by Gail Tsukiyama (November 2005)
  • The Great Fire by Shirley Hazzard (December 2005)
  • The Good Earth by Pearl Buck (December 2005)
  • Strapless: John Singer Sargent and the Fall of Madame X by Deborah Davis (January 2006)
  • Gilead by Marilynne Robinson (January 2006)
  • The News from Paraguay by Lily Tuck (February 2006)
  • The Plot Against America by Philip Roth (February 2006)
  • Before You Know Kindness by Chris Bohjalian (March 2006)
  • Brick Lane by Monica Ali (March 2006)
  • The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood (April 2006)
  • The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd (April 2006)
  • Embers by Sandor Marai and Carol Brown Janeway (May 2006)
  • Saturday by Ian McEwen (May 2006)

2004-2005

  • Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder (September 15, 2004)
  • The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor (October 6, 2004)
  • Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain (October 20, 2004)
  • Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold (November 3, 2004)
  • Three Junes by Julia Glass (November 17, 2004)
  • The Founding Fish by John McPhee (December 1, 2004)
  • White Teeth by Zadie Smith (December 15, 2006)
  • The Piano Tuner by David Mason (January 5, 2005)
  • The Pleasure of Finding Things Out: The Best Short Works of Richard Feynman by Richard Feynman and Jeffrey Robbins (January 17, 2005)
  • Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross (February 2, 2005)
  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel (February 14, 2005)
  • Drinking Coffee Elsewhere by ZZ Packer (March 2, 2005)
  • Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (March 14, 2005)
  • Annunciation of Francesca Dunn by Janis Hallowell (April 6, 2005)
  • What Lips My Lips Have Kissed by Daniel Mark Epstein (April 20, 2005)
  • The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri (May 4, 2005)
  • Blue Calhoun by Reynolds Price (May 18, 2005)
  • Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi (June 1, 2005)

2003-2004

  • Empire Falls by Richard Russo (October 1, 2003)
  • The Samurai’s Garden by Gail Tsukiyama (October 15, 2003)
  • Ahab’s Wife: Or, The Star-Gazer by Sena Jeter Naslund (November 5, 2003)
  • Peace Like a River by Leif Enger (November 19, 2003)
  • Nickel and Dimed: On Not Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich (December 3, 2003)
  • Bel Canto by Ann Patchett (January 7, 2004)
  • Atonement by Ian McEwan (January 21, 2004)
  • The Middle of Everywhere: Helping Refugees Enter the American Community (February 4, 2004)
  • In the Bleak Mid-Winter by Julia Spencer-Fleming
  • Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller (February 18, 2004)
  • Portrait in Sepia by Isabelle Allende (March 3, 2004)
  • Dancing After Hours: Stories by Andre Dubus (March 17, 2004)
  • House of Mirth by Edith Wharton (April 7, 2004)
  • Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Sijie Dai (April 21, 2004)
  • The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman (May 5, 2004)
  • No Other Life by Brian Moore

2002-2003

  • White Noise by Don DeLillo
  • Are You Somebody? by Nuala O'Faolain
  • Inventing the Abbots by Sue Miller
  • A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
  • In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick
  • A Simple Habana Melody by Oscar Hijuelos
  • Back When We Were Grownups by Anne Tyler
  • Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  • Bully for Brontosaurus by Stephen Jay Gould
  • The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles
  • The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan
  • Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (see also 1991)
  • The Dive from Clausen’s Pier by Ann Packer
  • Back Then by Anne Bernays and Justin Kaplan
  • The Passion of Artemisia by Susan Vreeland
  • Boomeritis: A Novel that Will Set You Free by Ken Wilber
  • Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes by Atul Gawande
  • Breaking Clean by Judy Blunt

2001-2002

  • Collected Stories; One Writer’s Beginnings by Eudora Welty (September 14, 2001)
  • Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee (October 10, 2001)
  • House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus (October 24, 2001)
  • Personal History by Katharine Graham (November 14, 2001—or May 1, 2002)
  • Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri (November 28, 2001)
  • Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier;
  • Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland (December 12, 2001—or June 5 & 19, 2002?)
  • Patchwork Planet by Anne Tyler (January 9, 2002)
  • A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson (January 23, 2002)
  • Paradise Park by Allegra Goodman (February 6, 2002)
  • Wilderness Tips by Margaret Atwood (February 20, 2002)
  • Weight of Water by Anita Shreve (March 6, 2002)
  • Founding Brothers by Joseph Ellis (April 3, 2002)
  • The Good People of New York by Thisbe Nissen (April 17, 2002)
  • Stolen Lives by Malika Oufkir (May 15, 2002)

2000-2001

  • The Locusts Have No King by Dawn Powell (January 10, 2001)
  • From Beirut to Jerusalem by Thomas Friedman (January 24, 2001)
  • The Music Lesson by Katharine Weber (February 14, 2001)
  • The Reader by Bernhard Schlink (February 28 2001)
  • Amy and Isabelle by Elizabeth Strout (March 14, 2001)
  • Nine Parts of Desire by Geraldine Brooks (March 28 2001)
  • Utz by Bruce Chatwin (April 11. 2001)
  • Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard by Kiran Desai (April 25, 2001)
  • While I Was Gone by Sue Miller (May 9, 2001)
  • Gertrude and Claudius by John Updike (May 23, 2001)
  • To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf (June 13, 2001)

1999-2000

  • Roxanna Slade by Reynolds Price (September 15, 1999)
  • Selections from Written by Herself, Jill Kerr Conway, ed. (September 29, 1999)
  • Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Suskind (October 13, 1999)
  • Dusk by F. Sionil Jose (October 27, 1999)
  • All Over But the Shoutin’ by Rick Bragg (November 10, 1999)
  • Orly Farms by Anthony Trollope (December 8, 1999)
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (December 22, 1999)
  • Your Blue-Eyed Boy by Helen Dunmore (January 12, 2000)
  • A Supposedly Fun Thing I’d Never Do Again: Essays and Other Arguments by David Foster Wallace (January 26, 2000)
  • The Red Tent by Anita Diamant (February 9 2000)
  • Longitude by Dava Sobel (February 23, 2000)
  • Amsterdam by Ian McEwan (March 8, 2000)
  • Charming Billy by Alice McDermott (March 22, 2000)
  • The Solace of Open Spaces by Gretel Ehrlich (April 12, 2000)
  • The Whereabouts of Eneas McMulty by Sebastian Barry (April 26, 2000)
  • The Finishing School by Gail Godwin (May 10, 2000)
  • Death in Summer by William Trevor (May 24, 2000)

1998-1999

  • Bucking the Sun by Ivan Doig (September 30, 1998)
  • A Civil Action by Jonathan Harr (December 16, 1998)
  • Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat (December 30, 1998)
  • A Map of the World by Jane Hamilton (January 13, 1999)
  • Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden (January 27, 1999)
  • Midwives by Chris Bohjalian (February 10, 1999)
  • Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier (February 24, 1999)
  • The Mirror by Lynn Freed (March 10, 1999)
  • The Italian Lesson by Janice Elliott (March 24 1999)
  • Sleeping at the Starlite Motel by Bailey White (April 7, 1999)
  • The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy (April 21, 1999)
  • Life Estates by Shelby Hearon (May 5, 1999)

1997-1998

  • I Was Amelia Earhart by Jane Mendelsohn (August 27, 1997)
  • Audrey Hepburn’s Neck by Alan Brown (September 10. 1997)
  • Nobody Nowhere by Donna Williams (September 24. 1997)
  • Salt Dancers by Ursula Hegi (October 8. 1997)
  • Synonym for Love by Alison Moore (October 22, 1997)
  • Moo by Jane Smiley (November 19. 1997)
  • Red Azalea by Anchee Min (December 2, 1997)
  • The Giant’s House by Elizabeth McCracken (December 17, 1997)

1996-1997

  • Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya (January 14, 1997)
  • Summer by Edith Wharton (January 28, 1997)
  • Jackie by Josie by Caroline Preston (February 11, 1997)
  • She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb ((February 25, 1997)
  • Independence Day by Richard Ford (March 11, 1197)
  • Rapture of Canaan by Sherri Reynolds (March 25, 1997)
  • The Little House by Philippa Gregory (April 8, 1997)
  • Larry’s Party by Carol Shields (April 22, 1997)
  • Mrs. Hornstien by Fredrica Wagman (May 13, 1997)
  • Selections from Best Short Stories of 1997, Annie Proulx, ed. (May 27, 1997)
  • The Good Husband by Gail Godwin (June 10, 1997)

1995-1996

  • Before and After by Rosellen Brown (November 11, 1995)
  • The Fragile Species by Lewis Thomas (November 1995)
  • Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen (December 1995)
  • Felicia’s Journey by William Trevor (January 1996)
  • One True Thing by Alice Quindlen (February 1996)
  • Life and Death in Shanghai by Cheng Nien (March 1996)
  • The Sacrifice of Tamar by Naomi Ragen (April 16, 1996)
  • In the Lake of the Woods by Tim O’Brien (May 1996)
  • Paula: A Memoir by Isabel Allende (June 1996)

1994-1995                                                                                                     

  • Silent Passengers by Larry Woiwode
  • The Beet Queen by Louis Erdrich
  • Borrowed Time by Paul Monette
  • Anatomy of an Illness by Paul Monette
  • The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
  • Einstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman
  • Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel (December 12 1994)
  • The Music Room by Dennis McFarland (January 9, 1995)
  • At Weddings and Wakes by Alice McDermott (January 23, 1995)
  • In a Country of Mothers by A.M. Homes (February 23, 1995)
  • Possession by A.S. Byatt (March 13, 1995)
  • Blue River by Ethan Canin (March 27, 1995)
  • Cowboys Are My Weakness by Pam Houston (April 10, 1995)
  • The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien (April 24, 1995)
  • The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood (May 8. 1995)
  • Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson (May 22, 1995)

1993-1994

  • Broken Vessels by Andre Dubus
  • A Dangerous Woman by Mary McGarry Morris
  • Postcards by Annie Proulx
  • How the Garcia Girls Lost their Accents by Julia Alvarez
  • Goodness by Tim Parks
  • Fools of Fortune by William Trevor
  • The Thief and the Dogs by Maguib Mahfouz
  • Charms for the Easy Life by Kaye Gibbons [or is this when we read her Ellen Foster?]
  • Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison (January 16, 1994)
  • Black Water by Joyce Carol Oates (January 24, 1994)
  • Household Saints by Francine Prose (March 7, 1994)
  • She Devil by Fay Weldon (March 21, 1994)
  • A River Sutra by Gita Mehta (April 4, 1994)
  • All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy (May 2, 1994)
  • In Troubled Waters by Beverly Coyle (May 16, 1994)
  • Remembering Babylon by David Malouf (June 6, 1994)
  • Consider This, Senora by Harriet Doerr (June 20, 1994)

1992-1993

  • Black Ice by Loren Cary (September 15, 1992)
  • The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver (September 29. 1992)
  • Friend of My Youth by Alice Munro (October 13, 1992
  • Two Lives by William Trevor (October 27, 1992)
  • The Tongues of Angels by Reynolds Price (November 10 1992)
  • Meridian by Alice Walker (November 24, 1992)
  • The Women of Brewster Place by Gloria Naylor (January 12, 1993)
  • Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café by Fannie Flagg (January 26. 1993)
  • Patchwork by Karen Osborn (February 9, 1993)
  • Middle Passage by Charles Johnson (February 23, 1993)
  • Saint Maybe by Anne Tyler (March 9. 1993)
  • In Country by Bobbie Ann Mason (March 23 1992)
  • Fields of Glory by Jean Rouard (April 6 1993)
  • A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean (April 20, 1993)
  • Outerbridge Reach by Robert Stone (May 4 1992)
  • Bingo by Rita Mae Brown (May 18. 1993)

1990-1991

  • Journal of a Solitude by May Sarton
  • An American Childhood by Annie Dillard
  • Summons to Memphis by Peter Taylor
  • Summer Before the Dark by Doris Lessing
  • A Good Man Is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Connor
  • The Wapshot Scandal by John Cheever
  • Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Cathedral by Raymond Carver
  • Cannery Row by John Steinbeck
  • During the Reign of the Queen of Persia by Joan Chase
  • Mr. Bedford and the Muses by Gail Godwin
  • Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (see also 2003)
  • The Joke by Milan Kundra
  • Sleepless Nights by Elizabeth Hardwick
  • Lives of a Cell by Lewis Thomas
  • The Road from Coorain by Jill Ker Conway
  • The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

List compiled by Sandra Howard, Kathy Diamond and Alison Clapp.