Wednesday Book Group

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First Wednesdays | 7 PM | Lucia Mastrangelo Meeting Room

The Wednesday Book Group is a monthly book discussion group for adults. Discussions are informal and generally based on personal reactions, not academic analysis.

Wednesday Book Group meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 7 PM in the Lucia Mastrangelo Meeting Room. Registration is not required. All are welcome!

2022-2023 Wednesday Book Group Titles

Copies of the upcoming book are available for checkout at the Circulation Desk!

  • September - The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
  • October - Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • November - The Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty by Patrick Keefe
  • December - True Biz by Sara Novic
  • January - Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
  • February - Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult
  • March - Big Girl by Mecca Jamilah Sullivan (One Book, One Watertown selection)
  • April - The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich
  • May - "Most Blessed of the Patriarchs": Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination by Annette Gordon-Reed
  • June - Book selection meeting
  • July - A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende
  • August - The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict

Wednesday Book Group Previous Titles

Historical lists compiled by Sandra Howard, Kathy Diamond and Alison Clapp.


  1. 2021-2022
  2. 2020-2021
  • Circe by Madeline Miller (September)
  • Florence Gordon by Brian Morton (October)
  • Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History by Keith O'Brien (November)
  • Pond by Claire-Louise Bennett (December)
  • Saints for All Occasions by J. Courtney Sullivan (January)
  • Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari (February)
  • Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer (March  One Book, One Watertown)
  • Silent Spring by Rachel Carson (April)
  • American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins (May)
  • On the Plain of Snakes: a Mexican Journey by Paul Theroux (July)
  • Three Junes by Julia Glass (August)


  1. 2019-2020
  2. 2018-2019
  3. 2017-2018
  4. 2016-2017
  5. 2015-2016
  6. 2014-2015
  7. 2013-2014
  8. 2012-2013
  9. 2011-2012
  10. 2010-2011
  • Far and Away: Reporting from the Brink of Change by Andrew Solomon (September)
  • A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers (October)
  • Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance (November)
  • The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery (December)
  • The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild by Lawrence Anthony (January)
  • LaRose by Louise Erdrich (February)
  • The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott (March – One Book, One Watertown)
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (May)
  • The Weight of Water by Anita Shreve (June)
  • The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann (July)
  • The Girl with Seven Names by Hyeonseo Lee (August)


  1. 2009-2010
  2. 2008-2009
  3. 2007-2008
  4. 2006-2007
  5. 2005-2006
  6. 2004-2005
  7. 2003-2004
  8. 2002-2003
  9. 2001-2002
  10. 2000-2001
  • 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)


  1. 1999-2000
  2. 1998-1999
  3. 1997-1998
  4. 1996-1997
  5. 1995-1996
  6. 1994-1995
  7. 1993-1994
  8. 1992-1993
  9. 1990-1991
  • Roxanna Slade by Reynolds Price (September)
  • Selections from Written by Herself, Jill Kerr Conway, ed. (September)
  • Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Suskind (October)
  • Dusk by F. Sionil Jose (October)
  • All Over But the Shoutin’ by Rick Bragg (November)
  • Orly Farms by Anthony Trollope (December)
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (December)
  • Your Blue-Eyed Boy by Helen Dunmore (January)
  • A Supposedly Fun Thing I’d Never Do Again: Essays and Other Arguments by David Foster Wallace (January)
  • The Red Tent by Anita Diamant (February)
  • Longitude by Dava Sobel (February)
  • Amsterdam by Ian McEwan (March)
  • Charming Billy by Alice McDermott (March)
  • The Solace of Open Spaces by Gretel Ehrlich (April)
  • The Whereabouts of Eneas McMulty by Sebastian Barry (April)
  • The Finishing School by Gail Godwin (May)
  • Death in Summer by William Trevor (May)