Thursday, June 11, 2009

How to Make an American Quilt - Whitney Otto - 6.21
Snow Falling on Cedars - David Guterson - 7.5
True North - Jill Ker Conway - 7.5
1000 Acres - Jane Smiley - 5.88
Therapy - David Lodge - 6.00
The Bean Trees - Barbara Kingsolver - 8.67
Mazel - Rebecca Goldstein - 7.6
The Book of Ruth - Jane Hamilton - 6.71
How Stella got Her Groove Back - Terry McMillan - 3.28
Cold Mountain - Charles Frazier - 7.7
Rapture of Canaan - Sheri Reynolds - 7.38
The Blue Afternoon - William Boyd - 4.83
In Troubled Waters - Beverly Cole - 8.83
Life and Death in Shanghai - Nien Cheng - 7.71
A Farewell to Arms - Ernest Hemingway - 5.56
Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks - 7.38
The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood - Rebecca Wells - 6.67
Martin Dressler - Steven Millhauser - 4.67
In the Lake of the Woods - Tim O'Brien - 7.75
Are You Somebody? - Nuala O'Faolain - 6.13
What Girls Learn - Karin Cook - 4.89
The Red Tent - Anita Diamant - 8.28
The Fall of the Sparrow - Robert Hellenga - 7.1
Bird By Bird - Anne Lamott - 6.5
Foreign Correspondence - Geraldine Brooks - 7.67
The Sparrow - Maria Doria Russell - 8.89
Dakota - Kathleen Norris - 4.14
To the Wedding - John Berger - 6.0
A Hope in the Unseen - Ron Suskind - 8.56
The Samurai's Garden - Gail Tsukiyama - 8.63
Galileo's Daughter - Dava Sobel - 5.89
Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur S. Golden - 7.88
Kitchen Table Wisdom - Rachel Naomi Remen - 9.0
The Color of Water - James McBride - 8.5
A Personal History - Katherine Graham - 5.63
Callings - Gregg Michael Levoy - 5.8
Tales of the City (Vol. 1) - Armistead Maupin - 4.0
Sole Survivor - Derek Hansen - 8.75
See Jane Win - Sylvia Rimm - 5.22
Interpreter of Maladies - Jhumpa Lahiri - 8.63
Choclat - Joanne Harris - 8.00
A Gesture Life - Chang-Rae Lee - 6.88
Plainsong - Kent Haruf - 4.67
House of Sand and Fog - Vadim Perelman - 6.0
A Lesson Before Dying - Ernest Gaines - 8.77
The Hours - Michael Cunningham (read along with Mrs. Dalloway) - 8.75
Disgrace - J.M. Coetzee - 6.45
Ahab's Wife - Sena Jeter Naslund - 8.00
One Writer's Beginning - Eudora Welty - 7.00
Girl With a Pearl Earring - Tracy Chevalier - 7.00
Zenzelle - J. Nozipo Maraire - 8.2
Stones from the River - Ursula Hegi - 8.5
Consolations of Philosophy - Alain de Botton - 8.9's
Martyr's Crossing - Amy Wilentz -7.9
The Power of One - Bryce Courtenay - 8.05
Bel Canto - Ann Patchett - 8.41
In Harm's Way - Doug Stanton - 8.39
A Year of Wonders - Geraldine Brooks - 8.25
Back When We Were Grownups - Anne Tyler - 8.89
Atonement - Ian McEwan - 8.81
The Friendly Persuasion - Jessamyn West - 6.05
Raising Fences - Michael Datcher - 5.81
Pope Joan - Donna Woolfolk - 8.13
A Kiss for Maddalena - Christopher Castellani - 5.65
Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe - 7.95
Life of Pi - Yann Martel - 8.69
The Secret Life of Bees - Sue Monk - 7.88
The Translator - John Crowley - 8.6
Women Who Risk - Marilyn Olsen
Reading Lolita in Tehran - Azar Nafisi - 7.63
Blue Latitudes - Tony Horwitz - 5.58
The All of It - Jeanette Haien - 7.7
The Devil in the White City - Erik Larson - 7.3
Birth of Venus - Sarah Dunant - 7.78
The Namesake - Jhumpa Lahiri - 9.33
Taken In - Beverly Cole - 6.5
The Kite Runner - Khaled Hossenini - 9.38
Easter Island - Jennifer Vanderbes - 8.375
The Known World - Edward Jones - 7.56
The 6th Lamentation - William Brodrick - 8.23
Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith - Jon Krakauer - 5.35
The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon - 6.35
The Pillow Book - 5.63
Broken For You - Stephanie Kallos - 8.5
The History of Love - Nicole Krauss - 8.56
The Tender Bar: A Memoir - J.R. Moehringer - 8.05
Snow Flower & the Secret Fan - 8.5
A Girl Named Zippy - Haven Kimmel - 8.08
Evidence of Things Unseen: A Novel - Marianne Wiggins - 8.17
Extremely Loud and Close - 8.25
Mountain Beyond Mountains - 9.2
The Positions - 7.17
Water for Elephants - 8.78
The Memory Keeper's Daughter - 8.3
The Book Thief - 9.55
Night Watch - 9.0
His Excellency George Washington - 8.13
Banker to the Poor - Muhammad Yunus - 7.59
My Antonia - Willa Cather - 8.78
In Sunlight, in a Beautiful Garden: A Novel - Kathleen Cambor - 8.5
Digging to America - Anne Tyler - 8.07
Bless Me, Ultima - Rudolfo Anaya - 7.0
Loving Frank - Nancy Horan - 7.86
The God of Animals - Ayrn Kyles - 7.68
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao - Junot Diaz - 6.75
The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic and How It Changed Science,
Cities and the Modern World - Steven Johnson - 9.45
The Reluctant Fundmentalist - Mohsin Hamid - 8.1
The Highest Tide - Jim Lynch - 8.59
The Spectator Bird - Wallace Stegner - 9.04
Sin in the Second City - Karen Abott - 7.28
Olive Kitteridge - Elizabeth Strout - 8.83
Stormy Weater - Paulette Jiles - 7.08
The Elegance of the Hedgehog - Muriel Barbery - 8.58
Skeletons at the Feast - 6.95
The Help - Kathryn Stockett - 9.54
The Bridge at San Luis Rey - Thornton Wilder - 8.09
Jamesland - Michelle Hunever - 8.14
City of Thieves - David Benioff - 8.4
A Good Man is Hard to Find - Flannery O'Connor - 6.79

*Tri-B began rating before and after discussion
Strength in what Remains - Tracy Kidder - 7.33/7.63
Keeping Faith - Jodi Picoult - 6.95/7.3

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - Rebecca Skloot- 8.65 - no pre-vote as we heard her at DePauw University as part of the Ubben lecture series
The White Tiger: A Novel - Aravind Adiga- 6.33/7.17
The Little Bee- Chris Cleave - 7.73/7.82
The Spare Room - Helen Garner - 8.39
Brooklyn - Colm Toibin -8.62
The Wives of Henry Oades - Johanna Moran - 6.46
Room - Emma Donoghue - 8.15
Hamlet's Blackberry: A Practical Philosophy for Building a Good Life in the Digital Age - William Powers - 4.55
Unbroken - Laura Hillenbrand - 9.27
The Art of Racing in the Rain - Garth Stein - 8.77
The Paris Wife - Paula McLain - 7.5
State of Wonder - Ann Patchett - 8.04
The Kitchen House - Kathleen Grissom -7.46
Life - Keith Richards - 6.0
Blue Nights - Joan Didion - 7.5
Rules of Civility - Amor Towles - 8.93
Queen of the Desert - Georgina Howell - 7.59
Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain - not rated
The Tiger's Wife - Tea Obreht - 7.33
Tell The Wolves I am Home - Carol Rifka Brunt - 9.5
Destiny of the Republic - Candice Millard - 8.77
Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake - Anna Quindlen - 7.92
The Art of Fielding - Chad Harbach - 8.28
Wild - Cheryl Strayed - 8.21
Visit From the Goon Squad - Jennifer Egan - 6.9 - Range from 3-10
Me Before You - Jojo Moyes - 8.95
The Aviator's Wife - Melanie Benjamin - 7.35
The House Girl - Tara Conklin - 7.95
The Light in the Ruins - Chris Bohjalian - 7.11
The Fault In Our Stars - John Green - 8.65
The Illusion of Separateness - Simon Van Booy - 8.21 (7-9.5)
The Boys in the Boat - Daniel James Brown - 8.23 (7-9.5)
The Feast of Love - Charles Baxter - 7.36 (5.5-8.5)
The Lowland - Jhumpa Lahiri - 7.85 (6.5-9.5)
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena - Anthony Marra - 7.6 (4-9)
Life After Life - Kate Atkinson - 8.63
All The Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr - 8.8
Regeneration - Pat Barker -
Delancy - Molly Wizenberg -
We Are Not Ourselves: A Novel - Matthew Thomas -










5 comments:

  1. Oh Lizzy what a GREAT line up of books - I too have a book club and isn't it just a wonderful thing - now I will be serving this fantastic popcorn at my meetings!
    Mary x

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  2. Lizzy, I see some of my favorites on that list! Have you considered "And Ladies of the Club"? Seems like it should be a must for any women's book club!

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  3. Love love love this list, Liz.

    I've read only 20 of these books. I LOVE how you rated them. How do you do this?

    I shall keep in my favorites.

    FABULOUS. thank you! Xx

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  4. Quite an incredible list. You gals should be very pleased and proud.

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  5. Thanks for all the nice comments...should have checked here earilier! We rate each book at the end of our discussion...mainly on how much we liked the book and whether it was good for discussion. We started adding a range since often the rating is skewed if most members love a book, but one or two despise it!

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