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Previous Book Club Selections


DateTitle     Author
03/21/07 The Dogs of Babel
Carolyn Parkhurst
04/18/07 Light on Snow
Anita Shreve
05/16/07 One Thousand White Women
Jim Fergus
06/20/07 Master Butchers Singing Club
Louise Erdrich
07/18/07 Splendid Solution: Jonas Salk and the Conquest of Polio
- 2007 All Iowa Reads selection
Jeffrey Kluger
08/15/07 The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid    
Bill Bryson
09/19/07 Kitchen Confidential
Anthony Bourdain
10/24/07  Blood Done Sign My Name
- 2007 One Community, One Book selection
Timothy B. Tyson
12/05/07  The Tortilla Curtain T. C. Boyle
01/16/08 Water for Elephants
Sara Gruen
02/20/08 The Other Side of the Bridge
Mary Lawson
03/19/08 Mockingbird: Portrait of Harper Lee
Charles J. Shields
04/16/08 The Great Influenza
John M. Barry
05/21/08 The View from Saturday
E. L. Konigsburg
06/18/08  A Thousand Splendid Suns
Khaled Hosseini
07/16/08 Never Enough
Joe McGinniss
08/20/08 In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto
Michael Pollan
09/18/08 Digging to America
- 2008 All Iowa Read selection
Anne Tyler
10/16/08 A Long Way Gone
- 2008 One Community, One Book selection
Ishmael Beah
11/20/08 The Road Cormac McCarthy
Book Club did not meet in December

Founding Faith: Providence, Politics, and the
Birth of Religious Freedom in America

Steven Waldman

02/19/09 Loving Frank Nancy Horan

The Rope Walk

- 2009 All Iowa Reads selection
Carrie Brown
04/16/09 Angels & Demons Dan Brown
Book Club did not meet May - September

Book Club participated in community discussion of
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle
- 2009 One Community, One Book selection
Barbara Kingsolver 


The Girls from Ames: A Story of Women
and a Forty-Year Friendship
Jeffrey Zaslow
12/15/09 Little Bee Chris Cleave
01/19/10 Snow Flower and the Secret Fan Lisa See
02/16/10 Three Cups of Tea Greg Mortenson and
David Oliver Relin
03/23/10 Land of a Hundred Wonders Lesley Kagen
04/20/10 Driftless
- 2010 All Iowa Reads selection
David Rhodes
05/18/10 Lottery Patricia Wood

Little Heathens: Hard Times and High Spirits on
an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression
Mildred Armstrong Kalish
Book Club did not meet in July and August.
09/21/10 Still Alice
Lisa Genova
10/19/10 Gardens of Water
- 2010 One Community, One Book selection
Alan Drew
11/16/10 The Help
Kathryn Stockett
12/21/10 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Rebecca Skloot
01/18/11 Blame Michelle Huneven
02/15/11 Spoken from the Heart Laura Bush
03/15/11 The 19th Wife David Ebershoff
04/19/11 Escape Carolyn Jessop
05/17/11 Sing Them Home
- 2011 All Iowa Reads selection
Stephanie Kallos
Each member read a biography or autobiography of their choice and shared their impressions with the group.
Book Club did not meet in July and August.
09/20/11 Outlander Diana Gabaldon
10/18/11 Zeitoun
- 2011 One Community, One Book selection
Dave Eggers
11/15/11 Any Bitter Thing
Monica Wood
12/20/11 Sarah's Key Tatiana de Rosnay
01/17/12 The Irresistible Henry House
Lisa Grunwald
02/21/12 The Buddha in the Attic
Julie Otsuka
03/20/12 The Art of Racing in the Rain Garth Stein
04/17/12 Abide with Me Elizabeth Strout
05/15/12 Strength in What Remains
- 2012 All Iowa Reads selection
Tracy Kidder
06/19/12 Each member read a mystery of their choice and shared their impressions with the group.
Book Club did not meet in July and August.


Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal Christopher Moore
10/16/12 The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir
- 2012 One Community, One Book selection
Kao Kalia Yang
11/20/12 Father's Day: A Journey into the Mind and Heart
of My Extraordinary Son
Buzz Bissinger
12/18/12 The Alchemist Paulo Coelho
01/15/13 March Geraldine Brooks
02/19/13 The Panic Virus Seth Mnookin
03/19/13 Mudbound Hillary Jordan
04/16/13 Room Emma Donoghue
05/21/13 The Year We Left Home
Jean Thompson
06/18/13 The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry Rachel Joyce
Book Club did not meet in July and August.
09/17/13 The Bucolic Plague: How Two Manhattanites Became Gentlemen Farmers: An Unconventional Memoir Josh Kilmer-Purcell
10/15/13 Endurance: An Epic of Polar Adventure Frank Arthur Worsley
11/19/13 Orphan Train: A Novel Christina Baker Kline
12/17/13 Cutting for Stone Abraham Verghese
01/21/14 Me Before You Jojo Moyes
02/18/14 Gone Girl Gillian Flynn
03/18/14 Mountains Beyond Mountains Tracy Kidder
04/15/14 Ordinary Grace William Kent Krueger
05/20/14 Little Wolves
- 2014 All Iowa Reads selection
Thomas Maltman
06/17/14 Shell Games: The Life and Times of Pearl McGill, Industrial Spy and Pioneer Labor Activist Jeffrey S. Copeland
Book Club did not meet in July and August.
09/16/14 The Distance Between Us
- 2014 All Iowa Reads selection
Reyna Grande
10/21/14 Shanghai Girls Lisa See
11/18/14 Once We Were Brothers Ronald Balson
12/16/14 Flight Behavior Barbara Kingsolver
01/20/15 Life After Life Kate Atkinson
02/17/15 A Land More Kind Than Home Wiley Cash
03/17/15 The Hot Zone
- One Community Reads with Solon High School
Richard Preston
04/21/15 The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival John Vaillant
My Name is Mary Sutter
- 2015 All Iowa Reads selection
Robin Oliveira
The Invention of Wings
Sue Monk Kidd
Book Club did not meet in July and August.
Just Mercy
- 2015 One Community One Book selection
Bryan Stevenson
Deep Down Dark
Héctor Tobar
Out of My Mind
Sharon Draper
An Irish Country Christmas
Patrick Taylor
A Spool of Blue Thread
Anne Tyler
Missing Microbes: How the Overuse of Antibiotics is
Fueling Our Modern Plagues
- One Community Reads with Solon High School
Martin J. Blaser, MD
The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant
Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League
Jeff Hobbs
04/19/16 Thirteen Reasons Why Jay Asher
The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry
Gabrielle Zevin

- 2016 All Iowa Reads selection
Marilynne Robinson
Book Club did not meet in July and August.
09/20/16 11/22/63 Stephen King
All the Light We Cannot See
Anthony Doerr
When Breath Becomes Air
Paul Kalanithi
Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter
Kate Clifford Larson
A Man Called Ove
Fredrik Backman
2 selections
The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived
the Great American Dust Bowl
Timothy Egan
- 2017 All Iowa Reads selection    
Michelle Hoover
2 selections
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End 
- One Community Reads with Solon High School      
Atul Gawande
Without You, There is No Us: My Time With the Sons of North Korea's Elite
- 2016 One Community One Book selection
Suki Kim
Mink River
Brian Doyle
Challenger Deep
Neal Shusterman
Ann Patchett
Book Club did not meet in July and August
The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto
Mitch Albom
Our Souls at Night
Kent Haruf
11/21/17 The Last Child John Hart
The Secret History of Wonder Woman
Jill Lepore
The Shack
William Paul Young
The Glass Castle
Jeannette Walls
Necessary Lies
Diane Chamberlain
2 selections
The Boys in the Bunkhouse: Servitude and Salvation in the Heartland
- 2018 All Iowa Reads selection    
Dan Barry
Lab Girl
- Solon High School Community Read
Hope Jahren
05/15/18 The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Sherman Alexie
06/19/18 The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency Chris Whipple
07/17/18 Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis J. D. Vance
08/21/18 An Invisible Thread Laura Schroff
09/18/18 Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City Matthew Desmond
10/16/18 Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail Cheryl Strayed
11/20/18 Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge Erica Armstrong Dunbar
12/18/18 The Secret History Donna Tartt
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