Wednesday Book Group

The Wednesday Book Group currently meets virtually online through Zoom on the first Wednesday of the month at 6:00 p.m. For more information or to register, please email dsharpe@germantownlibrarywi.org 

Selections for 2021

  • January 6: Mister Penumbra’s Twenty-Four Hour Bookstore / Robin Sloan
  • February 3: The Night Circus / Erin Morgenstern
  • March 3: Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered / Karen Kilgariff
  • April 7: The Bees / Laline Paull
  • May 5: Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? / Roz Chast
  • June 2: The Alchemist / Paolo Cohelo
  • July 7: The Historian / Elizabeth Kostova
  • August 4: The Sun is Also a Star / Nicola Yoon
  • September 1: Searching for Sylvie Lee / Jean Kwok
  • October 6: I’ll Be Gone in the Dark / Michelle McNamara
  • November 3: This Is Where I Leave You / Jonathan Tropper
  • December 1: The Christmas Cookie Club / Ann Pearlman

PAST SELECTIONS

2020:

  • February 5: The Library Book / Susan Orlean
  • April 1: Cancelled
  • June 3: Cancelled
  • August 5:  Becoming / Michelle Obama
  • October 7: Educated: A Memoir / Tara Westover
  • November 4: In the Midst of Winter / Isabel Allende
  • December 2: An American Marriage / Tayari Jones

2019:

  • January 17:  Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI / David Grann
  • February 21: Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood / Trevor Noah
  • March 21: Montaigne in Barn Boot: An Amateur Ambles Through Philosophy / Michael Perry
  • April 25: A Gentleman in Moscow / Amor Towles
  • May 16: Woman in the Window / A. J. Finn
  • June 20: Beneath a Scarlet Sky / Mark Sullivan
  • July 18: Flight of Dreams / Ariel Lawhon
  • August 15: Lincoln in the Bardo / George Saunders
  • September 19: Moll Flanders / Daniel Defoe
  • October 17: Flat Broke with Two Goats: A Memoir / Jennifer McGaha
  • November 21: The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window & Disappeared / Jonas Jonasson
  • December 19: The Underground Railroad / Colson Whitehead

2018:

  • January:  A Man Called Ove / Fredrik Backman
  • February: The Aviator’s Wife / Melanie Benjamin
  • March: The Picture of Dorian Gray / Oscar Wilde
  • April: The Other Einstein  / Marie Benedict
  • May: Bird in Hand / Christina Baker Kline
  • June: The Nest / Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney *
  • July: How to Find Love in a Bookshop / Veronica Henry *
  • August: White Teeth / Zadie Smith *
  • September: Before We Were Yours / Lisa Wingate
  • October: Small Great Things / Jodi Picoult
  • November: Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis/ J. D. Vance
  • December: Ordinary Grace/ William Kent Krueger

* In June, July, and August the group met with the Books on the Town group

2017:

  • January:  Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter / Kate Clifford Larson
  • February:  Girl on the Train / Paula Hawkins
  • March:  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde / Robert Louis Stevenson
  • April:  Deep Down Dark / Hector Tobar
  • May:  The Kitchen House / Kathleen Grissom
  • June:  My Name is Lucy Barton / Elizabeth Strout
  • July:  Court Martial: How Military Justice has Shaped America from the Revolution to 9/11 and Beyond / Chris Bray
  • August:  Commonwealth / Ann Patchett
  • September:  The Excellent Lombards / Jane Hamilton
  • October:  News of the World / Paulette Jiles
  • November:  Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War 1937-1948 / Madeleine Albright
  • December:  Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race / Margot Lee Shetterly

2016:

  • January:  Shotgun Lovesongs / Nikolas Butler
  • February:  Dream Lover / Elizabeth Berg
  • March:  Orphan Train / Christina Baker Kline
  • April:  The Bartender’s Tale / Ivan Doig
  • May:  Go Set a Watchman / Harper Lee
  • June:  A Walk in the Woods:  Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail / Bill Bryson
  • July:  The Wright Brothers / David McCullough
  • August:   All the Light We Can Not See / Anthony Doerr
  • September:  Circling the Sun / Paula McLain
  • October:  My Antonia / Willa Cather
  • November:  Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania / Erik Larson
  • December:  The Girl on the Train / Paul Hawkins

2015

  • January:  The Goldfinch / Donna Tartt
  • February:  The Art of Hearing Heartbeats / Jan-Phillipp Sendker
  • March:  The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II / Denise Kiernan
  • April:   Invention of Wings / Sue Monk Kidd
  • May:  A History of Love / Nicole Krauss
  • June:  Mrs. Lincoln’s Rival / Jennifer Chiaverini
  • July:  Benediction / Kent Haruf
  • August:  Flight Behavior / Barbara Kingsolver
  • September:  The Round House / Louise Erdrich
  • October:  The Scarlet Sisters / Myra MacPherson
  • November:  A Room with a View / E. M. Forster
  • December:  All the Light We Cannot See / Anthony Doerr

2014:

  • January:  Wolf House / Hilary Mantel
  • February:  Memoir of the Sunday Brunch / Julia Pandl
  • March:  Once Upon a River / Bonnie Jo Campbell
  • April:  Girl in Translation / Jean Kwok
  • May:  The Lifeboat / Charlotte Rogan
  • June:  The Light Between Oceans / M. L. Steadman
  • July:  Little Bee / Chris Cleave
  • August:  No Buddy Left Behind / Terri Crisp
  • September:  Sandcastle Girls / Chris Bohjalian
  • October:  Frankenstein / Mary Shelley
  • November:  The House Girl / Tara Conklin
  • December:  The Buddha in the Attic / Julie Otsuka

2013:

  • January:  Wingshooters / Nina Revoyr
  • February:  The Language of Flowers / Vanessa Diffenbaugh
  • March:  In the Garden of Beasts / Erik Larson
  • April:  Harmless as Doves / Paul L. Gaus
  • May:  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks / Rebecca Skloot
  • June:  The Dressmaker / Kate Alcott
  • July:  Home Front / Kristin Hannah
  • August:  The Chaperone / Laura Moriarty
  • September:  Noting Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West / Dorothy Wickenden
  • October:  Gone Girl / Gillian Flynn
  • November:  Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker / Jennifer Chiaverini
  • December:  Marmee & Louisa: The Untold Tue Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Mother / Eve LaPlante

2012:

  • January:  Sarah’s Key / Tatiana de Rosnay
  • February:  Cutting for Stone / Abraham Verghese
  • March:  The Kitchen Daughter / Jael McHenry
  • April:  The Murderer’s Daughters / Randy Susan Meyers
  • May:  A Moveable Feast / Ernest Hemingway
  • June:  State of Wonder / Ann Patchett
  • July:  To Kill a Mockingbird / Harper Lee
  • August:  The Last Time I Saw You / Elizabeth Berg
  • September:  Whistling in the Dark / Leslie Kagen
  • October:  Kitchen Boy / Robert Alexander
  • November:  The Art of Fielding / Chad Harbach
  • December:  Prayers for Sale / Sandra Dallas

2011:

  • January:  Desert Flower / Waris Dirie
  • February:  The Forgotten Garden / Kate Morton
  • March:  Little Heathens: Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression / Mildred Armstrong Kalish
  • April:  The 19th Wife / David Ebershoff
  • May:  The Great Gatsby / F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • June:  Remarkable Creatures / Tracy Chevalier
  • July:  The Help / Kathryn Stockett
  • August:  The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox / Maggie O’Farrell
  • September:  My Name is Mary Sutter / Robin Oliveira
  • October:  Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet / Jamie Ford
  • November:  The Postmistress / Sarah Blake
  • December:  A Gate at the Stairs / Lorrie Moore

2010:

  • January:  My Stroke of Insight / Jill Bolte Taylor
  • February:  The Boy in the Striped Pajamas / John Boyne
  • March:  Flags of Our Fathers / James Bradley
  • April:  Mudbound / Hillary Jordan
  • May:  Chosen by a Horse / Susan Richards
  • June:  Cane River / Lalita Tademy
  • July:  The Shack / William P. Young
  • August:  Shanghai Girls / Lisa See
  • September:  Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea / Barbara Demick
  • October:  The Birth House / Ami McKay
  • November:  The Art of Racing the Rain / Garth Stein
  • December:  Red Weather / Pauls Toutonghi

2009:

  • January:  So Brave, Young and Handsome / Leif Enger
  • February:  The Book Thief / Markus Zusak
  • March:  Bel Canto / Ann Patchett
  • April:  The Story of Edgar Sawtelle / David Wroblewski
  • May:  Three Cups of Tea / Greg Mortenson
  • June:  The Alchemist / Paulo Coehlo
  • July:  The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society / Mary Ann Shaffer
  • August:  The Space Between Us / Thrity Umrigar
  • September:  Crossing to Safety / Wallace Stegner
  • October:  Eye Contact / Cammie McGovern
  • November:  The Other Side of the River / Alex Kotlowitz
  • December:  Luncheon of the Boating Party / Susan Vreeland

2008:

  • January:  The Mermaid Chair / Sue Monk Kidd
  • February:  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan / Lisa See
  • March:  One Thousand White Women: The Journals of Mary Dodd / Jim Fergus
  • April:  A Thousand Splendid Suns / Khaled Hosseini
  • May:  Before You Know Kindness / Christopher Bohjalian
  • June:  Mozart’s Sister / Nancy Moser
  • July:  March / Geraldine Brooks
  • August:  Uncommon Grounds / Sandra Balzo
  • September:  Tall Grass / Sandra Dallas
  • October:  People of the Book / Geraldine Brooks
  • November:  Eat, Pray, Love / Elizabeth Gilbert
  • December:  I Feel Bad About My Neck / Nora Ephron

2007:

  • January:  Girl with a Pearl Earring / Tracy Chevalier
  • February:  The Shadow of the Wind / Carlos Ruiz Zafron
  • March:  Mount Vernon Love Story / Mary Higgins Clark
  • April:  Alice’s Tulips / Sandra Dallas
  • May:  For One More Day / Mitch Albom
  • June:  Crow Lake / Mary Lawson
  • July:  The Devil Wears Prada / Lauren Weisberger
  • August:  My Sister’s Keeper / Jodi Picoult
  • September:  Teacher Man / Frank McCourt
  • October:  The Tortilla Curtain / T. C. Boyle
  • November:  The Memory Keeper’s Daughter / Kim Edwards
  • December:  You Learn by Living / Eleanor Roosevelt & Silent Night / Mary Higgins Clark

2006:

  • January:  Girl with a Pearl Earring / Tracy Chevalier
  • February:  The Saving Graces / Patricia Gaffney
  • March:  Hannah’s Daughters / Marianne Fredriksson
  • April:  The Kite Runner / Khaled Hosseine
  • May:  The Color of Water / James McBride
  • June:  Summer Island / Kristin Hannah
  • July:  A Place of Hiding / Elizabeth George
  • August:  Devil in the White City / Erik Larson
  • September:  The Dollmaker / Harriette Arnow
  • October:  Mountian Wolf Woman, Sister of Crashing Thunder: The Autobiography of a Winnebago Indian / Mountain Wolf Woman
  • November:  Our Endangered Values: America’s Moral Crisis / Jimmy Carter
  • December:  Peace Like a River / Leif Enger

2005:

  • January:  A Lesson Before Dying / Ernest J. Gaines
  • February:  Ishmael / Daniel Quinn
  • March:  Memoirs of a Geisha / Arthur Golden
  • April:  Empire Falls / Richard Russo
  • May:  Children of God / Mary Doria Russell
  • June:  The Da Vinci Code / Dan Brown
  • July:  The Lovely Bones / Alice Sebold
  • August:  Dancing at the Rascal Fair / Ivan Doig
  • September:  Angry Housewives Eating Bonbons / Lorna Landvik
  • October:  The Bonesetter’s Daughter / Amy Tan
  • November:  The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency / Alexander McCall Smith
  • December:  The Five People You Meet in Heaven / Mitch Albom

2004:

  • January:  Watched, an Agatha Christie Movie
  • February:  The Secret Life of Bees / Sue Monk Kidd
  • March:  The Reader / Bernhard Schlink
  • April:  The Winner / David Baldacci
  • May:  The Sparrow / Maria Doria Russell
  • June:  Where the Heart Is / Billie Letts
  • July:  One Hundred Years of Solitude / Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • August:  Under the Tuscan Sun / Frances Mayes
  • September:  The Quiet American / Graham Greene
  • October:  Crooked River Burning / Mark Winegardner
  • November:  The Dogs of Babel / Carolyn Parkhurst
  • December:  Skipping Christmas / John Grisham & A Choice to Cherish / Alan Maki

2003:

  • January:  Dance of Intimacy / Harriet Goldhor Lerner
  • February:  Undaunted Courage / Stephen Ambrose
  • March:  Girl in Hyacinth Blue / Susan Vreeland
  • April:  White Teeth / Zadie Smith
  • May:  Pope Joan / Donna Woolfolk Cross
  • June:  Seabiscuit / Laura Hillenbrand
  • July:  Welcome to the World, Baby Girl / Fannie Flagg
  • August:  Cold Mountain / Charles Frazier
  • September:  I Don’t Know How She Does It / Allison Pearson
  • October:  Midnight Champagne / A. Manette Amsay
  • November:  In the Lake of the Woods / Tim O’Brien
  • December:  The Bachelor’s Cat / L.F. Hoffman

2002:

  • January:  A Conspiracy of Paper / David Liss
  • February:  Tara Road / Maeve Binchy
  • March:  Chocolat / Joanne Harris
  • April:  Red Tent / Anita Diamant
  • May:  It’s Not About the Bike / Lance Armstrong
  • June:  A Fine Balance / Rohinton Mistry
  • July:  Corelli’s Mandolin / Loius DeBernieres
  • August:  First Lady / Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • September:  Pigs in Heaven / Barbara Kingsolver
  • October:  My Thomas, the Novel of Martha Jefferson’s Life / Roberta Grimes
  • November:  Hearts and Bones / Margaret Lawrence
  • December:  Catherwood / Marly Youmans

2001:

  • January:  The Testament / John Grisham
  • February:  Bastard Out of Carolina / Dorothy Allison
  • March:  The Shipping News / E. Annie Proulx
  • April:  Horse Heaven / Jane Smiley
  • May:  Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood / Rebecca Wells
  • June:  At Home in Mitford / Jan Karon
  • July:  Possession / A. S. Byatt
  • August:  The Quilter’s Apprentice / Jennifer Chiaverini
  • September:  Bridget Jones’ Diary / Helen Fielding
  • October:  Plainsong / Kent Haruf
  • November:  A Painted House / Margaret Lawrence
  • December:  The Adams Women: Abigail and Louisa Adams, Their Sisters and Daughters / Paul Nagel

2000:  

  • April:  The Dean’s List / Jon Hassler
  • May:  The Poisonwood Bible / Barbara Kingsolver
  • June:  Tuesdays with Morrie / Mitch Albom
  • July:  The Greatest Generation / Tom Brokaw
  • August:  The Ladies of Covington Sent Their Love / Joan A. Medlicott
  • September:  All Over But the Shoutin’ / Rick Bragg
  • October:  Midwives / Christopher A. Bohjalian
  • November:  The Vision of Emma Blau / Ursula Heig
  • December:  Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China / Jung Chang