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Not For Men Only

First off, let's say this book club is open to anyone of any gender. The reading choices will be books that generally appeal to male readers. Members or interested attendees should send their name and email address to Jim Parina at jim.parina@gmail.com so that they can be notified of any last minute changes.  The group meets the second Monday of the month at 7 p.m.

Jan 13 – The Last Castle, Denise Kiernan    
Feb 10 - Ragtime, E.L. Doctorow
Mar 9 – A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, Dave Eggers
April 13 - Ohio, Stephen Markley
May 11 - Becoming, Michelle Obama
June 8 - The Kitchen House, Kathleen Grissom
July 13 - The Soul of America, Jon Meacham
Aug 10 - Rules of Civility, Amor Towles
Sept. 14 - The Yellow House, Sarah Broom
Oct 12 - The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood
Nov 9 - A Path Appears, Nicholas Kristof
Dec 14 - Virgil Wander, Leif Enger
Jan 11, 2021 - The Home that was Our Country, Alia Malek

The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty in the Nation's Largest Home Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476794051
Availability: On our shelves now
Published: Atria Books - May 1st, 2018

A New York Times bestseller with an "engaging narrative and array of detail” (The Wall Street Journal), the “intimate and sweeping” (Raleigh News & Observer) untold, true story behind the Biltmore Estate—the largest, grandest private residence in North America, which has seen more than 120 years of history pass by its front door.


Ragtime: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812978186
Availability: On our shelves now
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - May 8th, 2007

Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time

Published in 1975, Ragtime changed our very concept of what a novel could be. An extraordinary tapestry, Ragtime captures the spirit of America in the era between the turn of the century and the First World War.

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375725784
Availability: On our shelves now
Published: Vintage - February 13th, 2001

"This is a beautifully ragged, laugh-out-loud funny and utterly unforgettable book." —San Francisco Chronicle

National Bestseller 

Pulitzer Prize Finalist

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Ohio Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501174483
Availability: On our shelves now
Published: Simon & Schuster - June 4th, 2019

“Extraordinary...beautifully precise...[an] earnestly ambitious debut.” —The New York Times Book Review

“A wild, angry, and devastating masterpiece of a book.” —NPR

“[A] descendent of the Dickensian ‘social novel’ by way of Jonathan Franzen: epic fiction that lays bare contemporary culture clashes, showin

Becoming Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524763138
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Published: Crown - November 13th, 2018

An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States

The Kitchen House: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781439153666
Availability: On our shelves now
Published: Atria Books - February 2nd, 2010

Kathleen Grissom, New York Times bestselling author of the highly anticipated Glory Over Everything, established herself as a remarkable new talent with The Kitchen House, now a contemporary classic.

The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399589829
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - April 30th, 2019

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Pulitzer Prize–winning author Jon Meacham helps us understand the present moment in American politics and life by looking back at critical times in our history when hope overcame division and fear.

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR • The Christian Science Monitor Southern Living

Rules of Civility: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143121169
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Published: Penguin Books - June 26th, 2012

From the New York Times-bestselling author of A Gentleman in Moscow, a “sharply stylish” (Boston Globe) book about a young woman in post-Depression era New York who suddenly finds herself thrust into high society—now with over one million readers worldwide

The Yellow House: A Memoir (2019 National Book Award Winner) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802149039
Availability: On our shelves now
Published: Grove Press - June 30th, 2020


Winner of the 2019 National Book Award in Nonfiction

A brilliant, haunting and unforgettable memoir from a stunning new talent about the inexorable pull of home and family, set in a shotgun house in New Orleans East.

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The Handmaid's Tale: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385490818
Availability: On our shelves now
Published: Anchor - March 16th, 1998

#1 New York Times bestseller 

Look for The Testaments, the sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, available now.


A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345805102
Availability: On our shelves now
Published: Vintage - September 1st, 2015

With scrupulous research and on-the-ground reporting, Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn explore how altruism affects us, what are the markers for success, and how to avoid the pitfalls.

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Virgil Wander Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802147127
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Published: Grove Press - August 20th, 2019

The first novel in ten years from award-winning, bestselling author Leif Enger, Virgil Wander is a sweeping story of new beginnings against all odds that follows the inhabitants of a hard luck town in their quest to revive its flagging heart.

The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria Cover Image
ISBN: 9781568588445
Availability: Backordered
Published: Bold Type Books - March 13th, 2018

At the Arab Spring's hopeful start, Alia Malek returned to Damascus to reclaim her grandmother's apartment, which had been lost to her family since Hafez al-Assad came to power in 1970. Its loss was central to her parent's decision to make their lives in America.