Book Club Reads

  • A Child Called "It" - Dave Pelzer
  • A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
  • A Month of Sundays - Julie Mars
  • A Room with a View - E.M.Forster (TBA)
  • A Spot of Bother - Mark Haddon
  • A Study in Scarlet - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Breath, Eyes, Memory - Edwidge Danticat
  • Cage of Stars - Jacquelyn Mitchard
  • Catch-22 - Joseph Heller
  • East of Eden - John Steinbeck
  • Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close - Jonathan Safran Foer
  • Fast Food Nation - Eric Schlosser
  • Girls of Riyadh - Rajaa Alsanea
  • Life of Pi - Yann Martel
  • Light on Snow - Anita Shreve
  • Love in the Time of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Maus - Art Spiegelman (March 2010)
  • Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
  • Mister Pip - Lloyd Jones
  • Moloka'i - Alan Brennert
  • My Sister's Keeper - Jodi Picoult
  • Mystic River - Dennis Lehane
  • People of the Book - Geraldine Brooks (February 2010)
  • Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
  • Shantaram - Gregory David Roberts
  • Something Wicked This Way Comes - Ray Bradbury
  • Terms of Endearment - Larry McMurtry
  • Testament - Nino Ricci
  • The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho
  • The Book of Negroes - Lawrence Hill
  • The Condition - Jennifer Haigh
  • The Curious Incident of the dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
  • The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
  • The Glass Castle - Jeannette Walls
  • The Gravedigger's Daughter - Joyce Carol Oates
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (TBA)
  • The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
  • The Memory Keeper's Daughter - Kim Edwards
  • The Red Tent - Anita Diamant
  • The Secret Life of Bees - Sue Monk Kidd
  • The Shack - William P. Young
  • The Splendor of Silence - Indu Sundaresan
  • The Time In Between - David Bergen
  • The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
  • The White Tiger - Aravind Adiga (TBA)
  • The World According to Garp - John Irving
  • Three Cups of Tea - Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
  • Water for Elephants - Sara Gruen
  • What is the What - Dave Eggers - May 2010
  • Wicked - Gregory Maguire

Thursday, May 13, 2010


A big thank-you to my dear friend Elaine who passed this link on to me.

Yann Martel, author of "Life of Pi", has taken it upon himself to provide Prime Minister Stephen Harper with a reading list that will inspire stillness. Every two weeks on his website, "What is Stephen Harper Reading?", Mr. Martel posts the title of a book that he has mailed to the Prime Minister. Each post comes with an explanation of why he chose the book, and how it contributes to the pursuit of stillness. And who among us (Prime Ministers included) isn't in need of a little stillness? Maybe in this hectic age of multitasking, googling, speed-dating, twittering, commuting, texting and driving-through everything, we could all use a little more stillness. And maybe stillness is the beauty of literature. A good book requires the whole of us. A good book doesn't allow us to engage half-heartedly. A good book needs us to be still.

Well done, Mr. Martel.

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