Photography of books line up with an open book on top. "Happy 30th Anniversary"

Happy 30th Anniversary to the Thursday Book Club

The Thursday Book Club, formerly Eleanor’s Book Club, has been meeting at the Library since March 1993. In that time, they’ve read and discussed more than 300 books!

Browse the full list below.


Father Melancholy’s Daughter / Gail Godwin
My Son’s Story / Nadine Gordimer
Saint Maybe / Anne Tyler
A Thousand Acres / Jane Smiley
The Lilac Bus / Maeve Binchy
The Good Times / Russell Baker
At Weddings and Wakes / Alice McDermot
A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain / Robert Olen Butler
The Moviegoer / Walker Percy
My Antonia / Willa Cather
Outer Banks / Anne Rivers Siddons
Before and After / Rosellen Brown
Bastard Out of Carolina / Dorothy Allison
Mansfield Park / Jane Austen
Pigs in Heaven / Barbara Kingsolver
Turtle Moon / Alice Hoffman
Angle of Repose / Wallace Stegner
Shipping News / E. Annie Proulx
Like Water for Chocolate / Laura Esquivel
Soviet Women / Francine du Plessix Gray
Madame Bovary / Gustave Flaubert
A Lesson Before Dying / Ernest Gaines
Vindication / Frances Sherwood
A Closed Eye / Anita Brookner
The Secret History / Donna Tartt
All the Pretty Horses / Cormac McCarthy
Fair and Tender Ladies / Lee Smith
The English Patient / Michael Ondaatje
Symposium / Muriel Spark
The Stone Diaries / Carol Shields
Walking Across Egypt / Clyde Edgerton
School for the Blind / Dennis McFarland
Expensive People / Joyce Carol Oates
Friend of My Youth / Alice Munro
Charms for the Easy Life / Kaye Gibbons
The Road from Coorain / Jill Ker Conway
Absalom Absalom! / William Faulkner
5th Business / Robertson Davies
The Great Gatsby / F. Scott Fitzgerald
Daisy Bates in the Desert / Julie Blackburn
Ladder of Years / Ann Tyler
The Bird Artist / Howard Norman
In the Lake of the Woods / Tim O’Brien
Meshugah / Isaac B. Singer
The Horse Whisperer / Nicholas Evans
The Distinguished Guest / Sue Miller
The Grass is Singing / Doris Lessing
A Summons to Memphis / Pete Taylor
Bleak House / Charles Dickens
Stones from the River / Ursula Hegi
Snow Falling on Cedars / David Guterson
An American Childhood / Annie Dillard
The Flaming Corsage / William Kennedy
The Blue Flower / Penelope Fitzgerald
Quartet in Autumn / Barbara Pym
Corelli’s Mandolin / Louis DeBerneires
The Woman Warrior / Maxine Hong Kingston
Mr. Ives’ Christmas / Oscar Hijuelos
Jasmine / Bharati Mukherjee
Middlemarch / George Eliot
Women of the Silk / Gail Tsukiyama
She’s Come Undone / Wally Lamb
The Color of Water / James McBride
The Rapture of Canaan / Sheri Reynolds
Divine Secrets of the YaYa Sisterhood / Rebecca Wells
Mrs. Dalloway / Virginia Woolf
An Eye for an Eye / Anthony Trollope
Housekeeping / Marilynne Robinson
Pride / William Wharton
Katerina / Aharon Appelfeld
The Power of One / Bryce Courtenay
Kate Vaiden / Reynolds Price
The Vanished Child / Sarah Smith
The Folded Leaf / William Maxwell
Justice / Larry Watson
Alias Grace / Margaret Atwood
The Tortilla Curtain / T. Coraghessan Boyle
A Cab Called Reliable / Patti Kim
In a Glass House / Nino Ricci
An American Requiem / James Carroll
Villette / Charlotte Bronte
Wild Swans / Jung Chang
Memoirs of a Geisha / Arthur Golden
The Remains of the Day / Kazuo Ishiguro
The God of Small Things / Roy Arundhati
Lie Down in Darkness / William Styron
Heart of Darkness / Joseph Conrad
The House of Mirth / Edith Wharton
The Hours / Michael Cunningham
The Bone People / Keri Hulme
The Loon Feather / Iola Fuller
The Poisonwood Bible / Barbara Kingsolver
Personal History / Katharine Graham
The Magician’s Wife / Brian Moore
Mistler’s Exit / Louis Begley
The Stranger / Albert Camus
The Tennis Partner / Abraham Verghese
Jude the Obscure / Hardy Thomas
A Death in Summer / William Trevor
Disgrace / J.M. Coetzee
Pope Joan / Donna W. Cross
Under a Wing / Reeve Lindbergh
Midnight’s Children / Salman Rushdie
White Noise / Don DeLillo
Girl in Hyacinth Blue / Susan Vreeland
The Red Tent / Anita Diamant
Waiting / Ha Jin
The Professor and the Madman / Simon Winchester
To Know a Woman / Amos Oz
Ahab’s Wife / Sena Jeter Naslund
Seize the Day / Saul Bellow
Staggerford / Jon Hassler
Last Orders / Graham Swift
The Death of the Heart / Elizabeth Bowen
The Bonesetter’s Daughter / Amy Tan
A Fine Balance / Mistry Rohinton
Brave New World / Aldous Huxley
Bel Canto / Ann Patchett
Things Fall Apart / Chinua Achebe
The Peppered Moth / Margaret Drabble
The Dark Room / Rachel Seiffert
Wide Sargasso Sea / Jean Rhys
Empire Falls / Richard Russo
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress / Dai Sijie
Atonement / Ian McEwan
The Centaur / John Updike
One Thousand White Women / James Fergus
Portofino / Frank Schaeffer
The Secret Life of Bees / Sue Monk Kidd
The Magus / John Fowles
The Sheltering Sky / Paul Bowles
Wapshot Chronicle / John Cheever
Colors of the Mountain / Da Chen
Year of Wonders / Geraldine Brooks
Austerlitz / W. G. Sebald
Savage Beauty / Nancy Milford
Blessings / Anna Quindlen
To Kill a Mockingbird / Harper Lee
Middlesex / Jeffrey Eugenides
Peace Like a River / Leif Enger
Three Junes / Julia Glass
The Cadence of Grass / Thomas McGuane
Lolita / Vladimir Nabokov
Reading Lolita in Tehran / Azar Nafisi
American Pastoral / Philip Roth
The Lobster Chronicles / Linda Greenlaw
Crow Lake / Mary Lawson
The Namesake / Jhumpa Lahiri
The Kite Runner / Khaled Hosseini
The Spectator Bird / Wallace Stegner
Fugitive Pieces / Ann Michaels
Old School / Tobias Wolff
The Known World / Edward Jones
The Dream of Scipio / Iaian Pears
The Master / Colm Toibin
The Wings of the Dove / Henry James
The Piano Tuner / Daniel Mason
The Story of Lucy Gault / William Trevor
Gilead / Marilynne Robinson
Hanna’s Daughters / Marianne Fredriksson
Short Stories of W. S. Maugham / W. Somerset Maugham
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter / Carson McCullers
For Whom the Bell Tolls / Ernest Hemingway
All the King’s Men / Robert Penn Warren
The Devil in the White City / Erik Larson
Artemisia / Alexandra Lapierre
The Cave / Jose Saramago
Democracy / Joan Didion
Them / Joyce Carol Oates
Fathers and Sons / Ivan Turgenev
Death Comes for the Archbishop / Willa Cather
The Whistling Season / Ivan Doig
The Road / Cormac McCarthy
Howard’s End / E. M. Forster
Cloudstreet / Tim Winton
As I Lay Dying / William Faulkner
Saturday / Ian McEwan
Arc of Justice / Kevin Boyle
The Darling / Russell Banks
Suite Francaise / Irene Nemirovsky
Snow / Orhan Pamuk
The Shadow of the Wind / Carlos Ruiz-Zafon
Sacred Hunger / Barry Unsworth
The Age of Innocence / Edith Wharton
A Handful of Dust / Evelyn Waugh
The Mill on the Floss / George Eliot
Three Cups of Tea / Greg Mortensen
Founding Brothers / Joseph J. Ellis
The Grandmothers / Doris Lessing
The Inheritance of Loss / Kiran Desai
The Book of Names / Jill Gregory & Karen Tintori
The Optimist’s Daughter / Eudora Welty
Cat’s Cradle / Kurt Vonnegut
A History of the World in Six Glasses / Tom Standage
The Book Thief / Marcus Zusak
Out Stealing Horses / Per Petterson
A Death in the Family / James Agee
The End of the Affair / Graham Greene
Plum Wine / Angela Davis-Gardner
Winter’s Tale / Mark Helprin
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan / Lisa See
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao / Junot Diaz
The Reluctant Fundamentalist / Mohsin Hamid
Independence Day / Richard Ford
The White Tiger / Aravind Adiga
East of Eden / John Steinbeck
The Elegance of the Hedgehog / Muriel Barbery
Stoner / John Edward Williams
The Broom of the System / David Foster Wallace
Cutting for Stone / Abraham Verghese
The Glass Room / Simon Mawer
Violin Dreams / Arnold Steinhardt
Netherland / Joseph O’Neill
Too Much Happiness / Alice Munro
City of Thieves / David Benioff
Moo / Jane Smiley
Brooklyn / Colm Toibin
The True Deceiver / Tove Jansson
The Great Man / Kate Christensen
Our Man in Havana / Graham Greene
Tinkers / Paul Harding
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn / Mark Twain
Olive Kitteridge / Elizabeth Strout
The Unformed Landscape / Peter Stamm
Room / Emma Donoghue
The Help / Kathryn Stockett
The Imperfectionists / Tom Rachman
Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand / Helen Simonson
Man in the Woods / Scott Spencer
One Hundred Years of Solitude / Gabriel Garcia Marquez
What Is Left the Daughter / Howard Norman
Frankenstein / Mary Shelley
The Things They Carried / Tim O’Brien
The Sense of an Ending / Julian Barnes
The Tiger’s Wife / Tea Obreht
Remarkable Creatures / Tracy Chevalier
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet / Jamie Ford
The Buddha in the Attic / Julie Otsuka
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close / Jonathan Safran Foer
In the Garden of the Beasts / Erik Larson
The Jungle / Upton Sinclair
The Hare With Amber Eyes / Edmund de Waal
Parrot and Olivier in America / Peter Carey
The Orphan Master’s Son / Adam Johnson
The Light Between Oceans / M.L. Stedman
Defending Jacob / William Landay
Girl in Translation / Jean Kwok
Play It As It Lays / Joan Didion
Revolutionary Road / Richard Yates
Wolf Hall / Hilary Mantel
Outliers: The Story of Success / Malcolm Gladwell
The Solitude of Prime Numbers / Paolo Giordano
The Round House / Louise Erdrich
A Visit from the Goon Squad / Jennifer Egan
The Dinner / Herman Koch
Stones for Ibarra / Harriet Doerr
Luncheon of the Boating Party / Susan Vreeland
Breakfast at Tiffany’s / Truman Capote
Let the Great World Spin / Colum McCann
The Art Forger / B. A. Shapiro
A Room with a View / E. M. Forster
The Moonstone / Wilkie Collins
The Good Lord Bird / James McBride
Annie’s Ghosts / Steve Luxenberg
Nightwoods / Charles Frazier
My Name is Asher Lev / Chaim Potok
Ordinary Grace / William Kent Krueger
The Children Act / Ian McEwan
Madonnas of Leningrad / Debra Dean
Orphan Train / Christina Baker Kline
The Boys in the Boat / Daniel James Brown
The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry / Gabriella Zevin
Dear Life / Alice Munro
Me Before You / Jojo Moyes
The Fires of Autumn / Irene Nemirovsky
Salvage the Bones / Jesmyn Ward
The Buried Giant / Kazuo Ishiguro
All the Light We Cannot See / Anthony Doerr
The Little Paris Bookshop / Nina George
My Brilliant Friend / Elena Ferrante
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court / Mark Twain
Leaving Berlin / Joseph Kanon
A Tale of Two Cities / Charles Dickens
A Moveable Feast / Ernest Hemingway
When Books Went to War / Molly Guptill Manning
The Painted Veil / W. Somerset Maugham
Mudbound / Hillary Jordan
The Art of Hearing Heartbeats / Jan-Philipp Sendker
The Plot Against America / Philip Roth
The Wright Brothers / David McCullough
Cold Sassy Tree / Olive Ann Burns
The Last Painting of Sara De Vos / Dominic Smith
Astrid and Veronika / Linda Olsson
LaRose / Louise Erdrich
The Old Man and the Sea / Ernest Hemingway
A Man Called Ove / Fredrik Backman
The Accidental Tourist / Ann Tyler
Foreign Affairs / Alison Lurie
Outline / Rachel Cusk
Mary Coin / Marisa Silver
Dead Wake / Erik Larson
The Orchardist / Amanda Coplin
The Expats / Chris Pavone
The Space Between Us / Thrity Umrigar
The Zookeeper’s Wife / Diane Ackerman
Lincoln in the Bardo / George Saunders
The Paris Wife / Paula McLain
The Women in the Castle / Jessica Shattuck
A Gentleman in Moscow / Amor Towles
The Sympathizer / Nguyen Viet Thanh
Exit West / Mohsin Hamid
The Awakening / Kate Chopin
Everything I Never Told You / Celeste Ng
The Nine Tailors / Dorothy L. Sayers
Commonwealth / Ann Patchett
My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry / Fredrik Backman
And Then There Were None / Agatha Christie
Before We Were Yours / Lisa Wingate
Catcher in the Rye / J. D. Salinger
Sargent’s Women / Donna M. Lucey
The Night Watchman / Louise Erdrich
The Lions of Fifth Avenue / Fiona Davis
The Word is Murder / Anthony Horowitz
Deacon King Kong / James McBride
The Library Book / Susan Orlean
The Only Woman in the Room / Marie Benedict
The Vanishing Half / Brit Bennett
This Tender Land / William Kent Krueger
The Warmth of Other Suns / Isabel Wilkerson
The Midnight Library / Matt Haig
The Cold Millions / Jess Walter
Klara and the Sun / Kazuo Ishiguro
The Mountains Sing / Nguyen Phan Que Mai
Passing / Nella Larsen
The Swimmers / Julie Otsuka
Anxious People / Fredrik Backman
Less / Andrew Sean Greer
The Lincoln Highway / Amor Towles – March 2023
These Precious Days / Ann Patchett – April 2023
Violeta / Isabel Allende – May 2023
Olive Again / Elizabeth Strout – June 2023
Harlem Shuffle / Colson Whitehead – July 2023
Beautiful Country / Julie Wang Qian – August 2023


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