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Past Readings

2021 Book Selections

Jeff Schaara, Smoke at Dawn
Reynolds Price, A Long and Happy Life
Randall Jarrell, Pictures from an Institution
Vladimir Nabokov, Pnin
Barry Unsworth, Sacred Hunger
Herman Melville, Billy Budd
Graham Greene, The End of The Affair
Henry James, The Ambassadors
Michael Chabon, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
Hunter S. Thompson, The Rum Diary
Octavia E. Butler, Kindred
Ivan Turgenev, Fathers and Sons

2020 Book Selections

Sue Monk Kidd, The Invention of Wings
Willa Cather, My Antonia
Graham Greene, Our Man in Havana
Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar 
Joseph Conrad, Nostromo 
Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five 
Edith Wharton, The Custom of the Country
Stewart O’Nan, Henry, Himself
Cormac McCarthy, All the Pretty Horses
Thomas Pynchon, Inherent Vice
Virginia Woolf, Orlando
Penelope Fitzgerald, The Beginning of Spring

2019 Book Selections

Shelby Foote, Shiloh
James Baldwin, Another Country
Yasunari Kawabata, Snow Country
Iris Murdoch, The Green Knight
William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying
Orhan Pamuk, My Name Is Red
Robertson Davies, The Rebel Angels
Muriel Spark, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Malcolm Lowry, Under the Volcano
Anne Enright, The Gathering
Lawrence Norfolk, John Saturnall's Feast
Elizabeth Bowen, The Heat of the Day

2018 Book Selections

Amor Towles, A Gentleman in Moscow
Jim Crace, Harvest
Jonathan Lethem, Chronic City
Colm Tóibín, The Testament of Mary
Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady
Javier Marías, A Heart So White
Marilynne Robinson, Gilead
Susanna Clarke, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Jane Gardam, Old Filth
Rachel Joyce, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
Zadie Smith, White Teeth
Joseph O'Neill, Netherland

2017 Book Selections

David Malouf​, Ransom 
Antonio di Benedetto​​, Zama
Stephen Crane, The Red Badge of Courage
George and Weedon Grossmith​, The Diary of a Nobody
Saadat Hasan Manto​, Bombay Stories
Richard Russo​, Straight Man
Tim O’Brien, July, July
Jim Harrison, Dalva
Carson McCullers, The Member of the Wedding
George Saunders, Lincoln in the Bardo
Joshua Ferris, Then We Came to The End
Colson Whitehead, The Underground Railroad

2016 Book Selections

John Williams, Augustus
Clarice Lispector, The Passion According to G.H.
Doug Dorst and JJ Abrams, S
Richard Yates, The Easter Parade
Adolfo Bioy Casares, The Invention of Morel
Tom Rachman, The Imperfectionists
Anthony Trollope, The Way We Live Now
Atticus Lish, Preparation for the Next Life
Julian Barnes, The Sense of an Ending
William Maxwell, Time Will Darken It
Percival Everett, I Am Not Sidney Poitier
Magda Szabo, The Door

2015 Book Selections

John Williams, Stoner 
Italo Svevo, Zeno's Conscience 
Mark Twain, Huckleberry Finn 
Richard Flanagan, The Narrow Road to the Deep North 
Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace 
Stefan Zweig, The Post Office Girl 
Peter Carey, Parrot & Oliver in America 
Jan Morris, Hav

2014 Book Selections

  • Moshin Hamid, The Reluctant Fundamentalist
  • Guy de Maupassant, Bel Ami
  • George Saunders, Tenth of December
  • Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
  • Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall
  • William Faulkner, These 13
  • William Faulkner, Absalom, Absalom!
  • Hilary Mantel, Bring Up the Bodies
  • Thomas Love Peacock, Nightmare Abbey
  • George Saunders, CivilWarLand in Bad Decline
  • Guy de Maupassant, Pierre et Jean
  • Moshin Hamid, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia

2013 Book Selections

  • Walker Percy, The Moviegoer
  • Russell Banks, Continental Drift
  • Building Stories, Chris Ware
  • Philip K. Dick, Ubik
  • Matthew Kneale, English Passengers
  • Herman Koch, The Dinner
  • Martin Amis, Lionel Asbo:State of England
  • Herman Melville, Moby Dick
  • Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow
  • Javier Marias, Tomorrow in the Battle Think On Me
  • Mo Yan, Life and Death are Wearing Me Out: A Novel
  • Peter Temple, The Broker Shore

2012 Book Selections

  • Nokolai Gogol, Dead Souls
  • Chad Harback, The Art of Fielding
  • Paul Harding, Tinkers
  • W.G. Sebald, Austerlitz
  • Yukio Mishima, The Sailor who Fell from Grace with the Sea
  • Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky, Letter Killers Club
  • Dezso Kosztolanyi, Skylark
  • Cesar Aira, The Seamstress and the Wind
  • Halldor Laxness, Fish Can Sing
  • Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart Henry Roth, Call it Sleep
  • Keri Hulme, The Bone People

2011 Book Selections

  • Jonathan Franzen, Freedom
  • David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas
  • John Banville, The Sea
  • Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary
  • Jeff Eugenides, Middlesex
  • Georges Simenon, Maigret in Montmartre
  • Lev Grossman, The Magicians
  • John dos Passos, Manhattan Transfer
  • Russell Hoban, Riddley Walker
  • Edith Wharton, House of Mirth
  • Colum McCann, Let the Great World Spin
  • Jonathan Lethem, Motherless Brooklyn

2010 Book Selections

  • Graham Greene, The Quiet American
  • Steve Hely, How I Became a Famous Novelist
  • Elizabeth Strout, Olive Kitteredge
  • Lydia Davis, Collected Stories of Lydia Davis
  • David Mazzucchelli, Asterios Polyp
  • Victor LaValle, Big Machine
  • Knut Hamsun, Hunger
  • Sherwood Anderson, Winesburg, Ohio
  • Todd and Linda Shimoda, Oh! A mystery of 'mono no aware'
  • Dan Chaon, Await Your Reply
  • Ludmilla Petrushevskaya, There once lived a woman who tried to kill her neighbor’s baby
  • Thomas Bernhard, The Loser