Brown Bag Book Club

Around the World Reading Selections

Meets @ 12:30pm – 1:30pm on the 3rd Tuesday of every month in the Art Gallery


December 2014 – 1950s-present day – India & United States

Title:  The Lowland

Author:  Jhumpa Lahiri

Call Number: FIC Lahiri

Publisher:  Alfred. A Knopf, 2013

339 pp.

January 2015—20th Century – San Francisco

Title: The Obituary Writer

Author: Hood, Ann

Call Number: FIC Hood

Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company, 2013

292 pp.

February 2015— 1917-present – United States & WWII Pacific Theater

Title: Unbroken

Author: Hillenbrand, Lara

Call Number: BIO Zamperini

Publisher: Random House, 2010

496 pp.

March 2015—early 19th century – Charleston

Title: The Invention of Wings

Author: Kidd, Sue Monk

Call Number: FIC Kidd

Publisher: Viking Press, 2014

384 pp.

April 2015—present day – Singapore

Title: Crazy Rich Asians

Author: Kwan, Kevin

Call Number: FIC Kwan

Publisher: Doubleday, 2013

403 pp.

May 2015- Depression-era – Minnesota

Title: Orphan Train

Author: Kline, Christina Baker

Call Number: FIC Kline

Publisher: William Morrow, 2013

304 pp.

June 2015—1930s & 1940s – United States

Title: China Dolls

Author:  See, Lisa

Call Number: FIC See

Publisher:  Random House, 2014

376 pp.

Previous Month’s Selections:

November 2014 – present day – Mingora, Pakistan & England

Title:  I Am Malala

Author: Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb

Call Number:  303.625 Y

Publisher:  Little, Brown, and Company, 2013

327 pp.

October 2014 – 1924 – New York City

Title:  The Other Typist

Author:  Suzanne Rindell

Call Number:  FIC Rindell

Publisher:  G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2013

356 pp.

September 2014 – late 1920s-1970s – USA & Europe

Title:  The Aviator’s Wife

Author: Melanie Benjamin

Call Number:  FIC Benjamin

Publisher:  Delacorte Press, 2013

402 pp.

August 2014 – 1920s – British Kenya

Title:  A Spear of Summer Grass

Author: Raybourn, Deanna

Call Number: FIC Raybourn

Publisher:  Harlequin MIRA, 2013

384 pp.

July 2014—present day — Tokyo

Title: The Devotion of Suspect X

Author:  Keigo Higashino

Call Number: FIC Higashino

Publisher:  Minotaur Books, 2011

298 pp.

June 2014—1950s & 1960s – Scotland & Iceland

Title: The Flight of Gemma Hardy

Author:  Livesey, Margot

Call Number: FIC Livesey

Publisher:  Harper, 2012

447 pp.

May 2014— 1924 – Chicago

Title: The Girls of Murder City

Author: Perry, Douglas

Call Number: 364.152 P

Publisher: Viking, 2010

304 pp.

April 2014—1803 – England

Title: Death Comes to Pemberley

Author: James, P.D.

Call Number: MYS James

Publisher: Knopf, 2011

291 pp.

March 2014—1099 – Jerusalem

Title: Manuscript Found in Accra

Author: Coelho, Paulo

Call Number: FIC Coelho

Publisher: Knopf, 2013

208 pp.

February 2014— 1939-present – Central Europe & Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Title: I Am Forbidden

Author: Markovits, Anouk

Call Number: FIC Markovits

Publisher: Hogarth, 2012

302 pp.

January 2014—1920s – Chicago & Paris, France

Title: The Paris Wife

Author: McLain, Paula

Call Number: FIC McLain

Publisher: Ballantine Books, 2011

320 pp.

December 2013 – Present Day – Walls of Water, North Carolina

Title:  The Peach Keeper: A Novel

Author:  Sarah Addison Allen

Call Number: FIC Allen

Publisher:  Bantam, 2011

273 pp.

November 2013 – early 1900s – Italian Alps, Manhattan, & Minnesota

Title:  The Shoemaker’s Wife

Author: Adriana Trigiani

Call Number:  FIC Trigiani

Publisher:  Harper, 2012

475 pp.

October 2013 – 1859 – Harper’s Ferry, Virginia

Title:  Midnight Rising

Author:  Tony Horowitz

Call Number:  973.711 H

Publisher:  Henry Holt & Co., 2011

365 pp.

September 2013 – 1940 – USA & Europe

Title:  The Postmistress

Author: Sarah Blake

Call Number:  FIC Blake

Publisher:  Amy Einhorn Books, 2010

326 pp.

August 2013 – mid 1800s – Spain & Puerto Rico

Title:  Conquistadora

Author: Esmeralda Santiago

Call Number: FIC Santiago

Publisher:  Alfred A. Knopf, 2011

413 pp.

 July 2013—1938 — New York City

Title: Rules of Civility

Author:  Amor Towles

Call Number: FIC Towles

Publisher:  Penguin Books, 2012

352 pp.

June 2013—early 20th C. & Present Day – Kashgar & England

Title: A Lady Cyclist’s Guide to Kashgar

Author:  Joinson, Suzanne

Call Number: FIC Joinson

Publisher:  Bloomsbury, 2012

374 pp.

May 2013— present day –Nigeria & England

Title: Little Bee

Author: Cleave, Chris

Call Number: FIC Cleave

Publisher: Simon & Schuster, 2009

271 pp.

April 2013—mid to late 1800s—United States

Title: Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President

Author: Millard, Candice

Call Number: 973.84M

Publisher: Doubleday, 2011

339 pp.

March 2013—70 C.E.— Massada

Title: The Dovekeepers

Author: Hoffman, Alice

Call Number: FIC Hoffman

Publisher: Scribner, 2011

512 pp.

February 2013— 1871-2009—Europe

Title: The Hare With Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance

Author: De Waal, Edmund

Call Number: 736.68 D

Publisher: Picador, 2011

368 pp.

January 2013—Not Too Distant Future—United States

Title: When She Woke

Author: Jordan, Hillary

Call Number: FIC Jordan

Publisher: Algonquin Books, 2011

368 pp.

December 2012 – 20th Century – Former Yugoslavia

Title:   The Tiger’s Wife

Author:  Obreht, Tea

Call Number:  FIC Obreht

Publisher:  Random House, 2011

337 pp.

November 2012 – 1660s-1670s – Martha’s Vineyard & Cambridge, MA

Title:  Caleb’s Crossing

Author:  Brooks, Geraldine

Call Number:  FIC Brooks

Publisher:  Viking, 2011

306 pp.

October 2012 – Late 1950s – China

Title: Dreams of Joy

Author: See, Lisa

Call Number:  FIC See

Publisher: Random House, 2011

354 pp.

September 2012 – Early 20th Century – United States

Title:  Loving Frank

Author:  Horan, Nancy

Call Number:  FIC Horan

Publisher: Ballantine Books, 2007

362 pp.

August 2012— 1930s – Berlin, Germany

Title: In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin

Author:  Larson, Erik

Call Number:  BIO Dodd

Publisher:  Crown, 2011

464 pp.

( A 2011 Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle book)


July 2012—1690s- Andover & Salem, MA

Title:  The Heretic’s Daughter

Author: Kent, Kathleen

Call Number: FIC Kent

Publisher: Bay Back Books, 2009

368 pp.

June 2012—Present Day, Windsor Castle, England

Title: The Uncommon Reader

Author: Bennett, Alan

Call Number: FIC Bennett

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007

Description: 128 pp.

May 2012— 1980s – Chicago & Portland

Title: The Girl Who Fell From the Sky

Author: Durrow, Heidi

Call Number: FIC Durrow

Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2010

Description: 264 pp.

April 2012— 1960s-1990s—Calcutta & Cambridge, MA

Title: The Namesake

Author: Lahiri, Jhumpa

Call Number: FIC Lahiri

Publisher: Mariner Books, 2004

Description: 291 pp.

March 2012— Present Day—United States

Title: The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

Author: Pollan, Michael

Call Number: 394.12 P

Publisher: Penguin, 2006

Description: 450 pp.

(Community Reads Selection)

February 2012—Late 19th – Early 20th Century- China

Title: Pearl of China

Author: Min, Anchee

Call Number: FIC Min

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA, 2010

Description: 278 pp.

January 2012—Present Day –Edgecomb St. Mary, England

Title: Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand

Author: Simonson, Helen

Call Number: FIC Simonson

Publisher: Random House, 2010

Description: 368 pp.

December 2011— 1946—Guernsey Island, & London, England

Title: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Author: Shaffer, Mary Ann

Call Number: FIC Shaffer

Publisher: Dial, 2009

Description: 290 p.

November 2011—1980-Present—Laos, Thailand, & St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

Title: The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir

Author: Yang, Kao Kalia

Call Number: BIO Yang

Publisher: Thomas Coffee House, 2008

Description: 296 p.

October 2011—Present Day –North Dakota, USA

Title: The Work of Wolves

Author: Meyers, Kent

Call Number: FIC Meyers

Publisher: Mariner Books, 2005

Description: 420 p.

September 2011—Present Day, Cairo, Egypt

Title: The Butterfly Mosque: A Young American Woman’s Journey To Love and Islam

Author: Wilson, G. Willow

Call Number: BIO Wilson

Publisher: Atlantic Monthly, 2010

Description: 320 p.

August 2011— 1920’s & 30’s—Brazil

Title: The Seamstress

Author: de Pontes Peebles, Frances

Call Number: FIC de Pontes Peebles

Publisher: Harper, 2009

Description: 656 p.

July 2011—11th Century—Penal Colony, Sado Island, Japan

Title: Island of Exiles

Author: Parker, I. J.

Call Number: MYS Parker

Publisher: Penguin, 2007

Description: 398 p.

June 2011—1931, Carbon Hill, Alabama, USA

Title: The Well and the Mine

Author: Phillips, Gin

Call Number: FIC Phillips

Publisher: Riverhead Trade, 2009

Description: 304 p

May 2011—— Present Day, Lebanon & Los Angeles, USA

Title: The Night Counter

Author: Yunis, Alia

Call Number: FIC Yunis

Publisher: Crown, 2009

Description: 384 p.

April 2011— 1950—Village of Bishop’s Lacey, England

Title: The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

Author: Bradley, Alan

Call Number: MYS Bradley

Publisher: Delacourte, 2008

Description: 384 p.

March 2011— 1930’s – 1980’s—Chippewa Reservation, North Dakota, USA

Title: Love Medicine

Author: Erdrich, Louise

Call Number: FIC Erdrich

Publisher: McGraw-Hill, 2000

Description: 367 p.

February 2011—1986- Present Day, Sudan, Egypt & the United States

Title: Escape from Slavery: The True Story of My Ten Years in Captivity And My Journey to Freedom in America

Author: Bok, Francis

Call Number: BIO Bok

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin, 2004

Description: 304 p.

January 2011—1665-1666 –Eyam, Derbyshire, England

Title: Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague

Author: Brooks, Geraldine

Call Number: FIC Brooks

Publisher: Mariner Books, 2005

Description: 420 p.

December 2010–1920’s–Hong Kong & China

Title: The Painted Veil

Author:  Maugham, W. Somerset

Call Number: FIC Maugham

Publisher: Vintage Books USA, 2006

November 2010–1871–London, England

Title: The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary

Author:  Winchester, Simon

Call Number: 423 W

Publisher: Harper Perennial, 1999

October 2010–1962–Mississippi

Title: The Help

Author: Stockett, Kathryn

Call Number: FIC Stockett

Publisher: Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam, 2009

September 2010–2001–Gander, Newfoundland

Title:  The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland

Author:  Defede, Jim

Call Number: 971.8 D

Publisher: Harper Paperbacks, 2003

August 2010–Present Day–Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Title: In the Land of Invisible Women: A Female Doctor’s Journey in the Saudi Kingdom

Author:  Ahmed, Qanta A.

Call Number:  BIO Ahmed

Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc., 2008

July 2010–1948 & Present Day– Eastern Norway

Title: Out Stealing Horses: A Novel

Author: Petterson, Per

Call Number: FIC Petterson

Publisher: Picador, 2008

June 2010–1934-Present Day–Japan

Title: The Commoner

Author: Schwartz, John Burnham

Call Number: FIC Schwartz

Publisher: Vintage, 2009

May 2010–1962-Roofing, Minnesota, USA

Title: Peace Like A River

Author: Enger, Leif

Call Number: FIC Enger

Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2002

April 2010–1663–Newbury, Massachusetts

Title:  The Naked Quaker: True Crimes and Controversies From the Courts of Colonial New England

Author: Rapaport, Diane

Call Number: 364.109 R

Publisher: Commonwealth Editions, 2007

March 2010 — 1918 — Nebraska

Title: My Antonia

Author: Cather, Willa

Call Number: FIC Cather

Publisher: Sourcebooks, 2008

February 2010–1970s-1990s–Kabul, Afghanistan

Title: The Kite Runner

Author: Hosseini, Khaled

Call Number: FIC Hosseini

Publisher: Riverhead Trade, 2004

January 2010–Present Day, Calcutta, India & the Unites States

Title:  Sister of My Heart: A Novel

Author:  Divakaruni, Chitra Banerjee

Call Number:  FIC Divakaruni

Publisher: Anchor, 2000

December 2009–Present Day Russia & England

Title: The Road Home

Author: Tremain, Rose

Call Number: FIC Tremain

Publisher: Back Bay Books, 2009

November 2009–Constantinople during the reign of Emperor Justinian I (527-565 AD)

Title: One for Sorrow: A John the Eunuch Mystery

Authors: Mary Reed and Eric Mayer

Call Number: MYS Reed

Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press, 2000

October 2009–1930s Hong Kong to Present Day Manchester, England

Title: Sweet Mandarin: The Courageous True Story of Three Generations of Chinese Women and Their Journey from East to West

Author: Tse, Helen

Call Number: BIO Tse

Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books, 2008

September 2009–Present Day, Clarence, Minnesota

Title:  Spilling Clarence

Author: Ursu, Anne

Call Number: FIC Ursu

Publisher: Hyperion, 2003

August 2009–Present day southern United States of America

Title: Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War

Author: Horwitz, Tony

Call Number: 973.7 H

Publisher: Vintage, 1999

July 2009–1931 & present day United States of America

Title: Water for Elephants

Author: Gruen, Sara

Call Number: FIC Gruen

Publisher: Algonquin Books, 2007

June 2009–1940, Madrid, Spain

Title: Winter in Madrid

Author: Sansom, C.J.

Call Number: FIC Sansom

Publisher: Viking, 2008

May 2009–1880, Paris, France

Title:  Luncheon of the Boating Party

Author: Vreeland, Susan

Call Number: FIC Vreeland

Publisher: Harper Collins, 2001

April 2009–1915, Ontario, Canada

Title:  Three Day Road

Author: Boyden, Joseph

Call Number: FIC Boyden

Pulisher: Viking, 2005

March 2009–Present Day, Caribbean Island of Dominica

Title: Unburnable

Author:  John, Marie-Elena

Call Number: FIC John

Publisher: Amistead, 2006

February 2009–Present Day, Swindon, Wiltshire, England

Title: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Author: Haddon, Mark

Call Number:  FIC Haddon

Publisher: Doubleday, 2003

January 2009–1918, Yekaterinburg, Russia

Title: The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar

Author:  Alexander, Robert

Call Number: FIC Alexander

Publisher: Viking, 2003

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One Response

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    A romance story, my book is filled with humor, suspense and drama. After an unfortunate first meeting James Ball, a US sailor, and Mary Bauer, a waitress at the Chesapeake Crab House, are instantly attracted to one another, although Mary has sworn off dating military men because of some bad experiences in her past. Jimmy (James) is smitten with her beauty, she’s a gorgeous redhead with a ravishing body.

    Jimmy pursues Mary not willing to take her “no’s” for an answer and eventually they date, fall in love and marry. But Jimmy is scheduled to ship out of port soon. They make the most of their time together before he leaves. When his ship reaches its destination, off the coast of Vietnam, disaster strikes and WWII ordinances and jet fuel are exploding on the flight deck, engulfing the ship with blazing fires and destruction. What follows are a series of twists-and-turns that make the pages fly by as you read.

    I believe you would find my work entertaining and gripping. Please consider it for review with your book club.

    Thanks so much,

    Stephen M. Braley

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