Schedule

December

We Are All Completely
Beside Ourselves 
by Karen Joy Fowler

Dec 2nd

318 Cafe in Excelsior!, 7p

Dec 9th

Republic, 7p

Dec 16th

Happy Gnome, 6:15p

(doors 5pm)

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  • Books

    2015

    Mar – Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler

    Feb – The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

    Jan – An Untamed State by Roxane Gay

    2014

    Dec – We Are Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

    Nov – The Humans by Matt Haig

    Oct – The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes

    Sept – Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley

    Aug  - The Devil’s Snake Curve by Josh Ostergaard

    July – The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

    June – The Dinner by Herman Koch

    May – Lexicon by Max Barry

    April – Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

    March – The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

    February – Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

    January – The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

    2013

    Dec – Submergence by J.M. Ledgard

    Nov – Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

    Oct – Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

    Sept – The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

    Aug – How Should a Person Be? by Sheila Heti

    July – The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson

    June 2013 – The Dog Stars by Peter Heller

    May 2013 – Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple

    Apr 2013 – Arcadia by Lauren Groff

    Mar 2013 – The Round House by Louise Erdrich

    Feb 2013 – Carry the One by Carol Anshaw (video chat)

    Feb 2013 – The Other Woman by Hank Phillipi Ryan (road trip to Big Book Club Getaway at Mohegan Sun Casino, CT)

    Jan 2013 – Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend by Susan Orlean (video chat)

    2012

    Dec 2012 – Turn of Mind by Alice LaPlante

    Nov 2012 – The Tragedy of Arthur by Arthur Phillips

    Wed Nov 7 – Chanhassen / Nov  13th – Bryant Lake Bowl with Arthur Phillips video chat / Nov 20th – Amsterdam

    October 2012 – TWO BOOKS – Pick to read one or both for our author visit with Cheryl Strayed as we cover
    Tiny Beautiful Things and Wild.  Strayed will be with us at Amsterdam and we’ll also return to 3x a month with Chanhassen added along with Mpls.

    Sept 2012 – The Rules of Civility by Amor Towles. Author will join us at Bryant Lake Bowl on 9/11. We continue with 2nd Tues at BLB in 2012-2013.

    Aug 2012 – Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – Mpls and St. Paul

    July 2012 – The Sense of Ending by Julian Barnes – Mpls and St. Paul

    June 2012 – The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach – Mpls and St. Paul

    May 2012 – Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

    Tue, May 1 – The School II Chanhassen
    Tue, May 8 – Aster Cafe – Minneapolis
    Tue, May 15 – Amsterdam – St. Paul

    April 2012 - The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt

    Tue, Apr 3 – The School II Chanhassen

    Tue, Apr 10 – Aster Cafe – Minneapolis

    Tue, Apr 17 – Amsterdam – St. Paul

    March 2012 – Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

    Tues, Mar 6 – The School II Chanhassen
    Tues Mar 13 – Aster Cafe, Mpls
    Tues, Mar 20 – Amsterdam Bar and Hall – St. Paul

    February 2012 – Swamplandia! by Karen Russell

    Feb 7 – The School II – Chanhassen
    WEDNESDAY, Feb 15 – Aster Cafe – Minneapolis
    WEDNESDAY, Feb 29 – Amsterdam Bar and Hall – St. Paul

    January 2012Just Kids by Patti Smith

    Jan 3- The School II – Chanhassen
    Jan 10 – Aster Cafe – Minneapolis
    Jan 17 – Amsterdam Bar and Hall – St. Paul

    December 2011Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

    Dec 6 – The School II – Chanhassen
    Dec 13 – Aster Cafe – Minneapolis
    Dec 20 – Amsterdam Bar – St. Paul

    November 2011Friday Night Lights by H.G. Bissinger

    Nov 1st – The School II – Chanhassen
    Nov 8th – Aster Cafe – Minneapolis
    Nov 15th – Amsterdam Bar – St. Paul

    October 2011The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson

    Oct 4th – The School II – Chanhassen (Our 100th Discussion!)
    Oct 11th – Aster Cafe – Mpls

    9/29/11Room by Emma Donoghue

    9/13/11The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall

    8/9/11Room by Emma Donoghue

    7/12/11HARRY POTTER DAY (all 7 books, with Azkaban being our 100th book) by J.K. Rowling

    6/14/11The Help by Kathryn Stockett

    5/10/11A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

    4/26/11House of Tomorrow by Peter Bognanni (live appearance)

    3/29/11The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

    3/24/11Monkeewrench by P.J. Tracy

    3/8/11Carter Beats the Devil by Glen David Gold

    2/22/11One Day by David Nicholls

    2/8/11The Adderall Diaries by Stephen Elliott

    1/25/11The Likeness by Tana French

    1/11/11The Financial Lives of the Poets by Jess Walter

    12/14/10Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon

    11/23/10The Hunger Games Trilogy: The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

    11/9/10To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

    10/26/10 - If You Lived Here You’d Already Be Home by John Jodzio (live appearance)

    10/12/10This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper (with video chat)

    9/14/10Blankets (an illustrated novel) by Craig Thompson

    8/24/10 – (note: 4th Tuesday) – Zeitoun by Dave Eggers

    7/13/10The Magicians by Lev Grossman (video chat)

    6/8/10The Lost City of Z by David Grann

    5/11/10 - Big Machine by Victor LaValle (video chat)

    4/13/10 – Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann (Our 75th Meeting!)

    3/23/10 - City of Thieves by David Benioff

    3/9/10 – The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

    2/23/10 - Ray of the Star by Laird Hunt (video chat)

    2/9/10 – Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
    (B&B 6th Anniversary)

    1/26/10 - The History of Love by Nicole Krauss

    1/12/10 – The Road by Cormac McCarthy

    12/09 The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti
    (video chat with author)

    reaper
    Date: November 2009
    Book: Beat the Reaper
    Author: Josh Bazell

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
    Date: October 2009
    Book: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
    Author: Stieg Larsson

    The Dud Avocado
    Date: September 2009
    Book: The Dud Avocado
    Author: Elaine Dundy

    The Time Traveler's Wife
    Date: August 2009
    Book: The Time Traveler’s Wife
    Author: Audrey Niffenegger

    atmospheric
    Date: July 2009
    Book: Atmospheric Disturbances: A Novel
    Author: Rivka Galchen

    bonk
    Date: June 2009
    Book: Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex
    Author: Mary Roach

    Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance - Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem!
    Date: May 2009
    Book: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance – Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem!
    Author: Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith

    Kafka on the Shore
    Date: April 2009
    Book: Kafka on the Shore
    Author: Haruki Murakami

    The Dispossessed
    Date: March 2009
    Book: The Dispossessed
    Author: Ursula K. LeGuin

    The Monsters of Templeton
    Date: February 2009
    Book: The Monsters of Templeton
    Author: Lauren Groff

    No One Belongs Here More Than You
    Date: January 2009
    Book: No One Belongs Here More Than You
    Author: Miranda July

    Out Stealing Horses
    Date: December 2008
    Book: Out Stealing Horses
    Author: Per Petterson

    The Yiddish Policemen's Union
    Date: November 2008
    Book: The Yiddish Policemen’s Union
    Author: Michael Chabon

    The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
    Date: October 2008
    Book: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
    Author: Junot Diaz

    Zeroville
    Date: September 2008
    Book: Zeroville
    Author: Steve Erickson

    Anansi Boys
    Date: August 2008
    Book: Anansi Boys
    Author: Neil Gaiman

    Lolita
    Date: July 2008
    Book: Lolita
    Author: Vladimir Nabokov

    The Raw Shark Texts
    Date: June 2008
    Book: The Raw Shark Texts
    Author: Steven Hall

    The Book Thief
    Date: May 2008
    Book: The Book Thief
    Author: Markus Zusak

    Then We Came to the End
    Date: April 2008
    Book: Then We Came to the End
    Author: Joshua Ferris

    Geek Love
    Date: March 2008
    Book: Geek Love
    Author: Katherine Dunn

    The Sparrow
    Date: February 2008
    Book: The Sparrow
    Author: Mary Doria Russell

    Stumbling on Happiness
    Date: January 2008
    Book: Stumbling on Happiness
    Author: Daniel Gilbert

    Cat's Cradle
    Date: December 2007
    Book: Cat’s Cradle
    Author: Kurt Vonnegut

    The Omnivore's Dilemma
    Date: November 2007
    Book: The Omnivore’s Dilemma
    Author: Michael Pollan

    Wake Up, Sir!
    Date: October 2007
    Book: Wake Up, Sir!
    Author: Jonathan Ames

    Theft
    Date: September 2007
    Book: Theft
    Author: Peter Carey

    Water for Elephants
    Date: August 2007
    Book: Water for Elephants
    Author: Sara Gruen

    Pretty Little Mistakes: A Do-Over Novel
    Date: July 2007
    Book: Pretty Little Mistakes: A Do-Over Novel
    Author: Heather McElhatton

    Special Topics in Calamity Physics
    Date: June 2007
    Book: Special Topics in Calamity Physics
    Author: Marissa Pessl

    absurdistan
    Date: May 2007
    Book: Absurdistan
    Author: Gary Shteyngart

    swan
    Date: April 2007
    Book: Black Swan Green
    Author: David Mitchell

    love
    Date: March 2007
    Book: The People’s Act of Love
    Author: James Meek

    On Beauty
    Date: February 2007
    Book: On Beauty
    Author: Zadie Smith

    The Tipping Point
    Date: January 2007
    Book: The Tipping Point
    Author: Malcolm Gladwell

    Case Histories
    Date: December 2006
    Book: Case Histories
    Author: Kate Atkinson

    survivor
    Date: November 2006
    Book: Survivor
    Author: Chuck Palahniuk

    Atonement
    Date: October 2006
    Book: Atonement
    Author: Ian McEwan

    Goodbye Lemon
    Date: September 2006
    Book: Goodbye Lemon
    Author: Adam Davies

    memory
    Date: August 2006
    Book: Confessions of a Memory Eater
    Author: Pagan Kennedy

    The Devil in the White City
    Date: July 2006
    Book: The Devil in the White City
    Author: Eric Larson

    The Namesake
    Date: June 2006
    Book: The Namesake
    Author: Jhumpa Lahiri

    Never Let Me Go
    Date: May 2006
    Book: Never Let Me Go
    Author: Kazuo Ishiguro

    Love in the Time of Cholera
    Date: April 2006
    Book: Love in the Time of Cholera
    Author: Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    The Glass Castle
    Date: March 2006
    Book: The Glass Castle
    Author: Jeannette Walls

    Children of God Go Bowling
    Date: February 2006
    Book: Children of God Go Bowling
    Author: Shannon Olson

    Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs
    Date: January 2006
    Book: Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs
    Author: Chuck Klosterman

    Beautiful Stranger: A Memoir of an Obsession with Perfection
    Date: December 2005
    Book: Beautiful Stranger: A Memoir of an Obsession with Perfection
    Author: Hope Donahue

    Wicked
    Date: November 2005
    Book: Wicked
    Author: Gregory Maguire

    The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil
    Date: October 2005
    Book: The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil
    Author: George Saunders

    The Book of Illusions
    Date: September 2005
    Book: The Book of Illusions
    Author: Paul Auster

    natasha
    Date: May 2005
    Book: Natasha
    Author: David Bezmozgis

    Love Monkey
    Date: April 2005
    Book: Love Monkey
    Author: Kyle Smith

    epicure
    Date: March 2005
    Book: The Epicure’s Lament
    Author: Kate Christensen

    children
    Date: Feb 2005
    Book: Little Children
    Author: Tom Perotta

    house
    Date: Jan 2005
    Book: Bringing Down the House
    Author: Ben Mezrich

    liars
    Date: Dec 2004
    Book: Liars & Saints
    Author: Maile Meloy

    electoral
    Date: Nov 2004
    Book: Looking Forward to It : Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the American Electoral Process
    Author: Stephen Elliott

    Dry
    Date: Oct 2004
    Book: Dry
    Author: Augusten Burroughs

    kissing
    Date: Sept 2004
    Book: Kissing in Manhattan
    Author: David Schickler

    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
    Date: Aug 2004
    Book: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
    Author: Mark Haddon

    The Kid
    Date: Jul 2004
    Book: The Kid
    Author: Dan Savage

    Date: Jun 2004
    Book: Blue Shoes
    Author: Ann Lamont
    losers
    Date: May 2004
    Book: The Losers Club
    Author: Richard Perez

    Good in Bed
    Date: Apr 2004
    Book: Good in Bed
    Author: Jennifer Weiner

    High Fidelity
    Date: Feb 2004 (first meeting)
    Book: High Fidelity
    Author: Nick Hornby

    face
    Date: Mar 2004
    Book: Autobiography of a Face
    Author: Lucy Grealy

    The School II Friends of the Saint Paul Library
    Republic Magers and Quinn Amsterdam Bar & Hall