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The Hotel New Hampshire by John Irving  Jan 20, 2021

Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz  Jan 6, 2021

Ready PLayer TWO by Ernest Cline Dec 16

Fleishman Is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner Dec 2

The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel Nov 18

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett Nov  4

Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson  Oct  20

We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Berry Oct  7

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers  Sep 23

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead  Sep 9

Educated by Tara Westover Aug  26

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid Aug 11

Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney July 22

Circe by Madeline Miller July 8

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett June 24

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton June 10

Recursion by Blake Crouch 5/27

WATCHMEN – Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons 5/13

The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradal 4/29

Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid 4/15

Mar – The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

Feb – The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North

(and our 215th book together)

Jan – Climate Justice by Mary Robinson


Jan – Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina

Feb – Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

Mar – The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Apr – Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

May – Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Jun – The Nix by Nathan Hill

Jul – A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

Aug – There There by Tommy Orange

Sep – Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Oct – Locke & Key Vol 1 and 2 by Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez

Nov – My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

Dec – Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield


Dec – Kitchen Confidential (updated deluxe) by Anthony Bourdain (our 200th book together!)

Nov – The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Oct – The Passage by Justin Cronin

Sept – Dune by Frank Herbert

Aug – Vision vol 1-2, by Tom King

July – They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us by Hanif Abdurraqib

Jun – The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (our book #194)

May – Fellow Travelers by Thomas Mallon with MN Opera (5/22)

May – All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

Apr – All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood with MN Opera (4/24)

Apr – Bear Town by Fredrik Backman


Mar – Ready Player One by Ernest Cline at Dangerous Man, special re-read request

Mar – Fool by Christopher Moore with MN Opera (3/12)

Mar – Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Feb – Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (Books & Bars 14th birthday!)

Jan – Dead Man Walking by Sister Helen Prejean with MN Opera (1/23)

Book #186 – Jan – Before the Fall by Noah Hawley


Dec – The Annie Year by Stephanie Wilbur Ash

Nov – Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Oct – Mozart’s Women by Jane Glover with MN Opera

Oct – The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict

Sept – Beautiful Ruins (re-read) by Jess Walter with MN Opera

Sept – Saga Vol 1 & Vol 2 (issues #1-12) by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples

(Sept marks Our 180/181st reads for the book club)

Aug – Wintering by Peter Geye

Jul – Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Jun – Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler

May – Locally Laid by Lucie Amundsen

Apr – The Sellout by Paul Beatty

Mar – The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Feb – American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Jan – The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson


Dec – Fates & Furies by Lauren Groff

Nov – Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradahl

Oct – The Turner House by Angela Flournoy

Sept – Oreo by Fran Ross

Aug – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne,Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.

July – My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

June – A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

May – The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

Apr – Ancillary Justice By Ann Leckie

Mar – Blindness by José Saramago

Feb – The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

Jan – The Circle by Dave Eggers


Dec – How Star Wars Conquered the Universe – Chris Taylor

Nov – The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman

Oct – The Secret History – Donna Tartt

Sep – Go Set a Watchman – Harper Lee

Aug – Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher

July – Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

June – The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

May – We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Apr – The Martian by Andy Weir

Mar – Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler (our 150th read)

Feb – The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

Jan – An Untamed State by Roxane Gay


Dec – We Are All 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


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)


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

10/26/10If 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)

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

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

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

Date: September 2008
Book: Zeroville
Author: Steve Erickson

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

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

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

Date: May 2007
Book: Absurdistan
Author: Gary Shteyngart

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

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

Date: November 2006
Book: Survivor
Author: Chuck Palahniuk

Date: October 2006
Book: Atonement
Author: Ian McEwan

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

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

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

Date: May 2005
Book: Natasha
Author: David Bezmozgis

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

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

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

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

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

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

Date: Oct 2004
Book: Dry
Author: Augusten Burroughs

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
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

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