Meeting Monthly at the Simi Valley Public Library

List of Previously Read Books

There is no friend as loyal as a book. ~~Ernest Hemingway



This is a list of former discussion books:

Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland
Girl With a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
John Adams by David McCullough
Tender Is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Coalwood Way by Homer Hickam
Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
Murder at Monticello by Jane Langton
Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe
The Passion of Artemisia by Susan Vreeland
A Painted House by John Grisham
Letters of a Woman Homesteader by Elinore Pruitt Stewart
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Baghdad Without a Map by Tony Horwitz
The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn by Robin Maxwell
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
Truman by David McCullough
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
selected works by Stephen E. Ambrose
Greetings from the Golden State by Leslie Brenner (special discussion with the author)
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Atonement by Ian McEwan
Dubliners by James Joyce
Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
Marie Antoinette: The Journey by Antonia Fraser
Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
The Color of Water by James McBride
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Jamesland by Michelle Huneven (special discussion with the author)
Leap of Faith: Memoirs of an Unexpected Life by Queen Noor
Deep in the Shade of Paradise by John Dufresne
The Awakening by Kate Chopin
California Uncovered: Stories for the 21st Century by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, ed.
The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
The Soloist by Mark Salzman
The Known World by Edward P. Jones
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
The Wapshot Chronicle by John Cheever
Looking for Alaska by Peter Jenkins

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

Comfort Me with Apples: More Adventures at the Table by Ruth Reichl

The Great Fire by Shirley HazzardRamona, A Story by Helen Hunt Jackson

Beethoven’s Hair by Russell MartinThe Song of the Lark by Willa Cather

The Tears of the Giraffe by Alexander McCall Smith

In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson

The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula Le Guin

The Way West by A. B. Guthrie, Jr.

William Mulholland and the Rise of Los Angeles by Catherine Mulholland

Pale Horse, Pale Rider: Three Short Novels by Katherine Ann Porter

My Invented Country: by Isabel Allende


March: by Geraldine Brooks

Little Women: by  Louisa May Alcott

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek: by Annie Dillard

Grand Ambition: A Novel: by Lisa Michaels

Heartburn: by Nora Ephron

One Thousand White Women: The Journals Of Mary Dodd: by

Jim Fergus

The Handyman: By Carolyn See

Heartburn: by Nora Ephron

Zorro: by Isabel Allende

American Bloomsbury; by Susan Cheever

A Thousand Splendid Suns; by Khaled Hosseini

Good Earth, by Pearl Buck


The Painted Veil, by Somerset Maugham

The Oaks, by Rip Rense

A Short History of Everything, by Bill Bryson

Pompeii: a novel, by Robert Harris

Will In The World, by Stephen Greenblatt

As You Like It, by William Shakespeare

Eat, Pray, Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert

Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follett

Bless Me Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya

People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsk


The Hearts of Horses by Molly Gloss

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin

Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women by Geraldine Brooks

Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult

Loving Frank by Nancy Horan

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle: A Novel by David Wroblewski

Last of the Breed by Louis L’Amour

The Widow’s War: A Novel by Sally Gunning

The Tortilla Curtain by T. Coraghessan Boyle

Unaccutomed Earth: Stories by Jumpha Lahiri


The Zookeeper’s Wife: A War Story by Diane Ackerman

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

The White Tiger: a Novel by Aravind Adiga

Alias Grace: A Novel by Margaret Atwood

Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks

The Samurai’s Garden by Gail Tsukiyami

The Glass Castle:A Memoir by Jeannette Walls

Olive Kitteridge:Fiction by Elizabeth Strout

Water for Elephants:a novel by Sara Gruen

Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation by Cokie Roberts

The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner

The Help by Kathryn Stockett


The Women: A Novel by T. Coraghessan Boyle

Daughter of Kura by Debra Austin

The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

The Hours by Michael Cunningham

Thunderstruck by Erik Larson

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Ford County: Stories by John Grisham

Mornings on Horseback by David McCullough

Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay


The House at Riverton by Kate Morton

Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson

The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

The Alienist by Caleb Carr

When the Killings Done by T.C. Boyle

The Laws of Evening by Mary Yukari Waters

Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka


The Dovekeepers: A Novel by Alice Hoffman

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown

Audition: A Memoir by Barbara Walters

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Mrs. Kennedy and Me by Clint Hill

The Sandcastle Girls: A Novel by Chris Bohjalian

Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President
by Candice Millard

Gone Girl: A Novel by Gillian Flynn

The Art of Fielding: A Novel by Chad Harbac

Dear Life: Stories by Alice Munro

The Light Between Oceans: A Novel
by M. L. Stedman


The Language of Flowers: A Novel by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin

My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor

The Paris Wife: A Novel by Paula McLain

Nothing Daunted:
The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West

by Dorothy Wickenden

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

The Winter of our Discontent by John Steinbeck

Shroud For a Nightingale by P.D. James

Mary Coin by Marisa Silver

Miss Marple: The Complete Short Stories by Agatha Christie

Sycamore Rowby John Grisham


The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

Giant by Edna Ferber

The Diaries of Adam & Eve by Mark Twain

 April 8, 2015
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

May 13, 2015
Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall

July 8, 2015
Neverhome: A Novel
by Laird Hunt

August 12, 2015
The Narrow Road to the Deep North: A novel by Richard Flanagan

September 9, 2015
My Name is Resolute by Nancy E. Turner

November 11, 2015
Grand Central edited by Karen White and Jenna Blum et. al.

December 9, 2015
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

January 13, 2016
The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

February 10, 2016
Emma by Jane Austen

March 9, 2016
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

April 13, 2016
West with the Night by Beryl Markham

 May 11, 2016
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

June 8, 2016
Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover  in the Civil War by Karen Abbott

July 16, 2016
A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

August 10, 2016
The Wright Brothers by David McCullough

September 14, 2016
Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart

October 12, 2016
Grandma Gatewood’s Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail  by Ben Montgomery

November 9, 2016
A Manual for Cleaning Women:  Selected Stories by Lucia Berlin

December14, 2016
The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman

January 11, 2017
Bestseller:  The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain
February 8, 2017
  Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham
March 8, 2017
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
April 12, 2017
The Rainbow Comes and Goes:  A Mother and Son on Life, Love and Loss by
                        Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt
May 10, 2017
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
June 14, 2017

Empty Mansions:  The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell Jr.
July 12, 2017
Elegy for Eddie:  A Maisie Dobbs Novel (#9 ) by Jacqueline Winspear
August 9, 2017
The Sympathizer:  A Novel by Viet Thanh Nguyen
 September 13 , 2017
  When Darkness Reigns:  A True Story by Philip Remington Dunn
October 10, 2017
News Of The World by Paulette Jiles
November 8, 2017
Blackbird House by Alice Hoffman
December 13, 2017
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a family and Culture in Crisis by J.D.Vance

January 10, 2018
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles