Suggested Future Book Club Reads

June 29, 2015 § Leave a comment

Books suggested by MHC grads who’ve attended one or more book club discussions:


  • Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart
  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah
  • Muriel Barbery, The Elegance of the Hedgehog
  • Geraldine Brooks, Caleb’s Crossing, People of the Book
  • Willa Cather, My Antonia, Death Comes to the Archbishop
  • Harriet Doerr, Stones for Ibarra
  • Brian Doyle, The Plover
  • Alan Furst, Mission to Paris
  • Amitov Ghoh, The Glass Palace, Sea of Poppies
  • Molly Gloss, Hearts of Horses
  • Lisa Grunwald, The Irresistible Henry House
  • Kristin Hannah, The Nightingale
  • Mohsin Hamid, Moth Smoke
  • Gail Husch, The Button Field: A Novel
  • Henry James, The Ambassadors
  • Ken Kesey, Sometimes a Great Notion
  • Sinclair Lewis, Arrowsmith
  • Gabriel García Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • Rohinton Mistry, A Fine Balance
  • Marge Piercy, Woman on the Edge of Time
  • Tivador Soros, Masquerade
  • Wallace Stegner, Recapitulation or another book
  • John Steinbeck, East of Eden


  • Nicholas Carr, The Shallows
  • Rachel Carson, Silent Spring
  • Jung Chang, Wild Swan: Three Daughters of China
  • Lilian Faderman, Assessing the Contributions of Lesbians to the American Social Fabric
  • Alexandra Fuller, Don’t Let’s Go Down to the Dogs Tonight; also: Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness
  • Paul Fussell, The Great War and Modern Memory
  • Carolyn G. Heilbrun, The Education of a Woman: The Life of Gloria Steinem
  • Adam Hochschild, To End All Wars
  • Walter Isaacson, Einstein: His life and Universe
  • Tracy Kidder, Among Schoolchildren; also: House
  • Eric Larsen, In the Garden of Beasts, Love, Terror and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin
  • Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, The Dressmaker of Khaair Khana: Five Sisters, One Remarkable Family, and the Woman Who Risked Everything to Keep them Safe
  • Daniel J. Levitin, Your Brain on Music
  • Sheryl Sanberg, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
  • Stacy Schiff, A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America; also: Véra (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov): Portrait of a Marriage
  • William Souder, On a Farther Shore: The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson
  • Lewis Thomas, Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher
  • Philip Zimbardo, Understanding How Good People Turn Evil

MHC Book Club Meeting Dates and Books Discussed

June 29, 2015 § Leave a comment

Meeting Date             Book Discussed

7/22/2012                    Rebecca Skloot, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

8/19/2012                    Hohsin Hamid, The Reluctant Fundamentalist

9/23/12                        Stacy Schiff, Cleopatra

10/21/12                      Laurence Cossé, A Novel Bookstore

11/18/12                       Malcolm Gladwell, The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

1/27/13                         Helen Black ’81, Seven Blackbirds 

2/24/13                         Charles C. Mann, 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus

3/17/13                         Paula McLain, The Paris Wife and Earnest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

4/21/13                          Tracy Kidder, Mountains Beyond Mountains

5/19/13                          Monique Truong, The Book of Salt

6/23/13                          Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

7/21/13 (Cape Meares)  Brian Doyle, Mink River

9/13/13                          Kristin Downey, The Woman Behind the New Deal: The Life and Legacy of Frances Perkins

10/27/13                        Barbara Kingsolver, Flight Behavior

11/17/13                        Barbara Demick, Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

1/12/14                          Edith Wharton, The Age of Innocence

2/23/14                          Hilary Mantel, A Change of Climate

3/30/14                          Isabel Fonseca, Bury Me Standing: The Gypsies and Their Journey

4/13/14                          Molly Gloss, The Jump-Off Creek     

6/1/14                            Sonia Sotomayor, My Beloved World

8/3/14 (Cape Meares)   Donna Tartt, The Secret History

9/14/14                           Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

10/19/14                         Vikram Seth, An Equal Music

11/16/14                         Daniel James Brown, The Boys in the Boat

1/25/15                           George Eliot, Middlemarch

2/22/15                            Mitchell Jackson, The Residue Years

3/22/15                            Oliver Sacks, The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat

4/19/15                            Kate Atkinson, Life After Life

5/24/15                            Vicki Croke, Elephant Company: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War II

7/19/15 (Cape Meares)    Ivan Doig, Whistling Season

8/23/15 (St. Helen’s)        Victoria Sweet, God’s Hotel

9/2015                             Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See

10/2015                           Peter Stark, Astoria

August Book Club

June 1, 2015 § Leave a comment

Please join us on August 23, 2015 from 1:30-4 (book discussion beginning at 2) where we will be reading God’s Hotel by Victoria Sweet, at the home of Margaret Breitwisch ’64 in St. Helen’s, OR.  Directions and opportunities to carpool to follow on E-vite.

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