Erudite Book Club Reading List 1987 to Present

Bookshelves fullHere is our Erudite Book Club Reading List.  Each year each member can suggest up to 5 books.  They have 1 minute per book to sell the book selection committee on their recommendations.  We do this at an evening dinner party.  The selection committee is made up of 3 members and it rotates through the club from year to year.


Les Miserables, Victor Hugo
Two From Galilee, Marjorie Holmes
The Road Less Traveled, M. Scott Peck M.D.
Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
Much Ado About Nothing, William Shakespeare
Anne Of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery
Miracle At Philadelphia, Catherine Drinker Bowen
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, Agatha Christy
A Stranger for Christmas, Carol Lynn Pearson
Benjamin Franklin Autobiography

City of Joy, Lapierre
Watership Down, Richard Adams
Screwtape Letters/
Mere Christianity  C.S. Lewis
Love Is Eternal, Irving Stone
Exodus, Leon Uris
The Dollmaker, Harriette Arnow
Walden, Thoreau
Mig Pilot, John Barron
East of Eden, John Steinbeck
The Once and Future King, T.H. White
Three Blind Mice, Agatha Christy

The Silver Chalice, Thomas Costain
The Woman In White, Wilkie Collins
Life and Death in Shanghai, Nien Cheng
A Seperate Peace, John Knowles
How Green Was My Valley, Richard Llewellyn
Lake Wobegone Days, Garrison Keillor
Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith
The Briography of Hugh B. Brown, Firmage

Turn of the Screw, Henry James
Shell Seekers, Rosamunde Pilcher
Saints, Orson Scott Card
Everything I Ever Wanted to Know I Learned In Kindergarten, Robert Fulgam
A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
The Seventh Son, Orson Scott Card
Eleni, Nicholas Gage
Cold Sassy Tree, Olive A. Burns
Follow The River, James Thom

The Mayor of Casterbridge, Thomas Hardy
A Girl of the Limberlost, Gene S. Porter
Autobiography of Parley P. Pratt
Kaffir Boy, Mark Mathabane
The Education of Little Tree, Forrest Carter
Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, Anne Tyler
Only When I Laugh, Eloise Bell
Mila 18, Leon Uris
The Spy Wore Red, Alice, Countess of Romanones

Hawaii, James A. Michener
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, Fannie Flagg
The Brothers Karamozov, Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Ladies of Missalonghi, Colleen McCullough
My Name Is Asher Lev, Chaim Potok
Tuck Everlasting, Natalie Babbit
The Unexpected Mrs. Polifax, Dorothy Gilman
Powder Keg, Leo V. Gordon/Richard Vetterli
The Lacemaker, Janine Montupet

The Stolen White Elephant, Mark Twain
A Thousand Acres, Jane Smiley
Hero and the Crown, R. McKinley
Walking Across Egypt, Clyde Edgerton
The Bridges of Madison County, Robert James Waller
Animal Dreams, Barbara Kingsolver
The Way Things Ought To Be, Rush Limbaugh
Roots, Alex Haley
Midwife’s Tale, Laurel Ulrich
Emma, Jane Austen

Freedom At Midnight, Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre
All Creatures Great and Small, James Herriot
Stones For Ibarra, Harriet Doerr
The Westing Game, Ellen Raskin
To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
My Antonia, Willa Cather
One Child, Torey L. Hayden
Fatherland, Robert Harris
Angle of Repose, Wallace Stegner

Princess, Jean Sasson
A Woman of Egypt, Jihan Sadat
The Robe, Lloyd C. Douglas
The Power of One, Bryce Courtney
Middlemarch, George Eliot
Good Night Mr. Tom, Michelle Magorian
A Yellow Raft in Blue Water, Michael Dorris
Vienna Prelude, Bodie Thoene
Wild Swans, Jung Chang
The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde

Mutant Message Down Under, Marlo Morgan
All God’s Critters Got a Place in the Choir, Ulrich/Thatcher
Far From the Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy
The Giver, Lois Lowrey
Andersonville, Mackinley Kantor
Jamaica Inn, Daphne DuMaurier
Nobody Don’t Love Nobody, Stacey Bess
Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austin
A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute
First Ladies, Margaret Truman
Faust, Goethe
In their Own Words: Women and the Story of Nauvoo, Carol Cornwall Madsen

The Gathering of Zion, Wallace Stegner
A Mother’s Ordeal, Steve Mosher
Go Forward With Faith, Sheri L. Dew
Henry the Fifth, William Shakespeare
Murder on the Potomac, Margaret Truman
Stones From the River, Ursula Hegi
The Hundred Secret Senses, Amy Tan
Nicholas and Alexandra, Robert K. Massie
The Eight, Katherine Neville

The Color of Water, James McBride
The Face of a Stranger, Anne Perry
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, Mark Twain
A Lantern in Her Hand, Bess Streeter Aldrich
Malkeh and Her Children, Marjorie Edelsen
A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L’Engle
I Am the Clay, Chaim Potok
The Glass Lake, Maeve Binchy
The Man Who Listens to Horses, Monty Roberts

A Civil Action, Jonathan Harr
Father Elijah-An Apocalypse, Michael D. O’Brien
The Scarlet Pimpernel, Baroness Emmuska Orczy
At Home in Mitford, Jan Karon
The Children, David Halberstam
Mourning Dove, Larry Barkdull
Cold Mountain, Charles Frazier
The Maltese Falcon, Dashiell Hammett
Memoirs of a Geisha, Arthur Golden

Out of the Dust, Karen Hesse
War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
Standing for Something, Gordon B. Hinckley
Rocket Boys (October Sky), Homer H. Hickman
Excellent Women, Barbara Pym
The Book Club, Mary Alice Monroe
Walk Two Moons, Sharon Creech
Here Be Dragons, Sharon Kay Penman
Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card

The Greatest Generation, Tom Brokaw
Holes, Louis Sachar
The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver
Galileo’s Daughter, Dava Sobel
Bourne Identity, Robert Ludlum
The Count of Monte Cristo, Alexander Dumas
The Red Tent, Anita Diamant
Possession, A. S. Byatt
The Silver Crown, Robert O’Brien
A Mormon Mother, Annie Clark Tanner

Cry, the Beloved Country, Alan Paton
The Real George Washington, Parry
The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Other Side of Heaven, John H. Groberg
Bonds That Make Us Free, C. Terry Warner
Stolen Lives, Malika Oufkir
The Trumpeter of Krakow, Eric P. Kelly
From Sea to Shining Sea, James Alexander Thom
The Samurai’s Garden, Gail Tsukiyama

Time and Again, Alan Paton
The Nine Brides and Granny Hite, Neill C. Wilson
John Adams, David McCullough
Danny the Champion of the World, Roald Dahl
Hallelujah, J. Scott Featherstone
Peace Like a River, Leif Enger
Seabiscuit, Laura Hillenbrand
Beethoven’s Hair, Russell Martin
The House of Mirth, Edith Wharton
My Grandfather’s Blessings, Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D.

These Is My Words, Nancy E. Turner
The Persian Pickle Club, Sandra Dallas
Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage, Alfred Lansing
The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Mitch Albom
The Far Pavillions, M. M. Kaye
Forever, Erma Erma Bombeck
The President’s Lady, Irving Stone
The Killer Angels, Michael Shaara
Joan of Arc, Mark Twain
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader , C. S. Lewis

Don Quixote, Cervantes
Charlotte’s Rose, Elaine Cannon
Flag of Our Fathers, James Bradley
The History of Joseph Smith, Lucy Mack Smith
Wish You Well, David Baldacci
Persuasion, Jane Austin
Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini
Johnstown Flood, David McCullough
All But My Life, Gerta Weissman Klien

Eat Cake, Jeanne Ray
Good Hope Road, Lisa Wingate
A Train to Potevka, Mike Ramsdell
Goose, Girl/Princess Academy, Shannon Hale
Night, Elie Wiesel
The Book Thief, Markus Zusak
Fire in the Bones, S. Michael Wilcox
March, Geraldine Brooks
Bound for Canaan, Furgus M. Bordewich
1776, David McCullough

The Emperors of Chocolate, Joel Glenn Brenner
A Girl Named Zippy, Haven Kimmel
The Faith Club, Ranya Idliby, Suzanne Oliver/Priscilla Warner
The Ladies Auxiliary, Tova Mirvis
The Mayflower, Nathaniel Philbrick
I Capture the Castle, Dodie Smith
The Warden, Anthony Trollope
Left to Tell, Immaculee Ilibagiza
The Peacegiver, James L. Ferrell
The Professor and the Madman, Simon Winchester

Unlikely Heroes, Ron Carter
Each Little Bird That Sings/
Love, Ruby Lavender, Deborah Wiles
Three Cups of Tea, Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin
Mormon Scientist, Henry J. Eyring
The Citadel, A.J. Cronin
Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven, Fannie Flag
Wives and Daughters, Elizabeth Gaskill
Moloka’i, Alan Brennert
The Agony and the Ecstasy, Irving Stone
To Destroy You is No Loss, Joan Criddle & Teeda Butt Mam

Letters of a Woman Homesteader, Elinore Pruitt Stewart
Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons
A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini
The Guernsey Literacy &,Potato Peel Pie Society, Shaffer & Barrows
The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell
Red Bird Christmas, Fanny Flagg
Team of Rivals, Doris Kearns Goodwin
Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
Dark Tide, Stephen Puleo
The Quilters Legacy, Jennifer Chiaverini

Massacre at Mountain Meadows, Walker, Turley, & Leonard
Your Choice-Books by Richard Peck Richard Peck
The Help, Kathryn Stockett
Jayber Crow, Wendell Berry
Miracles on the Water, Tom Nagorski
Yearning for the Living God, F. Enzio Busche
Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
Uprising, Margaret P. Haddix
The Blue Star, Tony Earley
Lighting Out for the Territory, Roy Morris, Jr.

End of 2011 (Calendar Changed)
Lives of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence, Benson J Lossing
Lark Rise to Candleford, Flora Thompson
Maise Dobbs, Jacque Winspear
Chains, Laurie Halse Anderson

The Shape of Mercy, Susan Meissner
Jubilee Trail, Gwen Bristow
Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe
Candle in the Darkness, Lynn Austin
The Forgotten Garden, Kate Morton
Understood Betsy, Dorothy Canfield
The Prize Winner of Defiance Ohio, Terry Ryan
Eve: Choices Made in Heaven, Beverly Campbell
Women of Character, Susan Black & MJ Woodger
Half the Sky, Nicolas Kristol

2013-14 (Calendar Changed Back)
Destiny of a Republic, Candice Millard
Gifts of Imperfection, Brene Brown
April 1865, Jay Winik
The Tenant of Wildfell, Hall Ann Bronte
Unbroken, Laura Hillenbrand
Major Petigrew’s Last Stand, Helen Simonson
Catherine the Great, Robert Massie
Saving CeeCee Honeycut, Beth Hoffman
Mao’s Last Dancer, Cunxin Li
Between Shades of Gray, Ruta Sepetys
The Well and the Mine, Gin Phillips
Shiloh Autumn, Brodie & Brock Thoene
North and South, Elizabeth Gaskell
Candy Bombers, Andrei Cherry

George Washington’s Secret Six, Brian Kilmeade
The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion, Fanny Flagg
The Rent Collector, Camron Wright
Moon Over Manifest, Clare Vanderpool
The Secret Keeper, Kate Morton
The Language of Flowers, Vanessa Diffenbaugh
No Name, Wilkie Collins
One Summer, America, 1927, Bill Bryson
Orphan Train, Christina Baker Kline

Esperanza Rising, Pam Munoz Ryan
Boys in the Boat, Daniel James Brown
The Invention of Wings, Sue Monk Kidd
Rebecca, Daphne DuMaurier
The God Who Weeps, Terryl & Fiona Givens
Leave it to Psmith, P.G. Wodehouse
Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
Some Kind of Different As Me, Ron Hall and Denver Moore
Half-Broke Horses, Jeannette Walls

Julius Caesar, William Shakespeare
I Feel Bad About My Neck, Nora Ephron
The Nazi Officer’s Wife, Edith Beers & Susan Dworkin
River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey, Candice Millard
Friendly Persuasion, Jessamyn West
The Residence, Kate Anderson Brower
Quiet, Susan Cain
Wednesday Wars, Gary D. Schmidt
Deadwake, Eric Larsen
The Lake House, Kate Morton

Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe
The Grave’s a Fine and Private Place, Alan Bradley
The Hired Girl, Laura Amy Schlitz
Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare
Before We Were Yours, Lisa Wingate
Peace for a Palestinian, Sahar Qumsiyeh
Ordinary Grace, William Kent Krueger
Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in Korea, Barbara Demick
Beneath a Scarlet Sky, Mark Sullivan
Shoe Dog, Phil Knight

Rocket Men, Robert Kurson
Rora, James Byron Huggins
The Storytellers’ Secret, Sejal Badani
A Piece of the World, Christina Baker Kline
Gilead, Marilynn Roginson
We Were the Lucky Ones, Georgia Hunter
Immortal Irishman, Timothy Egans
My Dear Hamilton, Stephanie Dray
Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens

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