Leelanau Township Library

Book Discussion Group

We meet September through May at 1:30pm on the 4th Wednesday of the month to discuss selected titles.  Our group is open to the public. The group requests that members please read the book before attending. We never meet in December and occasionally we adjust our November meeting due to Thanksgiving. The Library will have copies of the discussion titles available for checkout about a month in advance.

We plan to offer our book discussions in a hybrid format this season in order to allow remote participation.

Please email director@leelanautownshiplibrary.org  if have any questions or to request zoom link.

Reading List 2023-2024

  • Sept 27 Loon Feather by Iola Fuller
  • Oct 25 Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak
  • Nov 15 The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery
  • Jan 24 Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
  • Feb 28 John Woman by Walter Mosley
  • March 27 The Sum of Us by Heather McGhee
  • April 24 Island of the Sea Women by Lisa See
  • May 22 Horse by Geraldine Brooks

Reading List 2022-2023 

  • Sept 28 The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel
  • Oct 26 Children of the Catastrophe by Sarah Shoemaker Leelanau Reads! 2022
  • Nov 16 The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
  • Jan 25 Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles
  • Feb 22 A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabell Allende
  • March 22 Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
  • April 26 Anxious People by Fredrik Backman
  • May 24 These Precious Days  by Ann Patchett

Reading List 2021-2022
September 22  The Splendid and the Vile:  A Saga of Churchill, Family and Defiance During the Blitz - Erik Larson
October 27 Girl - Edna O'Brien
November 17  Dreamers of the Day - Mary Doria Russell
January 26 Dear Edward - Ann Napolitano  REMOTE ONLY VIA ZOOM
February 23 Becoming Wild - Carl Safina
March 23 The Center of Everything - Jamie Harrison
April 27 Caste: The Origin of our Discontents - Isabel Wilkerson
May 25 The River of Consciousness - Oliver Sacks

Reading List 2020-2021
September What the Eyes Don't See - Mona Hanna-Attisha Great Michigan Read!
October Where the Crawdads Sing - Delia Owens
November We Hope for Better Things  - Erin Bartels  Leelanau Community Read!
January The Lost City of the Monkey God - Douglas Preston
February There There - Tommy Orange
March  The History of Love - Nicole Krauss
April  American Dirt  - Jeanine Cummins
May The Women of the Copper Country - Mary Doria

Reading list 2019-2020
September The Invention of Wings -Sue Monk Kidd
October The Color of Water-James McBride
November The Power-Naomi Alderman
January Middlesex-Jeffrey Eugenides
February Educated -Tara Westover
May Moonglow-Michael Chabon Virtual

Reading list 2018-2019
September Founding Mothers - Cokie Roberts
October A Higher Loyalty - James Comey
November Their Eyes Were Watching God - Zora Neale Hurston
January A Gentleman in Moscow - Amor Towles
February The Ninth Hour  - Alice McDermott
March Killers of the Flower Moon - David Grann
April Song Yet Sung  - James McBride
May A Man Called Ove  - Fredrik Backman

Reading list 2017-2018
September H is for Hawk -Helen MacDonald
October Being Mortal -Atul Gawande
November Girl with Seven Names -Hyeonseo Lee
January Crossing to Safety -Wallace Stegner
February Art of Racing in the Rain -Garth Stein
March Option B -Sheryl Sandberg & Adam Grant
April Hillbilly Elegy -J.D. Vance
May Mr. Rochester-Sarah Shoemaker

Reading list 2016 - 2017
September My Brilliant Friend - Elena Ferrante
October Dead Wake - Erik Larson
November Stoner - John Edward Williams
January Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
February Sacre Bleu - Christopher Moore
March One Big Damn Puzzler - John Harding
April Becoming Nicole  - Amy Ellis Nutt
May Everything I Never Told You - Celeste Ng

Reading list 2015 - 2016
September Longbourn – Jo Baker           
October David and Goliath – Malcolm Gladwell       
November Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher  Timothy Egan                                January Far from the Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy      
February The Long Exile – Melanie McGrath
March Under the Wide and Starry Sky – Nancy Horan         
April All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr
May Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins

Reading list 2014 - 2015
September Flight Behavior – Barbara Kingsolver       
October 19th Wife – David Ebershoff         
November Sparrow Migrations – Cari Noga
January Boys in the Boat – Daniel Brown
February Woman Behind the New Deal – Kirstin Downey
March Too Much Happiness – Alice Munro        
April Uncle Tom’s Cabin – Harriet Beecher Stowe
May Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn

Reading list 2013 - 2014
September A Good American – Alex George (TC reads title)
October Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
November Things Invisible to See – Nancy Willard
January The Garden of Evening Mists – Tan Twan Eng
February Outliers – Malcolm Gladwell
March The Redbreast – Jo Nesbo
April The Round House – Louise Erdrich  
May Unbroken – Laura Hillenbrand

Reading list 2012 - 2013
September  In the Garden of Beasts - Eric Larson
October  The Story of Beautiful Girl - Rachel Simon
November  Laughing Boy - Oliver LaFarge
January  Arc of Justice - Kevin Boyle
February  Tiger's Wife - Tea Obreht 
March  Infidel - Ayaan Hirsi Ali
April  Once Upon a River - Bonnie Jo Campbell
May  The Paris Wife - Paula McLain

Reading list 2011-2012
September  Hannah Coulter - Wendell Berry
October  Year of Wonders – Geraldine Brooks
November  Sarah’s Key –Tiatiana de Rosnay
January  True Grit – Charles Portis
February  Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
March  Wide Sargasso Sea – Jean Rhys
April  Immortal life of Henrietta Lacks – Rebecca Skloot
May  Little Bee – Chris Cleave

Reading list 2010 - 2011
September Season of Water and Ice – Donald Lystra
October Out Stealing Horses – Per Petterson
November Housekeeper and the Professor – Yoko Ogawa
January Cutting for Stone – Abraham Verghese
February The Help – Kathryn Stockett
March Invisible Mountain – Carolina de Robertis
April Strength in What Remains – Tracy Kidder
May Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne

Reading lists from 1995 - 2010
Achebe, Chinua - Things Fall Apart
Ambrose, Stephen - Undaunted Courage 
Alexie, Sherman - Reservation Blues 
Bandele, Asha - Prisoner's Wife
Brooks, Geraldine - People of the Book 
Brown, Judy - Choice 
Christopher, Nicholas - Trip to the Stars 
Coetzee, J.M. - Disgrace 
Cogan, Pricilla - Winona’s Web 
Conway, Jill K. - Road from Coorain 
Conway, Jill K. - True North 
Cunningham, Steven - Hours 
Doig, Ivan - This House of Sky 
Edwards, Kim - Memory Keeper's Daughter
Eggers, Dave - Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius 
Eng, Tan Twan - Gift of Rain 
Enger, Leif - Peace Like a River 
Faulkner, William - Light in August 
Fergus, Jim - One Thousand White Women
Franzen, Jonathan - Corrections 
Frazier, Charles - Cold Mountain 
Friedman, Thomas - Hot, Flat and Crowded 
Fuller, Alexandra - Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight
Gaines, Ernest - Lesson Before Dying 
Genova, Lisa - Still Alice
Gilbert, Elizabeth - Eat, Pray, Love 
Glass, Julia - Three Junes 
Golden, Arthur - Memoirs of a Geisha 
Graham, Katherine - Personal History
Greene, Graham - The Quiet American  
Guterson, David - Snow Falling on Cedars
Guterson, David - Our Lady of the Forest
Hamil, Pete - Snow in August 
Harr, Jonathan - Civil Action
Harris, Joanne - Five Quarters of the Orange
Harrison, Jim - True North
Hart, Elva Trevino - Barefoot heart
Haruf, Kent - Plainsong 
Haushofer, Marlen - The Wall
Hedges, Chris - War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning 
Hegi, Ursula - Stones from the River 
Hillenbrand, Laura - Seabiscuit 
Hoffman, Alice - Here on Earth 
Hosseini, Khaled - Kite Runner
Hosseini, Khaled - Thousand Splendid Suns 
Ibsen, Henrik - Enemy of the People 
Ishiguro, Kazuo - Remains of the Day 
Jones, Edward P. - Known World 
Kidd, Sue Monk - Secret Life of Bees 
King, Dave - The Ha-ha 
Kingsolver, Barbara - Poisonwood Bible 
Kingsolver, Barbara - Prodigal Summer
Lahiri, Jhumpa - Namesake
Larson, Erik - Devil in the White City
Lowry, Lois - Number the Stars 
Lowry, Lois - The Giver 
Mahfouz, Naguib - Palace Walk 
Martel, Yann - Life of Pi 
Mason, Daniel - Piano Tuner 
Massaquoi, Hans - Destined to Witness 
McCourt, Frank - Angela’s Ashes 
McEwan, Ian - Atonement 
McEwan, Ian - On Chesil Beach 
McGarry Morris, Mary - Lost Mother
McGregor, Elizabeth - Girl in the Green Glass Mirror 
Moriarty, Laura - Rest of Her Life 
Mortenson, Greg - Three Cups of Tea  
Nafisi, Azar - Reading Lolita in Tehran
Naslund, Sena Jeter - Ahab's Wife
Niebuhr, Gustav - Beyond Tolerance 
Norman, Howard A - Bird Artist 
O'Brien, Tim - Things They Carried
Packer, Ann - Dive From Clausen’s Pier 
Patchett, Ann - Bel Canto 
Peck, Richard - In Search of Stones 
Perkins, Lynne Rae - Criss Cross 
Picoult, Jodi - My sister's keeper
Pollan, Michael - Omnivore’s Dilemma
Potok, Chaim - Chosen 
Raymo, Chet - Dork of Cork 
Redfield, James - Celestine Prophesy 
Reynolds, Sherri - Rapture of Canaan 
Richter, Conrad - The Fields 
Richter, Conrad - The Town
Richter, Conrad - Trees
Robinson, Marilynne - Gilead
Roth, Philip - Human Stain 
Rowling, J. K - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone 
Roy, Arundhati  – God of Small Things
Salzman, Mark - Soloist 
Sebold, Alice - Lovely Bones 
Seierstad, Asne - Bookseller of Kabul
Shaffer, Mary Ann & Annie Barrows - Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Smith, Zadie - On Beauty
Sowell, Thomas - Race and Culture 
Stegner, Wallace - Angle of Repose 
Tannen, Deborah - You Just Don’t Understand 
Trevor, William - Story of Lucy Gault
Updike, John - In the Beauty of the Lilies 
Watson, Lawrence - Montana 1948
Wells, Rebecca - Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood 
Welty, Eudora - Optimist’s Daughter 
Wharton, Edith - House of Mirth 
Whelan, Gloria - Homeless Bird 
Wilkins, Roger - Jefferson’s Pillow 
Woolf, Virginia - Room of One’s Own 
Wroblewski, David - Story of Edgar Sawtelle

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