Notes from the Austin College Book Club.

September 2022: ‘The Awakening’ by Kate Chopin

August 2022: ‘A Study in Scarlet Women’ by Sherry Thomas

July 2022: ‘The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo’ by Taylor Jenkins Reid.

Karann’s list:

P.D. James:  Mysteries

Gregory McGuire: Cottage industry of reworking fairy tales and classic fantasy: Wicked, Son of a Witch, Confessions of an Ugly Step-sister … 

Kate Chopin, The Awakening  (1899) turn-of-the-century South, power and powerlessness  

Somerset Maugham, The Razor’s Edge (1944)  making sense of the world after WW I:  wealth vd poverty and working poor, East vs West, education vs lack of it 

Vonnegut, Hocus Pocus  (1990) a tale ostensibly pieced together from notes; a carillonneur, Viet Nam vet, teacher at small dysfunctional college, at prison, inmate in prison 

Mary Doria Russell, The Sparrow (1996) sci fi (many awards); Earthlings travel to a planet on the basis of hearing music from it, their experiences there; engages religious ideas, at times quite dark (author has doctorate in biological anthropology) 

Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things (1997, Booker prize)  intimate look at a family in southern India in the 1960s and “Love Laws” – social boundaries and transgressing them

Ruth Ozeki, A Tale for the Time Being  (2013, shortlisted for Booker)  back and forth between journal writer and person who finds the journal, kind of mystery, kind of an investigation into what makes life worthwhile

Julia Alvarez, Afterlife (2021) woman is widowed on the day of retiring from work as a professor, finds herself thrown into situation dealing with undocumented workers 

April 2022: Cece’s 10 favorite mystery series authors:

1. Louise Penny
2. Deborah Crombie
3. Dorothy Sayers
4. Deanna Rayburn
5. Amanda Cross
6. Charlotte MacLeod
7. Janet Neel
8. Anne Perry
9. Sherry Thomas
10. Ariana Franklin.

April 2022: Our book will be ‘The Plot’ by Jean Hanff Korelitz

March 2022: ‘The Secret Book and Scone Society’ by Ellery Adams

December 2021: Poems and that list is just gone.

November 2021: ‘How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals’ by Sy Montgomery

October 2021: ‘Klara and the Sun’ by Kazuo Ishiguro

September 2021: ‘Calling Me Home’ by Julie Kibler. Other suggested reads:

  • ‘The Gods of Jade and Shadow’ by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • ‘The Thursday Murder Club’ by Richard Osman.

August 2021: The 100-year-old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared. Other suggestions:

  • The Things We Lost To the Water
  • This Perfect Day by Ira Levin
  • The Mercer Girls
  • Pizza Girl
  • Mexian Gothic
  • Broken Girls and/or Sundown Motel by Simone St. James
  • The Hour of the Witch
  • Transcendent Kingdom
  • Opium and Absinthe
  • The Plot

July 2021: A Treacherous Curse by Deanna Raybourn.

May 2021: Book suggestions:

  • The Secret to Super Human Strength
  • Hamnet
  • A Memory Called Empire
  • The Invisible Life of Addie LaVoux
  • America’s First Daughter 
  • A Longer Fall
  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
  • The Glass Hotel
  • Wintering
  • Tanna French – The Trespasser *
  • Tanna French – The Searcher

March 2021: Books of Interest

  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
  • Vela Chronicles
  • The Magpie Mystery
  • The Travelling Cat Chronicles
  • The Evening and the Morning – Ken Follett
  • The Hamnet
  • Outlawed – Anna North
  • The Testament – Margaret Atwood
  • Strange Practice
  • Me and Sister Bobbie

February 2021: Suggested reads:

  • A long way to a small angry planet 
  • Mexican Gothic
  • Small Great Things
  • The Sun Down Motel
  • The Broken Girls
  • The Magpie Murders 
  • The Midnight Library – Book for March
  • The Scythe Trilogy 
  • The Lost and Found Bookshop 

January 2021: Here are the books from last month and this month that were suggested (not a complete list for sure):

  • Welcome to the Monkey House – short stories
  • The Vanishing Half – Book for Feb*
  • The Midnight Library – Goodreads choice award 
  • 9 Perfect Strangers
  • A Nearly Normal Family
  • The City We Became
  • Galapagos
  • Magpie Murders (Book 1)
  • Moonflower Murders (Book 2)
  • How to be Successful without Hurting a Man’s Feelings 

July 2020: Next book: Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey. Other books suggested: The Guest List; Girl, Woman, Other; Testament; The Family Fang; The Dutch House; Commonwealth; Make Your Home Among Strangers; The Plague; and other books by Charlaine Harris (especially the Sookie Stackhouse novels).

Click here to open a Partial List of the books we’ve read since March 2014.

April 2020: Next book: City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert. ‘Comfort book’ suggestions: Harry Potter series, The Book of Ivy,  Flat Broke with 2 Goats, Pride and Prejudice, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Just One Damned Thing After Another, the Narnia series, and anything by Alice Hoffman. Less comforting but good: The Stand by Stephen King.

Light Reads for Quarantines – March 26, 2020

Recommendations from Anna Laura and Cece – December 2019

July 2019: two books recommended by Amanda are ‘Inheritance ‘ by Dani Shapiro and ‘The Age of Light’ by Whitney Schafer.

Group Suggestions – November 2019

Nayelly’s Top Ten

Summer Beach Reads – June 2019

Recently Read and Recommended

Group Suggestions – July 2018

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