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MPBC - Lawrence KS
Reading List: 1993-2009

(Boldfaced books were voted as annual favorites)

2009 Books:
Baby Jesus Pawnshop - Lucia Orth
Year of Wonders - Geraldine Brooks
Celloist of Sarajevo - Steven Galloway
Return of the Native - Thomas Hardy
Hannah Coulter - Wendell Barry
Cutting for Stone - Abraham Verghese
Those Who Save Us - Jenna Blum
The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother - James McBride
The Tenderness of Wolves - Stef Penney

Previous Years' Selections:

  • A Prayer for Owen Meany
  • Annie John-Jamaica Kincaid
  • World's End-T. Coraghessan Boyle
  • Angle of Repose-Wallace Stegner
  • Remains of the Day-Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Animal Dreams-Barbara Kingsolver
  • Morgan's Passing-Anne Tyler
  • Truman-David McCullough
  • Jane Eyre-Charlotte Bronte
  • Tobacco Road-Erskine Caldwell
  • Refuge-Terry Tempest Williams
  • The Shipping News- E. Annie Prouix
  • Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil-John Berendt
  • The Stone Diaries-Carol Shields
  • The Agony and the Ecstacy-Irving Stone
  • A Frolic of His Own-William Gaddis
  • Little Altars Everywhere-Rebecca Wells
  • The Moonstone-Wilkie Collins
  • The House on Mango Street-Sandra Cisneros
  • The English Patient-Michael Ondaatje
  • As I Lay Dying-William Faulkner
  • In the Time of the Butterflies-Julia Alvarez
  • The Cape Ann-Faith Sullivan
  • The Professor's House-Willa Cather
  • Talk Before Sleep-Elizabeth Berg
  • The Confessions of Nat Turner-William Styron
  • The Liar's Club-Mary Karr
  • Dear and Glorious Physician-Taylor Caldwell
  • Tender is the Night-F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Saving Grace-Lee Smith
  • The Color of Water-James McBride
  • Atticus-Ron Hanson
  • Martin Dressler-Steven Millhauser
  • House of the Seven Gables-Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • A Civil Action-Jonathan Harr
  • A Lesson Before Dying-Ernest Gaines
  • Middlemarch-George Eliot
  • Angela's Ashes-Frank McCourt
  • The Dubliner's-James Joyce
  • Lady Chatterly's Lover-D.H. Lawrence
  • A Soldier of the Great War-Mark Helprin
  • The Good Earth-Pearl S. Buck
  • Into Thin Air-Jon Krakauer
  • A Widow for One Year-John Irving
  • The Picture of Dorian Grey-Oscar Wilde
  • American Pastoral-Philip Roth
  • Undaunted Courage-Stephen Ambrose
  • Remembering Laughter-Wallace Stegner
  • The Samarai's Garden-Gail Tsukiyama
  • Memoirs of a Geisha-Arthur Golden
  • Clear Light of Day-Anita Desai
  • Anna Karenina-Leo Tolstoy
  • The Poisonwood Bible-Barbara Kingsolver
  • Bang the Drum Slowly-Mark Harris
  • The Power of One-Bryce Courtenay
  • A Farewell to Arms-Ernest Hemingway
  • The Old Man and the Sea-Ernest Hemingway
  • Nothing But the Truth-Avi
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Apprentice-J.K. Rowling
  • Charming Billy-Alice McDermott
  • Bleak House-Charles Dickens
  • My Year of Meats-Ruth L. Ozeki
  • The Razor's Edge-W. Somerset Maugham
  • Girl in Hyacinth Blue-Susan Vreeland
  • Girl with a Pearl Earring-Tracy Chevalier
  • Look Homeward Angel-Thomas Wolfe
  • My Cousin Rachel-Daphne du Maurier
  • A Country Year-Sue Hubbell
  • The Red Tent-Anita Diamant
  • Frankenstein-Mary Shelley
  • Tess of the d'Urbervilles-Thomas Hardy
  • Waiting-Ha Jin
  • Having Our Say-Sara L. Delany and A. Elizabeth Delany
  • The Archivist-Martha Cooley
  • Riders of the Purple Sage-Zane Grey
  • Victoria's Daughters-Jerrold M. Packard
  • Musings of a Smiling Bull-Paul E. Wilson
  • From Here to Eternity-James Jones
  • The Left Hand of Darkness-Ursula K. LeGuin
  • Julie and Romeo-Jeanne Ray
  • Personal History-Katharine Graham
  • Caravans-James A. Michener
  • Portrait of a Lady-Henry James
  • Galileo's Daughter-Dava Sobel
  • All Quiet on the Western Front-Erich Maria Remarque
  • Bridge of San Luis Rey-Thornton Wilder
  • An Hour Before Daylight-Jimmy Carter
  • East of Eden-John Steinbeck
  • Alias Grace-Margaret Atwood
  • The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse-Louise Erdrich
  • Secrets of the Tsil Cafe-Thomas Fox Averill
  • The Invisible Man-H.G. Wells
  • Old Goriot-Honore de Balzac
  • John Adams-David McCullough
  • A Gesture Life-Chang Rae Lee
  • Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstess-Dai Sijie
  • Atonement-Ian McEwan
  • Seabiscuit-Laura Hillenbrand
  • Too Close to the Falls-Catherine Gildiner
  • Five Quarters of the Orange-Joanne Harris
  • The Other Boleyn Girl-Philippa Gregory
  • The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency-Alexander McCall Smith
  • The Three Musketeers-Alexandre Dumas
  • Reading Lolita in Tehran-Azar Nafisi
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude-Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • The Hero's Walk-Anita Rau Badami
  • Pioneer Women-Joanna L. Stratton
  • Woman in White-Wilke Collins
  • Waiting for Snow in Havana-Carlos Eire
  • Henderson the Rain King-Saul Bellow
  • Tom Jones-Henry Fielding
  • Candide-Voltaire
  • The Devil in the White City-Erik Larson
  • the curious incident of the dog in the night-time-Mark Haddon
  • The Big House-George Howe Colt
  • Prep-Curtis Sittenfeld
  • The News from Paraquay-Lily Tuck
  • Odyssey-Homer(translated by Lombardo)
  • Cod-Mark Kurlansky
  • The Sweet Hereafter-Russell Banks
  • 1776-David McCullough
  • Mountains Beyond Mountains-Tracy Kidder
  • Madame Bovary-Gustave Flaubert
  • The Birth of Venus-Sarah Dunant
  • Dracula-Bram Stoker
  • The Bell Jar-Sylvia Plath
  • The Center of Everything-Laura Moriarty
  • Team of Rivals-Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • Catch-22-Joseph Heller
  • Gilgamesh-a novel-Joan London
  • Hard Time-Sara Paretsky
  • The Year of Magical Thinking-Joan Didion
  • Brideshead Revisited-Evelyn Waugh
  • All the King's Men-Robert Penn Warren
  • Howards End-E.M. Forster
  • A Long Long Way-Sebastian Barry
  • March-Geraldine Brooks
  • Love, Work, Children-Cheryl Mendelson
  • The Brothers Karamazov-Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Born on a Blue Day-Daniel Tammet
  • A Thousand Spendid Suns-Khaled Hosseini
  • Dandelion Wine-Ray Bradbury
  • A Farewell Summer-Ray Bradbury
  • Revolutionary Heart: The Life of Clarina Nichols and the Pioneering Crusade for Women's Rights-Diane Eickhoff
  • The Tender Bar-J.R.Moehringer
  • The Road-Cormac McCarthy
  • Loving Frank-Nancy Horan
  • Disgrace-J. M. Coetzee
  • Great Expectations-Charles Dickens
  • A Family Torn Apart-Justina Neufeld
  • The Book Thief-Markus Zusak
  • The Friday Night Knitting Club-Kate Jacobs
  • River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey-Candice Millard
  • What is the What-Dave Eggers
  • The Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston and Mario Spezi
  • The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls

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