Evening Group Reading List


Animal Farm by George Orwell

The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder

Eleanor Roosevelt as a topic

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner

To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey

The Perfect Horse by Elizabeth Letts

The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Alexander Hamilton as a topic


The Call of the Wild by Jack London

The Lobster Chronicle: Life on a very small island by Linda Greenleaf

Death in the Everglades: The Murder of Guy Bradley, America’s First Martyr to Environmentalism, by Stuart B. McIver

The Burglary by Betty Medsger

Blood and Thunder by Hampton Sides

The Epicures’ Lament by Kate Christensen

Leni: The Life and Work of Leni Riefenstahl by Steven Bach

The New Colossus by Marshall Goldberg

The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein

That Old Cape Magic by Richard Russo

Dreams of My Russian Summers by Andrei Makine

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson


The Bully Pulpitby Doris Kearns Goodwin

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fryeby Rachel Joyce

Time and Againby Jack Finney

Frankensteinby Mary Shelley

The Plot Against Americaby Philip Roth

The Rape of Europeby Lynn H. Nichols and/or The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel and Bret Writer

JFK Assassination as a topic – Suggested readings: The Man Who Killed Kennedy, the Case Against LBJ, by Roger Stone; LBJ and the Kennedy Killing, by James Tague; Blood, Money and Power, How LBJ Killed JFK, by Barr McCllellan; Best Evidence, Disguise and Deception in the Assassination of JFK, by David Lifton; Killing Kennedy, by Bill O’Reilly; The Kennedy Detailby Gerald Blaine; Five Days in November, by Clint Hill; Texas in the Morning, by Madeline Brown (LBJ’s mistress); 11/22/63, by Stephen King

Hellhound on His Trailby Hampton Sides


Islands in the Streamby Ernest Hemingway

The Great Gatsbyby F. Scott Fitzgerald

Wait Till Next Yearby Doris Kearns Goodwin

Willa Cather (The Prairie Trilogy – O Pioneers, The Song of the Lark, My Antonia)

Behind the Scenes Or Thirty Years a Slave and Four Years in the White House, by Elizabeth Keckley 

John O’Hara

Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue, by John Mc Whorter.

Main Street, by Sinclair Lewis.

The Orphan Master’s Son, by Adam Johnson.

Orange Is the New Black, by Piper Kerman


Benjamin Franklin: An American Life, by Walter Isaacson

Atonement, by Ian McEwan

Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance, by Barack Obama

A World Lit Only by Fire, by William Manchester

The Tortilla Curtain, by T. Coraghessan Boyle

In the Lake of the Woods, by Tim O’Brian 

The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver

Hotel du Loc, by Anita Brookner

Sure Fire, by Sijie Dai (author of Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress)

Inheritance of Law, by Kiran Desai