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NVN Book Discussion Group - Titles List

A list of the books we've read and discussed together over the years



  • January: The Love Songs of W.E.B. DuBois by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers

  • February: The Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki



  • January: Disappearing Earth by Julia Philips

  • February: Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner

  • March: The Overstory by Richard Powers

  • May: Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell

  • June: Lying Life of Adults by Elena FerranteJuly: The Vanishing Half by Brit BennettAugust: My Broken Language by Quiara Alegria Hudes

  • September: The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray

  • November: Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles



  • January: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, Part I

  • February: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, Part II

  • March: Year of Wonders by Ann Patchett

  • May: Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo

  • October: The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

  • November: The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Dare

  • December: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi



  • January: There There by Tony Orange

  • February: Country Driving: A Chinese Road Trip by Peter Hessler (also known as Country Driving: A Journey Through China from Farm to Factory)

  • March: Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

  • April: Visitors by Anita Brookner

  • May: Sapiens by Yuval Harari

  • June: The Johnstown Flood by David McCullough

  • July: How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

  • August: Deacon King Kong by James McBride

  • September: Shakespeare Saved My Life by Laura Bates

  • October: On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong



  • January: The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe

  • Febraury: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

  • March: The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton

  • April: How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan

  • May: A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra

  • June: An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

  • July: The Cut Out Girl by Bart Van Es

  • August: The Friend by Sigrid Nunez

  • September: A Shopkeeper’s Millennium: Society and Revivals in Rochester, New York, 1815-1837 by Paul E. Johnson

  • October: Ladder of Years by Anne Tyler

  • November: How the Irish Became White by Noel Ignatiev

  • December: Sula by Toni Morrison



  • Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

  • This is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel 

  • Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates

  • Equilateral by Ken Kalfus

  • In the Shadow of Statues by Mitch Landrieu

  • Founding Mothers by Cokie Roberts

  • Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

  • Walden by H. D.Thoreau

  • Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

  • The Round House by Louise Erdrich

  • The Invisible Gorilla by Christopher Chabris

  • My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante


Before 2018

  • Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson

  • The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

  • Daring to Drive by Manal Al-Sharif

  • Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

  • A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

  • Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

  • The Swerve by Stephen Greenblatt

  • Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

  • Rules of Civility by Amor Towles