Book Discussions

LITerally Speaking meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 1pm. To see past titles discussed, see below.

Novels at Night typically meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 6pm at Bliss Artisan. To see past titles discussed, see below.

LITerally Speaking Meeting Dates and Title Discussed

Meeting DateBook for Discussion
May 1999Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom
June 1999Midwives: a Novel by Chris Bohjalian
July 1999I Want To Buy A Vowel: A Novel of Illegal Alienation by John Welter
August 1999What Looks Like Crazy On An Ordinary Day by Pearl Cleage
September 1999Stigmata by Phyllis Alesia Perry
October 1999The Cliff Walk by Don J. Snyder
November 1999The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
January 2000Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
February 2000My Last Days As Roy Rogers by Pat Cunningham Devoto
March 2000The Unsettling of America by Wendell Berry
April 2000The Architecture of the Arkansas Ozarks by Donald Harrington
May 2000Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck
June 2000There Are No Children Here by Alex Kotlowitz
July 2000Another Roadside Attraction by Tom Robbins
August 2000Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
September 2000The Storm by Frederick Buechner
October 2000Praying for Base Hits by Bruce Clayton
November 2000Your Blue-eyed Boy by Helen Dunmore
January 2001Hunting for Hope by Scott Russell Sanders
February 2001Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson
March 2001Having Our Say by Sarah and Elizabeth Delaney
April 2001The Evening News by Marly Swick
May 2001The Chosen by Chaim Potok
June 2001Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts
July 2001Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns
August 2001Dead Man Walking by Helen Prejean
September 2001The Hero’s Walk by Anita Rau Badami
October 2001A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith
November 2001The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis
January 2002House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III
February 2002The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
March 2002Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow
April 2002The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
May 2002The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy
June 2002Murder in Little Egypt by Darcy O’Brien
July 2002Vernon Can Read! by Vernon Jordan
August 2002American Pastoral by Philip Roth
September 2002Founding Brothers by Joseph J. Ellis
October 2002The Emperor of Ocean Park by Stephen Carter
November 2002The Children of First Man by James Alexander Thom
December 2002Prisoners of Hope by Dayna Curry
January 2003The Burning by Tim Madigan
February 2003To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
March 2003The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey
April 2003Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
May 2003Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
June 2003A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel
July 2003We Were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates
August 2003Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand
September 2003Open House by Elizabeth Berg
October 2003A Child Called ‘It’ by David Pelzer
November 2003Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes
December 2003No Meeting
January 2004The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
February 2004Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
March 2004Maus by Art Spiegelman
April 2004Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
May 2004The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
June 2004The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
July 2004Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
August 2004The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
September 2004The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
October 2004She’s Not There by Jennifer Boylan
November 2004No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
December 2004No Meeting
January 2005Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer
February 2005The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
March 2005Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks
April 2005My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
May 2005Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
June 2005Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
July 2005The Pilot’s Wife by Anita Shreve
August 2005Truth and Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett
September 2005Buffalo Soldier by Chris Bohjalian
October 2005A Painted House by John Grisham
November 2005Shadow Divers by Robert Kurson
December 2005No Meeting
January 2006Paradise by Toni Morrison
February 2006The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
March 2006Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson
April 2006Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
May 2006Widow of the South by Robert Hicks
June 2006In Praise of Slowness by Carl Honore
July 2006The Alchemist by Paul Coehlo
August 2006The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
September 2006The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver
October 2006The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio by Terry Ryan
November 2006Me & Emma by Elizabeth Flock
December 2006No Meeting
January 2007Inside the Kingdom by Carmen bin Laden
February 2007Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
March 2007March by Geraldine Brooks
April 2007Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt
May 2007The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd
June 2007The Last American Man by Elizabeth Gilbert
July 2007The Innocent Man by John Grisham
August 2007The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
September 2007The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
October 2007The Saffron Kitchen by Yasmin Crowder
November 2007The Bondswoman’s Narrative by Hannah Crafts
January 2008The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
February 2008Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
March 2008Bee Season by Myla Goldberg
April 2008Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
May 2008In the Time of Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
June 2008Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
July 2008Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum
August 2008The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler
September 2008From the Heart’s Closet by Anneliese “Lee” Krauter
October 2008Becky: The Life and Loves of Becky Thatcher by Lenore Hart
November 2008Atonement by Ian McEwan
December 2008Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
January 2009The Rest of Her Life by Laura Moriarty
February 2009The History of Love by Nicola Krauss
March 2009The Next Thing On My List by Jill Smolinski
April 2009Rhett Butler’s People by Donald McCaig
May 200919th Wife by David Ebershoff
June 2009American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld
July 2009Looking for Alaska by John Green
August 2009The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
September 2009Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
October 2009Body Surfing by Anita Shreve
November 2009Julie & Julia by Julie Powell
December 2009No Meeting
January 2010Breakfast at Sally’s by Richard LeMieux
February 2010A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
March 2010The Piano Teacher by Janice Lee
April 2010The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain
May 2010Wild Life by Molly Gloss
June 2010The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
July 2010Dewey by Vicki Myron
August 2010The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry
September 2010Hope’s Boy by Andrew Bridges
October 2010The Help by Kathryn Stockett
November 2010The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister
January 2011Eve: A Novel of the First Woman by Elissa Elliott
February 2011Eat Cake by Jeanne Ray
March 2011Picking Cotton by Jennifer Thompson-Cannino and Ronald Cotton
April 2011Thinking in Pictures by Temple Grandin
May 2011Still Alice by Lisa Genova
June 2011The Quiet American by Graham Greene
July 2011Far From The Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
August 2011The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
September 2011Room by Emma Donoghue
October 2011Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
November 2011The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown
January 201229 Gifts by Cami Walker
February 2012Labor Day by Joyce Maynard
March 2012The Dressmaker of Khair Khana by Gayle Tzemach
April 2012Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
May 2012Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson
June 2012A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
July 2012Rocket Boys by Homer Hickham
August 2012Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind by Ann B. Ross
September 2012The Postmistress by Sarah Blake
October 2012The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
November 2012The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
January 2013The Geographer’s Library by Jon Fasman
February 2013Gap Creek by Robert Morgan
March 2013Acqua Alta: A Commissario Novel by Donna Leon
April 2013Mephisto Club by Tess Gerritsen
May 2013The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan
June 2013Marmee & Louisa: The Untold Story of Louisa M. Alcott & Her Mother by Eve LaPlante
July 2013Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
August 2013The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
September 2013The Wednesday Sisters by Meg Waite Clayton
October 2013The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
November 2013Gifted Hands by Ben Carson
January 2014The Girl in the Blue Beret by Bobbie Ann Mason
February 2014The Aviator’s Wife by Melody Benjamin
March 2014 
April 2014The Ladies Auxiliary by Tova Mirvis
May 2014Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver
June 2014The Millionaire and the Mummies by John M. Adams
July 2014Empty Mansions by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell, Jr.
August 2014Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson
September 2014The Vintage Teacup Club by Vanessa Greene
October 2014Widder’s Landing by Eddie Price
November 2014The Gardener of Versailles by Alain Baraton
January 2015We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
February 2015The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
March 2015The Orchard by Teresa Weir
April 2015 The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron
May 2015 Liar Temptress Soldier Spy by Karen Abbott
June 2015  Still Alice by Lisa Genova
July 2015 The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
August 2015 All the Light You Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
September 2015 Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight
October 2015 The Dog Who Saved Me by Susan Wilson
November 2015 Skipping Christmas by John Grisham
December 2015 No Meeting
January 2016 The Truth According to Us by Annie Barrows
February 201612 Years a Slave by Solomon Northup
March 2016Pirate Hunters by Robert Kurson
April 2016Tiffany Girl by Deeanne Gist
May 2016Dead Wake by Erik Larson
June 2016Operation Thunderbolt by Saul David
July 2016The Last Bookaneer by Matthew Pearl
August 2016The Song of Hartgrove Hall by Natasha Solomons
September 2016Stars over Sunset Boulevard by Pamela D. Toler
October 2016 
November 2016The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg
December 2016Heroines of Mercy Street by Susan Meissner
January 2017Open Discussion
February 2017The Lady and the Unicorn by Tracy Chevalier
March 2017 Dune Boy by Edwin Way Teale
April 2017The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht
May 2017The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu by Joshua Hammer
June 2017A Truck Full of Money by Tracy Kidder
July 2017Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
August 2017A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley
September 2017The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson
October 2017Will in the World by Stephen Greenblatt
November 2017In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash by Jean Shepherd
December 2017No Meeting
January 2018 The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald
February 2018 Sound and Sweet Airs by Anna Beer
March 2018 The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson
April 2018 Founding Mothers by Cokie Roberts
May 2018 Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
June 2018 The Underground River by Martha Conway
July 2018 Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin
August 2018 My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
September 2018Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
October 2018 The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
November 2018 As You Wish by Chelsea Sedoti
December 2018No Meeting
January 2019A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
February 2019On Call in the Arctic by Thomas J. Sims
March 2019The Bar Harbor Retirement Home for Famous Writers (And Their Muses) by Terri-Lynne DeFino
April 2019The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
May 2019The Hour of Land by Terry Tempest Williams

Novels at Night Meeting Dates and Title Discussed

Meeting DateBook for Discussion
May 2015Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
June 2015Me Before You by JoJo Moyes
July 2015 The Storied Life of AJ Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
August 2015You by Caroline Kepnes
September 2015 The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
October 2015The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
November 2015 Life From Scratch by Sasha Martin
December 2015A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
January 2016The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson
February 2016The Mountain Story by Lori Lansens
March 2016Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal
April 2016Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
May 2016Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
June 2016All the Things We Never Knew by Sheila Hamilton
July 2016The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
August 2016Inside the O’Briens by Lisa Genova
September 2016The Guest Room by Chris Bohjalian
October 2016Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan
November 2016I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh
December 2016Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
January 2017Grunt by Mary Roach
February 2017Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
March 2017Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
April 2017Salt to the Sea by Rupta Septys
May 2017 The Girl With All the Gifts by M. R. Carey
June 2017Unfaithful by Alice Hoffman
July 2017All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood
August 2017One Breath Away by Heather Gudenkauf
September 2017Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
October 2017The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel
November 2017Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
December 2017The Wanderers by Meg Howery
January 2018The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti
February 2018American Fire by Monica Hesse
March 2018Everybody’s Son by Thrity Umrigar
April 2018 Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart
May 2018Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
June 2018Sing Unburied Sing  by Jessamyn Ward
July 2018 The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
August 2018 An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
September 2018 Educated by Tara Westover
October 2018 Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
November 2018 Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
December 2018 White Houses by Amy Bloom
January  2019 Flowers for Hitler by Ilse Horacek
February 2019 Grist Mill Road by Christopher J. Yates
March 2019 Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
April 2019 The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
May 2019 Bad Blood by John Carreyrou
June 2019 Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
July 2019The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
August 2019The Lost Man by Jane Harper
September 2019The Valedictorian of Being Dead by Heather B. Armstrong