Previous Book Group Selections

Coffeehouse Fiction

A list of previous titles for our Coffeehouse Fiction book club. For a current list, see our Book Groups page.

2016-2017 Titles

A Sugar Creek Chronicle, by Cornelia Mutel (yes, it's non-fiction)

The Watch that Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic, by Allan Wolf

Haroun and the Sea of Stories, by Salman Rushdie

The God of Small Things, by Arundhati Roy

A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman

Our Souls at Night, by Kent Haruf

Summerlong, by Dean Bakopoulos

Bottomland, by Michelle Hoover

The Cookbook Collector, by Allegra Goodman

2015-2016 Titles

Vanessa and Her Sister, by Priya Parmar

Lila, by Marilynne Robinson (All Iowa Reads 2016 selection)

The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak (2016 Linn Aread Reads selection)

The Martian, by Andy Weir

Radiance of Tomorrow, by Ishmael Beah

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

The Trail of Broken Wings, by Sejal Badani

The Telling, by Jo Baker

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

2014-2015 Titles

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira (All Iowa Reads title for 2015)

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey (Linn Area Reads title for 2015)

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

The Returned by Jason Mott

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared  by Jonas Jonasson

The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell

The Education of Nancy Adams by Larry Baker

A Tale for the Time Being, by Ruth Ozeki

2013-2014 Titles

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

Little Wolves by Thomas Maltman

Half Broke Horses by Jeanette Walls. It will be useful (but not essential) to have read The Glass Castle, also by Jeanette Walls, first.

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

City of Women by David R. Gillham

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

Digging to America by Anne Tyler

Home by Marilynne Robinson

A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams

2012-2013 Titles

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Year We Left Home by Jean Thompson

Another Piece of My Heart by Jane Green

The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

The Last Child by John Hart

Still Alice by Lisa Genova

The Turk and My Mother by Mary Helen Stephanik

The Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesy

History Club

A list of titles from our History Club book group, now defunct. 

Dark Invasion 1915: Germany's Secret War and the Hunt for the First Terrorist Cell in America by Howard Blum

Sapiens: a brief history of humankind by Yuval Harari

Where Good Ideas Come From: the Natural History of Innovation by Steven Johnson

Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky

Why did the chicken cross the world? : the epic saga of the bird that powers civilization by Andrew Lawler

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel and Great Harry by Carolly Erickson

Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie

Asia's Cauldron: The South Sea and the End of a Stable Pacific by Robert D. Kaplan

King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa by Adam Hochschild

The House of Wisdom: How the Arabs Transformed Western Civilization by Jonathan Lyons

The Greek Way by Edith Hamilton

Empire of Shadows: The Epic Story of Yellowstone by George Black

Wyatt Earp: A Vigilante Life by Andrew Isenberg

The Gifts of the Jews: How a Tribe of Desert Nomads Changed the Way Everyone Thinks and Feels by Thomas Cahill

Skull in the ashes : murder, a gold rush manhunt, and the birth of circumstantial evidence in America by Peter Kaufman

One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson

How the Irish Saved Civilization: The Untold Story of Ireland's Heroic Role from the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe by Thomas Cahill

The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson

A Slave in the White House: Paul Jennings and the Madisons by Elizabeth Dowling Taylor and Annette Gordon-Reed

The Undivided Past: Humanity Beyond Our Differences by David Cannadine

Brunelleschi's Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Invented Architecture by Ross King

For all the Tea in China: How England Stole the World's Favorite Drink and Changed History by Sarah Rose

A History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage

Shell Games: The Life and Times of Pearl McGill, Industrial Spy and Pioneer Labor Activist by Jeffrey Copeland

American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America by Colin Woodard

Thunder at Twilight: Vienna 1913/1914 by Frederic Morton

London Under: The Secret History Beneath the Streets by Peter Ackroyd

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin

The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Jay Greenblatt