Book Discussion Archive

2021

Booked For Lunch

His Only Wife by Peace Adzo Medie
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
They Called Us Enemy by George Takei
Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell
The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donaghue
The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson
The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan
The Smallest Lights in the Universe by Sara Seager
A Good Neighborhood by Therese Anne Fowler
Long Bright River by Liz Moore
Sigh, Gone by Phuc Tran
Libertie by Kaitlyn Greenidge

Neighborhood Reads

The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante
The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline
Homeland Elegies by Ayad Akhtar
The Mystery of Mrs. Christie by Marie Benedict
Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano
Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende
All Adults Here by Emma Straub
The Kindest Lie by Nancy Johnson
Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam

Genre-Fied

Recursion by Blake Crouch
Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi
When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
The Women of the Copper Country by Mary Doria Russell
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb
Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson
The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi
This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger
Bird Box by Josh Malermann

2020

Booked For Lunch

Island of the Sea Women by Lisa See
Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev
Officer Clemmons by Francois S. Clemmons
These Women by Ivy Pochoda
The Boat Runner by Devin Murphy
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
Why We Swim by Bonnie Tsui

Neighborhood Reads

Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai
Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
Book of the Little Axe by Lauren Francis-Sharma
The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
Afterlife by Julia Alvarez
The Revisioners by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel

Genre-Fied (NPL's newest book club, started in June 2020)

The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers by Maxwell King
Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
The Mountains Sing by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai
Godshot by Chelsea Bieker
The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold

2019

Booked for Lunch

The Leavers by Lisa Ko
A Murder in Time by Julie McElwain
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
Transcription by Kate Atkinson
Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Witch Elm by Tana French
Bad Blood:  secrets and lies in a Silicon Valley statup by John Carreyrou
Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo
A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza
Beautiful Music by Michael Zadoorian

Neighborhood Reads

Feather Thief by Kirk Johnson
Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin
Warlight by Michael Ondaatje
All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung
There There by Tommy Orange
This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel
Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
Circe by Madeline Miller
Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

2018

Booked for Lunch

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
Tea Girl of Hummingbird Land by Lisa See
Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott
Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Before We Were Yours by Lina Wingate
The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
Poisoned City by Anna Clark
The Last Bus to Wisdom by Ivan Doit
Educated by Tara Westover

Neighborhood Reads (re-started in Oct. to replace the Community Led discussion)

Salt Houses by Hala Alyan
Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo

2017

Booked for Lunch

Most Wanted by Lisa Scottoline
Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain
Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
Faithful by Alice Hoffman
Last Days of Night by Graham Moore
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
Underground Airlines by Ben Winters
The Nix by Nathan Hill
News of the World by Paulette Jiles

Community Led Discussion

Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
What She Left Behind by Ellen Marie Wiseman
Five Days Left by Julie Lawson Timmer
Blood Will Out by Walter Kirn
A Box of Darkness:  the Story of a Marriage by  Sally Ryder Brady
The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
Hero of the Empire by Candice Millard
Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout

2016

Booked for Lunch

Boston Girl by Anita Diamant
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Fates and Furies
The Martian by Andy Weir
Spool of Blue Thread by Ann Tyler
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman
Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal
Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
Born to Run by Chris McDougall
Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

Community Led

Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum
Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
Property by Valerie Martin
Wright Brothers by David McCullough
The Light of the World by Elizabeth Alexander
Georgia by Dawn Tripp
It’s What I do: a Photographer’s Life of Love and War by Lynsey Addario
The Feathered Bone by Julie Cantrell
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

Neighborhood Reads

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Neverhome by Laird Hunt
Circling the Sun by Paula McLain
The Light in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalian
Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart
Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende
Black River by S.M. Hulse
The Girls of Atomic City
Turner House by Angela Flournoy
Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave
My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout