Book Club

Dupont Book Club All-Time Reading List

Since 2001 my book club has read contemporary fiction available in paperback and 350 pages or fewer (more or less). Here’s a list of all the books we’ve read; titles that made for particularly nice group discussions are marked with an asterisk (*).


  • January: The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
  • February: The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
  • March: Arrows of Rain by Okey Ndibe
  • April:  The Drifting Self by Andre Averburg
  • May: City of Thieves by David Benioff
  • June:  Fever by Mary Beth Keane
  • July: The Sherlockian by Graham Moore
  • August: Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  • September: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
  • October: The Piano Tuner by Daniel Mason
  • November: The Empress of Florence by Salman Rushdie
  • December: TBD


  • January: Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
  • February: Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart
  • March: All that Is by James Salter
  • April: The Dinner by Herman Koch
  • May: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
  • June: The Dog Stars by Peter Heller
  • July: Times Arrow by Martin Amis
  • August: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  • September: Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow
  • October: My American Unhappiness by Dean Bakopoulos
  • November: Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
  • December: The Girl Who Fell From the Sky by Heidi Durrow


  • January: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  • February: Carry the One by Carol Anshaw
  • March: Northwest by Zadie Smith
  • April: The Paris Wife by Paula McLain *
  • May: Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
  • June: Saturday by Ian McEwan *
  • July: Three Bags Full by Leonie Swann
  • August: The Perks of Being a Wallflower — Stephen Chbosky
  • September: The Light Between the Oceans — M.L. Steadman
  • October: This is How You Lose Her — Junot Diaz
  • November: The Sense of an Ending — Julian Barnes


  • January: A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
  • February: The Ninth Wife by Amy Stolls (joined by the author) *
  • March: Great House by Nicole Krause
  • June: State of Wonder by Ann Patchett *
  • July: The Submission by Amy Waldman
  • August: summer hiatus
  • September: The Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaatje
  • October: Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea
  • November: The Astral by Kate Christensen
  • December: The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson


  • January: Black Swan Green by David Mitchell *
  • February: The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell *
  • March: Room by Emma Donoghue
  • April: Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson
  • May: The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman
  • June: Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez
  • July/ August / September: hiatus
  • October: The Nobodies Album by Carolyn Parkhurst
  • November: The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa
  • December: The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery


  • January: The Appointment by Herta Muller *
  • February: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
  • March: Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins
  • April: The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti *
  • May: Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
  • June: Little Bee by Chris Cleave
  • July: The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe
  • August: The Coral Thief by Rebecca Stott
  • September: The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar
  • October: The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry


  • January: White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
  • February: Netherland by Joseph O’Neill
  • March: Rabbit, Run by John Updike
  • April: Mother of Sorrows by Richard McCann (joined by the author)
  • May: The Reader by Bernhard Schlink *
  • June: The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides *
  • July: The Art Thief by Noah Charney
  • August: No meeting
  • September: Case Histories by Kate Atkinson*
  • October: The Believers by Zoe Heller *
  • November: The Commoner by John Banham Schwartz
  • December: Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Stroud *


  • January: In the Skin of a Lion by Michael Ondaatje *
  • February: How the García Girls Lost their Accents by Julia Alvarez
  • March: The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver
  • April: All the Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mingestu *
  • May: The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls *
  • June: The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
  • July: The World to Come by Dara Horn
  • August: No meeting
  • September: Rise and Shine by Anna Quindlen
  • October: The Giver by Lois Lowry *
  • November: The Abstinence Teacher by Tom Perotta *
  • December: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz *


  • January: Amazing Disgrace by James Hamilton-Paterson
  • February: A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka *
  • March: The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy *
  • April: Veronica by Mary Gaitskill *
  • May: Sellevison by Augusten Burroughs
  • June: Disorder Peculiar to the Country by Ken Kalfus
  • July: Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen *
  • August: The End of the Affair by Graham Greene
  • September: Lost and Found by Carolyn Parkhurst (joined by the author) *
  • October: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See *
  • November: The Brambles by Eliza Minot
  • December: Athena by John Banville


  • January: Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld
  • February: Naked by David Sedaris
  • March: Snow by Orhan Pamuk *
  • April: The Dive from Clausen’s Pier by Ann Packer
  • May: My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult *
  • June: The Plot Against America by Philip Roth
  • July: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini *
  • August: Empire of the Sun by J.G. Ballard
  • September: On Beauty by Zadie Smith
  • October: Pretty Birds by Scott Simon *
  • November: Freddy and Fredericka by Mark Helprin
  • December: The Zookeeper by Alex MacLennan (joined by the author)


  • January: Life of Pi by Yann Martel *
  • February: Blindness by Jose Saramago *
  • March: Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
  • April: The Namesake by Jumpa Lahiri *
  • May: Henderson the Rain King by Saul Bellow
  • June: Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coehlo
  • July: Love in the Driest Season by Neely Tucker (joined by the author)
  • August: Erasure by Percival Everett
  • September: Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson
  • October: What I Loved by Siri Hustvedlt *
  • November: The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd
  • December: Old School by Tobias Wolff


  • January: Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides *
  • February: Reasons to Live by Amy Hempel
  • March:  The House on Q Street by Ann McLaughlin
  • April: The Good Remains by Nani Power (joined by the author)
  • May: Three Junes by Julia Glass *
  • June: Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn
  • July: American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  • August: The Book of Salt by Monique Truong *
  • September: Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • October: Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niggenegger *
  • November: Florence of Arabia by Christopher Buckley (joined by the author)
  • December: City of Gods by E.L. Doctorow


  • January: Straight Man by Richard Russo *
  • February: Mysteries of Pittsburgh by Michael Chabon *
  • March: Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
  • April: Skipped Parts by Tim Sandlin
  • May: The Man Who Was Late, by Louis Begley
  • June: Black Dogs by Ian McEwan
  • July: Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez *
  • August: Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
  • September: House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
  • October: Hotel du Lac by Anita Brickner
  • November: The Human Stain by Philip Roth *
  • December: Surfacing by Margaret Atwood


  • January: The Sweet Hereafter by Russell Banks
  • February: The Body Artist by Don DeLillo *
  • March: A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
  • April: Disgrace by J. M. Coetzee *
  • May: The Day Lasts More than a Hundred Years by Chingiz Aitmatov
  • June: Lying Awake by Mark Salzman *
  • July: Crawling at Night by Nani Power * (joined by the author)
  • August: The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster
  • September: When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro *
  • October: The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood
  • November: Wicked by Gregory Maguire
  • December: Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier


  • February: Naked by David Sedaris
  • March: White Teeth by Zadie Smith
  • April: A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers*
  • May: Amsterdam by Ian McEwan *
  • June: Anil’s Ghost by Michael Ondaatje *
  • July: Microserfs by Douglas Coupland
  • August: The Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland
  • September: Hot Springs by Stephen Hunter
  • October: A discussion of five short stories
  • November: Shopgirl by Steve Martin *
  • December: The Hours by Michael Cunningham

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