Page 98 Book Club
New York City
These are the books we've read since fall 1995.

2007 June 10 - picnic on Brooks's rooftop, maybe even some talk of books and reading

2007 May 7 - Three farmers on their way to a dance by Richard Powers (Daniel's)

2007 March 5 - getting back on track, we'll meet first Mondays until it gets into our bloodstreams and calendars - bring the book you enjoyed most from the last year (Greta's)

2006 March 27 - The year of magical thinking by Joan Didion (Tre Giovani, 548 LaGuardia Place)

2006 February 6 - Life of Pi by Yann Martel (Curry in a Hurry, Lexington Avenue at 28th Street)

2006 January 9 - Guns, germs and steel by Jared Diamond (Greta's)

2005 November 2 - A confederacy of dunces by John Kennedy Toole (Francie's) - in honor of New Orleans

2005 September 19 - Howards End by E.M. Forster (Daniel's)

2005 July 11 - The glass key by Dashiell Hammett (Rachel's)

2005 June 13 - The needle's eye by Margaret Drabble (Brooks's)

2005 April 26 - The bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad (Cathy's)

2005 March 21 - The song of the lark by Willa Cather (Sherri's)

2005 January 10 - The tale of Murasaki by Liza Dalby (Aimee's with Peter, Sophie, and Charlotte; Clara along for the dance) plus a story or essay:

2004 October 25 - American woman by Susan Choi (Rachel's) (special guest appearance by Jack and Patrick, from across the hall)

2004 September 20 - Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (Diana's)

2004 July 20 - A lost lady by Willa Cather and, because the book isn't too long, the fiction issue of The New Yorker (Brooks's) (plus a viewing of baby Jack)

2004 May 24 - The great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (Sherri's)

2004 April 8 - Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi (Greta's)

2004 February 11 - The red and the black by Stendhal (Cathy's)
plus a baby shower for Brooks and Patrick

2004 January 5 - The red and the black by Stendhal (Cathy's)

2003 October 27 - Wicked: the life and times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire (Greta's)

2003 September 8 - Till we have faces by C.S. Lewis (Diana's)

2003 July 14 - The orchid thief by Susan Orlean (Brooks's)

2003 June 2 - Norwegian wood by Haruki Murakami (near Aimee's in Riverside Park, overlooking the Hudson River) (special guests: Miles and Clara Litzmann, Peter and Sophie (Picchi))

2003 April 7 - How the Garcia girls lost their accents by Julia Alvarez (Sherri's)

2003 February 3 - The inferno by Dante (translation by Robert Pinsky) (Daniel's)

2002 November 18 - The corrections by Jonathan Franzen (Greta's)

2002 September 19 - The keys of the kingdom by A.J. Cronin (Central Park)

2002 August 7 - Bel canto by Ann Patchett (Francie's)

2002 June 29 - The sea, the sea by Iris Murdoch (Brooks's)

2002 April 23 - The book on the bookshelf by Henry Petroski (Greta's)

2002 March 5 - The heart is a lonely hunter by Carson McCullers (Daniel's)

2002 February 6 - The bonesetter's daughter by Amy Tan (Sherri's)

2001 December 13 - holiday stories (Francie's)

2001 November 12 - poems by Emily Dickinson, some recited to the tune of "The yellow rose of Texas" (you probably had to be there) (Patsy Grimaldi's pizza parlor, Dumbo, Brooklyn)

2001 October 1 - Turn, magic wheel by Dawn Powell (Greta's)

2001 August 30 - Girl with a pearl earring by Tracy Chevalier and Girl in hyacinth blue by Susan Vreeland (Brooks's barbecue pit)

2001 July 10 - Ahab's wife by Sena Jeter Naslund (Daniel's)

2001 May 21 - The house of mirth by Edith Wharton (Brooks's)

2001 April 17 - The hours by Michael Cunningham (Acme Bar & Grill, following lecture at Merchants House Museum)

2001 March 6 - The poisonwood bible by Barbara Kingsolver (Francie's) (yes, The hours is scheduled next and yes, both Miles and Clara hung around with us for the whole bookclub in January ... well, Miles played computer games for a while)

2001 January 23 - The Flanders panel by Arturo Perez-Reverte (Greta's, with probably two special guests -- both Miles and Clara!) (what happened to The hours by Michael Cunningham?)

2000 November 27 - Turn of the screw by Henry James (Daniel's)

2000 August 30 - Still life by A.S. Byatt (Brooks's)

We also had a special guest, starting about now -- Clara Litzmann -- another joyous addition brought in the arms of Greta.

2000 July 19 - Moby-Dick by Herman Melville (Bryant Park aka Arriba Arriba because of the wet weather)

2000 May 30 - She's come undone by Wally Lamb (Francie's)

2000 April 17 - Rising tide: the great Mississippi flood of 1927 and how it changed America by John Barry (Daniel's)

2000 February 16 - A natural history of the senses by Diane Ackerman (Sherri's)

2000 January 4 - Divine secrets of the Ya-Ya sisterhood by Rebecca Wells (Diana's)

1999 November 8 - The magic mountain by Thomas Mann (Brooks's new place, with a view toward Manhattan from the upper deck)

1999 September 22 - The alienist by Caleb Carr (Nina's)

1999 July 28 - Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser (Greta's)

1999 June 30 - Galatea 2.2 by Richard Powers (Bryant Park)

1999 May 24 - The professor and the madman: a tale of murder, insanity, and the making of the Oxford English dictionary by Simon Winchester (Daniel's)

1999 April 19 - The portrait of a lady by Henry James (Greta's)

1999 March 8 - Dreams of my Russian summers by Andrei Makine (Brooks's)

1999 January 25 - My Antonia by Willa Cather (Sherri's)

1998 December 17 - Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann (Jenny's)

1998 October 29 - "Beloved" (the film) - Lincoln Square Cinemas - followed by discussion at a neighboring Starbucks

1998 October 21 - The god of small things by Arundhati Roy (Diana's)

1998 September 16 - Walt Whitman (Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn - there's supposedly a reading that starts at 6 p.m.)
[this one didn't happen, collectively at least]

1998 August 13 - Memoirs of Hadrian by Marguerite Yourcenar (Jenny's)

1998 July 7 - Angela's ashes by Frank McCourt (Greta's)

1998 June 8 - The golden bowl by Henry James (Bryant Park)
[we'll keep at the bowl book until we have it conquered]

1998 May 11 - The golden bowl by Henry James (Jenny's)

1998 April 7 - Chekhov stories
"Intrigues: nine stories by Anton Chekhov" from Harper's magazine, November 1997 (Liping's)

1998 February 17 - Forgetting Elena by Edmund White (Ellen V.'s)
special guest: Miles Earnest Litzmann (aged 6 weeks)

1998 January 20 - The leopard by Giuseppe di Lampedusa (Sherri's)
special guest: Miles Earnest Litzmann (aged 17 days)

1997 November 11 - Beloved by Toni Morrison (Brooks's)
with a special surprise baby shower for Greta and Tim

1997 October 14 - The picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (Aimee's)

1997 September 8 - An artist of the floating world by Kazuo Ishiguro (Diana's)

1997 July 17 - Gaudy night by Dorothy Sayers (Greta's)

1997 June 11 - Mao II by Don DeLillo (Mark's)

1997 May 14 - The invention of heterosexuality by Jonathan Ned Katz (Jenny's)

1997 March 31 - Possession by A.S. Byatt (Georgette's)

1997 January 27 - short stories by various authors (Daniel's)

1996 December 9 - The New York trilogy by Paul Auster (Sherri's)

1996 November 3 - Fifth business from The Deptford trilogy by Robertson Davies (Mark's)

1996 September 30 - Snow falling on cedars by David Guterson (Ellen V.'s)

1996 August 26 - V by Thomas Pynchon (Greta's)

1996 July 15 - fiction issue of The New Yorker - we tried to gather at the free film showing at Bryant Park but were rained out

1996 June 24 - The group by Mary McCarthy (Brooks's)

1996 May 13 - Palimpsest by Gore Vidal (Aimee's)

1996 April 1 - Good Benito by Alan Lightman (Nina's)

1996 February 26 - Quicksand by Junichiro Tanizaki (Ellen's and Mark's)

1996 January 29 - The island of the day before by Umberto Eco (Sherri's)

1995 December 5 - Midnight's children by Salman Rushdie (Aimee's)

1995 October 16 - The awakening by Kate Chopin (Miriam's)

1995 September 20 - Pride and prejudice by Jane Austen (Julie's)

and earlier ...
Flaubert's parrot by Julian Barnes
Dead languages by David Shields
Orlando by Virginia Woolf
The English patient by Michael Ondaatje
Waiting for the barbarians by J.M. Coetzee
Einstein's dreams by Alan Lightman
Short stories by various authors
Geek love by Katherine Dunn
Bastard out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison
Low life by Luc Sante
Red dirt marijuana by Terry Sothern
The shipping news by Annie Proulx
Light in August by William Faulkner
The sheltering sky by Paul Bowles
Invisible man by Ralph Ellison
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Midnight in the garden of good and evil by John Berendt
The fourteen sisters of Emilio Montez O'Brien by Oscar Hijuelos [N.B. This is the one that almost broke the back of the bookclub or the author.]

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