Book Club

2018-2019 Book Club Schedule

Meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month (unless otherwise noted), September through June. For additional information or to join the book club email list, contact Joanne Mortimer at

September 12, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler; Host: Susan LaPine
October 10, Mudbound by Hillary Jordan, F 340 pgs.; Host: Ruth Berger, Moderator: Mary Marshall
November 14, Play: “Sweat” by Lynn Nottage (DPS acting edition); Host: Ann Herbruck, Moderator: Rachel Lerner-Ley; Available online HERE, on Amazon/Kindle or via the CWRU library. Option to read and/or attend the play in person in Cleveland. Possible show dates: 10/21, 10/27. Contact Joanne for details. 
December 12, The Purple Swamp Hen and Other Stories by Penelope Lively F 202 pgs.; Host: Pat Ashton, Moderators: Pat Ashton and Ginnie Dawson
January 9, The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath 244 pgs Host: Nancy Duff-Boehm, Moderators: Nancy and Greg Duff-Boehm
February 13Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann NF 400 pgs.; Host: Suzy Hartford Moderator: TBD
March 13My Dear Hamilton: A Novel of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie; Host/Moderator: TBD
April 10, The Last Bus to Wisdom by Ivan Doig F 480 pgs.; Host and Moderator: Betsy Sampliner
May 8, Warlight by Michael Ondaatje (F) 305 pgs.; Host/Moderator: TBD
June 12Pachinko by Min Jin Lee F 496 pgs.; Host and Moderator: Yen Izanec

SMITH READS BOOK CLUB – an online book club exclusively for the Smith community offering a variety of ways to discuss books, including a discussion forum and live webinars that will be announced throughout the year. To join, you simply need to register.

September 6, The Book of Unknown Americans, Cristina Henriquez
October 11, The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles and Their Secret World War, Paul Kinzer
November 1, When Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithi 
December 13, The Makioka Sisters, Junchiro Tanizaki 
January 10, Last Orders, Graham Swift 
February 7, Hillbilly Elegy, J D Vance
March 14, A Gentleman in Moscow, Amor Towles
April 11, The Girl Who Wrote in Silk, Kelli Estes
May 9,The Summer Before the War, Helen Simonson
June 13,The Warmth of Other Suns, Isabel Wilkerson

A Tale for the Time Being, Ruth Ozeki
Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China, Jung Chang
The Sense of an Ending, Julian Barnes
Mistress Bradstreet: The Untold Story of America’s First Poet, Charlotte Gordon
Mothering Sunday, Graham Swift
Terrible Virtue: A Novel, Ellen Feldman
A Man Called Ove: A Novel, Fredrik Backman
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania, Erik Larson
The Little Paris Bookshop, Nina George
The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness, Simon Wiesenthal

The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View From the Future, Naomi Oreskes & Erik Conway
Absolution, Patrick Flanery
The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, Joseph Ellis
Go Set a Watchman, Harper Lee
Our Souls at Night, Kent Haruf
The Invention of Wings, Sue Monk Kidd
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, Atul Gawande
Some Luck, Jane Smiley
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Tennessee Williams
The Beet Queen, Louise Erdrich

BOOKS DISCUSSED during 2014-15
Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do (Issues of Our Time), Claude Steele.
Life After Life, Kate Atkinson
Behind the Beautiful Forever, Katherine Boo
Vintage Munro: Nobel Prize Edition, Alice Munro
Absolution, Patrick Flanery
All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr
Unbroken, Laura Hillenbrand
Everything I Never Told You, Celeste NG
Duel With the Devil, Paul Collins
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Edward Albee

BOOKS DISCUSSED during 2013-14
My Beloved World, Sonia Sotomayor
Transatlantic: Wings Across Space and Time, Colum McCann
Orange is the New Black. Piper Kerman ’92
How Georgia Became O’Keefe, Karen Karbo
The Yellow Birds, Kevin Powers
The Dinner, Kevin Koch
The Celestials, Karen Shepard
The Calligrapher’s Daughter, Eugenia Kim
And the Mountains Echoed, Khaled Hosseini
Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood with Britain in Its Darkest, Finest Hour, Lynne Olson

BOOKS DISCUSSED during 2012-13
Destiny of the Republic, Candace Millard
Waiting for Snow in Havana, Carlos Eire
The Buddha in the Attic, Julie Otsuka
Pale Fire, Vladimir Nabokov or Once we Were Brothers, Ronald Balson
The Cat’s Table, Michael Ondaatje
The Greater Journey, David McCullough
Canada, Richard Ford
The Art of Fielding, Chad Harbach