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On the third Thursday of the month bring your lunch and discuss fiction and non-fiction books. Library staff will provide value-added content and lead the discussion. Drinks and desserts will be provided.  [mailto:central@jmrl.org Send an email] to be added to our mailing list.
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*[http://166.61.234.92/search/t?SEARCH=water+for+elephants '''Water for Elephants'''] by Sara Gruen
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On the third Thursday of the month bring your lunch to the Central Branch of JMRL and discuss fiction and non-fiction books. Library staff will provide value-added content and lead the discussion. Drinks and desserts will be provided. [mailto:central@jmrl.org Send an email] to be added to our mailing list.
*[http://166.61.234.92/search/t?SEARCH=arsonist's+guide+to+writers+homes+in+new=england '''An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England'''] by Brock Clarke
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-  What made this novel uncomfortably but hysterically funny to me was how likable the protagonist becomes, even as he physically and emotionally devastates everything he touches, and struggles to mis-interpret his experience in novel ways.  The novel (and our reading of other novels, our attempts to square our experience with our actions, our attempts to justify our existences) is summed up by the judge, just before sentencing him to 10 years in prison for burning Emily Dickinson's home.
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" '...Mr. Pulsifer, can a story actually be blamed for arson and murder?'  'Huh,' I said, then acted as if I were thinking about the question, which I should have been..."
 
  
I agree with this comment Sharon.
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'''BrownBaggers’ selections for February 2014 - January 2015''':
Although I went back and forth with my feelings for Sam.  Sometimes I felt for him because he seemed like a genuinely good person beneath his penchant for causing chaos and heartbreak, other times his cowardice, and decision making was so glaring and ludicrously bad, like when he confessed to cheating on Anne Marie even though he hadn't.
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I know that he tells that lie because he feels its preferable to telling the truth regarding his past but moments like those, in the narrative, made him hard to like.
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Did other people feel that the dark, sort-of absurd humor worked for them?
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/record=b1278384~S9'''The Light Between Oceans'''] by M.L. Steadman (February 2014) [[Category:Book Groups]]
It didn't always work for me.
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One of my favorite scenes in the entire novel was when Sam and Peter went to the poetry reading at the Robert Frost House!! I thought those passages were hilarious. "No Cheap Tricks...No Tricks at all"!
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A scene that didn't work for me was when Sam goes home to find the Mirabellis playing dress-up.
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That fell flat with me and I, actually, cringed while reading it.
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I just finished the book last night and I'm still trying to gather my thoughts over what kind of commentary the author was making on the nature of stories, memoirs, characters, etc.
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/record=b1263324~S9'''True Grit'''] by Charles Portis (March 2014)
I was definitely struck by that fact that Lees Ardor and Mrs. Pulsifer both made drastic, life-altering decisions based at least partially on the fact that they didn't want to be "characters".  Has anyone ever been that effected by a fictional character?
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This is the Big Read 2014 title. [[Category:Book Groups]]
In my youth...I would feel strong attractions to characters and even emulate some of their traits or mannnerisms but I have certainly never done something drastic so as not to conform with the behavior, whether positive or negative, of a fictional character.
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I'm really sorry I won't be there for this discussion and I hope people will save some comments for the wiki!!
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/record=b1280915~S9'''Dear Life'''] by Alice Munro (April 2014) [[Category:Book Groups]]
See you soon!
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Dennis
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/record=b1280386~S9'''Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore'''] by Robin Sloane (May 2014) [[Category:Book Groups]]
  
*[http://166.61.234.92/search/t?SEARCH=team+of+rivals '''A Team of Rivals'''] by Doris Kearns Goodwin
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/record=b1056780~S9'''The Book of Daniel'''] by E.L. Doctorow (June 2014) [[Category:Book Groups]]
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?innocents+abroad+twain'''Innocents Abroad'''] by Mark Twain (July 2014) [[Category:Book Groups]]
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/record=b1276902~S9'''Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk'''] by Ben Fountain (August 2014) [[Category:Book Groups]]
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/record=b1161872~S9'''Things Fall Apart'''] by Chinua Achebe (September 2014) [[Category:Book Groups]]
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/record=b1300314~S9'''I Am Malala'''] by Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb (October 2014) [[Category:Book Groups]]
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/record=b1289327~S9'''The Good Lord Bird'''] by James McBride (November 2014) [[Category:Book Groups]]
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No December 2014 selection
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/record=b1292793~S9'''The Goldfinch'''] by Donna Tartt (January 2015) [[Category:Book Groups]]
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'''BrownBaggers’ selections for February 2013 - January 2014''':
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=elegance+of+the+hedgehog'''Elegance of the Hedgehog'''] by Muriel Barbery (February 2013)
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=joy+luck+club'''Joy Luck Club'''] by Amy Tan (March 2013)
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This is the Big Read 2013 Title.
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=house+of+stone:+a+memoir+of+home,+family,+and+a+lost+middle+east'''House of Stone: a Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East'''] by Anthony Shadid (April 2013)
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=american+pastoral'''American Pastoral'''] by Philip Roth (May 2013)
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=sense+of+an+ending'''Sense of an Ending'''] by Julian Barnes (June 2013)
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=train+in+winter:+an+extraordinary+story+of+women,+friendship,+and+resistance+in+occupied+france'''A Train in Winter: an Extraordinary Story of Women, Friendship, and Resistance in Occupied France'''] by Caroline Moorehead (July 2013)
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=canada'''Canada'''] by Richard Ford (August 2013)
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=study+in+scarlet'''A Study in Scarlet'''] by A. C. Doyle (September 2013)
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=master+of+the+mountain'''Master of the Mountain'''] by Henry Wiencek (October 2013)
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=sweet+tooth'''Sweet Tooth'''] by Ian McEwan (November 2013)
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No selection for December 2013
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=flight+behavior'''Flight Behavior'''] by Barbara Kingsolver (January 2014)
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'''BrownBaggers’ selections for February 2012 - January 2013''':
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=hotel+on+the+corner+of+bitter+and+sweet'''Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet'''] by Jamie Ford (February 2012)
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=bless+me,+ultima'''Bless Me, Ultima'''] by Rudolfo A. Anaya (March 2012)
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This is the Big Read 2012 Title.
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=people+of+the+book'''People of the Book'''] by Geraldine Brooks (April 2012)
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=infidel'''Infidel'''] by Ayaan Hirsi Ali (May 2012)
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=good+priest's+son'''The Good Priest's Son'''] by Reynolds Price (June 2012)
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=hare+with+amber+eyes:+a+family's+century+of+art+and+loss'''The Hare with Amber Eyes: a Family's Century of Art and Loss'''] by Edmund de Waal (July 2012)
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=daughter+of+time'''The Daughter of Time'''] by Josephine Tey (August 2012)
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=tropic+of+cancer'''The Tropic of Cancer'''] by Henry Miller (September 2012)
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=immortal+life+of+henrietta+lacks'''The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks'''] by Rebecca Sloot (October 2012)
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=we,+the+drowned'''We, the Drowned'''] by Carsten Jensen (November 2012)
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No selection for December 2012
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=bleak+house'''Bleak House'''] by Charles Dickens (January 2013)
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'''BrownBaggers’ selections for February 2011 - January 2012''':
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=child+of+my+heart'''Child of My Heart'''] by Alice McDermott (February 2011)
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=maltese+falcon'''The Maltese Falcon'''] by Dashiell Hammett (March 2011 The group's meeting will be March 24th instead of 17th due to Virginia Festival of the Book.)
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=confederates+in+the+attic'''Confederates in the Attic'''] by Tony Horwitz (April 2011)
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=look+homeward,+angel'''Look Homeward, Angel'''] by Tom Wolfe (May 2011)
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=out+stealing+horses'''Out Stealing Horses'''] by Per Petterson (June 2011)
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=one+hundred+years+of+solitude'''One Hundred Years of Solitude'''] by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (July 2011)
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=help'''The Help'''] by Kathryn Stockett (August 2011)
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=adventures+of+huckleberry+finn'''The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn'''] by Mark Twain (September 2011)
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=charming+billy'''Charming Billy'''] by Alice McDermott (October 2011)
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=river+of+doubt:+theodore+roosevelt's+darkest+journey'''The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey'''] by Candice Millard (November 2011)
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No selection for December 2011
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=moby+dick'''Moby Dick'''] by Herman Melville (January 2012)
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'''BrownBaggers’ selections for February 2010 – January 2011''':
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=lesson+before+dying'''A Lesson before Dying'''] by Ernest J. Gaines (February 2010)
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=uncommon+reader'''An Uncommon Reader'''] by Alan Bennett ('''The group's meeting will be March 11th instead of 18th due to Virginia Festival of the Book.''')
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=city+of+falling+angels'''The City of Falling Angels'''] by John Berendt (April 2010)
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=sun+also+rises'''The Sun also Rises'''] by Ernest Hemingway (May 2010)
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=cook's+tour:+in+search+of+the+perfect+meal'''A Cook's Tour : in Search of the Perfect Meal'''] by Anthony Bourdain (June 2010)
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=guernsey+literary+and+potato+peel+pie+society '''The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society'''] by Mary Ann Shaffer (July 2010)
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=city+of+thieves'''City of Thieves'''] by David Benioff (August 2010)
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=professor+and+the+mad+man'''The Professor and the Mad Man'''] by Simon Winchester (September 2010)
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=frankenstein'''Frankenstein'''] by Mary Shelley (October 2010)
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=slaughterhouse-+five'''Slaughterhouse-five'''] by Kurt Vonnegut (November 2010)
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No selection for December 2010
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=maples+stories'''The Maples Stories'''] by John Updike (January 2011)
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'''BrownBaggers’ selections for September 2008 – January 2010''':
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=water+for+elephants '''Water for Elephants'''] by Sara Gruen (September 2008)
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=arsonist's+guide+to+writers+homes+in+new=england '''An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England'''] by Brock Clarke (October 2008)
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=team+of+rivals '''A Team of Rivals'''] by Doris Kearns Goodwin (November 2008)
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No selection for December 2008
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?SEARCH=run+patchett'''Run'''] by Ann Patchett (January 2009)
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?SEARCH=eyes+god+hurston'''Their Eyes Were Watching God'''] by Zora Neale Hurston (February 2009)
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=book+thief'''The Book Thief'''] by Markus Zusak (March 2009)
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=devil+in+white+city'''Devil in the White City'''] by Erik Larsen (April 2009)
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=painted+house+a+novel'''The Painted House'''] by John Grisham (May 2009)
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=my+stroke+insight'''My Stroke of Insight'''] by Jill Bolte Taylor (June 2009)
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=loving+frank'''Loving Frank'''] by Nancy Horan (July 2009)
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=netherland'''Netherland'''] by Joseph O'Neill (August 2009)
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=march'''March'''] by Geraldine Brooks (September 2009)
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=lolita'''Lolita'''] by Vladimir Nabokov (October 2009)
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=embers'''Embers'''] by Sàndor Màrai (November 2009)
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No selection for December 2009
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?SEARCH=anna+karenina'''Anna Karenina'''] by Leo Tolstoy (January 2010)
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Latest revision as of 17:32, 30 January 2014

Article in Book Groups

On the third Thursday of the month bring your lunch to the Central Branch of JMRL and discuss fiction and non-fiction books. Library staff will provide value-added content and lead the discussion. Drinks and desserts will be provided. Send an email to be added to our mailing list.


BrownBaggers’ selections for February 2014 - January 2015:

This is the Big Read 2014 title.

  • I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb (October 2014)

No December 2014 selection


BrownBaggers’ selections for February 2013 - January 2014:

This is the Big Read 2013 Title.

  • Canada by Richard Ford (August 2013)

No selection for December 2013


BrownBaggers’ selections for February 2012 - January 2013:

This is the Big Read 2012 Title.

  • Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali (May 2012)

No selection for December 2012


BrownBaggers’ selections for February 2011 - January 2012:

  • The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett (March 2011 The group's meeting will be March 24th instead of 17th due to Virginia Festival of the Book.)
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett (August 2011)

No selection for December 2011

  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville (January 2012)


BrownBaggers’ selections for February 2010 – January 2011:

  • An Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett (The group's meeting will be March 11th instead of 18th due to Virginia Festival of the Book.)

No selection for December 2010


BrownBaggers’ selections for September 2008 – January 2010:

No selection for December 2008

  • Run by Ann Patchett (January 2009)
  • March by Geraldine Brooks (September 2009)
  • Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (October 2009)
  • Embers by Sàndor Màrai (November 2009)

No selection for December 2009