Book Group

This group reads nonfiction and fiction books and  we meet the first Tuesday of every month at 4:30 PM at Helene’s  home.

Coordinator: Saralynn Nusbaum (510) 913-6994


2019 Selections

  • Leaving the Witness- October
  • Trudge- September
  • High Mountains of Portugal- August
  • Where the Crawdads Sing- May
  • Before We Were Yours- April
  • Becoming-March
  • The Great Alone – February
  • The Woman in the Window– January


2018 Selections

  • The Professor and the Madman – December
  • What She Ate – January
  • I Will Send Rain – February
  • 10:04 – May
  • Behold the Dreamers
  • Little Fires Everywhere
  • Manhattan Beach
  • Everything I Never Told You
  • Conversations with Friends
  • Lucky Boy
  • Wonder
  • Ordinary Grace

2017 Selections

  • A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman
  • Waiting for Snow in Havana by Carlos Eire
  • The Nix by Nathan Hill
  • In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume
  • A Spool of Blue Thread by Ann Tyler
  • Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
  • Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
  • All the Missing Girls by Megan Moranda
  • We are Unprepared by Med Little Riley
  • Brain on Fire by Susanna Cahalan

2016 Selections

2015 Selections

  • Devil’s Highway by Luis Urrea
  • The Boys in the Boat by Daniel Brown.
  • The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan
  • Garlic and Saphires by Ruth Reichl
  • The Pecan Man by Cassie Dandridge Selleck
  • Whistling in the Dark  by Lelly Kagen
  • Night by Elie Wiesel
  • Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
  • A World of Her Own by Michael Elson Ross

2014 Selections

  • Thomas Jefferson, The Art of Power by Jon Meacham
  • In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson
  • Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  • Latino Americans by Ray Suarez
  • Nothing Daunted by Dorothy Wickenden
  • Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
  • And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
  • Who Cooked the Last Supper by Rosalind Miles
  • With or Without You by Domenica Ruta
  • I Am Malala by Malala Yousafsai and Christina Lamb

2014 Selections

  • Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks
  • Appetite for America by Steven Fried
  • Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
  • Next to Normal by Brian Yorkey
  • Finding Nouf by Zoe Ferraris
  • Grace and Grit by Lilly Ledbetter
  • Of Human Bondage by Somerset Maugham
  • The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian
  • The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabelle Wilkerson
  • The Roundhouse by Louise Erdrich
  • Jefferson – The Art of Power by Joyn Beecham
2013 Alternate Selections
  • The Big Burn by Timothy Egan
  • Bossypants by Tina Fey
  • Code Name Varity by Elizabeth Wein
  • Truman by David McCollough
  • Room by Emma Donoghue
  • A Gentleman & Players by Joanne Harris
  • Learning Joy from Dogs without Collars by Lauralee Summer
  • Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
  • Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
  • The Flight of Jemma Hardy by  Margot Livesey
  • Tall Grass by Sandra Dallas
  • The Innocents by Francesca Segal
  • Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka
 2012 Reading List 
2012 Alternate Selections
  • Appetite for America by Steven Fries
  • Ethan Allen and his Times by Willard Stern Randall
  • The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
  • Purity of Blood by Arturo Perez Reverte
  • Brida by Palo Coehlo
  • People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
  • Go Tell it on the Mountain by James Baldwin
  • The Buddha by Otsuka