Library Book Club Selections

Need ideas for your next book club? Below are Chatham Community Library’s book club selections from years past. Some of our more recent selections may be available as book club kits!


  • Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore (Sloan)
  • The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey (Buck)
  • In the Midst of Winter (Allende)
  • The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women (Moore)
  • Little Fires Everywhere (Ng)
  • Daring to Drive (Al-Sharif)



  • The Pearl that Broke Its Shell (Hashimi)
  • The Invisibles: The Untold Story of African American Slaves in the White House (Holland)
  • The Last Ballad (Cash)
  • An Odyssey (Mendelsohn)
  • The Remains of the Day (Ishiguro)
  • The Book of Joy (Dalai Lama & Tutu)
  • Manhattan Beach (Egan)
  • The Last Castle (Kiernan)
  • Grace (Lynch)
  • Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves (Wiencek)
  • Pachinko (Lee)


  • The Underground Railroad (Whitehead)
  • The Sympathizer (Nguyen)
  • Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis (Vance)
  • Persuasion (Austen)
  • Lab Girl (Jahren)
  • The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu and Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts (Hammer)
  • A Gentleman in Moscow (Towles)
  • Grandma Gatewood’s Walk (Montgomery)
  • The Women in the Castle (Shattuck)
  • Killers of the Flower Moon : The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI (Grann)


  • Circling the Sun (McLain)
  • The Nazi Officer’s Wife: How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust (Beer)
  • The Woman Who Read Too Much (Nakhjavani)
  • Semisweet : An Orphan’s Journey through the School the Hersheys Built (O’Brien)
  • Our Souls at Night (Haruf)
  • Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End (Gawande)
  • The Girl on the Train (Hawkins)
  • The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution (Ellis)
  • The Storied Life of AJ Fikry (Zevin)
  • The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration (Wilkerson)


  • The Children Act (McEwan)
  • The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Olympics (Brown)
  • The Snow Child (Ivey)
  • Escape from Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West (Harden)
  • In the Shadow of the Banyan (Ratner)
  • Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune (Dedman & Newell)
  • All the Light We Cannot See (Doerr)
  • Factory Man (Macy)
  • Ordinary Grace (Krueger)
  • Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania (Larson)
  • The Same Sky (Ward)
  • Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America (Barry)


  • River of Doubt (Millard)
  • And the Mountains Echoed (Hosseini)
  • 97 Orchard: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement (Ziegleman)
  • The Round House (Erdrich)
  • Monuments Men (Edsel)
  • The Good Lord Bird (McBride)
  • The Swerve: How the World Became Modern (Greenblatt)
  • Still Life with Breadcrumbs (Quindlen)
  • Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II (Zuckoff)
  • The Invention of Wings (Kidd)
  • My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel (Shavit)


  • Lady Almina & the Real Downton Abbey (Carnarvon)
  • State of Wonder (Patchett)
  • Wild (Strayed)
  • Canada (Ford)
  • In My Brother’s Image (Pogany)
  • The Light Between Oceans (Stedman)
  • Behind the Beautiful Forevers (Boo)
  • A Short Time to Stay Here (Roberts)
  • The Hour of Peril (Stashower)
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (Joyce)
  • Lady at the OK Corral (Kirschner)
  • A Tale for the Time Being (Ozeki)


  • Unbroken (Hillenbrand)
  • Room (Donaghue)
  • The Hare with Amber Eyes (deWaal)
  • Red Breast (Nesbo)
  • In the Garden of Beasts (Larsen)
  • Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (Watson)
  • Lost Rights (Howard)
  • The Cat’s Table (Ondaatje)
  • Destiny of the Republic (Millard)
  • Middlemarch (Eliot)
  • Rez Life (Treuer)
  • The Tiger’s Wife (Obrecht)


  • The Lace Reader (Barry)
  • When a Crocodile Eats the Sun (Godwin)
  • Cutting for Stone (Verghese)
  • Evil Genes (Oakly)
  • The Elegance of the Hedgehog (Barbury)
  • Parisian (Robb)
  • Annie Freeman’s Fabulous Traveling Funeral (Radish)
  • The Help (Stockett)
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Skloot)
  • Accidental Birds of the Carolinas (Hudson)
  • Empire of the Summer Moon (Gwynne)
  • Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand (Simonson)


  • The Elephant & the Dragon (Meredith)
  • Serena (Rash)
  • The American Lion (Meacham)
  • Out Stealing Horses (Petterson)
  • The Judgement of Paris (King)
  • People of the Book (Brooks)
  • Team of Rivals (Goodwin)
  • Tortilla Curtain (Boyle)
  • The Boy Who Loved Tornadoes (Davenport)
  • Undaunted Heart (Barile)


  • The Caliph’s House (Shah)
  • The Commoner (Schwartz)
  • The Worst Hard Time (Egan)
  • Lunch at the Picadilly (Edgerton)
  • Nancy Drew & the Women Who Created Her (Rehak)
  • Loving Frank (Horan)
  • The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society (Shaffer)
  • The Banana (Koeppel)
  • The Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Diaz)
  • Hershey (D’Antonio)
  • The White Tiger (Adiga)


  • Eat, Pray, Love (Gilbert)
  • Book Thief (Zusak)
  • Queen of Fashion : What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution (Weber)
  • Uncommon Reader (Bennett)
  • Three Cups of Tea (Mortenson)
  • Madonnas of Leningrad (Dean)
  • A Primate’s Memoir (Sapolsky)
  • The Mistress of the Art of Death (Franklin)
  • The Thirteenth Tale (Setterfield)
  • One Drop: My Father’s Hidden Life (Broyard)
  • The Camel Bookmobile (Hamilton)
  • Olive Kitteredge (Strout)


  • Water for Elephants (Gruen)
  • Five Quarters of the Orange (Harris)
  • The Reluctant Tuscan (Doran)
  • A Home on the Field (Cuadros)
  • One Thousand White Women (Fergus)
  • King Leopold’s Ghost (Hochschild)
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns (Hosseini)
  • My Life in France (Child)
  • The Kitchen Boy (Alexander)
  • The Glass Castle (Walls)
  • The Whistling Season (Doig)
  • Suite Francaise (Nemirovsky)


  • Proud Shoes (Murray)
  • My Old True Love (Adams)
  • Salt: A World History (Kurlansky)
  • When the Emperor Was Divine (Otsuka)
  • Mirror to America (Franklin)
  • Samurai’s Garden (Tsukiyama)
  • The Summer Guest (Cronin)
  • The Namesake (Lahiri)
  • Blue Blood (Conton)
  • The Memory Keeper’s Daughter (Edwards)
  • J.J. Audubon: The Making of an American (Rhodes)
  • History of Love (Krauss)


  • The Kite Runner (Hosseini)
  • Other Powers (Goldsmith)
  • Cloud Atlas (Mitchell)
  • The Souls of Black Folk (DuBois)
  • Souls Raised from the Dead (Betts)
  • Mapping Human History (Olson)
  • Gilead (Robinson)
  • Blood Done Sign My Name (Tyson)
  • The Bridge (Marlette)
  • The Beaches are Moving (Kaufman & Pilkey)
  • Snow Flower & the Secret Fan (See)


  • Evidence of Things Unseen (Wiggins)
  • The Professor & the Madman (Winchester)
  • The Da Vinci Code (Brown)
  • Michelangelo & the Pope’s Ceiling (King)
  • Big Fish (Wallace)
  • The Clearing (Gautreaux)
  • Mississippi Mud (Humes)
  • Into Thin Air (Krakauer)
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime (Hadden)
  • Waiting for Snow in Havana (Eire)
  • Holidays on Ice (Sedaris)
  • The Bookseller of Kabul (Seierstad)


  • Nickel and Dimed (Ehrenreich)
  • Secret Life of Bees (Kidd)
  • Balzac & the Little Chinese Seamstress (Sijie)
  • Small Wonders (Kingsolver)

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