MUM Book Discussion Group

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Upcoming Books for Discussion:

Wednesday, June 7 - A Man Called Ove, Frederik Backman

(all meetings are held from 12:00-1:00 in Room 124, GHL)

Book Discussion Resources

Reading Group Guides - summaries and discussion questions for books chosen by reading groups

Ohio Center for the Book - information on Ohio authors and their works

LibraryThing - this links to our LibraryThing account, showing the covers of the books we've read. Click on any book to see more information, reviews, and discussion about it, or click on Search to find another book.

Books We've Read:

Liars and Saints, Maile Meloy
The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini
In Cold Blood, Truman Capote
The Water is Wide, Pat Conroy
Animal Dreams, Barbara Kingsolver
My Antonia, Willa Cather
The Giver, Lois Lowry
The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition, Caroline Alexander
To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
The Blithedale Romance, Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Historian, Elizabeth Kostova
The Ponder Heart, Eudora Welty
Life of Pi, Yann Martel
The Murder Room, P.D. James
Skinny Dip, Carl Hiaasen
The Pillars of the Earth, Ken Follett
Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon, Jorge Amado
The Devil in the White City, Erik Larson
Between Two Worlds: Escape From Tyranny : Growing Up in the Shadow of Saddam, Zainab Salbi and Laurie Becklund
Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen
The Good Earth, Pearl S. Buck
Me Talk Pretty One Day, David Sedaris
A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie
Tru, Eric Melbye
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain
Charming Billy, Alice McDermott
The Last Lecture, Randy Pausch (with Jeffrey Zaslow)
The Yiddish Policemen's Union, Michael Chabon
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon
For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
An Irish Country Doctor, Patrick Taylor
A Time To Kill, John Grisham
The Enchantress of Florence, Salman Rushdie
Second Glance, Jodi Picoult
Enemy Women, Paulette Jiles
Cat's Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut
The Tenderness of Wolves, Stef Penney
The Hundred Secret Senses, Amy Tan
Olive Kitteridge, Elizabeth Strout
"Auggie Wren's Christmas Story", Paul Auster
Where the Heart Is, Billie Letts
Outlander, Diana Gabaldon
The End of Overeating, David Kessler
Peace Like a River, Leif Enger
The Namesake, Jhumpa Lahiri
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson
The Help, Kathryn Stockett
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Alexander McCall Smith
Dolores Claiborne, Stephen King
The Things They Carried, Tim O'Brien
The Art of Racing in the Rain, Garth Stein
Russka, Edward Rutherfurd
Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, Tom Franklin
People of the Book, Geraldine Brooks
The Brief History of the Dead, Kevin Brockmeier
In the Woods, Tana French
The Lake of Dreams, Kim Edwards
The Go-Between, L.P. Hartley
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Jamie Ford
Caleb's Crossing, Geraldine Brooks
April and Oliver, by Tess Callahan
Sarah’s Key, by Tatiana de Rosnay
Death Comes to Pemberley, by P.D. James
The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Colliins
Sojourn, by Andrew Krivak
The Homecoming of Samuel Lake, by Jenny Wingfield
Any Human Heart, William Boyd
Mennonite in a Little Black Dress, Rhoda Janzen
My Stone of Hope, Jean-Robert Cadet
In the Garden of Beasts, Erik Larson
Lake Wobegon Days, Garrison Keillor
Canada – Richard Ford
An Echo Through the Snow – Andrea Thalasinos
The Beginner’s Goodbye - Anne Tyler
The Master Butchers Singing Club - Louise Erdrich
Room - Emma Donoghue
The Burgess Boys, Elizabeth Strout
Light Between Oceans, M. L. Stedman
What the World Will Look LIke When All the Water Leaves Us, Laura van den Berg
City of Veils, Zoe Ferraris
Someone, Alice McDermott
Christmas Train, David Baldacci
Snow, Orhan Pamuk
Tenth of December, George Saunders
The Swan Thieves, Elizabeth Kostova
The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver
The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank
The Book Thief, Markus Zusak
All Creatures Great and Small, James Herriot
Two Truths and a Lie, Katrina Kittle
Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides
Lust for Life: the Novel of Vincent Van Gogh, Irving Stone
Christmas Remembered, Tomie dePaola
Worthy Brown's Daughter, Phillip Margolin
Mudbound, Hillary Jordan
Deafening, Frances Itani
The Girl On the Train, Paula Hawkins
A Spool of Blue Thread, Anne Tyler
Far From the Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy
Gray Mountain, John Grisham, and Church of Marvels, Leslie Parry
The Buried Giant, Kazuo Ishiguro
The Inner Circle, Brad Meltzer
The Mezzanine, Nicholson Baker
The Walk, Richard Paul Evans
Circling the Sun, Paula McLain
The Red Tent, Anita Diamant
Chicken Boy, Frances O'Roark-McDowell
Eligible, Curtis Sittenfeld
The Lake House, Kate Morton
Miller's Valley, Anna Quindlen
The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend, Katarina Bivald
Autobiography of a Face, Lucy Grealy and Truth and Beauty: a Friendship, Ann Patchett
Miss Carter's War, Sheila Hancock
The Forest Lover, Susan Vreeland
The Last Picture Show, Larry McMurtry

Books and Authors We Might Read:

Nickel and Dimed
Memoirs of a Geisha
Tom Sawyer
The Final Solution
Gregory Maguire (anything)
The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World
Thirteen Moons, Charles Frazier
Running with Scissors
The Reader
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Comfort and Joy
Tom Robbins
Fahrenheit 451
The Chocolate War
Catch-22
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
The Member of the Wedding
The Chosen
The Time Machine
The Color Purple
Robinson Crusoe
Madame Bovary
Lord of the Flies
Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography
Profiles in Courage
Walden
A Distant Mirror, Barbara Tuchman
Anything on the College Bound Reading List, compiled by the Arrowhead Library System
Redemption, Frederick Turner
What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution
Sacred Hoops, Phil Jackson
Tony Hillerman
The Glass Castle
Previous Miami Summer Reading Program books
Corrections to My Memoirs, Michael Kun
Suite Francaise, Irene Nemirovsky
Anything by Dominick Dunne (The Two Mrs. Grenvilles)
Beach Music, Pat Conroy
Anything by Maeve Binchy
Anything by Mary Higgins Clark
Anything by Richard North Patterson
Zeno's Conscience: A Novel, Italo Svevo
Three Cups of Tea
Marley
Everything is Illuminated
Eureka, Jim Lehrer
One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Forest Gump, Winston Groom
Curious Lives: Adventures from the Ferret Chronicles, Richard Bach
Nevada Barr
Ballad of Frankie Silver
A Hole in Texas
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
Haven Kimmel
Loving Frank, Nancy Horan
One Door From Heaven, Dean Koontz
Slammerkin, Emma Donoghue
Dead Until Dark, Charlaine Harris
Right of Thirst, Frank Huyler
Freedom, Jonathan Franzen
Clay's Quilt, Silas House
David Mitchell
Cleopatra: A Life, Stacy Schiff
Winesburg, Ohio, Sherwood Anderson
A Faithful Place, Tana French
Ape House, Sarah Gruen
Medicus, Ruth Downie
Crown of Dust, Mary Volmer
Sh*t My Dad Says, Justin Halperin
Songbird, Sebastian Faulkes
Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Bossypants, Tina Fey
Blacks in the White House
The Line, Olga Grushin
All Other Nights, Dara Horn
The Four Things That Matter Most: A Book About Living, Ira Byock
The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story, Diane Ackerman
Lost in Shangri-La, Mitchell Zuckoff
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand, Helen Simonson
Let's Pretend This Never Happened, Jenny Lawson
The Death of King Arthur, Peter Ackroyd
Beverly Hills: the Anatomy of a Nightclub Fire
Debbie Macomber
Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, Anna Quindlen
The Garden of Evening Mist – Tan Twan Eng
Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
Son – Lois Lowry (follows The Giver)
We Need to Talk About Kevin – Lionel Shriver
The Language of Flowers
Owen Parry
The Bear Went Over the Mountain, William Kotzwinkle
Paris, Edward Rutherfurd
The English Girl, Daniel Silva
Bad Monkey, Carl Hiaasen
Bunker Hill, Nathaniel Philbrick
That Used to Be Us, Thomas Friedman
Zlata's Diary, Zlata Filipovic
Shotgun Lovesong, Nicholas Butler
Still Life With Breadcrumbs, Anna Quindlen
The Time In Between, Maria Duenas
Serena, Ron Rash
Flight Behavior, Barbara Kingsolver
One Good Dog, Susan Wilson
Forever Girl, Alexander McCall Smith
The Secret Place, Tana French
Lisette's List or The Forest Lover, Susan Vreeland
Mrs. Lincoln's Rival
The Pearl That Broke Its Shell, Nadia Hashimi
At the Water's Edger, Sarah Gruen
The Sparrow, Mary Doria Russell
The End of Your Life Bookclub
All the Light We Cannot See, Andy Doerr
The Girls of Atomic City
All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr
The Accidental Apprentice, Vikas Swarup
Plainsong, Kent Haruf
The Dream Lover, Elizabeth Berg
Boys in the Boat
The River Horse, William Least Heat Moon
A Star for Mrs. Blake
The Paris Architect
Casual Vacancy
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Marie Kondo
The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload, Daniel Levitin
Wildfire, Mary Pauline Lowry
The Bastard of Istanbul
Something by John Steinbeck
The Mountain Can Wait, Sarah Leipciger
Three Weeks to Say Goodbye, C. J. Box

(please email your additional suggestions to burkejj@miamioh.edu)

Upcoming Event

Summer Library Hours
May 14 to August 27
M-Th 8:00am-6:00pm
F 8:00am-5:00pm
Front entrance to the library