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Books That Will Keep You Reading:
Brown Bag Lunch Book Group's History of Titles Discussed

Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips

The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel

Monogamy by Sue Miller

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane

You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Educated by Tara Westover

Discussed in 2019:
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

The Patron Saint of Liars by Ann Patchett

Lost in Shangri-La by Mitchell Zuckoff

Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

Two-Family House by Lynda Cohen Loigman

Plot Against America by Philip Roth

Discussed in 2018:
Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

Leavers by Lisa Ko

Last Days of Night by Graham Moore

Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow

Today Will be Different by Maria Semple

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline

Discussed in 2017:
Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf

Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

News of the World by Paulette Jiles

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

The History of Love by Nicole Kruass

Discussed in 2016:
Circling the Sun by Paula McLain

The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende

Marriage of Opposites: a novel based on the life of Rachel Pizzarro by Alice Hoffman

Euphoria by Lily King

Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

TransAtlantic by Colum McCann

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest to Win Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel Brown

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Steadman

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Discussed in 2015:
A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant

The Children Act by Ian McEwan

The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry

The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout

Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks

Discussed in 2014:
Unbroken: World War II Airman’s Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

Digging to America by Anne Tyler

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman

Saving Fish from Drowning by Amy Tan

Eventide by Kent Haruf (Sequel to Plainsong)

Discussed in 2013:
In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Widower’s Tale by Julia Glass

Atonement by Ian McEwan

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson

Washington Square by Henry James

Discussed in 2012:
Plainsong by Kent Haruf

Room by Emma Donoghue

Netherland by Joseph O’Neill

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

The Widow’s War by Sally Gunning

March by Geraldine Brooks

Little Bee by Chris Cleave

The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

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