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Book Chat

Gathering informally at members' homes, book-loving HLA members casually discuss titles and authors they are reading. Recommended books are then listed in the HLA newsletter. Meetings are held monthly March - October.


August 2018 Book Chatters


March 2019 Books -- Beth and Walter
MemberTitleAuthorGenreQuills
Monita SThe Enchantress of FlorenceSamon RushdieRomance5
Abby DSling TimeZadie SmithFiction5
Beth TThe Great AloneKristen HannahMemior4
Dinah GThe Final SolutionMichael ChabonFiction4.5
Nannette SSalt: A World HistoryMark KurlanskyHistory4
Anna LForest BathingQing LiNon-Fiction5
Barbara TThe Perfect StormSebastian JungerNon-Fiction5
Joseph MThe Closing of the American MindAllan BloomNon-Fiction5
Margie PThe CapturesScott ZeschNon-Fiction5
Walter TThe TempestWm. ShakespeareComedy5
Kate LAtomic City GirlsJanet BeardNovel3
Debbie WAlabama, The Making of an American StateEdwin C. BridgesHistory5



October Books -- Debbie and Larry
MemberTitleAuthorGenreQuills
Barbara TWinter Dance: The Fine Madness of Running the IdiderodGary PaulsenNon-fiction5
Anna LGone Baby GoneDennis LehaneSuspense3
Rebecca MStandard DeviationKatherine Heiny Fiction5
Larry WA Higher LoyaltyJames ComeyNon-fiction5
Linda FAnne of Green GablesLucy Maud MontgomeryFiction5
Bob FBad BloodJohn CarreyrouNon-fiction5
Monita SToba, Tek Singh and Other StoriesSaadat Hasan MantoFiction5
Joseph M Barney's VersionMortecai RichlerFiction5
KateLMissing, PresumedSusie SteinerMystery4
Margie FSalvage the BonesJesmyn WardFiction5
Debbie WWomen who Read are DangerousStefan BollmanArt5
Dottie L21 Lessons for the 21st CenturyYuval Noah HarariNon-Fiction4



September Books -- Pamela
MemberTitleAuthorGenreQuills
Abby D.The Mars RoomRachel KushnerFiction5
Bonnie S.Mrs. OsmondJohn BanvilleFiction4
Bob F.Earning the RockiesRobert D. KaplanNon-fiction3
Linda F.The Girl with Seven NamesHyeonseo Lee & David JohnNon-fiction5
Barbara TBeneath a Scarlett SkyMark SullivanHistorical Fiction5
Pamela B.The Secret Lives of ColorKassia St. ClairNon-fiction5
Monita S.Deception PointDan BrownFiction4



August Books -- Kate and Joseph
MemberTitleAuthorGenreQuills
Elaine H.The Charm SchoolNelson DeMilleFiction4
Beth T.EducatedTara WestoverMemior3
Anna L.Between BreathsElizabeth Vargas Biography1
Dinah G.Exit WestMohsin HamidFiction4
Abby D.NixonlandRick PerlsteinHistorical4
Bonnie S.Sapiens: A Brief History of HumankindYuval Noah HarariNon-Fiction4
Joseph M.Something RottenJasper FfordeMystery4
Bob F.The Soul of AmericaJon MeachamNon-Fiction3
Linda F.The Killers of the Flower MoonDavid GrannHistorical3
Barbara T.Defending JacobWilliam LandayFiction4
Mary L.A Manual for Cleaning WomenLucia BerlinShort Stories5
Mary C.Astrophysics for People in a Hurry Neil de Grasse TysonScience5
Kate L.Inspector Ghote Hunts the PeacockH.R. F. KeatingMystery4
Margie P.The House at the Edge of NightCatherine BannerFiction4
Monita S.Sea of PoppiesAmitav GhoshFiction4


July Books -- Linda and Bob
MemberTitleAuthorGenreQuills
Joseph M.HadesCandace FoxMystery5
Monita S.The Secrets Between UsThrity UmrigarNovel4
Abby D.I'll be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State KillerMichelle McNamaraTrue Crime5
Bonnie S.LessAndrew Sean GreerFiction4
Barbara T.A Gentlemen in MoscowAmor TowlesNovel5
Debbie W.TipperaryFrank DelaneyNovel4
Linda F.Educated, A MemoirLara WestoverMemoir5
Bob F.Word by Word; The Secret Life of DictionariesKory StamperNon-Fiction4


June Books -- Bonnie
MemberTitleAuthorGenreQuills
Abby D.The Big ClockKenneth FearingNoir5
Linda F.Before We Were YoursLisa WingateThriller5
Bob F.EducatedTara WestoverMemoir5
Deb W.Elegy for a Southern DrawlRodney JonesPoetry5
Bonnie S.Franklin and WinstonJon MeachemHistory5
Monita S.How I Taught my Grandmother to Read the StonesSudha MurthyShort Stories5
Pamela B.The Dud AvocadoElaine DundyComic Novel5
Kate L.The Perfect MurderH. R. F. KeatingMystery4



May Books -- Sally & Bob
MemberTitleAuthorGenreQuills
Bob N.The Soul of AmericaJon MeachamHistory5
Sally N.The Woman in the WindowA. J. FinnThriller4
Sally N.Little Fires EverywhereCeleste NgFiction2
Joseph M.Dark Ages America: the Final Phase of An EmpireMorris BermanHistory4
Kate L.Dime Store: A Writer's LifeLee SmithBio -Short Stories4


April Books -- Liz & Bob
MemberTitleAuthorGenreQuills
Kate L.Everything I Never Told YouCeleste NGThriller5
Joseph M.Blue LatitudesTony HorwitzNon-Fiction4
Liz S.Loving EleanorSusan Wittig AlbertNovel4
Bob S.Golden HillFrancis SpuffordNovel4
Donna B.StrippedBrian FreemanThriller4
Sarah C.Chronicles of AvonleaLucy Maude MontgomeryShort Stories4
Abby D.Trainwreck: The Women we Love to Hate…Sady DoyleNon-Fiction4
Margie P.The Summer Before the WarHelen SimonsonHistorical Fiction4
Beth T.My Venice and Other EssaysDonna Leon Essays4


October Books -- Debbie & Larry
MemberTitleAuthorGenreQuills
Barbara T. The Badass Librarians of Timbuktu Joshua Hammer Non-Fiction 5
Anna L. Espresso Tales Alexander McCall Smith Fiction 4
Margie P. Great Expectations Charles Dickens Fiction 5
Dinah G. Glass Houses Louise Penny Mystery 5
Kate L. The Tiger in the House Jacqueline Sheehan Fiction 4
Abby D. Lincoln in the Bardo George Sanders Fiction 5
Monita S. Never Let me Go Kazao Ishiguro Fiction 5
Joseph M. China Lake Anthony Hyde Historical Fiction 4
Debbie W. The Judgement of Paris Ross King Historical Fiction 5
Mona P. The North Water Ian McGuire Fiction 5
Larry W. Fantasyland - How America Went Haywire in a 500 year History Kurt Andersen Revisionist History 4


September Books -- Evie
MemberTitleAuthorGenreQuills
Barbara T. The Widow Fiona Barton Fiction 3
Abby D. Dark Sparkler Amder Tamblyn Poetry 4
Kate L. Seventh Plaque James Rollins Fiction 3
Evie S. The Christ-Haunted Landscape Susan Ketchin Anthology 5
Joseph M. A World Lit by Fire Willian Manchester Non-Fiction 4
Anna L. The Hour of the Star Clarice Lispector Fiction 1


August Books -- Kate & Joseph
MemberTitleAuthorGenreQuills
Elaine Gut Bucket Blues Anita August Fiction 5
Bonnie The Rules of Civility Amor Towles Fiction 3.5
Barb The Girls Emma Cline Fiction 5
Bob Thank You for Being Late Thomas Friedman Non-Fiction 3
Linda I Will Always Write Back Caitlin Alifirenka & Martin Ganda Non-Fiction 5
Essie Find Her Lisa Gardner Fiction 3
Joseph The Defense D. W. Buffa Fiction 3.5
Monita The Sense of an Ending Julian Barnes Fiction 4
Kate The Rent Collector Cameron Wright Fiction 5
Dottie The Genius of Birds Jennifer Ackerman Nature 5
Kay Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein Philosophy 3
Abby Priestdaddy Patricia Lockwood Memoir 5

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