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PREVIOUS YEARS  NON-FICTION GROUP READING LISTS
 

January 2012 

 

Last Call: the Rise and Fall of Prohibition

Daniel Okrent

February

 

The Warmth of Other Suns: the Epic Story of America’s Great Migration

Isabel Wilkerson

March

 

The Woman Behind the New Deal: the Life and Legacy of Frances Perkins

Kirstin Downey

April

 

The Discovery of Jeanne Baret: a Story of Science, the High Seas, and . . .

Glynis Ridley

May

 

The Grand Inquisitor’s Manual: a History of Terror in the Name of God

Jonathan Kirsch

June

 

Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly

Anthony Bourdain

September

 

Sugar: a Bittersweet History

Elizabeth Abbott

November

 

The Ghost Map: the Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic . . .

Steven Johnson

 

January  2011 

 

The Worst Hard Time: the Untold Story of Those Who Survived . . .

Timothy Egan

February

 

Cigarettes

Tara Parker-Pope

March

 

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Rebecca Skloot

April

 

The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America

Timothy Egan

May

 

The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey 

Candice Millard

June

 

Bright-Sided

Barbara Ehrenreich

September

 

Cod: a Biography of the Fish That Changed the World

Mark Kurlansky

October

 

Escape from the Deep

Alex Kershaw

November

 

Empire of the Summer Moon

S. C. Gwynne

 
JANUARY 2010    Stiff: the Curious Lives of Human Cadavers Mary Roach

February

 

Triangle: the Fire That Changed America

David von Drehle

March

 

Civil War Wives

Carol Berkin

April

 

Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and . . .

Stephen Ambrose

May

 

Fruitless Fall

Rowan Jacobsen

June

 

Satchel: the Life and Times of an American Legend

Larry Tye

July

 

The Year of Magical Thinking

Joan Didion

August

 

The Lost City of Z

David Grann

September

 

The Deltoid Pumpkin Seed

John McPhee

October

 

The Art of the Heist

Myles J. O’Conner

November

 

The Poisoner’s Handbook

Deborah Blum

 
JANUARY 2009   The Glass Castle Jeannette Walls

February

 

About Alice

Calvin Trillin

March

 

Bold Spirit

Linda Hunt

May

 

Assassination Vacation

Sarah Vowell

June

 

The Telephone Gambit: Chasing Alexander Graham Bell’s Secret

Seth Shulman

July

 

The Nine

Jeffrey Toobin

August

 

Under the Banner of Heaven

Jon Krakauer

September

 

Factory Girls

Leslie Chang

October

 

Desperate Passage: the Donner Party’s Perilous Journey West

Ethan Rarick

November

 

My Life in France

Julia Child

JANUARY 2008    Brother, I’m Dying Edvidge Danticat

February

 

The Professor and the Madman

Simon Winchester

March

 

Strange Piece of Paradise

Terri Jentz

April

 

The Fabric of America

Andro Linklater

May

 

Omnivore’s Dilemma

Michael Pollan

June

 

A Man Without a Country & Armageddon in Retrospect

Kurt Vonnegut

July

 

Winterdance: the Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod

Gary Paulsen

August

 

The Thing about Life That One Day You’ll Be Dead

David Shields

September

 

The Monster of Florence

Douglas Preston

October

 

The Zookeeper’s Wife

Diane Ackerman

November

 

Vermeer’s Hat: the Seventeenth Century and the Dawn of the Global World

Timothy Brook

AUGUST 2007    The Devil in the White City Eric Larson

SEPTEMBER

  Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil John Berendt

OCTOBER

  A Long Way Gone Ishmael Beah

NOVEMBER

  Into the Wild Jon Krakauer