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National Reading Group Month 2008
Books and their authors from chapter and partner events (alphabetical order):

  • The Second Journey by Joan Anderson (Hyperion)

  • One Hundred Books for Girls to Grow On and The Mother-Daughter Book Club, Tenth Anniversary Edition by Shireen Dodson (Harper Paperbacks)

  • How to Read Novels Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster (Harper Paperbacks)

  • Sweetsmoke by David Fuller (Hyperion)

  • The Book Club Cookbook and The Kids' Book Club Book by Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp (Tarcher)

  • Big Money by Jack Getze (Hilliard & Harris Publishers)

  • Hell Hole: A John Ceepak Mystery by Chris Grabenstein (St. Martin's/Minotaur)

  • The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory (Touchstone-Fireside Books)

  • The Condition by Jennifer Haigh (HarperCollins)

  • Hannah's Dream by Diane Hammond (Harper Paperbacks)

  • The Year She Disappeared by Ann Harleman (Univ. of Texas Press)

  • Loving Frank by Nancy Horan (Ballantine)

  • The Way Life Should Be by Christina Baker Kline (Harper Paperbacks)

  • Schooled by Anisha Lakhani (Hyperion)

  • The English American by Alison Larkin (Simon & Schuster)

  • Nothing is Quite Forgotten in Brooklyn by Alice Mattison (Harper Perennial)

  • The Richest Season by Maryann McFadden (Hyperion)

  • The Red Lion Series by Yxta Maya Murray (Harper Paperbacks)

  • The Girl I Left Behind by Judith Nies (HarperCollins)

  • Angel and Apostle by Deborah Noyes (Unbridled Books)

  • The Return of Desire by Gina Ogden (Trumpeter)

  • Book Lust, More Book Lust and Book Crush by Nancy Pearl (Sasquatch Books)

  • Peony in Love by Lisa See (Random House Trade Paperbacks)

  • The Septembers of Shiraz by Dalia Sofer (Harper Perennial)

  • Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout (Random House Trade Paperbacks)

  • Petropolis by Anya Ulinich (Viking)

    National Reading Group Month 2007
    Books and their authors from chapter and partner events (alphabetical order):

  • Queen of the Odd Balls by Hillary Carlip (Harper Paperbacks)

  • The Divorce Party by Laura Dave (Viking)

  • Leeway Cottage by Beth Gutcheon (Harper Perennial)

  • Baker Towers by Jennifer Haigh (Harper Perennial)

  • I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb (Harper Perennial)

  • Help Me Help Myself by Beth Lisick (Wm. Morrow)

  • Light of Day by Jamie M. Saul (Wm. Morrow)

  • Jamestown by Matthew Sharpe (Counterpoint · Soft Skull)

  • City of Glory by Beverly Swerling (Simon & Schuster)

  • Home to Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani (Ballantine)

    Recommended Reads: WNBA Member Books
    WNBA invites readers to visit its national Web site to discover Great Group Reads authored by WNBA members.

    Recommended Reads: Special Interest and Themes

    World Connections — Afghanistan

  • Paradise Trilogy: Companions of Paradise by Thalassa Ali (Bantam)

  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (Riverhead Trade)

  • A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini (Riverhead Trade)

  • The Swallows of Kabul by Yasmina Khadra (Anchor Books)

  • Annisa: Daughter of Afghanistan by Kathleen MacArthur (

  • The End of Manners by Francesca Marciano (Pantheon)


  • Zoya's Story: An Afghan Woman's Struggle for Freedom by John Follain (Harper Paperbacks)

  • Kabul in Winter: Life Without Peace in Afghanistan by Ann Jones (Metropolitan Books)

  • Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace´┐ŻOne School at a Time by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin (Penguin)

  • Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil by Deborah Rodriquez and Kristin Ohlson (Random House Trade Paperbacks)

  • The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad (Back Bay Books)

  • The Places In Between by Rory Stewart (Harvest Books)


    "Outstanding Science Books by Women Authors," (PDF) compiled by SB&F, the review journal of American Association for the Advancement of Science.

    Recommended Reads
    From WNBA chapters

    "Food for Thought: Reading and Writing About Food," compiled by the WNBA-Nashville chapter in conjunction with the its summer reading and discussion series co-sponsored by Beaman Library/Lipscomb University


  • Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel (Anchor Books)


  • My Life in France by Julia Child and Alex Prud'homme (Anchor Books)

  • Home Cooking: A Writer in the Kitchen by Laurie Colwin (Harper Perennial)

  • The Measure of Her Powers: An M.F.K. Fisher Reader by M.F.K. Fisher (Counterpoint)

  • A Debt to Pleasure by John Lanchester (Picador)

  • The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan (Penguin)

    From National Reading Group Month partners and enthusiasts:

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