Book Clubs Recommend

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When it comes to selecting books, there’s nothing better than a recommendation from a book club. We featured 100 top reading suggestions from book clubs in The Book Club Cookbook. Since then, we’ve been posting recommendations from book clubs around the country on this page. We’ve also included some menus from their meetings. Each title links to a book club recommendation.

Please note that the featured books on our websites do not necessarily have a culinary tie-in: the goal of our sites is to connect readers with the best fiction and non-fiction titles for book clubs.

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ACCIDENTS OF MARRIAGE by Randy Susan Meyers

ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE by Anthony Doerr

ALL SOULS by Michael Patrick

ALMOST HOME by Pam Jenoff

THE AMERICAN PLAGUE by
Molly Caldwell Crosby

AMERICAN WIFE by Curtis Sittenfeld

AMERICANAH by Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie

THE ART OF HEARING HEARTBEATS by Jan-Philipp Sendker

ASYLUM by Patrick McGrath

ATONEMENT by Ian McEwan

AWAY by Amy Bloom

AZIM’S BARDO by Azim Khamisa

THE BAKER’S DAUGHTER by Sarah McCoy

BALKAN GHOSTS: A JOURNEY THROUGH HISTORY by Robert D. Kaplan

BAKING CAKES IN KIGALI by Gaile Parkin

BELLE CORA by Phillip Margulies

BELLWEATHER RHAPSODY by Kate Racculia

BENEATH A MARBLE SKY by John Shors

BLESSINGS by Anna Quindlen

BONE COLD by Erica Spindler

THE BOOK OF SALT by Monique Truong

THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak

THE BOOKSELLER OF KABUL by Asne Sierstad

THE BOYS IN THE BOAT: NINE AMERICANS AND THEIR EPIC QUEST FOR GOLD AT THE 1936 BERLIN OLYMPICS by Daniel James Brown

CALLING ME HOME by Julie Kibler

CANADA by Richard Ford

CAN’T WAIT TO GET TO HEAVEN by Fannie Flagg

CARRY ME HOME by Sandra Kring

CATHERINE THE GREAT: PORTRAIT OF A WOMAN by Robert K. Massie

THE CELLIST OF SARAJEVO by Steven Galloway

THE CHAPERONE by Laura Moriarty

THE CHILDREN ACT by Ian McEwan

A CHRISTMAS MEMORY, ONE CHRISTMAS & THE THANKSGIVING VISITOR by Truman Capote

THE CIDER HOUSE RULES by John Irving

THE CIRCLE by Dave Eggers

CITIZENS CREEK by Lalita Tademy

CLAUDE & CAMILLE by Stephanie Cowell

THE COFFEE TRADER by David Liss

COLOR ME BUTTERFLY by L.Y. Marlow

COOKING FOR MR. LATTE by Amanda Hesser

COOL CREATURES, HOT PLANET: EXPLORING THE SEVEN CONTINENTS by Marty Essen

CROW LAKE by Mary Larson

CUTTING FOR STONE by Abraham Verghese

THE DEATH AND LIFE OF CHARLIE ST. CLOUD by Ben Sherwood

DEATH OF INNOCENCE by Mamie Till-Mobley and Christopher Benson

A DELICATE BALANCE by Edward Albee

DEVIL IN THE GROVE: THURGOOD MARSHALL, THE GROVELAND BOYS, AND THE DAWN OF A NEW AMERICA by Gilbert King

THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY by Erik Larson

THE DEW BREAKER by Edwidge Danticat

THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY by Jean-Dominique Bauby

DREAM OF THE BLUE ROOM by Michelle Richmond

DURABLE GOODS by Elizabeth Berg

EAST OF EDEN by John Steinbeck

EAT, PRAY, LOVE by Elizabeth Gilbert

EATING HEAVEN by Jennie Shortridge

THE EGYPTOLOGIST by Arthur Phillips

ELECTRICO W by Hervé Le Tellier

THE ELEGANCE OF THE HEDGEHOG by Muriel Barbery

ESCAPE by Carolyn Jessop

EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU by Celeste Ng

THE EVENING CHORUS by Helen Humphreys

EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE by Jonathan Safran Foer

FAITHFUL PLACE by Tana French

THE FALL BACK PLAN by Leigh Stein

FINN by Jon Clinch

FIREFLY LANE by Kristin Hannah

FIRST MOTHERS by Bonnie Angelo

FOLLOWING EZRA by Tom Fields-Meyer

THE FORGOTTEN GARDEN by Kate Morton

FUNNY IN FARSI by Firoozeh Dumas

THE GARDENS OF KYOTO by Kate Walbert

GARLIC AND SAPPHIRES by Ruth Reichl

THE GARGOYLES by Andrew Davidson

THE GIRL IN THE ITALIAN BAKERY by Kenneth Tingle

THE GIRL WHO FELL FROM THE SKY by Heidi Durrow

THE GLASS CASTLE by Jeanette Walls

GO SET A WATCHMAN by Harper Lee

GOING TO THE SUN by James McManus

THE GOLEM AND THE JINNI by Helene Wecker

A GOOD INDIAN WIFE by Anne Cherian

THE GREAT GATSBY by F. Scott Fitzgerald

THE GREAT INFLUENZA by John M. Barry

THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

HALF BROKE HORSES by Jeannette Walls

HAVE A LITTLE FAITH by Mitch Albom

THE HELP by Kathryn Stockett

THE HISTORY OF LOVE by Nicole Krauss

HOME FRONT by Kristin Hannah

THE HOUSEKEEPER AND THE PROFESSOR by Yoko Ogawa

HOTEL ON THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET by Jamie Ford

HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG by Andre Dubus III

HOW TO BE LOST by Amanda Eyre Ward

THE HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins

I AM HAVING SO MUCH FUN HERE WITHOUT YOU by Courtney Maum

THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS by Rebecca Skloot

IN ONE PERSON by John Irving

INTO THE FOREST by Jean Hegland

ISAAC’S STORM by Erik Larson

THE KIDS FROM NOWHERE by George Guthridge

THE KITCHEN HOUSE by Kathleen Grissom

THE KNOWN WORLD by Edward P. Jones

THE LACUNA by Barbara Kingsolver

THE LAST CHILD by John Hart

THE LAST PAINTING OF SARA DE VOS by Dominic Smith

THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

LAURA LAMONT’S LIFE IN PICTURES by Emma Straub

THE LEMON TREE: AN ARAB, A JEW AND THE HEART OF THE MIDDLE EAST by Sandy Tolan

LITTLE BEE by Chris Cleave

LITTLE CHAPEL ON THE RIVER by Gwendolyn Bounds

LITTLE HEATHENS by Mildred Armstrong Kalish

LIVE AGAIN by L.R. Giles

LONE WOLF by Jodi Picoult

THE LONELY POLYGAMIST by Brady Udall

A LONG WAY DOWN by Nick Hornby

LOST HORIZON by James Hilton

LOVE AND BIOLOGY AT THE CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE by Jennie Shortridge

LOVING FRANK by Nancy Horan

LUCKY ME by Debra Borden

MAINE by J. Courtney Sullivan

THE MAMMY by Brendan O’Carroll

THE MAN IN THE WHITE SHARKSKIN SUIT by Lucette Lagnado

THE MANY LIVES & SECRET SORROWS OF JOSEPHINE B. by Sandra Gulland

MARCH by Geraldine Brooks

MARY COIN by Marisa Silver

THE MASTER BUTCHER’S SINGING CLUB

by Louise Erdrich

MCCARTHY’S BAR by Pete McCarthy

THE MIDDLE PLACE by Kelly Corrigan

A MIDNIGHT CAROL by Patricia K. Davis

MILA 18 by Leon Uris

MISSOULA: RAPE AND THE JUSTICE SYSTEM IN A COLLEGE TOWN by Jon Krakauer

MR. EMERSON’S WIFE by Amy Belding Brown

MOLOKA’I by Alan Brennert

MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS by Agatha Christie

MY LIFE IN FRANCE by Julia Child and Alex Prud’homme

MY MOTHER’S KITCHEN by Meera Ekkananth Klein

MY NAME IS MARY SUTTER by Robin Oliveira

MY SISTER’S KEEPER by Jodi Picoult

MY STROKE OF INSIGHT: A BRAIN SCIENTIST’S PERSONAL JOURNEY by Jill Bolte Taylor

MY TEENAGE WEREWOLF by Lauren Kessler

THE NEXT THING ON MY LIST by Jill Smolinski

THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morgenstern

NIGHT ROAD by Kristin Hannah

THE 19TH WIFE by David Ebershoff

NOBODY’S BABY BUT MINE by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

NOTES FROM A MAINE KITCHEN: SEASONALLY INSPIRED RECIPES by Kathy Gunst

ON BEAUTY by Zadie Smith

THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL by Phillipa Gregory

OLIVE KITTERIDGE by Elizabeth Strout

ONE THOUSAND WHITE WOMEN by Jim Fergus

THE ORCHARDIST by Amanda Coplin

THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah

THE PAINTED GIRLS by Cathy Marie Buchanan

THE PARIS WIFE by Paula McClain

PEOPLE OF THE BOOK by Geraldine Brooks

PILLARS OF THE EARTH by Ken Follett

PLAIN TRUTH by Jodi Picoult

PLUM WINE by Angela Davis-Gardiner

THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA bu Philip Roth

POMEGRANATE SOUP by Marsha Mehran

POPE JOAN by Donna Woolfolk Cross

THE POSTMISTRESS by Sarah Blake

POWER, FAITH, AND FANTASY by Michael B. Oren

PROMISE THE MOON by Elizabeth Joy Arnold

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE by Jane Austen

THE PURSUIT OF ALICE THRIFT by Elinor Lipman

QUIET: THE POWER OF INTROVERTS IN A WORLD THAT CAN’T STOP TALKING by Susan Cain

RACHEL’S HOLIDAY by Marian Keyes

THE RATHBONES by Janice Clark

REBECCA by Daphne Du Maurier

RECONSTRUCTING AMELIA by Kimberly McCreight

THE RED GARDEN by Alice Hoffman

THE RED SCARF by Kate Furnivall

REVOLUTIONARY ROAD by Richard Yates

THE RIVER OF DOUBT by Candice Millard

THE ROCK ORCHARD by Paula Wall

THE ROMANCE READER by Pearl Abraham

RULES OF CIVILITY by Amor Towles

RUN by Ann Patchett

SATURDAY by Ian McEwan

SAY HER NAME by Francisco Goldman

THE SEAMSTRESS by Frances Peebles

THE SECRET SCRIPTURE by Sebastian Barry

SEPULCHURE by Kate Mosse

SERVING CRAZY WITH CURRY by Amulya Malladi

SHADOW DIVERS by Robert Kurson

THE SHADOW QUEEN by Sandra Gulland

THE SHADOW OF THE WIND by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

SHANGHAI GIRLS by Lisa Se

SHE’S NOT THERE: A LIFE IN TWO GENDERS by Jennifer Finney Boyle

THE SHINIEST JEWEL by Marian Henley

SILVER SPARROW by Tayari Jones

SISTER OF MY HEART by Chitra Divakaruni

SNOW FLOWER AND THE SECRET FAN by Lisa See

SO BIG by Edna Ferber

A SOFT PLACE TO LAND by Susan Rebecca White

THE SPACE BETWEEN US by Thrity Umrigar

THE SPEED OF DARK by Elizabeth Moon

STATE OF WONDER by Ann Patchett

STATION ELEVEN by Emily St. John Mandel

STILL ALICE by Lisa Genova

STOLEN LIVES by Malika Oufkir

THE STORY OF BEAUTIFUL GIRL by Rachel Simon

THE STORY OF EDGAR SAWTELLE by David Wroblewski

THE SUGAR QUEEN by Sarah Addison Allen

SUITE FRANCAISE by Irene Nemirovsky

SUMMER by Edith Wharton

SWEET MANDARIN by Helen Tse

SWEET SALT AIR by Barbara Delinsky

THE SYMPATHIZER by Viet Thahn Nguyen

A TALE OF LOVE AND DARKNESS by Amos Oz

TALES OF THE CITY by Armistead Maupin

TALES OF A FEMALE NOMAD by Rita Golden Gelman

TEN GIRLS TO WATCH by Charity Shumway

THE THIRTEENTH TALE by Diane Setterfield

THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE by Audrey Niffenegger

THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU by Jonathan Tropper

A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS by Khaled Hosseini

THREE CUPS OF TEA by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin

THE TIGER by by John Vaillant

TINKERS by Paul Harding

TO BE SUNG UNDERWATER by Tom McNeal

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee

A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN by Betty Smith

UNBROKEN by Laura Hillenbrand

UNDER THE BANNER OF HEAVEN by Jon Krakauer

UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN by Frances Mayes

THE UNFINISHED CHILD by Theresa Shea

THE UNIT by Ninni Holmqvist

UNLESS by Carol Shields

THE UNWINDING: AN INNER HISTORY OF THE NEW AMERICA by George Packer

WAITING FOR SNOW IN HAVANA by Carlos Eire

WATER FOR ELEPHANTS by Sara Gruen

WELCOME TO THE GODDAMN ICE CUBE: CHASING FEAR AND FINDING HOME IN THE GREAT WHITE NORTH by Blair Braverman

WHEN THE EMPEROR WAS DIVINE by Julie Otsuka

WHERE THE DOG STAR NEVER GLOWS by Tara L. Masih

WHY I’M STILL MARRIED by Karen Propp and Jean Trounstine

WICKED by Gregory Maguire

WILD by Cheryl Strayed

WILD SEED by Octavia Butler

WILL IN THE WORLD by Stephen Greenblatt

WINTERDANCE by Gary Paulsen

WONDER by R.J. Palacio

WORLD WITHOUT END by Ken Follett

THE WOMAN WHO HEARD COLOR by Kelly Jones

THE WORLD WITHOUT US by Alan Weisman

THESE IS MY WORDS: THE DIARY OF SARAH AGNES PRINE by Nancy E. Turner

THE WHITE TIGER by Aravind Adiga

WHY NEW ORLEANS MATTERS by Tom Piazza

THE YEAR OF LIVING DANISHLY: UNCOVERING THE SECRETS OF THE WORLD’S HAPPIEST COUNTRY by Helen Russell

YES, CHEF: A MEMOIR by Marcus Samuelsson

THE YIDDISH POLICEMEN’S UNION by Michael Chabon