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Adult Contemporary Discussion Books Since 1988

Motor City blue by Loren D. Estleman — January 1988

The situation in Flushing by Edmund G. Love — February 1988

The prince of tides by Pat Conroy — March 1988

Rascal [sound recording] by Sterling North — April 1988

Where the red fern grows: the story of two dogs and a boy by Wilson Rawls — April 1988

Madame Bovary: provincial lives by Gustave Flaubert; translated with an introduction and notes by Geoffrey Wall; preface by Michèle Roberts — May 1988

Trustee From the Toolroom by Nevel Sheets — June 1988

The man who mistook his wife for a hat and other clinical tales by Oliver Sacks — July 1988

The name of the rose by Umberto Eco; translated from the Italian by William Weaver — January 1989

Shining Through by Susan Isaacs — February 1989

Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison — March 1989

Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler — April 1989

A yellow raft in blue water by Michael Dorris — May 1989

Love in the time of cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez; translated from the Spanish by Edith Grossman — July 1989

Tonquish tales: a story of early d'Etroit, pioneers, and Michigan Indians by Helen Frances Gilbert — September 1989

The bonfire of the vanities by Tom Wolfe — October 1989

The good mother by Sue Miller — November 1989

Not without my daughter by Betty Mahmoody with William Hoffer — January 1990

The dollmaker by Harriette Arnow — February 1990

The handmaid's tale by Margaret Atwood — March 1990

Masquerade: a True Story by Lowell Cauffield — April 1990

Growing up by Russell Baker — May 1990

Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry — June 1990

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan — July 1990

Herb n’Loma: a Love Story by Eric Kraft — August 1990

Red dragon [Large print] by Thomas Harris — September 1990

The closing of the American mind: how higher education has failed democracy and impoverished the souls of today's students by Allan Bloom — October 1990

A thief of time by Tony Hillerman — November 1990

Hammer by Armand Hammer — December 1990

A prayer for Owen Meany: a novel by John Irving — January 1991

The cuckoo's egg: tracking a spy through the maze of computer espionage by Clifford Stoll — February 1991

A taste for death by P.D. James — March 1991

The fatal shore by Robert Hughes — April 1991

Paris Trout by Pete Dexter — May 1991

Evening Stars by Barbara Matusow — June 1991

The pillars of the earth by Ken Follett — July 1991

Maggie’s American Dream by James Corner — August 1991

Crossing to safety by Wallace Stegner; introduction by Terry Tempest Williams; afterword by T.H. Watkins — September 1991

They Always Call Us Ladies by Jean Harris — October 1991

Get Shorty by Elmore Leonard — November 1991

Parallel Lives by Phyllis Rose — December 1991

Whiskey River by Loren D. Estleman — January 1992

Losing Battles by Eudora Welty — February 1992

Oldest living Confederate widow tells all by Allan Gurganus — March 1992

Barbarians at the gate: the fall of RJR Nabisco by Bryan Burrough and John Helyar — April 1992

Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher — May 1992

The promise by Potok, Chaim — July 1992

Lie Down in Darkness by William Styron — September 1992

How the Garcia girls lost their accents by Julia Alvarez — November 1992

Alva Myrdal by Sissela Bok — December 1992

There are no children here: the story of two boys growing up in the other America by Alex Kotlowitz — January 1993

A life of Picasso. Volume 1, 1881-1906 by John Richardson with the collaboration of Marilyn McCully — February 1993

Born Burning by Thomas Sullivan — March 1993

Phases of Harry Moon by Thomas Sullivan — March 1993

Anatomy of a murder by Traver, Robert, 1903- — April 1993

Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler — May 1993

The yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings; illustrations by Edward Shenton, afterword by Thomas DePietro — June 1993

Man in the Window by K.O. Dahl — July 1993

Pride and prejudice by Jane Austen; edited with notes by Vivien Jones — August 1993

Necessary losses by Judith Viorst — September 1993

A thousand acres: a novel by Jane Smiley — October 1993

Smiley's people by John le Carré — November 1993

Max Lakeman and the Beautiful Stranger by Jon Cohen — December 1993

Captain Newman by Leo Rosten — January 1994

Jurassic Park: a novel by Michael Crichton — February 1994

Last of the breed by Louis L'Amour — March 1994

The kitchen god's wife by Amy Tan — April 1994

The boy's war: Confederate and Union soldiers talk about the Civil War by Jim Murphy — May 1994

East of Eden by John Steinbeck; with an introduction by David Wyatt — June 1994

Black cherry blues [sound recording] by James Lee Burke — July 1994

The remains of the day by Kazuo Ishiguro — August 1994

The age of innocence by Edith Wharton; with an introduction and notes by Maureen Howard; George Stade, consulting editorial director — September 1994

A dangerous woman by Mary McGarry Morris — October 1994

H is for homicide: a Kinsey Millhone mystery by Sue Grafton — November 1994

Pigs in heaven: a novel by Barbara Kingsolver — December 1994

The autobiography of Malcolm X by with the assistance of Alex Haley; introduction by M.S. Handler; epilogue by Alex Haley; afterword by Ossie Davis — January 1995

A town like Alice [sound recording] by Nevil Shute — February 1995

Trinity by Leon Uris — March 1995

All around the town by Mary Higgins Clark — April 1995

Cry, the beloved country by Alan Paton — May 1995

Clear and present danger by Tom Clancy — June 1995

The bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller — July 1995

A lesson before dying by Ernest J. Gaines — August 1995

Mutant message down under by Marlo Morgan; illustrated by Carri Garrison — September 1995

Coma: a novel by Robin Cook — October 1995

Nobody's fool by Richard Russo — November 1995

The body farm: a novel by Patricia Cornwell — December 1995

The house of the spirits by Isabel Allende; translated from the Spanish by Magda Bogin — January 1996

Montana 1948: a novel by Larry Watson — February 1996

Northwest Passage by Kenneth Roberts — March 1996

The alienist by Caleb Carr — April 1996

One true thing by Anna Quindlen — May 1996

The novel by James A. Michener — June 1996

The giver by Lois Lowry — July 1996

September by Rosamunde Pilcher — August 1996

The stone diaries by Carol Shields — September 1996

The shipping news by E. Annie Proulx — October 1996

Uncle Tom's cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe — November 1996

Breathing lessons by Anne Tyler — December 1996

Charms for the Easy Life by Kaye Gibbons — January 1997

Gal by Ruthie Bolton — February 1997

Middlemarch by George Eliot; edited by Rosemary Ashton — March 1997

Chesapeake by James A. Michener — April 1997

Sense and sensibility by Jane Austen; foreword by Cathleen Schine — May 1997

Billy Bathgate: a novel by E.L. Doctorow — June 1997

Lake Wobegon days by Garrison Keillor — July 1997

The glass lake: a novel by Maeve Binchy — August 1997

The pillars of the earth by Ken Follett — September 1997

Bonecrack by Dick Francis — October 1997

The hundred secret senses by Amy Tan — November 1997

Snow falling on cedars by David Guterson — December 1997

Murder on the Potomac [sound recording] by Margaret Truman — January 1998

Dixie City jam by James Lee Burke — February 1998

The killer angels: a novel by Michael Shaara — March 1998

Cold Sassy tree by Olive Ann Burns — April 1998

Davita's harp by Chaim Potok — May 1998

Angle of repose by Wallace Stegner — June 1998

Barchester towers [Large print] by Anthony Trollope — July 1998

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley — August 1998

The alienist by Caleb Carr — September 1998

Beach music by Pat Conroy — October 1998

The giant's house: a romance by Elizabeth McCracken — November 1998

A room with a view [sound recording] by E.M. Forster — December 1998

Cakes and ale by W. Somerset Maugham — January 1999

The cider house rules: a novel by John Irving — February 1999

Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison — March 1999

Darkness at noon, tr. by Daphne Hardy by Koestler, Arthur, 1905- — April 1999

Humboldt's gift by Saul Bellow — May 1999

Growing up by Russell Baker — June 1999

Cat's cradle by Kurt Vonnegut — July 1999

The dead zone by Stephen King — August 1999

Ellen Foster: a novel by Kaye Gibbons — September 1999

A dog's life by Peter Mayle; with drawings by Edward Koren — October 1999

Rebecca [large print] by Daphne du Maurier — November 1999

The optimist's daughter by Welty, Eudora, 1909-2001 — December 1999

The chimney sweeper's boy [sound recording]: [a novel] by Barbara Vine — January 2000

Cold mountain: a novel by Charles Frazier — February 2000

Mermaids Song by Lisa Carey — March 2000

Songs in ordinary time by Mary McGarry Morris — April 2000

Errands by Judith Guest — May 2000

Counting Coup by G.D. Gearino — June 2000

To the lighthouse by Woolf, Virginia, 1882-1941 — July 2000

The sound and the fury by William Faulkner — August 2000

The poisonwood Bible: a novel by Barbara Kingsolver — September 2000

The heart of the matter by Graham Greene — October 2000

Mambo Kings Play by Oscar Hijuelos — November 2000

Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton; with a foreword by Anita Shreve — December 2000

Harry Potter and the sorcerer's stone by J.K. Rowling; illustrations by Mary GrandPre — January 2001

Andersonville by Mackinlay Kantor — February 2001

The return of the native. Original illus. by Peter Whiteman by Hardy, Thomas, 1840-1928 — March 2001

Last of Seven by Mark Frost — April 2001

Outer banks: a novel by Anne Rivers Siddons — May 2001

Native son by Richard Wright; with an introduction by Arnold Rampersad — June 2001

The big sky: a novel by A.B. Guthrie, Jr — July 2001

The saving graces: a novel by Pat Gaffney — August 2001

The executioner's song by Norman Mailer — September 2001

The bell jar by Sylvia Plath; biographical note by Lois Ames; drawings by Sylvia Plath — October 2001

Brave new world by Aldous Huxley — November 2001

The gunslinger by Stephen King; illustated by Michael Whelan — January 2002

The hobbit, or, There and back again by J.R.R. Tolkien — February 2002

Cry, the beloved country by Alan Paton — March 2002

Ladder of years by Anne Tyler — April 2002

I know why the caged bird sings by Maya Angelou — May 2002

All over but the shoutin' by Rick Bragg — June 2002

Crossing to safety by Wallace Stegner; introduction by Terry Tempest Williams; afterword by T.H. Watkins — July 2002

Evergreen: a novel by Belva Plain — August 2002

It can't happen here by Sinclair Lewis; with a new introduction by Michael Meyer — September 2002

My Son, My Son by Howard Spring — October 2002

On the beach by Nevil Shute — November 2002

Tell no one: a novel by Harlan Coben — December 2002

Personal history by Katharine Graham — January 2003

Ahab's wife, or, The star-gazer: a novel by Sena Jeter Naslund; illustrations by Christopher Wormell — February 2003

The rapture of Canaan by Sheri Reynolds — March 2003

The prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Spark, Muriel — April 2003

Fourth Hand by John Irving — May 2003

Good House by Bonnie Burnard — June 2003

Necessary losses by Judith Viorst — July 2003

Not for ourselves alone: the story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony: an illustrated history by Geoffrey C. Ward; based on a documentary film by Ken Burns and Paul Barnes, written by Geoffrey C. Ward; with a preface by Ken Burns; introduction by Paul Barnes; and contributions by Martha Saxton, Ann D. Gordon, Ellen Carol DuBois — August 2003

Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors by Carl Sagan — September 2003

The years of Lyndon Johnson: master of the senate by Robert A. Caro — October 2003

Kent State by James Michener — November 2003

Naked Ape by Desmond Morris — December 2003

The bonesetter's daughter by Amy Tan — January 2004

Maestro by Bob Woodward — February 2004

Hell’s Bottom by Laura Pritchett — March 2004

Blackbird: a childhood lost and found by Jennifer Lauck — April 2004

A painted house: a novel by John Grisham — May 2004

Seabiscuit: an American legend by Laura Hillenbrand — June 2004

Bel canto: a novel by Ann Patchett — July 2004

For Your Eyes Only by Robertson Davies — August 2004

Theodore Rex by Edmund Morris — September 2004

The grapes of wrath by John Steinbeck; introduction and notes by Robert DeMott — October 2004

Drowning Ruth by Christina Schwarz — November 2004

White oleander: a novel by Janet Fitch — December 2004

Love in the time of cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez; translated from the Spanish by Edith Grossman — January 2005

Niagara Falls all over again by Elizabeth McCracken — February 2005

Mystic river by Dennis Lehane — March 2005

Memoirs of a geisha: a novel by Arthur Golden — April 2005

Empire Falls by Richard Russo — May 2005

The other Boleyn girl: a novel by Philippa Gregory — June 2005

The last convertible by Anton Myrer — July 2005

The good earth by Pearl S. Buck; introduced and edited by Peter Conn — August 2005

The time traveler's wife: a novel by Audrey Niffenegger — September 2005

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith — October 2005

The kite runner by Khaled Hosseini — November 2005

The curious incident of the dog in the night-time by Mark Haddon — December 2005

Gap Creek: a novel by Robert Morgan — January 2006

Their eyes were watching God by Zora Neale Hurston; with a foreword by Edwidge Danticat and an afterword by Henry Louis Gates, Jr — February 2006

My sister's keeper: a novel by Jodi Picoult — March 2006

East of Eden by John Steinbeck; with an introduction by David Wyatt — April 2006

The color of water: a Black man's tribute to his white mother by James McBride — May 2006

Kabul: a novel by M.E. Hirsh — June 2006

A yellow raft in blue water by Michael Dorris — July 2006

Braided lives: a novel by Marge Piercy — August 2006

Too close to the falls by Catherine Gildiner — September 2006

The lovely bones: a novel by Alice Sebold — October 2006

The dive from Clausen's pier by Ann Packer — November 2006

The street lawyer by John Grisham — December 2006

Bad blood by Lorna Sage — January 2007

An unfinished life: a novel by Mark Spragg — February 2007

The red tent by Anita Diamant — March 2007

Arc of justice [sound recording]: a saga of race, civil rights, and murder in the Jazz Age by Kevin Boyle — April 2007

The glass castle: a memoir by Jeannette Walls — April 2007

The Colony by John Tayman — May 2007

Julie and Romeo: a novel by Jeanne Ray — June 2007

Rules for old men waiting: a novel by Peter Pouncey — July 2007

One hundred years of solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez; translated from the Spanish by Gregory Rabassa — August 2007

Prodigal summer: a novel by Barbara Kingsolver — September 2007

Snow in August: a novel by Pete Hamill — October 2007

A ship made of paper: a novel by Scott Spencer — November 2007

Living out loud by Anna Quindlen — December 2007

Life of Pi: a novel by Yann Martel — January 2008

Crossing to safety by Wallace Stegner; introduction by Terry Tempest Williams; afterword by T.H. Watkins — February 2008

The beekeeper's apprentice: on the segregation of the queen by Laurie King — March 2008

The madonnas of Leningrad [electronic resource] by Debra Dean — April 2008

The death of Vishnu by Manil Suri — May 2008

Plain truth by Jodi Picoult — June 2008

The Boleyn inheritance by Philippa Gregory — July 2008

A thousand splendid suns by Khaled Hosseini — August 2008

Cannery Row by John Steinbeck; with an introduction by Susan Shillinglaw — September 2008

Jitterbug perfume by Tom Robbins — October 2008

Best friends by Martha Moody — November 2008

The wonder spot by Melissa Bank — December 2008

Snow flower and the secret fan: a novel by Lisa See — January 2009

To keep the waters troubled: the life of Ida B. Wells by Linda O. McMurry — February 2009

Finding my voice by Diane Rehm — March 2009

March by Geraldine Brooks — April 2009

The devil in the white city: murder, magic, and madness at the fair that changed America by Erik Larson — May 2009

Daughter of fortune: a novel by Isabel Allende; translated from the Spanish by Margaret Sayers Peden — June 2009

Dolly: the biography by Alanna Nash — July 2009

The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs — August 2009

Nineteen minutes: a novel by Jodi Picoult — September 2009

Angry housewives eating bon bons by Lorna Landvik — October 2009

Three cups of tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin; adapted for young readers by Sarah Thomson; foreword by Jane Goodall — November 2009

To kill a mockingbird by Harper Lee — December 2009

Balzac and the little Chinese seamstress by Dai Sijie; translated from the French by Ina Rilke — January 2010

Uncle Tom's cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe — February 2010

Kabul Beauty School: beneath the veil of Afghan women by Deborah Rodriguez — March 2010

Presumed innocent by Scott Turow — March 2010

The shack: a novel by William P. Young — April 2010

Easter Island by Jennifer Vanderbes — May 2010

Light on snow: a novel by Anita Shreve — June 2010

The pearl diver: a novel by Jeff Talarigo — July 2010

Heart in the Right Place by Carolyn Jourdan — August 2010

A mercy: a novel by Toni Morrison — September 2010

One thousand white women: the journals of May Dodd by Jim Fergus — October 2010

City of dreams: a novel of Nieuw Amsterdam and early Manhattan by Beverly Swerling — November 2010

Suite francaise by Irene Nemirovsky; translated by Sandra Smith — December 2010

The shadow of the wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón; translated by Lucia Graves — January 2011

The book thief by Markus Zusak — February 2011

Innocent by Scott Turow — March 2011

Mennonite in a little black dress: a memoir of going home by Rhoda Janzen — April 2011

Stealing Buddha's dinner: a memoir by Nguyen, Bich Minh — May 2011

The help by Kathryn Stockett — June 2011

Sarah's key by Tatiana de Rosnay — July 2011

The piano teacher by Janice Y.K. Lee — August 2011

The leisure seeker: a novel by Michael Zadoorian — September 2011

Hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet: a novel by Jamie Ford — October 2011

The girl with the dragon tattoo by Stieg Larsson; translated from the Swedish by Reg Keeland — November 2011

The guardian by Nicholas Sparks — December 2011

Shanghai girls: a novel by Lisa See — January 2012

Safe haven by Nicholas Sparks — February 2012

Push: a novel by Sapphire — March 2012

The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot — April 2012

The Paris wife: a novel by Paula McLain — May 2012

Three weeks with my brother by Nicholas Sparks and Micah Sparks — June 2012

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins — July 2012

A stolen life: a memoir by Jaycee Lee Dugard — August 2012

Cutting for stone: a novel by Abraham Verghese — September 2012

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer — October 2012

The Christmas wedding by James Patterson and Richard DiLallo — November 2012

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë; edited with an introduction and notes by Stevie Davies — December 2012