FOL Third Thursday

Book Club


The FOL Third Thursday Book Club has gone virtual!
Join us every 3rd Thursday on Zoom at 10 am. If you wish to join,
email Carol Albright at

Copies of the books are available for a 10-day loan, or book club members may purchase them at a discount from The Corner Shelf Bookstore by calling 540-825-4411
or by visiting

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Present and previously discussed books, 1997 to present:


 2021 Current Selections 2019-2020

January 21: When the Ground is Hard by Malla Nunn

February 18: The Johnstown Flood by David McCullough

March 18: Conspiracy of Decency by Emmy E. Werner

April 15: Dark Tide by Stephen Puleo

May 20: Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain

June 17: The Spy and the Traitor by Ben Macintyre

July 15: Krakatoa by Simon Winchester

August 19: Furious Hours by Casey Cep

September 16: In a Verigo of Silence by Miriam Polli

October 21: Pleasantville by Atica Locke


Leadership in Turbulent Times by Doris Kerns Goodwin

The Library Book by Susan Orlean

Bellevue by David Oshinsky

Remainder of year interrupted by pandemic closure.



Crimes of the Father by Thomas Keneally

Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

Dead Wake by Erik Larson

An Odyssey by Daniel Mendelshon

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

The Age of Edison by Ernest Freeberg

In Persuit of Memory by Joseph Jebelli

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

The Worst of Hard Times by Timothy Egan

High Noon by Glen Frankel


A Month in the Country by J.L. Carr 

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Love and Summer by William Trevor

The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu by Joshua Hammer

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

The Big Burn by Timothy Egan

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Nightjohn by Gary Paulsen

Orphan Train by Christina Kline

We Band of Angels by Elizabeth Norman     

2016 - 2017

2015 - 2016

Polio:  An American Story by David M. Oshinsky

The Writing Master by Kitty Burns Florey

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

Junius & Albert's Adventures in the Confederacy by Peter Carlson

Zorro by Isabel Allende

Last Bust to Wisdom by Ivan Doig

The Women Who Wrote the War by Nancy Caldwell Sorel

The Eighth Day by Thornton Wilder

The Monster of Florence by D. Preston & M. Spezi

The Wright Brothers by David McCullough

Notorious RBG by I. Carmon & S. Knizhnik   

The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

The House of Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Empire of the Summer Moon by S.C. Gwynne

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel J. Brown

Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

I am Malala by Malala Yousafzair

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Gateway to Freedom by Eric Foner

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque   

2014 - 2015

2013 - 2014

Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup

The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan

The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin

The Buffalo Soldier by Chris Bohjalian

The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman

Book of Ages by Jill Lepore

The Optimist’s Daughter by Eudora Welty

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris

The Imposter Bride by Nancy Richler

Prayers for Sale by Sandra Dallas

Midnight in Peking by Paul French

This House of Sky by Ivan Doig

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter & Sweet by Jamie Ford

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

The Sojourn by Andrew Krivak

Still Alice by Lisa Genova

The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton

In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson

Still Life by Louise Penny

The Tennis Partner by Abraham Verghese

After Visiting Friends by Michael Hainey

2012 - 2013

2011 - 2012

Tinkers by Paul Harding

Nothing Daunted by Dorothy Wickenden

Brunelleschi’s Dome by Ross King

Doc by Mary Doria Russell

Midnight Rising by Tony Horwitz

Random Harvest by James Hilton

Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín

The Inextinguishable Symphony by Martin Goldsmith

Confession by John Grisham

City of Thieves by David Benioff

Garage Sale Stalker by Suzie Weinert

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

The Postmistress by Sarah Blake

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Hello Goodbye by Emily Chenoweth

Pearl of China by Anchee Min

Private Life by Jane Smiley




2011 - 2012

2010 - 2011

City of Thieves by David Benioff

Garage Sale Stalker by Suzie Weinert

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

The Postmistress by Sarah Blake

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Hello Goodbye by Emily Chenoweth

Pearl of China by Anchee Min

Private Life by Jane Smiley




The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields

Ireland by Frank Delaney

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

The Swallows of Kabul by Yasmina Khadra

Embers by Sándor Márai

Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson

The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

In the Sanctuary of Outcasts by Neil White

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson

2009 - 2010

2008 - 2009

Indignation by Philip Roth

The Day the World Came to Town by Jim DeFede

Vienna Blood by Frank Tallis

The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

North River by Pete Hamill

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

The Speckled People by Hugo Hamilton

The Welsh Girl by Peter Ho Davies

The Assault by Harry Mulisch

The Maytrees by Annie Dillard

The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic

Women of Silk by Gail Tsukiyama

First Lady of the Confederacy by Joan Cashin

Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

Midwives by Chris Bohjalian

Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner

The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman

The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig

2007 - 2008

2006 - 2007

The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Fowler

Old Filth by Jane Gardam

The Life & Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson

The Monk Downstairs by Tim Farrington

The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant

The Tortilla Curtain by T. C. Boyle

Suite Francaise by Irène Némirovsky

Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson

Sister of My Heart by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

The Last Season by Eric Blehm

So Long, See You Tomorrow by William Maxwell

Amsterdam by Ian McEwan

Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

Hearing Birds Fly by Louisa Waugh

Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang

The Master Butchers Singing Club by Louise Erdrich

A Thread of Grace by Mary Doria Russell

Grant and Sherman by Charles Bracelen Flood

The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad

The Stowaway by Robert Hough

A Family Trust by Ward Just

2005 - 2006

2004 - 2005

Almost French by Sarah Turnbull

The Known World by Edward P. Jones

Sudden Sea: The Great Hurricane of 1938 by R.A. Scotti

Seeking Enlightenment…Hat by Hat by Nevada Barr

Explorers House by Robert M. Poole

Felicia’s Journey by William Trevor

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Atonement by Ian McEwan

Montana 1948 by Larry Watson

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie

Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler

The Devil in the White City by Eric Larson

When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka

Roxanna Slade by Reynolds Price

The Hemingway Book Club of Kosovo by Paula Huntley

The Charm School by Nelson DeMille

They Marched into Sunlight by David Maraniss

The Rosewood Casket by Sharyn McCrumb

Foreign Correspondence by Geraldine Brooks

The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King

2003 - 2004

2002 - 2003

Sleeping at the Starlite Motel by Bailey White

Fatal North by Bruce Henderson

The Painted House by John Grisham

The Alienist by Caleb Carr

What Went Wrong? by Bernard Lewis

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

The Horned Man by James Lasdun

Crow Lake by Mary Lawson

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

The Reader by Bernhard Schlink

The Virgin Blue by Tracy Chevalier

West with the Night by Beryl Markham

Chatham School Affair by Thomas Cook

Founding Brothers by Joseph Ellis

Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver

Growing Up by Russell Baker

Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks

Evensong by Gail Godwin

Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier

Band of Brothers by Stephen Ambrose

Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich

2001 - 2002

2000 - 2001

A Time to Kill by John Grisham

The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester

A Diary from Dixie by Mary Chesnut

The Rector’s Wife by Joanna Trollope

The Emperors of Chocolate by Joel Brenner

Plain Truth by Jodie Picoult

An Hour before Daylight by Jimmy Carter

Washington Goes to War by David Brinkley

Follow the River by James Alexander Thom

In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson

Galileo’s Daughter by Dava Sobel

Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

A Breach of Promise by Anne Perry

At All Costs by John Gilstrap

Sophie’s Choice by William Styron

What’s So Amazing About Grace by Phillip Yancey

Personal History by Katherine Graham

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara

The Temple Bombing by Melissa Faye Greene

The Samurai’s Garden by Gail Tsukiyama

Call Me Anna by Patty Duke


1999 - 2000

1998 - 1999

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt

Kings Row by Henry Bellamann

The Color of Water by James McBride

A Civil Action by Jonathon Harr

Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner

The Cater Street Hangman by Anne Perry

The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields

Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross

Liberty Falling by Nevada Barr

Bingo Night at the Fire Hall by Barbara Holland

No Ordinary Time by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Perfect Storm by Sebatian Junger

The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck

Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier

Murder Down Under by Arthur W. Upfield

The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton

The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx

Utopia by Sir Saint Thomas More

Wait ‘Til Next Year by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Gift of Asher Lev by Chaim Potok

How the Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas Cahill

A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines

1997 - 1998


My Ántonia by Willa Cather

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

Stones for Ibarra by Harriet Doerr

True North by Jill Ker Conway

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thorton Wilder

Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Burns

Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose

The Final Judgment by Richard North Patterson

The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells

Snow in August by Pete Hamill

Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson

Charms for the Easy Life by Kaye Gibbons

The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

The Road from Coorain by Jill Ker Conway

If I’d Killed Him When I Met Him by Sharyn McCrumb