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     -Thomas Jefferson to John Adams,  1815

What Shall I read Next?


Please take a look at some of the wonderful, informative, thought-provoking, books we read from January 2000 - December 2005:
January 2000 'TIS by Frank McCourt (sequel to ANGELA'S ASHES).
February 2000 THE WEIGHT OF WATER by Anita Shreve (a dark mystery, a thought-provoking "story within a story")
March 2000 A GESTURE LIFE by Chang-rae Lee (I loved meeting Doc Hata) 
April 2000 THE HOURS by Michael Cunningham (Think Virginia Woolf, Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep and Julianne Moore)
May 2000 ALIAS GRACE by Margaret Atwood (Decide for yourself who is the victim and who is the killer)
June 2000 TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE by Mitch Albom (Morrie's "life lessons")
July 2000 HORSE HEAVEN by Jane Smiley
August 2000 HALF A HEART by Rosellen Brown
September 2000 FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS by James Bradley (I thought of my Dad, "Big Eddie Perlman" and the men and women of "The Greatest Generation".)
October 2000 WINTER SOLSTICE by Rosamunde Pilcher (She was my favorite "Comfort Read")
November 2000 CORELLI'S MANDOLIN by Louis de Bernieres (Set on the scenic Greek Islands, I loved meeting the mandolin-playing Corelli, played by Nicolas Cage (& Penelope Cruz in the movie)
December 2000 THE SAMURAI'S GARDEN by Gail Tsukiyama  (One of my all-time favorites, poignant, unforgettable) 
January 2001 TYRANNOSAURUS SUE:  The Extraordinary Saga of the Largest, Most Fought Over T-Rex Ever Found by Steve Fiffer (a scientific exploration)
February 2001 MORGAN'S RUN by Colleen McCullough
March 2001 PLAINSONG by Kent Haruf (a beautifully written, slow ride through a small town with unforgettable characters)
April 2001 DROWNING RUTH by Christina Schwarz (haunting)
May 2001 GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING by Tracy Chevalier (a brilliant portrayal of Johannes Vermeer's muse)
June 2001 THE HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG by Andre Dubus III (another haunting story of everyday people struggling for a piece of "The American Dream")
July 2001 SCARLETT FEATHER by Maeve Binchy (Ireland's beloved scribe)
August 2001 SALEM FALLS by Jodi Picoult (Witchcraft and Wikken)
September 2001 THE GATES OF THE ALAMO by Stephen Harrigan (A history lesson)
October 2001 WHILE I WAS GONE by Sue Miller (A tale of happiness lost, guilt and redemption-sought)
November 2001 WAITING by Ha Jin (I'm still waiting)
December 2001 JOHN ADAMS by David McCullough (A story of one of our Founding Fathers written by one of America's foremost historians)
January 2002 IN THE HEART OF THE SEA:  The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick (I loved this book so much that I dragged my husband to Nantucket to follow in the footsteps of the tragic whalers)
February 2002 THE BEE SEASON by Myla Goldberg (I've always been a stickler for spelling. This book will make you one, too)
March 2002 THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER AND CLAY by Michael Chabon (comic books)
May 2002 THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER by Carson McCullers (A classic)
June 2002 PLAIN TRUTH by Jodi Picoult (Life inside an Amish Family)
July 2002 WOMEN OF THE SILK by Gail Tsukiyama (Loved it!)
September 2002 NINE PARTS OF DESIRE:  The Hidden World of Islamic Women by Geraldine Brooks (Informative)
October 2002 THE TRUE SOURCES OF THE NILE by Sarah Stone (Africa among the Tutsis)
November 2002 EMPIRE FALLS by Richard Russo (Loved this story of life in a small town. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Movie starring Paul and Joanne Newman, Ed Harris, Helen Hunt)
December 2002 PEACE LIKE A RIVER by Leif Enger  (Beautifully written, evocative prose)
January 2003 STANDING IN THE RAINBOW by Fannie Flagg ('Ya just gotta love Fannie Flagg and her heart-warming stories)
February 2003 THE LOVELY BONES by Alice Sebold (A murdered girl looks down from Heaven in this much "talked about" novel)
March 2003 THE PIANO TUNER by Daniel Mason (Think HEART OF DARKNESS by Thomas Hardy 
April 2003 HOW THE GARCIA GIRLS LOST THEIR ACCENT by Julia Alvarez * A L.I. Reads Selection
May 2003 SEABISCUIT by Laura Hillenbrand  (As fascinating as her subsequent work, UNBROKEN)
June 2003 FIVE QUARTERS OF THE ORANGE by Joanne Harris
July 2003 STRING OF PEARLS by Ben Baglio (Guest Author)
August 2003 BEL CANTO by Ann Patchett (Another favorite based on a true story. Opera, politics and terror in a fictitious South American country)
September 2003 THE VINEYARD: The Pleasures and Perils of Creating an American Family Winery by Louisa Thomas Hargrave (Guest Author) - Great read by a fabulous wine connoisseur
October 2003 THE DA VINCI CODE by Dan Brown (A "must read" if only for the extensive research. Remember IT'S JUST A NOVEL!!
November 2003 ATONEMENT by Ian McEwan (like SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS by David Guterson, this novel had me from the beginning to the surprise ending. Don't read the ending first. You won't understand what happened).
December 2003 THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES by Sue Monk Kidd (The "calendar sisters" and making honey in a racially- torn south)
January 2004 THE EYRE AFFAIR by Jasper Fforde
January 2004 JANE EYRE by Charlotte Bronte
February 2004 THE PASSION OF ARTEMESIA by Susan Vreeland (Art and treachery in the 15th century)
March 2004 BENJAMIN FRANKLIN by Walter Isaacson (Learn about the brilliance and creativity of Benjamin Franklin)
April 2004 SNOW IN AUGUST by Pete Hamill *(A L.I. Reads Selection)- Magical realism by a favorite author)
May 2004 THE AMATEUR MARRIAGE by Anne Tyler (Another favorite author whose books take place in her beloved Baltimore)
June 2004 ALOFT by Chang-rae Lee (Later a L.I. Reads Selection. Takes place on L.I.)
July 2004 ANGLE OF REPOSE by Wallace Stegner
August 2004 POMPEII by Robert Harris (Buried alive)
September 2004 THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL by Phillipa Gregory (Love and treachery in Henry VIII's court)
October 2004 THE NAMESAKE by Jhumpa Lahiri (A story about identity in the Indian diaspora)
November 2004 THE GOOD GERMAN by Joseph Kanon (Good book, horrible movie despite the acting of George Clooney and Cate Blanchett)
December 2004 BEFORE YOU KNOW KINDNESS by Chris Bohjalian (one of my very favorite authors. Chris Bohjalian signed every one of our books which were sent to him in Vermont.  He personalized each book then sent it back with a his signature.)
January 2005 THE KITE RUNNER Khaled Hosseini (Unforgettable, informative about life in Afghanistan. A tear-jerker.)
February 2005 THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA by Philip Roth (A frightening, imagined future with Charles Lindbergh as President of the United States.)
March 2005 CROW LAKE by Mary Lawson (Evocative setting, sibling relationships, love, guilt)
April 2005 SNOW IN AUGUST by Pete Hamill *(A L.I. Reads Selection)- Magical realism by a favorite author)
May 2005 THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY:  Murder, Magic & Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson (You'll feel so smart when you read this book because of all the facts you will learn. The movie has been optioned with Leonardo da Caprio starring as the charismatic serial murderer, H.H.Holmes)
June 2005 PARADISE ALLEY by Kevin Baker (Think 'Gangs of New York')
July 2005 VANISHING ACT by Jodi Picoult
August 2005 NIGHTFALL by Nelson DeMille (About the crash of TWA Flight #800 over L.I. and the author's thoughts on what actually caused the crash).
September 2005 McNALLY'S BLUFF by Vince Lardo (Fun romp with a Florida gumshoe).
October 2005 THE HISTORIAN by Elizabeth Kostova (About Dracula, Vlad the Impaler)
November 2005 HE CRUELEST MILES: The Heroic Story of Dogs and Men in a Race Against an Epidemic by Gay and Laney Salisbury (Alaska, the Iditarod)
December 2005 1776 by David McCullough (Self-explanatory)

Continued List Here

Dorothy Schroeder
Donna, Thank you for this annotated list. I was looking for some suggestions to load on my Nook for my vacation. I chose three from your list and spent the next week sitting under a palm tree enjoying every one of them. Thank you from the bottom of my very relaxed heart.
2/28/2017 10:43:49 PM

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