"I cannot live without books."

     -Thomas Jefferson to John Adams,  1815



When I first became a book discussion facilitator back in May of 1996, the first book I selected was SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS, by David Guterson. It was considered to be a "hot" title at the time. It is still one of the best books I have read.  Treat yourself to this "read" if you haven't already had a chance to savor the sights and smells of the Pacific Northwest.  It is a gem of a novel that combines drama, history, suspense, romance and anguish.  

The following is a list of the books we read from June, 1996 through December, 1999 ~

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May 1996   SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS by David Guterson
June 1996   PRIMARY COLORS by Anonymous (Later found to be Joe Klein of NEWSWEEK) 
July 1996 THE RUNAWAY JURY by, John Grisham (An early Grisham novel that deals with the tobacco industry and "stealing" a jury.  Today we Michael Weatherly starring in BULL) 
August 1996 I WAS AMELIA EARHART by, Jane Mendelsohn
September 1996 THE FOURTH ESTATE by Jeffrey Archer (A fabulous read, based on the lives of two newspaper magnates, Rupert Murdoch and Robert Maxwell)
October 1996 THE LAST DON by Mario Puzo (One of the last books Puzo wrote before his death on July 2, 1999)
November 1996 THE DEEP END OF THE OCEAN by Jacqueline Mitchard (Oprah's 1st Book Club Selection) - I was in the audience for the taping of her show and received a copy of this very thoughtful treatise about every parent's nightmare (the loss of a child.) The movie starred Michelle Pfeiffer.
December 1996 SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS by David Guterson (The book was so good that I decided to reread it with the new people who joined our group which ultimately became, 'The Literary Gallery'.
February 1997 THE HORSE WHISPERERby Nicholas Evans (Note: The ending of the movie is different from that of the book; nevertheless, it stars a very handsome Robert Redford).
March 1997 THE SHIPPING NEWSby E. Annie Proux
April 1997 ANGELA'S ASHES by Frank McCourt (Won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography
June 1997 ALL THE PRETTY HORSES by Cormac McCarthy
July 1997 PLUM ISLAND by Nelson DeMille (This very popular L.I. author first introduces us, the reader, to his wise-cracking protagonist, John Corey.)
September 1997 SONGS IN ORDINARY TIME by Mary McGarry Morris
October 1997 THE REEF by Edith Wharton
November 1997 UP ISLAND by Anne Rivers Siddons
December 1997 A CIVIL ACTION by Jonathan Harr
January 1998 LARRY'S PARTY by Carol Shields
February 1998 COLD MOUNTAIN by Charles Frazier
March 1998 THE COLOR OF WATER: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother by James McBride (* A L.I. Reads Selection)
April 1998 A CERTAIN JUSTICE by P.D. James
May 1998 AT HOME IN MITFORD (The Mitford Series) by Jan Karon
June 1998 MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA by Arthur Golden (The author brilliantly writes across-gender and across culture. My dear Father-in-law loved the characters in this book so much that he created two magnificent oil paintings for me. They hang prominently in my den.
July 1998 A WIDOW FOR ONE YEAR by John Irving
August 1998 WAIT TILL NEXT YEAR by Doris Kearns Goodwin & COLONY by Anne Rivers Siddons
September 1998 PHILISTINES AT THE HEDGEROW: Passion & Property in the Hamptoms by Stephen Gaines
October 1998 SHE'S COME UNDONE by Wally Lamb
December 1998 FOR KINGS AND PLANETS by Ethan Canin
January 1999 A MAN IN FULL by Tom Wolfe
February 1999 THE LOOP by Nicholas Evans
March 1999 THE POISONWOOD BIBLE by Barbara Kingsolver
April 1999 AMSTERDAM by Ian McEwan (McEwan's newest, NUTSHELL, is cleverly told from the perspective of a 9 month old fetus in the womb.)
June 1999 THE READER by Bernhard Schlink
(* Our 1st Guest Author brought 8 different samples of chocolate from Lindt and Ghiardelli to Godiva and Hershey, white chocolate, dark chocolate and milk chocolate. Where are you, Joel Glenn Brenner? We'd love to invite you back again.)
August 1999 SUSPICION by Barbara Rogan (*Guest Author)
September 1999 THE PILOT'S WIFE by Anita Shreve
October 1999 THE BEACH by Alex Garland
November 1999 MIDWIVES by Chris Bohjalian
December 1999 NO ORDINARY TIME: Franklin & Eleanor on the Home Front by Doris Kearns Goodwin

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