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Eclectic Book Club

Starting our 8th year of invigoratingly fun book discussion! The Lago Vista Library Book Club has now become known as the Eclectic Book Club. It meets monthly on the 2nd Thursday from 10 a.m.-Noon in the library meeting room. We like to read and discuss an eclectic mix of fiction and non-fiction. Our discussions are lively and we encourage you to come join the fray! Book related field trips are also part of the fun. Hope to see you soon!

2018

May 10 - Siddhartha Mukherjee - The Gene: An Intimate History

April 12 - Adam Minter - Junkyard Planet

March 8 - J. D. Vance - Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

February 8 - Helen Macdonald - H is for Hawk

January 11 - Colson Whitehead - The Underground Railroad

2017

December 14 - Barbara Kingsolver - Flight Behavior

November 9 - Paul Kalanithi - When Breath Becomes Air

October 12 - Margaret Atwood - A Handmaid's Tale

September 14 - James Salzman - Drinking Water: A History

August 10 - Trevor Noah - Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood

July 13 - Paulette Jiles - News of the World

June 8 - Catherine Gildiner - Too Close to the Falls

May 11 - Joseph Boyden - Three Day Road

April 13 - Mary Beth Rogers - Barbara Jordan: American Hero

March 9 - Anthony Doerr - All the Light We Cannot See

February 9 - Tom Wainwright - Narconomics

January 12 - Thomas Hardy - Far From the Madding Crowd

2016

December 8 - Frederick Backman - A Man Called Ove

November 10 - Elie Wiesel - Still Night

October 13 - Kerry Patterson et al. - Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High

September 8 - Homer Hickam - Carrying Albert Home: The Somewhat True Story of a Man, His Wife and Her Alligator

August 11 - Dan Harris - 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Street Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works - A True Story

July 7 - Cancelled due to vacations

June 9 - Sam Harris - The End of Faith: Religion, Terror and the Future of Reason

May 13 - D. W. Buffa - The Judgment

April 14 - Alice Hoffman - The Marriage of Opposites

March 10 - James Loewen - Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything My American History Textbook Got Wrong

February 11 - Eric Larsen - Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

January 14 - Miranda R. Mouilott - A Fifty-Year Silence: Love, War and a Ruined House in France

2015

December 10 - Atul Gawande - Being Mortal

November 12 - Ian McEwan - The Children Act

October 8 - Richard Funk - The Wind of the Gods

September 10 - Maajid Nawaz and Tom Bromley - Radical: My Journey of Islamist Extremism

August 13 - Joyce Carol Oates - Any work by her

July 9 - Andy Weir - The Martian

June 11 - Ursule LeGuin - Left Hand of Darkness

May 14 - Charles King - Midnight at the Pera Palace

April 9 - P.J. O'Rourke - The Baby Boom

March 12 - Harper Lee - To Kill a Mockingbird and Marja Mills -The Mockingbird Next Door

February 12 - James Jones - From Here to Eternity

January 8 - P.G. Wodehouse - Any book featuring Jeeves the Butler

2014

December - Reza Aslan - Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth

November  - Valerie Lawson - Mary Poppins, She Wrote: The Life of P.L. Travers

October - H. Gilbert Welch - Overdiagnosed: Making People Sick in Pursuit of Health

September - Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson - Lone Survivor 

Summer hiatus - no meetings due to busy schedules

April - Robert Heinlein - Stranger in a Strange Land  or Isaac Asimov's The Foundation series. (Read and compare/contrast or read either book, your choice.)

March - Christopher Steiner - Automate This: How Algorithms Took Over Our Markets, Our Jobs and the World

February - Daniel Brown - Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and their Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics  (A potluck lunch and a showing of the Leni Riefenstahl movie documenting the 1936 Olympics will take place at this meeting.)

January -  Elizabeth Black - The Drowning House: A Novel

2013

December - No meeting for the holidays

November  -  Jeffrey Toobin - The Oath

October  -  Doris Kearns Goodwin - Team of Rivals

August/September  -  Donald L. Miller - Masters of the Air: America's Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany

June  -  Philip Roth, any book

April  -  Peter Matthiesen  - The Snow Leopard

March  -  Joe Nick Patoski - Writer, historian, Texan - any or all material written by him like Generations on the Land; Willie Nelson- an epic life; Big Bend National Park; Caught in the crossfire; Conjunto

February  -  Michael Shaara - The Killer Angels: a novel of the Civil War

January  -  Jane McGonigal - Reality is broken : why games make us better and how they can change the world

2012

December  -  Cheryl Strayed - Wild: from lost to found on the Pacific Crest Trail

November   -  Ann Rule - Bitter Harvest

October  -  Mark Updegrove - Indomitable Will: LBJ in the Presidency

September  -  John Graves - Goodbye to a River

August  -  James Lee Burke - Black Cherry Blues: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

July  -   cancelled

June  -  Kurt Vonnegut - Mother Night: A Novel

May  -  David McCullough - Truman parts 3 - 6

April  -  Walter Isaacson - Steve Jobs

March -  Karl Marlantes - What it is Like to Go to War

February  -  David McCullough - Truman

January  -  John Le Carre' - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: A George Smiley Novel

2011

December   Daniel Quinn - Ishmael

November  Pat Conroy - My Reading Life

October        Siddhartha Mukherjee - The Emperor of All Maladies: A biography of Cancer

September  -  Sara Gruen - Water for Elephants

August  -  Evans S. Connell - Son of the Morning Star

July  -  S.G. Gwynne -  Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches

June  -  Louis L'Amour -  Hondo

May  -  Studs Terkel -  Hope Dies Last: Keeping the Faith in Troubled Times

April  -  Garth Stein -   The Art of Racing in the Rain

March  -  Erik Larson - The Devil in the White City:  Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America

February  -  Kathryn Stockett - The Help

January  -  Paul Harding - Tinkers

2010

December  -  Elmer Kelton - The Time it Never Rained

November  -  Cormac McCarthy - All the Pretty Horses (first book of The Border Trilogy)

October   -  John Irving - Last Night in Twisted River

September  -  Ted Kerasote - Merle's Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog

August  -  Erik Larson -  Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History  

July  -  William Least Heat-Moon - Blue Highways: A Journey into America

June  -  Malcolm Gladwell - What the Dog Saw And Other Adventures

May  -  Willa Cather - Song of the Lark

April  -  Greg Mortenson - Stones into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan

March  -  Oscar Casares - Amigoland (Austin "Mayor's Book Club" selection)

February  -  Barbara Kingsolver - Lacuna

January  -  Wallace Stegner  - Crossing to Safety

2009

December  -  Bryce Courtnay - Power of One

November  -  Larry McMurtry - Horseman, Pass By

October  -  H. Joaquin Jackson; David Marion Wilkinson -  One Ranger