Second Monday Book Group

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A general discussion group for those who love books and love to discuss them, The Second Monday Book Group has been meeting since January 2003. Come if you love the book, come if you hate it. Some of our best discussions begin with many different opinions.

The Second Monday Book Group reads mostly literary fiction, often winners of major prizes, from the late 20th–21st centuries, with a few 19th- and early 20th-century classics thrown in. The focus has been on American and English authors, but the group has also read several Indian or Anglo-Indian titles, as well as books by authors from Japan, China, New Zealand, the Czech Republic, Iran, Afghanistan, South African, and Brazil, among others. Most of these authors write in English although works in translation are also included from time to time.

For meeting times and upcoming titles for all our book discussion groups, see our events calendar.

Book List

The following is an incomplete list of books the group has discussed:


  • Amsterdam, by Ian McEwan
  • Bel Canto, by Ann Patchett
  • The Optimist’s Daughter, by Eudora Welty
  • Remains of the Day, by Kazuo Isiguro
  • Cannibal Galaxy, by Cynthia Ozick
  • Empire Falls, by Richard Russo
  • Sea Glass, by Anita Shreve
  • The God of Small Things, by Arundhati Roy
  • The Life of Pi, by Yann Martel
  • Waiting, by Ha Jin
  • The Bone People, by Keri Hulme
  • We Were the Mulvaneys, by Joyce Carol Oates


  • Atonement, by Ian McEwan
  • Disgrace, by J M Coetzee
  • Mrs Dalloway, by Virginia Woolf
  • The Hours, by Michael Cunningham
  • Headlong, by Michael Frayn
  • The Killer Angels, by Michael Shaara
  • The Sound and the Fury, by William Faulkner
  • Reading Lolita in Tehran, by Azar Nafisi
  • Anil’s Ghost, by Michael Ondaatje
  • Soul Mountain, by Gao Zingjian
  • Emma, by Jane Austen
  • The Shipping News, by Annie Proulx


  • Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being, by Milan Kundera
  • A Personal Matter, by Kenzaburo Oe
  • The Shawl, by Cynthia Ozick
  • A Fine Balance, by Rohinton Mistry
  • Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides
  • The Golden Bowl, by Henry James
  • The Kite Runner, by Kaled Hosseini
  • Feast of Love, by Charles Baxter
  • Crossing to Safety, by Wallace Stegner
  • The Known World, by Edward P Jones
  • Slaughterhouse Five, by Kurt Vonnegut


  • Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll
  • The Plot Against America, by Philip Roth
  • Home at the End of the World, by Michael Cunningham
  • Absolam, Absolam, by William Faulkner
  • Thinking in Pictures, by Temple Grandin
  • The Great Fire, by Shirley Hazzard
  • The English Patient, by Michael Ondaatje
  • The Map of Love, by Ahdaf Soueif
  • The Namesake, by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Saturday, by Ian McEwan
  • Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson
  • Close Range (Brokeback Mountain), by Annie Proulx


  • Lost in Translation, by Eva Hoffman
  • Graceland, by Chris Abani
  • Fall on Your Knees, by Ann-Marie Macdonald
  • Heir to the Glimmering World, by Cynthia Ozick
  • No Great Mischief, by Alistair Macleod
  • The Sea, by John Banville
  • The Sea, The Sea, by Iris Murdoch
  • Specimen Days, by Michael Cunningham
  • The Inheritance of Loss, by Kiran Desai
  • The Virgin Suicides, by Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Snow, by Orhan Pamuk
  • The Stone Diaries, by Carol Shields


  • Heir to the Glimmering World, by Cynthia Ozick
  • The Sheltering Sky, by Paul Bowles
  • The Transit of Venus, by Shirley Hazzard
  • Typical American, by Gish Jen
  • Flower Children, by Maxine Swann
  • The Street, by Ann Petry
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, by Jonathan Safran Foer
  • The Story of Lucy Gault, by William Trevor
  • Blindness, by Jose Saramago
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