Nancy's Book Group

Select Wednesday afternoons 1 – 2:30 PM at the JCC of Mid Westchester. Check calendar for dates. Registration is Required. Please register at the Main Desk or call 914-722-1300.



“Trapped in the amber of the moment” -Kurt Vonnegut
The Yellow House (March 25th) Sarah M. Broom
The Farm (April 22nd) Joanne Ramos
Memory Police (May 20th) Yoko Ogawa
The Topeka School (June 17th) Ben Lerner


“From infancy, we are all spies”
Madam Fourcade’s Secret War Lynn Olson
The Tsar of Love and Techno Anthony Marra
The Huntress Kate Quinn
Down Memory Lane
Paris in the Present Tense Mark Helprin
Just Kids Patti Smith
I’ll Be Gone in the Dark Michelle McNamara
The Library Book Susan Orlean


This Autumn we will be reading books from the PBS Great American Read. Nancy has chosen from the PBS List and the winner will be discussed in January. There will also be opportunities to share your experiences with any of the other 100 books at her discussions. Please note that all sessions will be held at the JCC of Mid Westchester (999 Wilmot Road) at 1:00 PM.
The Intuitionist Colson Whitehead
Americanah Chimamanda Adichie
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Betty Smith
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee

“When nothing is sure, everything is possible” –  Margaret Drabble

My Name is Lucy Barton and Anything is Possible (March 14th) Elizabeth Strout
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI David Grann
The Mandibles Lionel Shriver
The Witches: Suspicion, Betrayal and Hysteria In 1682 Salem Stacy Schiff


“‘Thou Shalt Not’ is soon forgotten, but ‘Once Upon a Time’ lasts forever.” –  Philip Pullman

The Nix Nathan Hill
Birdcage Walk Helen Dunmore
Magpie Murders Anthony Horowitz

The Complexity and Power of Pairs

Truevine Beth Macy
Homegoing Yaa Gyasi
Green on Blue Elliot Ackerman
Little Red Chairs Edna O’Brien
Swing Time Zadie Smith


“The spectator is compelled to look directly down the road and into the middle of the picture.” -John Baldessari

Noise of Time
Sense of an Ending
Julian Barnes
Lowland Jhumpa Lahiri
The Sympathizer Viet Thanh Nguyen

Character, not circumstance, makes the person.” – Booker T. Washington

Last Bookaneer
Under the Wide and Starry Sky

Matthew Pearl

Nancy Horan

Museum of Innocence Orhan Pamuk
Saint Mazie Jamie Attenberg
Muralist B. A. Shapiro
A Manual for Cleaning Women Lucia Berlin


“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others” – Gandhi

Paying Guests Sarah Waters
Longbourn Jo Baker
The Rocks Peter Nichols

“What you can’t say owns you, what you hide controls you” – Anonymous

Girls of Atomic City Denise Kiernan
Faithful Place Tana French
Yellow Birds Kevin Powers
Spy Among Friends Ben MacIntyre
An Officer and a Spy Robert Harris


“The unique must be fulfilled” – Martha Graham

Storied Life of A. J. Fikry
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore
Gabrielle Zevin
Robin Sloan
Other Typist Suzanne Rindell
Rise and Fall of Great Powers Tom Rachman

“Reading is the sole measure by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another’s skin, voice and soul.” – Joyce Carol Oates

Life After Life Kate Atkinson
Hologram for the King Dave Eggers
Burgess Boys Elizabeth Strout
 Faith  Jennifer Haigh
 Twelve Tribes of Hattie  Ayana Mathis
 We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves  Karen Joy Fowler


“Paris is always a good idea” Sabrina
The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris David McCullough
The Elegance of the Hedgehog Muriel Barbery
The Ambassadors Henry James

“Especial genius of women I believe to be electrical in movement, intuitive in function, spiritual in tendency
” – Margaret Fuller
The Chaperone Laura Moriarty
The Lifeboat Charlotte Rogan
Turn of Mind Alice LaPlante
Sandcastle Girls Chris Bohjalian
Buddha in the Attic Julie Otsuka


“I charge thee, fling away ambition

By that sin fell the angels” – Henry VIII, Shakespeare
Babbitt Sinclair Lewis
Barchester Towers Anthony Trollope

“Man is a knot into which relationships are tied.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Rebecca Skloot
Room Emma Donoghue
Under the Banner of Heaven Jon Krakauer
Half Broke Horses Jeannette Walls
Tiger’s Wife Tea Obreht


“Writing fiction is, of course, the act of an imposter” – Paul Scott
The Little Book Selden Edwards
The Imperfectionists Tom Rachman
Clara and Mr. Tiffany Susan Vreeland

“I’ve always depended upon the kindness of strangers” – Tennessee Williams 1947
Foreign Bodies Cynthia Ozick
Nemesis Philip Roth

“In order to be irreplaceable, one must be different.” – Coco Chanel
Short History of Women Kate Walbert
Fire in the Blood Irene Nemirovsky
Unnamed Joshua Ferris


“Calamity is the test of integrity.” – Samuel Richardson
The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit
The Bookseller of Kabul
Lucette Lagnado
Asne Seierstad
Zeitoun Dave Eggers
Worst Hard Time Timothy Egan

“The outward man is the swinging door; the inner man is the still hinge.” – Eckhart
“Losing Mum and Pup” and
“About Alice”
Christopher Buckley
Calvin Trillin
Homer and Langley Doctorow, E.L.
A Gate at the Stairs Lorrie Moore

Join us as we consider the acronym “DNF”
Snow Orhan Pamuk
Deaf Sentence David Lodge
Man Who Loved China Simon Winchester


“War is too serious a matter to entrust to military men.” Georges Clemenceau
Piano Teacher Janice Lee
Trespass Valerie Martin
Mister Pip Lloyd Jones
Life Class Pat Barker

“Shall I compare thee to a Summer’s day?” Shakespeare, Sonnet #18
Black and White and Dead All Over John Darnton
Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Stieg Larsson
Enchantress of Florence Salman Rushdie
“Consensus is the thing” Barbara Garson McBird
Unaccustomed Earth Jhumpa Lahiri
The Senator’s Wife Sue Miller
Olive Kitteridge Elizabeth Strout


“We need lies…in order to live” Nietzsche
Prague Arthur Phillips
Imperium Robert Harris
The Air We Breathe Andrea Barrett

“Allez doucement… go slowly”
Evidence of Things Unseen Marianne Wiggins
Never Let Me Go Kazuo Ishaguro
Run Ann Patchett
“Devotion is a thing that demands motives”
The Photograph Penelope Lively
Thirteenth Tale Diane Setterfield
Light of Day Graham Swift
After This Alice McDermott


Go Figure  
March Geraldine Brooks
The March E.L. Doctorow
The Feast of the Goat Mario Vargas Llosa
The Emperor’s Children Claire Messud
The Terrorist John Updike
Silas Marner George Eliot
Intuition Allegra Goodman
Memento Mori  
The Known World Edward P. Jones
Devil in the White City Erik Larson
The Swallows of Kabul Yasmina Khadra


“The family is the nucleus of civilization”
On Beauty Zadie Smith
Love Wife Gish Jen
Tender Bar J.R. Moehringer
“Passion is universal humanity. Without it religion, history, romance and art would be useless.”
Birth of Venus Sarah Dunant
Book of Salt Monique Truong
The Master Colm Toibin
“We do not discuss the members of our family to their faces.”
Pearl Mary Gordon
East Side Story Louis Auchincloss
Saturday Ian McEwan
Elizabeth Costello J. M. Coetzee


“They departed into their own country another way” – St. Matthew c.2 v.12
Brick Lane Monica Ali
When We Were Orphans Kazuo Ishiguro
The Piano Tuner Daniel Mason
Blackbird House Alice Hoffman
“I Don’t Want to Talk Grammar. I Want to Talk Like a Lady.”
The True and Outstanding Adventures of the
Hunt Sisters
Elisabeth Robinson
Eventide Kent Haruf
Case Histories Kate Atkinson
“La carriere ouverte aux talents”
“The tools to him that can handle them”
Old School Tobias Wolff
Pompeii Robert Harris
Aloft Chang-Rae Lee


“We Have Corrected Thy Work and Have Founded it Upon Miracle, Mystery and Authority.”
The Seduction of Water Carol Goodman
The Dante Club Matthew Pearl
Empress Orchid Anchee Min
“A Minor Monument To a Time of Softly Turned Pages”
Farewell to Arms Ernest Hemingway
Rabbit at Rest John Updike
Unless Carol Shields


“Culture is not life in its entirety. But just the moment of security, strength and clarity.”
Last Girls Lee Smith
Don’t Let’s Go To the Dogs Tonight Alexandra Fuller
A Simple Habana Melody Oscar Hijuelos
“Intelligence recognizes what has happened. Genius recognizes what will happen.”
The Member of the Wedding Carson McCullers
The Lobster Chronicles Linda Greenlaw
The Professor and the Madman Simon Winchester
“Always forgive your enemies, nothing annoys them so much.”
The Siege Helen Dunmore
The Pickup Nadine Gordimer
Year of Wonders Geraldine Brooks
Atonement Ian McEwan


“A well-written life is almost as rare as a well spent one.”
Mornings on Horseback David McCullough
Death of Vishnu Manil Suri
Seabiscuit Lauren Hillenbrand
“The story is just the spoiled child of art.”
Lying Awake Mark Salzman
Grand Complication Allen Kurzweil
Fourth Hand John Irving
“The art of war is of vital importance to the state.”
Palace Walk Naguib Mahfouz
Kingdom of Shadows and World at Night Alan Furst
Regeneration and the Eye in the Door Pat Barker
Princess Jean P. Sasson
Stolen Lives Malika Oufkir


“He was not a man, he was a continent; he contained whole crowds of men, entire landscapes.”
Gesture Life Chang-Rae Lee
Undue Influence Anita Brookner
The House Gun Nadine Gordimer
“We never know how high we are. Till we are called to rise and then, if we are true to plan, our statures touch the skies.”
Colony of Unrequited Dreams Wayne Johnston
Half a Heart Rosellen Brown
Blindness Jose Saramago
Tomcat in Love Tim O’Brien
Time the destroyer is time the preserver.” – T.S. Eliot
Fortune’s Rocks Anita Shreve
Disgrace J. M. Coetzee
Cry the Beloved Country Alan Paton


All Happy Families Resemble One Another, But Each Unhappy Family is Unhappy In Its Own Way- Leo Tolstoy
Sights Unseen and The Occasion of My Last
Kaye Gibbons
Wait Until Next Year. A Memoir Doris Kearns Goodwin
All Over But the Shoutin’ Rick Bragg
Charming Billy Alice McDermott
Reading In the Dark Seamus Deane
Plainsong Kent Haruf
“We have to distrust each other. It’s our only defense against betrayal”
Cavedweller Dorothy Allison
Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe
Amsterdam Ian McEwan
Memoirs of a Geisha Arthur Golden
“Man’s inhumanity to man, makes countless thousands mourn.”
A Certain Justice P. D. James
Remembering Babylon David Malouf
We Were the Mulvaneys Joyce Carol Oates
East of the mountains David Guterson
Charlotte Gray Sebastian Faulks


“There is no force so democratic as the force of an ideal.”
Native Speaker Chang-Rae Lee
Are You Somebody? Nuala O’Faolain
Unravelling Elizabeth Graver
A Cup of Tea Amy Ephron
October Sky (Rocket Boys) Homer H. Hickam, Jr.
Museum Guard Howard Norman
“Ah Summer, What Power You Have to Make Us Suffer and Like it”
Cider House Rules John Irving
Freedomland Richard Price
Cloudsplitter Russell Banks
The Alienist Caleb Carr
The Refusal to Be Defeated is a Refusal to Be Educated – Margaret Halsey
The Bookshop and The Blue Flower Penelope Fitzgerald
Riven Rock T. C. Boyle
Night Train Martin Amis
Farming of Bones Edwige Danticat
Martin Dressler Steven Millhauser
Last Orders Graham Swift


“Testimonials of delight will not suffice.”
Tailor of Panama John LeCarre
Death in the Family James Agee
Birdsong Sebastian Faulks
Crystal Cave Mary Stewart
My Antonia Willa Cather
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil John Berendt


It’s Only With Heart That One Can See Rightly, What is Essential is Invisible to the Eye – Antoine de Saint Exupery
I Was Amelia Earhart Jane Mendelsohn
Horse Whisperer Nicholas Evans
Sights Unseen Kaye Gibbons
In the Lake of the Woods Tim O?Brien
Tortilla Curtain T. C. Boyle
Paula Isabel Allende
Dove sta memoria – Where memory is…
On Gold Mountain Lisa See
Liars Club Mary Karr
An American Requiem James Carroll
Accordion Crimes E. Annie Proulx
Beach Music Pat Conroy
“Fate and character are the same conception.”
Henry and Clara Thomas Mallon
The Wedding Dorothy West
The Buccaneers Edith Wharton
The Statement Brian Moore
Promise of Rest Reynolds Price
Rose Martin Cruz-Smith


“Books are Humanity in Print.”
Ladder of Years Anne Tyler
Thank You for Not Smoking Christopher Buckley
The Distinguished Guest Sue Miller
Another You Ann Beattie
Blue Afternoon William Boyd
Memoir from Antproof Case Mark Helprin
Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha Roddy Doyle
Does the Punishment Fit the Crime?
Montana Lawrence Watson
Black Beauty Walter Mosley
Map of the World Jane Hamilton
Before and After Rosellen Brown
Saturday Morning Murder Batya Gur
Crossed Over Beverly Lowry
Paperboy Pete Dexter
International Voices  
Heat and Dust Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Black Box Amos Oz
Felicia’s Journey William Trevor
Red Azalea Anchee Min
In the Time of the Butterflies Julia Alvarez


“The sound of water is also very calming.”
Waterworks E. L. Doctorow
Bird Artist Howard Norman
Spartina John Casey
Dream of Water Kyoko Mori
Shizuko’s Daughter Kyoko Mori
Wide Sargasso Sea Jean Rhys
Middle Passage Charles Johnson
To the Lighthouse Virginia Woolf
“A woman’s whole life is a history of the affections.”
Lucy Jamaica Kincaid
Duplicate Keys Jane Smiley
Charms for the Easy Life Kaye Gibbons
Their Eyes Were Watching God Zora Neale Hurston
Consider This Senora Harriet Doerr
Dreaming in Cuban Crisitina Garcia
Pigs in Heaven Barbara Kingsolver
“What is man, that thou art mindful of him.”
Lesson Before Dying Ernest Gaines
Men and Angels Mary Gordon
Affliction Russell Banks
This Boy’s Life Tobias Wolff
Lost Father Mona Simpson
Some Can Whistle Larry McMurtry
The Good Husband Gail Godwin


Parallel Lives  
Parallel Lives Phyllis Rose
True Confessions John Gregory Dunne
Love Medicine Louise Erdrich
Play It As It Lays Joan Didion
Two-Part Invention Madeleine L’Engle
Yellow Raft in Blue Water Michael Dorris
Psychodrama Along a Road Less Traveled
Is There No Place on Earth For Me? Susan Sheehan
Many Lives, Many Masters Brian Weiss
Black Water Joyce Carol Oates
Mystery Ride Robert Boswell
Nobody Nowhere Donna Williams
Strange Fits of Passion Anita Shreve
Girl Interrupted Susanna Kaysen
Starting From Home: Explore a Writer’s Journey
Iron and Silk Mark Salzman
Wartime Lies Louis Begley
Empire of the Sun J. G. Ballard
Bone Fae Myenne Ng
A Family Madness Thomas Keneally
The House of Spirits Isabel Allende


Explore the Transit of Venus  
Transit of Venus Shirley Hazzard
Blue River Ethan Canin
That Night Alice McDermott
Disturbances in the Field Lynne Sharon Schwartz
Lies of Silence Brian Moore
Turtle Moon Alice Hoffman
What’s Bred in the Bone  
What’s Bred in the Bone Robertson Davies
Latecomers Anita Brookner
The Hearts and Lives of Men Fay Weldon
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter Carson McCullers
The Historical Novel  
Time and Again Jack Finney
Sally Hemings Barbara Chase-Riboud
Brotherly Love Pete Dexter
Death Comes to the Archbishop Willa Cather
Hollywood Gore Vidal


Southern Exposure  
Tongues of Angels Reynolds Price
Fair and Tender Ladies Lee Smith
Optimist’s Daughter Eudora Welty
Summons to Memphis Peter Taylor
Coming Attractions (Daisy Fay) Fannie Flagg
Carpe Diem  
My Son’s Story Nadine Gordimer
House of Mirth Edith Wharton
A Late Divorce A.B. Yehoshua
Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant Anne Tyler
Beware, the Victim of Circumstance
The Assault Harry Mulisch
The Spectator Bird Wallace Stegner
Ship of Fools Katherine Anne Porter
Billy Bathgate E.L. Doctorow
The Good Mother Sue Miller


Weaving the Fabric of Family Relationships
Object Lessons Anna Quindlen
First Light Charles Baxter
Illumination Night Alice Hoffman
Sleeping Arrangements Laura Cunningham