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About the Woodsmeister: Book Club

The Book Club is a group that was formed by some folks at the Ohio Department of Education and their mutual friends. Our first meeting was in January 1991, and it's hard to believe that we've been meeting roughly every month since then.  

I've also posted a reading list I was given in high school that lists many of the classics that an "educated" person should have read.   If you have read all of these, you are more more highly educated than I am.

Some of the books that the book club has read in no particular order (complete through August 1994, sketchy since then):

  • Middle Passage, Charles Johnson
  • A Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood
  • Song of Solomon, Toni Morrison
  • The Symposium, Plato
  • Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Confederation of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole
  • Iron John, Robert Bly
  • Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, Ann Tyler
  • To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf
  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert Persig
  • Stories of Eva Luna, Isabel Allende
  • Yes is Better than No, Byrd Baylor
  • Daughters of Copper Woman, Anne Cameron
  • To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
  • A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
  • Passage to India, EM Forster
  • If it Ain't Broke, Break It, Robert Kriegel
  • Iron and Silk, Mark Salzman
  • Once a Great Notion, Ken Kesey
  • Bridges of Madison County, Waller
  • Nightfall, Asimov
  • Travels With My Aunt, Graham Greene
  • Like Water for Chocolate, Laura Esquivel
  • Remains of the Day, Ishiguro
  • Jazz, Toni Morrison
  • How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed, Drakulic
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
  • Good Omens, Gaiman and Pratchett
  • the Music Room, McFarland
  • Snow Falling on Cedars, Guterson
  • Dune, Herbert
  • Secret History, Tartt
  • A Civil Action, Harr
  • Watership Down, Richard Adams
  • The Alienist, Carr
  • Angel of Darkness, Carr
  • Smilla's Sense of Snow, Hoeg
  • Emotional Intelligence, Goldman
  • Frankenstein, Shelley
  • Interview with a Vampire, Rice
  • Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Dillard
  • Winesburg, Ohio, Anderson
  • Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Covey
  • Midnight in the Garden of Good And Evil, Berendt
  • A Context for Christianity in the 21st Century, Joan Marie Smith
  • Is There a Public for Public Schools?, Kettering Foundation
  • Mama Makes Up Her Mind, Bailey White
  • Liars Club, Karr
  • Type Talk, Krueger
  • Brothers and Sisters, Bebe Moore Campbell
  • The Tao of Pooh. Hoff
  • Wicked, Maguire
  • Moo, Smiley
  • Sense and Sensibility, Austen
  • The Book of Guys, Keillor
  • The Shipping News, EA Proulx
  • The Wedding, Dorothy West
  • Primary Colors, Anonymous (Klein)
  • Molly Ivins Can't Say That, Can She?, Ivins
  • Beach Music, Pat Conroy
  • A Modern Mephistopheles, Alcott
  • A Perfect Storm, Junger
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Twain
  • Bachelor Brothers' Bed and Breakfast, Richardson
  • Sleeping at the Starlite Motel, Bailey White
  • A Lesson Before Dying, Gaines
  • Cold Mountain, Frazier
  • Something Wicked This Way Comes, Bradbury
  • Black and Blue, Quindlen