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West LA Book Club

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    Contacts: Laura Cook (send message)

    Region: CA - Los Angeles
    Members: 65 Member(s)

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2016 Reading List

2016 Book List

Jan. - The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka (Fiction--145 pages)(Winner, Pen/Faulkner Fiction Award; Finalist, National Book Award)

Feb. - In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette by Hampton Sides (Non-fiction-489 pages)

March - An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine (Fiction-304 pages) (Finalist, National Book Award)

April - A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh (Fiction-288 pages)

May - The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom by Jonathan Haidt.  (Non-fiction-320 pages)

June - The Emigrants by W.G. Sebald, Author, and Michael Hulse, Translator. (Fiction-260 pages) (added because it comes up in An Unnecessary Woman)

July -  Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune by Bill Dedham and Paul Clark Newell, Jr. (Non-fiction-512 pages)

Aug. - White Teeth by Zadie Smith (Fiction-464 pages)

Sept. - Strangers Drowning: Grappling with Impossible Idealism, Drastic Choices, and the Overpowering Urge to Help by Larissa MacFarquhar (Non-fiction-336 pages) (Author is a New Yorker writer currently teaching at Stanford)

Oct. - The Billion Dollar Spy: A True Story of Cold War Espionage and Betrayal by David E. Hoffman (Non-fiction-336 pages)

Nov. - When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi (Author), Abraham Verghese (Foreword) (Non-fiction memoir-256 pages) (Author was Stanford alum)

Dec. - Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson (Fiction-321 Pages--Short Stories) (Winner, 2015 National Book Award, Fiction)  (Author is Stanford Professor)

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