WNBA-Charlotte’s Book Club


WNBA Charlotte has a terrific monthly book club

As our reading guide, we use the list of Great Group Reads titles recommended for book clubs during WNBA’s National Reading Group Month. Starting in November 2018, we’re reading books voted on from the current 2018 Great Group Reads list.  See below!


Here are the terrific books we are reading in 2018-2019!

November 6 – “America for Beginners” by Leah Franqui (William Marrow, HC 978-0062668752)

December 4 – “Indian Horse” by Richard Wagamese  (Milkweed Editions. TP 978-1571311306)

January 8 – “Dear Mrs. Bird” by A.J. Pearce (Scribner, HC 978-1501170065)

February 5 – “Shores Beyond Shores: From Holocaust to Hope, My True Story” by Irene Butter (White River Press, TP 978-1935052708)

March 5 – “The Lido” by Libby Page (Simon and Schuster, HC 978-1501182037)

April 2 – “The Vain Conversation” by Anthony Grooms (University of South Carolina Press/Story River Books, HC 978-1611178821)

May 7 – “The Widows of Malabar Hill” by Sunjata Massey (Soho Crime, HC 978-1616957780)

June 4 – “Invitation to a Bonfire” by Adrienne Celt (Bloomsbury Publishing, HC 978-1635571523)

July 9 – “A House Among the Trees” by Julia Glass (Anchor, TP 978-1101873595)

August 6 – “Maggie Boylan” by Michael Henson (Ohio University Press/Swallow Press, TP 978-0804012027)

September 3 – “The Second Mrs. Hockaday” by Susan Rivers (Algonquin Books, TP 978-1616207366)

October 1 – “As Wide as the Sky” by Jessica Pack (Kensington, TP 978-1496718167)

Our meetings take place on the first Tuesday of each month, unless otherwise noted, at 7 PM at the Panera on Fairview Road near South Park. If you have questions about our Book Club, please contact Catherine Jardines at wnbacharlotte@gmail.com


Want to know what books we’ve previously read?

Here are the books we read in 2017-2018

November 7 – ONE GOOD MAMA BONE by Bren McClain (University of South Carolina Press, HC 978-1611177466)

December 5 – THE VELVETEEN DAUGHTER by Laurel Davis Huber (She Writes Press, TP 978-1631521928)

January 2 – THE WOMAN NEXT DOOR by Yewande Omotoso (Picador, TP 978-1250124579)

February 6 – PACHINKO by Min Jin Lee (Grand Central Publishing, HC 978-1455563937)

March 6 – NEWS OF THE WORLD by Paulette Jiles (William Morrow Paperbacks, TP 978-0062409218)

April 3 – THE HEARTS OF MEN by Nickolas Butler (Ecco, HC 978-0062469687)

May 1 – THE LIFE SHE WAS GIVEN by Ellen Marie Wiseman (Kensington, TP 978-1617734496)

June 5 – SALT HOUSES by Hala Alyan (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, HC 978-0544912588)

July 10 – THE TEA GIRL OF HUMMINGBIRD LANE by Lisa See (Scribner, HC 978-1501154829)

August 7 – SO MUCH BLUE by Percival Everett (Graywolf Press, TP 978-1555977825)

September 4 – MOTHERS AND OTHER STRANGERS by Gina Sorell (Prospect Park Books, TP 978-1938849893)

October 2 – LUCKY BOY by Shanthi Sekaran (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, TP 978-1101982266)


Here are the books we read in 2016-2017

November 1 — OVER THE PLAIN HOUSES by Julia Franks
(Hub City Press, HC 978-1938235214)

December 6 — 300 DAYS OF SUN by Deborah Lawrenson
(Harper Paperbacks, TP 978-0062390165)

January 3 — THE CURIOUS CHARMS OF ARTHUR PEPPER by Phaedra Patrick
(MIRA/Harlequin, HC 978-0778319337)

February 7 — THE DRONE EATS WITH ME: A GAZA DIARY by Atef Abu Saif
(Beacon Press, TP 978-0807049105)

March 7 — THE HONEYMOON by Dinitia Smith
(Other Press, HC 978-1590517789)

April 4 — MISS JANE by Brad Watson
(W.W. Norton & Company, HC 978-0393241730)

May 2 — THIS IS YOUR LIFE, HARRIET CHANCE! by Jonathan Evison
(Algonquin Books, TP 978-1616206017)

June 6 — THE COSMOPOLITANS by Sarah Schulman
(Feminist Press at CUNY, TP 978-1558619043)

July 5 — HEAT AND LIGHT by Jennifer Haigh
(Ecco, HC 978-0061763298)

(Sourcebooks Landmark, TP 978-1492623441)

September 5 — THE TSAR OF LOVE AND TECHNO: STORIES by Anthony Marra
(Hogarth, TP 978-0770436452)

October 3 — BRITT-MARIE WAS HERE by Fredrik Backman
(Atria Books, HC 978-1501142536)


Here are the books we read in 2015-2016:

November 3 — Dietland by Sarai Walker (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

December 1 — All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews (McSweeny’s)

January 5 — Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League by Jonathan Odell (Maiden Lane Press)

February 2 — Without You, There Is No Us by Suki Kim (Crown)

 March 1 — Landfall by Ellen Urbani (Forest Avenue Press)

April 5  — The Secret Wisdom of the Earth by Christopher Scotton (Grand Central Publishing)

May 3 — Henna House by Nomi Eve (Scribner)

June 7 — Orphan #8 by Kim van Alkemade (William Morrow)

July 5 — The Wonder Garden by Lauren Acampora (Grove Press)

August 2 — Make Your Home Among Strangers by Jeannine Capó Crucet (St. Martin’s Press)

September 6 — Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg (Gallery Books/Scout Press)

October 4 — No. 4 Imperial Lane by Jonathan Weisman (Twelve)


Here are the books we read in 2014-2015:

November 4 — THE ROSIE PROJECT by Graeme Simsion (Simon & Schuster, 978-1476729091) 

December 2 — THE ORPHANS OF RACE POINT by Patry Francis (Harper Perennial, 978-0062281302)

January 6 — AN UNTAMED STATE by Roxane Gay (Black Cat, 978-0802122513) 

February 3 — THE WORLD OF RAE ENGLISH by Lucy Rosenthal (Black Lawrence Press, 978-1937854393)

March 3 — MARCHING TO ZION by Mary Glickman (Open Road Media, 978-1480435629) 

April 7 — CHILDREN OF THE JACARANDA TREE by Sahar Delijani (Atria Books, 978-1476709109) 

May 5 — THE STORIED LIFE OF A.J. FIKRY by Gabrielle Zevin (Algonquin Books, 978-1616203214) 

June 2 — THE PROMISE by Ann Weisgarber (Skyhorse Publishing, 978-1629142364) 

July 7 — ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE by Anthony Doerr (Scribner, 978-1476746586) 

August 4 — EUPHORIA by Lily King (Atlantic Monthly Press, 978-0802122551) 

September 1 — EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU by Celeste Ng (Penguin Press, 978-1594205712) 

October 6 — WHAT IS VISIBLE by Kimberly Elkins (Twelve, 978-1455528967) 


Here are the books we read in 2013-2014:

November 5:  The Round House by Louise Erdrich (Harper Perennial)

December 3:  Margot by Jillian Cantor (Riverhead Books)

NO January meeting

February 4:  Big Brother by Lionel Shriver (Harper)

March 4:  How It All Began by Penelope Lively (Penguin Books)

April 1:  Wash by Margaret Wrinkle (Atlantic Monthly Press)

May 6:  A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra (Hogarth)

June 3:  The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell (Amy Einhorn Books)

NO July meeting

August 5:  Life After Life by Kate Atkinson (Reagan Arthur Books)

September 2:  Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger (Atria Books)

October 7:  The House Girl by Tara Conklin (William Morrow)


These are the books we read and discussed in 2012-2013:

December 4:  I Married You For Happiness by Lily Tuck
[click here for more info about our discussion]

January 8: The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin
[click here for more info about our discussion]

February 5: Blue Asylum by Kathy Hepinstall

March 5: The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

April 2: Equal of the Sun by Anita Amirrezvani

May 7: Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal by Jeannette Winterson

June 4: An Age of Madness by David Maine

July 2: The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman

August 6: Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward

September 3: Boleto by Alyson Hagy

October 1: In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner