Book Chat

Gathering informally at members' homes, book-loving HLA members casually discuss titles and authors they are reading. Recommended books are then listed in the HLA newsletter. Meetings are held monthly March - October.

August Book Chatters at Kate and Joseph's new home

October 2019 Books -- Debbie & Larry
Joseph MThe Daughter of TimeJosephine TeyMystery5
Debbie WAlabama CreatesElliott A. KnightArt History5
Monita SAmerican MoonshotDouglas BrinkleyNon-Fiction5
Abby DA Gambler's AnatomyJonathan LethemFiction4
Larry WImmoderate Greatness: Why Civilizations FailWilliam OphulsPhilosophy1
Margie PWaking LionsAyelet Gundar-GoshenFiction5
September 2019 Books -- Pamela & Ted
Kate LThe Paris WifePaula McLainHistorical Fiction5
Pamela BTranscriptionKate AtkinsonFiction5
Amina DThe Lover & The North China LoverMarguerite DurasNovels4
Abby DFurious Hours: Murder, Fraud and the Last Trial of Harper LeeCasey CepNon-fiction5
August 2019 Books -- Kate & Joseph
Anna LThey Too Call Alabama HomeRichard BaileyNon-Fiction4
Kate LOscar Wilde and the Death of No ImportanceGyles BrandrethMystery4
Joseph MThe Ragnarok ConspiracyEric StebbinsMystery3
Jacob DThe Weed Agency: A Comic Tale of Federal BureaucracyJim GeraghtyPolitical Comedy4
Amina DThree WomenLisa TaddeoNon-Fiction4
Beth TLast Bus OutBeck McDowellFiction5
Walter TCollected PoemsWilliam Butler YeatsPoetry5
Barbara TFallenDavid BaldaciFiction4
Margie PBrooklynCalm ToibinFiction4
Abby DSay Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern IrelandPatrick Radden KeefeNon-Fiction5
July 2019 Books -- Barbara
Anna LAmericanah Chimamanda Ngozi AdichieFiction1
Abby DGrand HotelVicki BaumFiction5
Bob FIn the Sanctuary of OutcastsNeil WhiteMemoir4
Linda FGift from the SeaAnne Morrow LindberghEssays4
Amina DThe Painted BirdJerzy KosinskiFiction1
Jacob DCall it SleepHenry RothFiction2
Barbara TOne Day in the Life of Ivan DenisovichAleksandr SolzhenitsynHistorical Fiction4
Joseph MBridge of SighsRichard RussoFiction5
June 2019 Books -- Pamela and Ted
Barbara TThe Scarlet PimpernelBaroness Emma OrczyFiction5
Debbie WThe Mueller Report: Part IIRobert MuellerNon-Fiction5
Abby DSlow HorsesMick HerronFiction4
Dinah GNo Safe PlaceRichard North PattersonFiction3
Beth TThe OverstayRichard PowersFiction4
Walter TThis Side of ParadiseF. Scott FitzgeraldFiction5
Kate LThe DollhouseFiona DavisFiction4
Monita SThe Unfinished PalazzoJudith MackrellNon-fiction4
Amina DThe Writing LifeAnnie DillardNon-Fiction3
Margie PThe Narrow Road to the Deep NorthRichard FlanaganFiction5
Elaine FThe Invention of WingsSue Monk KiddHis.Fiction5
Joseph MThe Adventures of Miles and IsabelTom GrillingHis.Fiction3
Linda FAll the Missing GirlsMegan MarandeFiction4
Bob FMaisie Dobbs (Series)JacquelineWinspearMystery4
Pamela BA Discovery of WitchesDeborah HarknessFiction4
Ted BThe Book of Joy14th Dalai Lama & Desmond TutuSpiritual5
May 2019 Books -- Margie P
Debbie WWhite PeopleAllan GurganusShort Stories5
Margie PCranford and Other StoriesElizabeth GaskellShort Stories4.5
Monita SShadow PrincessIndu SundaresanHistorical Fiction4.5
Anna LLab GirlHope JahrenNon-fiction3
Dottie LThe BeneficiaryJanny ScottNon-fiction4
Barbara TThe Books that MatteredFrye GalliardMemoir5
Kate LThe Italian SecretaryCaleb CarrMystery4
Dinah GTwo Old WomenVelma WallisFiction4
Linda FThe Boy Who Harnessed the WindWilliam KamkwambaNon-fiction4
Bob FBad BloodJohn CarreyrouNon-fiction5
April 2019 Books -- Liz and Bob
Barbara TLincoln's Last TrialDan AbramsBiography5
Monita SWhat She knewGilly MacmillanThriller3
Dinah GBeach MusicPat ConroyFiction5
Kate LThe Snake StoneJason GoodwinMystery4
Abby DThe ImmortalistsChloe BenjaminFiction4
Bob SWhere the Crawdads SingDelia OwensFiction4
Beth THenry the BoyMolly FelderChildren's5
March 2019 Books -- Beth and Walter
Monita SThe Enchantress of FlorenceSamon RushdieRomance5
Abby DSling TimeZadie SmithFiction5
Beth TThe Great AloneKristen HannahMemior4
Dinah GThe Final SolutionMichael ChabonFiction4.5
Nannette SSalt: A World HistoryMark KurlanskyHistory4
Anna LForest BathingQing LiNon-Fiction5
Barbara TThe Perfect StormSebastian JungerNon-Fiction5
Joseph MThe Closing of the American MindAllan BloomNon-Fiction5
Margie PThe CapturesScott ZeschNon-Fiction5
Walter TThe TempestWm. ShakespeareComedy5
Kate LAtomic City GirlsJanet BeardNovel3
Debbie WAlabama, The Making of an American StateEdwin C. BridgesHistory5
October 2018 Books -- Debbie and Larry
Barbara TWinter Dance: The Fine Madness of Running the IdiderodGary PaulsenNon-fiction5
Anna LGone Baby GoneDennis LehaneSuspense3
Rebecca MStandard DeviationKatherine Heiny Fiction5
Larry WA Higher LoyaltyJames ComeyNon-fiction5
Linda FAnne of Green GablesLucy Maud MontgomeryFiction5
Bob FBad BloodJohn CarreyrouNon-fiction5
Monita SToba, Tek Singh and Other StoriesSaadat Hasan MantoFiction5
Joseph M Barney's VersionMortecai RichlerFiction5
KateLMissing, PresumedSusie SteinerMystery4
Margie FSalvage the BonesJesmyn WardFiction5
Debbie WWomen who Read are DangerousStefan BollmanArt5
Dottie L21 Lessons for the 21st CenturyYuval Noah HarariNon-Fiction4
September 2018 Books -- Pamela
Abby D.The Mars RoomRachel KushnerFiction5
Bonnie S.Mrs. OsmondJohn BanvilleFiction4
Bob F.Earning the RockiesRobert D. KaplanNon-fiction3
Linda F.The Girl with Seven NamesHyeonseo Lee & David JohnNon-fiction5
Barbara TBeneath a Scarlett SkyMark SullivanHistorical Fiction5
Pamela B.The Secret Lives of ColorKassia St. ClairNon-fiction5
Monita S.Deception PointDan BrownFiction4
August 2018 Books -- Kate and Joseph
Elaine H.The Charm SchoolNelson DeMilleFiction4
Beth T.EducatedTara WestoverMemior3
Anna L.Between BreathsElizabeth Vargas Biography1
Dinah G.Exit WestMohsin HamidFiction4
Abby D.NixonlandRick PerlsteinHistorical4
Bonnie S.Sapiens: A Brief History of HumankindYuval Noah HarariNon-Fiction4
Joseph M.Something RottenJasper FfordeMystery4
Bob F.The Soul of AmericaJon MeachamNon-Fiction3
Linda F.The Killers of the Flower MoonDavid GrannHistorical3
Barbara T.Defending JacobWilliam LandayFiction4
Mary L.A Manual for Cleaning WomenLucia BerlinShort Stories5
Mary C.Astrophysics for People in a Hurry Neil de Grasse TysonScience5
Kate L.Inspector Ghote Hunts the PeacockH.R. F. KeatingMystery4
Margie P.The House at the Edge of NightCatherine BannerFiction4
Monita S.Sea of PoppiesAmitav GhoshFiction4
July 2018 Books -- Linda and Bob
Joseph M.HadesCandace FoxMystery5
Monita S.The Secrets Between UsThrity UmrigarNovel4
Abby D.I'll be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State KillerMichelle McNamaraTrue Crime5
Bonnie S.LessAndrew Sean GreerFiction4
Barbara T.A Gentlemen in MoscowAmor TowlesNovel5
Debbie W.TipperaryFrank DelaneyNovel4
Linda F.Educated, A MemoirLara WestoverMemoir5
Bob F.Word by Word; The Secret Life of DictionariesKory StamperNon-Fiction4
June 2018 Books -- Bonnie
Abby D.The Big ClockKenneth FearingNoir5
Linda F.Before We Were YoursLisa WingateThriller5
Bob F.EducatedTara WestoverMemoir5
Deb W.Elegy for a Southern DrawlRodney JonesPoetry5
Bonnie S.Franklin and WinstonJon MeachemHistory5
Monita S.How I Taught my Grandmother to Read the StonesSudha MurthyShort Stories5
Pamela B.The Dud AvocadoElaine DundyComic Novel5
Kate L.The Perfect MurderH. R. F. KeatingMystery4
May 2018 Books -- Sally & Bob
Bob N.The Soul of AmericaJon MeachamHistory5
Sally N.The Woman in the WindowA. J. FinnThriller4
Sally N.Little Fires EverywhereCeleste NgFiction2
Joseph M.Dark Ages America: the Final Phase of An EmpireMorris BermanHistory4
Kate L.Dime Store: A Writer's LifeLee SmithBio -Short Stories4
April 2018 Books -- Liz & Bob
Kate L.Everything I Never Told YouCeleste NGThriller5
Joseph M.Blue LatitudesTony HorwitzNon-Fiction4
Liz S.Loving EleanorSusan Wittig AlbertNovel4
Bob S.Golden HillFrancis SpuffordNovel4
Donna B.StrippedBrian FreemanThriller4
Sarah C.Chronicles of AvonleaLucy Maude MontgomeryShort Stories4
Abby D.Trainwreck: The Women we Love to Hate…Sady DoyleNon-Fiction4
Margie P.The Summer Before the WarHelen SimonsonHistorical Fiction4
Beth T.My Venice and Other EssaysDonna Leon Essays4
October 2017 Books -- Debbie & Larry
Barbara T. The Badass Librarians of Timbuktu Joshua Hammer Non-Fiction 5
Anna L. Espresso Tales Alexander McCall Smith Fiction 4
Margie P. Great Expectations Charles Dickens Fiction 5
Dinah G. Glass Houses Louise Penny Mystery 5
Kate L. The Tiger in the House Jacqueline Sheehan Fiction 4
Abby D. Lincoln in the Bardo George Sanders Fiction 5
Monita S. Never Let me Go Kazao Ishiguro Fiction 5
Joseph M. China Lake Anthony Hyde Historical Fiction 4
Debbie W. The Judgement of Paris Ross King Historical Fiction 5
Mona P. The North Water Ian McGuire Fiction 5
Larry W. Fantasyland - How America Went Haywire in a 500 year History Kurt Andersen Revisionist History 4
September 2017 Books -- Evie
Barbara T. The Widow Fiona Barton Fiction 3
Abby D. Dark Sparkler Amder Tamblyn Poetry 4
Kate L. Seventh Plaque James Rollins Fiction 3
Evie S. The Christ-Haunted Landscape Susan Ketchin Anthology 5
Joseph M. A World Lit by Fire Willian Manchester Non-Fiction 4
Anna L. The Hour of the Star Clarice Lispector Fiction 1
August 2017 Books -- Kate & Joseph
Elaine Gut Bucket Blues Anita August Fiction 5
Bonnie The Rules of Civility Amor Towles Fiction 3.5
Barb The Girls Emma Cline Fiction 5
Bob Thank You for Being Late Thomas Friedman Non-Fiction 3
Linda I Will Always Write Back Caitlin Alifirenka & Martin Ganda Non-Fiction 5
Essie Find Her Lisa Gardner Fiction 3
Joseph The Defense D. W. Buffa Fiction 3.5
Monita The Sense of an Ending Julian Barnes Fiction 4
Kate The Rent Collector Cameron Wright Fiction 5
Dottie The Genius of Birds Jennifer Ackerman Nature 5
Kay Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein Philosophy 3
Abby Priestdaddy Patricia Lockwood Memoir 5