Run by Ann Patchett: Mary Susan is enthusiastic.
Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney, a Jane Kingston suggestion.
Food for Millionaires by Min Jin Lee
Cheating at Canasta, William Trevor
Captain Pantoja and the Special Service by Mario Vargas Llosa, very funny, according to Kit.
Bridge of Sighs, Richard Russo
Dancing to "Almendra" by Mayra Montero. Fact/fiction story of a reporter on the trail of the mafia set in 1950s Cuba. NYT 100 notable books
The Indian Clerk by David Leavitt, set in WW I, poor genius from Madras and Cambridge mathematician.
Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson, NYT top 10 books.
The Discovery of France : A Historical Geography from the Revolution to the First World War by Graham Robb. From the NYT 100 notable books: Robb presents France as a group of diverse regions, each with its own long history, intricate belief systems, and singular customs.
Little Heathens: Hard times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression by Mildred Armstrong Kalish. A memoir listed on the NYT 100 notable books.
The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court by Jeffrey Toobin.
Too close to the Sun: The Audacious Life and Times of Denys Finch Hatton by Sara Wheeler. NYT 100 notable books.
Alentejo Blue by Monica Ali. Set in a southern Portugal town. 2006 NYT 100 notable books.
Gate of the Sun by Elias Khoury. Arab experience. 2006 NYT 100 notable books.
Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl. 2006 NYT 100 notable books.
The Afterlife by Donald Antrim.
The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A natural history of four meals by Michael Pollan.
Shadow of the Silk Road by Colin Thubron. Saw at the Leisure World library; travelogue of central asia by third class train. Publisher’s weekly made it sound interesting.
The Road by Cormac McCarthy. Maureen is enthusiastic about this book.