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Book Recommendations

Looking for your next great read (or listen)? Here's a list culled from comments at our April social where we broke into rooms and we had two sessions focused on "reading".  Thanks to Leslie Fiering and Martha Dean for taking notes.

Many classmates mentioned a favorite author, so we've listed the recommendations that way. We've included books that were specifically mentioned, and some authors may have several other volumes in print.


  • Sarah Bakewell. At the Existentialist Café: Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails
  • Ron Chernow. Alexander Hamilton, Grant
  • John Colapinto. As Nature Made Him: The Boy Who Was Raised as a Girl, This Is the Voice
  • Drew Faust. This Republic of Suffering.
  • Erik Larson. The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz
  • Jill Lepore. These Truths: A History of the United States
  • David McCullough. The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914
  • Rosalind Rosenberg. Jane Crow: The Life of Pauli Murray
  • Elaine F. Weiss. The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote
  • Jack Weatherford. Genghis Kahn and the Making of the Modern World 
  • Isabel Wikerson. Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration 


  • Nella Larsen.  Passing
  • Gloria Naylor.  Mama Day
  • Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai. The Mountains Sing
  • Maggie O'Farrell. Hamnet
  • Delia Owens. Where the Crawdad Sings, Cry of the Kalahari 
  • Richard Powers. The Overstory
  • Douglas Stuart. Shuggie Bain
  • Charles Todd. historical mysteries of the period around WWI. 
  • Amor Towles. A Gentleman from Moscow, Rules of Civility, The Didomenico Fragment
  • Abraham Verghese. Cutting for Stone