Books Recommended by Members

December, 2020

Cindy read  Doc at the same time she listened to the biography of Grant by Ron Chernow.

Cindy read Moonflower Murders, by Anthony Horowitz (AKA Magpie Murders, Book Two). She also read Squeeze Me a satire about an escaped python at a Florida resort (Mari Lago?) and the associated characters we will recognize from today’s political arena.

Ann is reading His Only Wife, which is an intriguing story about a women who enters an arranged marriage with a guy that didn’t even show to the wedding.

November, 2020

Karen – The Scent Keeper, Born to Run

Cindy – The Luminaries,

October, 2020

All the Devils are Here, a mystery novel by Louise Penny.

Book Woman of Troublesome Creek, by Kim Michele Richardson.

September, 2020

Karen –

Vanishing HalfHenna ArtistTruths We HoldToo Much is Never EnoughStill HerePilgrimageOlive AgainLittle Fires EverywhereKeeper of Lost ThingsMore Myself JourneyGirl White GlovesSomething Fishy in ItalyGood Talk

Linda – (Recommends the first two)

You Never Forget Your First (George Washington) by Alexis Coe

Doc   by Mary Doria Russell (really good DOC Holliday )

The Immortalist  by Chloe Benjamin *not for everyone, I loved it!

The Bourbon Thief by Tiffany Reisz *again, not for everyone, I like it.

Anne –

Well Behaved Women Seldom Make History

Cindy –


Rosemary’s Baby, 50th Anniversary of the first printing

They Did Bad Things

Mexican Gothic

May, 2020

Sandie asked if anyone is reading Untamed 

Karen read…

The Moment of Lift, by Melinda Gates, which we chose as the book to discuss in September.

How to be a Good Creature

Giver of Stars

Jodi suggested…

Nomadland – Surviving America in the 21st-century. About some women who close up their homes and travel in RVs in the 50s.

January, 2020

Ecstasy: A Novel 


November, 2019

Ann mentioned the book Educated. It has been mentioned in the past, so we might want to consider this book in the future.

Linda mentioned Three Cups of Tea, which the club read in 2007. She pointed out that it was not based in fact and the author, Greg Mortinson, was disgraced after an investigation found he had personally used funds donated to his charity for Afghan girls’ schools and many facts in the book were found to be untrue. Read more at Washington Post – Mortenson returns to Afghanistan

Jodi mentioned Glass Castles, a story similar to Educated, which was made into a movie in 2017, starring Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson, and Naomi Watts.

Linda also mentioned one of her favorite books, Loving Frank, about Frank Lloyd Wright, a historical fiction told from the point of view of his lover, Mamah Borthwick Cheney.

October, 2019

Linda liked Women Rowing North, by Mary Pipher, which was suggested last month. We do not have this on our book club list, but it is recommended reading for members looking for another book to read.

Ann read and enjoyed Leaving Time by Jodi Pocoult, which is a story set within a story of how elephants grieve.

Jan read Sole of America, by Jon Meacham.

Jan mentioned Mudbound, which we already suggested for later in the year as one of our books.

Kay’s other book club read The Hate you Give and she didn’t like it.

September, 2019


Women Rowing North

Rules for Visiting, by Jessica Francis Kane

Aviators Wife


The Lilac Girls

The Hours,

Brown Girl Dreaming


Brain on Fire

Where the Crawdads Sing.

Nomad Land

Burning Book

Natural Causes, by Barbara Ehrenreich


Salt Fat Acid Heat.

Between the World and Me

Big Rock Candy Mountain, by Wallace Stegner

The Goldfinch.


April, 2019

Lessons from Lucy , by Dave Barry

Cold Mountain


March, 2019

Mama’s Last Hug


A Well-Behaved Woman

The Lost Girls of Paris

Travels with Myself and Another

The Big Burn

Mother Tongue by Bill Bryson

February, 2919

The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu, by Joshua Hammer

January, 2019

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo

Whiskey in a Teacup – Book for April

Becoming – Book for May

The Paris Seamstress – Book for September (later removed)

November, 2018

We Were the Lucky Ones

Magpie Murders – Book for March, 2018

The Last Outrageous Women – Book for February, 2018

Circling the Sun


You Are a Badass, How to Stop Doubting your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

Sapiens, a Brief History of Humankind

The Book of Joy

Sept/Oct, 2018

This Is How It Always Is Book for November

Braiding Sweetgrass Book for Dec/Jan

A Team of Rivals

Prairie Fire

Radium Girls 

The 5th Risk 

The Big Burn 

Auntie Poltie and the Sicilian Lions and other Auntie Poltie mysteries

Being Mortal 

May, 2018

Killers of the Flower Moon Book for September


Rules of Civility

Natural Causes

The Vacationers

The Last Time They Met

My Kitchen Year

My Life In France, Pleasures of Cooking and Eating 1948-1954, by Julia Child

March, 2018

Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist

The Secret History of Wonder Woman

Lincoln in the Bardo

Kitchen Literacy

The Chaperone Book chosen for April

January, 2017

1984, by George Orwell.  Book chosen for February.

The Last Bus to Wisdom, by Ivan Doig. Book for March.

Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande

The Power of Now, is a book that changed Jan’s life.

A God in Ruins, by Kate Atkinson is Dee at Fairhaven Book, all-time favorite book – companion book to Life After Life.

Cindy is reading Rebecca. Sandie loved War and Peace, which might be a good summer read (1,200+ pages).

The Moth (enjoyed by Karen’s Bruce)

Cindy enjoyed Vampires in the Lemon Grove.

Sandie mentioned David Sedaris a well-known American humorist, who has quite a few collections of short stories in book form.

Kay is reading The Book of Joy, by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu .

October, 2016

Cindy recommended The Elegance of Hedgehog, but had to leave the meeting early to pick up Katie. Cindy, please tell us more about this book at our next meeting.

Kay recommends The Girls who Wrote in Silk.

September, 2016

LInda and Kay read My Grandmother Asked me to tell you she’s Sorry and Witches of Portabello, but they did not recommend either one for book club.

Karen loved The Little Paris Bookshop and loved it. (book for October).

Cindy read and enjoyed The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Eva Lavender.

Karen read The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessey and The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry.

Cindy liked two books recommended by Linda, Stoned and Astoria.

Kay told us about a book about the Karsai family she heard about on the radio.

Cindy talked about a book she and Lou are reading, The Last of the Three, about Turkey, written 100 years ago. (Sandie cannot find link online)

There was discussion about the Queen(s) of Jordan and King of Jordan.

May, 2016

Sandie picked up My Grandmother asked me to tell you she’s sorry, by Fredrick Backman, who also wrote A Man Called Ove. His latest novel is Britte Marie was Here.

Linda read and enjoyed the Kitchen House about an indentured servant.

Karen told us about a book about Auntie Maime. She will bring it in September.

April, 2016

Books for summer to be discussed in September…Storied Life of A. J. Fikry and The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion.

March, 2016

Pat suggested “Notorious RBG,” by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik, and “Sisters in Law.” Both books are about women on the Supreme Court.

Kay suggested “The Girl Who Wrote in Silk,” by Kelli Estes and “Being Mortal,” by Atul Gawande.

Pat suggested, “The Living,” by Annie Dillard.

There is a new book out, Fairhaven: A History.

February, 2016

Astoria – Kay – historical fiction about Astor sending traders out to establish settlements. Astoria first settlement on the west coast.

The Big Burn by Egan (Shadow Catcher) – Linda. About Gifford Pinchot, chief forester for Teddy Rosevelt. Story tells about battling a gigantic forest fire in 1910 in Washington.

Great Race – roads for national parks – Kay will send a link

Stone– Linda – Where  stones come from

Vanessa and her Sisters – Karen – London 1905

January, 2016

Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story – read by Cindy – Ann felt the decline of Detroit started with desegregation.

The Art of Tidying Up – recommended by Cindy

The Girl Who Wrote in Silk – recommended by Kay – about a family who lived on Orcas. Historical fiction about people from Asia taking away jobs during a depression.

Whatcom Reads book – A Tale for the Time Being – Kay suggested

Rosey Project – Karen – Book for March

Me before You and After You – Jan

A Man Called Ove – Jan – Book for April

God in Ruins – recommended by Dee from Village Books. One of the best books she’s ever read.

The Light Between the Oceans – Linda – Book for May

October, 2015

Jan read and enjoyed Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande.

Cindy read Furthest Field, by Raghu Karnad.

September, 2015

Oct. 27, 2015  Invisible Thread, by Laura Schroff

Dec. 2, 2015 11/22/63, by Stephen King

Jan.26, 2016 All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr

Feb. 23, 2016  The Girl in the Spider Web, by  David Lagercrantz

The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared

Light Between the Oceans

The Kitchen House

A Tender Struggle

Rosie Project

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

The Vacationers

Where’d you go Bernadette

Best Laid Plans

May, 2015

Jan mentioned a book that has made an impact on her… The life changing magic of tidying up.

April, 2015

Light Between the Oceans –

All the Light you Cannot See

Pick a Pickle – 50 Recipes for Pickles, Relishes, and Fermented Snacks

Course Correction – Wild meets The Boys in the Boat, a memoir about the quest for Olympic gold and the triumph of love over fear

Global Forest – Forty ways trees can save us

March, 2015

Ann recommended Shakespeare Saved my Life, Laura Bates

Cindy recommended Vampires in the Lemon Grove, a collection of short stories. The one in particular she loved was the one about presidents reincarnated as houses.

Pat recommended…Great Performances…the Mark Morris Dance Group.

A member also recommended Ken Burns’ Cancer 3-part series on PBS.

Sandie recommended Walking Dead. LOL

Book for the month Gillead – Pat really enjoyed the story of a minister who lost his wife. He was a very gentle man. Several other members reported they haven’t yet finished the book.

January, 2015

A local book recommendation is Drive-ins, Drive-ups, and Drive-thrus, The History of Drive-In Movie Theaters and Drive-In Food Places in Whatcom County, by Kent Holsather and Wes Gannaway.

September, 2014

Anne – The Island, by Victoria Hislop

Cindy – The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak

Beginner’s Goodbye, by Anne Tyler

Vampires in the Lemon Grove, a collection of short stories, by Karen Russell

The Color of Water, by James McBride

Zeitoun, by Dave Eggers

Cindy & Jan – Boys in the Boat, Daniel James Brown – Whatcom Reads Book for 2015

Me Before You, by Jojo Meyers

Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kid

Jan – The Signature of all Things, by Elizabeth Gilbert

Kay & Linda – Empty Mansions by Dedmon and Newell

Pat – Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson

Sandie – Oxygen, by Carol Cassella

May, 2014

The Perfume Collector, by Terraro (Karen) is recommended for summer reading

Wild, From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, by Cheryl Strayed, recommended by Sandie, is the book for September. Wild was the Whatcom Reads book for 2014 and you can read about it at

The Whatcom Reads book for 2015 is The Boys on the Boat.

April, 2014

Grain Brain, by David Perlmutter, MD (Suggested for general reading enjoyment)

Wheat Belly  (Suggested for general reading enjoyment)

Stern  Men, by Elisabeth Gilbert. (Ann)

Me Before You, by Jojo Moyes. (Jan)

Beautiful, The Life of Heddy Lamaar, by Stephen Michael Shearer (Sandie)

Perfume Collector, by Terraro (Karen)

March, 2014

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, by Cheryl Strayed  (Sandie) – Whatcom Reads book for 2014 – Book for September

Painted Drum by Louise Erdrich (Ann)

Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro (Karen)

Strapless by Deborah Davis (Karen) – Book for April

Whiskey Cove by Denise Frisino (Kay)

Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd (Pat)

February, 2014

The Perfume Collector (by Kathleen Tessaro)

Whiskey Cove (Denise Frisino)

The Orchardist(Amanda Coplin).

January, 2014

The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the World’s Greatest Piece of Cheese, by Michael Paterniti

Karen shared The Orchardist, by Amanda Coplin.

Kay shared The Bookman’s Tale,  by Charlie Lovett

We discussed The Snow Child,  which other clubs are reading, but none of the members seemed interested in the fantasy plot-line.

Jan read David and Goliath, by Malcolm Gladwell

Ann read and recommended Truth and Beauty, by Ann Patchett. We chose this book for March.

October, 2013

Where did you go Bernadette? – Pat read this and enjoyed it. The character, Bernadette, is an architect who conceptualized the 20-mile house, where everything you need is located within a 20-mile radius of your home.

The School of Essential Ingredients – November/December Book

What the Dog Saw – Collection of short stories by Malcolm Gladwell from the New Yorker.

Peaches for Monsieur Le Cure – sequel to Chocolat

The Imperfectionists – February Book

September, 2013

Wench, by Dolen Perkins-Valdez, recommended by Ann

The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop and Café, recommended at personal reading by Linda, but not for book club.

The Telling Room , by Michael Paterniti, recommended by Kay

Bookman’s Tale, by Charlie Lovett, recommended by Kay

The Imperfectionists: A Novel, by Tom Rachman, recommended by Cindy, who couldn’t put it down.

The Snow Child, by Eowyn Ivey, is book chosen for September by another book club (Katie O)

Turn Right at Machu Picchu, by Mark Adams recommended by another book club

Four Fish, by Paul Greenberg, recommended by another book club

Sacre Bleu: A Comedy d’Art by Christopher Moore

Dead End Gene Pool: A Memoir, by Wendy Burden recommended by Ann

The Lost Art of Mixing, by Erica Bauermeister, is a sequel to The School of Essential Ingredients, recommended by Ann

Joy for Beginners, by Erica Bauermeister recommended by Ann

Off the Beaten Path, by Terri Peterson Smith, recommended by Ann

June, 2013

Pat: recommended a book about Edward Curtis, Short Nights of the Shadowcatcher 

Cindy: War of the Roses, by Alison Weir

April, 2013

Jan recommended Beyond Belief: The Secret Lives of Women of Extreme Religions

March, 2013

Kathy mentioned Mink River, by Brian Doyle came highly recommended by a friend

February, 2013

Catherine the Great, by Robert K. Massie – recommended by Cindy.

Beautiful Ruins, by Jess Walter was recommended by Kathy as a “good summer read.”

11.22.63, by Stephen King, is highly recommended by Cindy.

Kathy enjoyed Kate Morton’s, The Distant Hours.

January, 2013

Wierd Sisters, by Eleanor Brown (Linda and Kay)

Language of Flowers , by Vanessa Diffenbaugh (Kathy)

True Story of Hanzel and Gretel , by Louise Murphey (Kathy)

Bartender’s Tale by Ivan Doig – Sandie – The group decided to read it when it comes out in paperback.

The Winter Palace, by Eva Stachniak – Book for February.

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats, by Jan-Philipp Sendker

October, 2012

Jan – Wild, by Cheryl Strayd

Pat – Katherine the Great, by Robert K. Massie

Ann – Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern (Book chosen at this meeting for November/December)

Linda – Wives of Henry Oades, by Johanna Moran (Book chosen at this meeting for January)

Kathy – Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, by Tom Franklin

Jan – Beautiful Ruins, by Jess Walter

Linda – Molokai, by Alan Brennert (A historical novel recommended by another book club)

Members also recommended “Samsara” playing at the Pickford, “Old Goats,” at the Limelight (the old Pickford), and the movie “Dark Shadows” with Johnny Dep.

June, 2012

Peace Like a River by Leif Enger, (book for May/June)

Michelle is reading Tears of Mermaids: The Secret Story of Pearls, by Steven Bloom and she recommends it highly.

The Tiger’s Wife, by Tea Obreht. – Cindy

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot – Jan

April, 2012

Forgotten Garden – Linda

Land of Painted Caves – Jan

The Sharper your Knife, the Less you Cry – Cindy

Gervase Phinn – Kay

Kitchen Literacy – Kay & Linda

Girls from Ames – Kathy

Friend of the Earth – Kathy

Montana 1948 – ?

The Room – Sandie will be reading and may recommend next year

Tiger’s Wife – Kathy will be recommending this book next year

Also discussed the “Two Cups of Tea” controversy. Read more at

March, 2012

When a Crocodile Eats the Sun…Kathy read and liked this book recommended by Cindy last month

Cutting for Stone…Sandie is reading and had difficulty getting through the first 1/3 of the book, which is about the people working in a Mission hospital in Ethiopia. There are very graphic descriptions of surgical procedures, which might not appeal to some readers. However, now that the characters have developed and after reading a review here, which has very helpful background material, she is bound and determined to finish the book and will report to the group in April.

The Tiger’s Wife…recommended by Kathy’s daughter, Elizabeth. This is not yet out in paperback, so may be considered in the future.

Medicus … suggested by friend of Ann’s

Peace Like a River … also suggested by Ann’s friend

2 States …suggested by Karen

January, 2012

Border Songs – Jim Lynch – Local author, got rave reviews on Amazon

Cutting for Stone, several members are enjoying this and it also has wonderful reviews. We keep talking about it at book club meetings, so perhaps this would be a good choice. Currently $5 for Kindle edition.

Unbowed – Wengari Maathai

Outliers – Malcolm Gladwell – Other books by author are Blink and What the Dog Saw

Devotions – Danielle Follmi – Ann, is this the correct book?

Girls from Ames – Jeffrey Zaslow

Brightest Star in the Sky – Marion Keyes

Breech – Ann, I couldn’t figure out what book this is…can you let us know?

Cleopatra – Karen, can you let us know who the author is?

The Room – Emma Donoghue – not yet out in paperback

The Jungle – Upton Sinclair

Just Kids – Patty Smith

Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain – Lots of versions of this available both in paperback and eReader

True Grit – Charles Portis

King’s Speech – Mark Logue and Peter Conradi

Winter’s Bone – Danielle Woodrell

October, 2011

The Flanders Panel, Cutting for Stone, The Help