Morning Book Group

*July 2024 – no discussion meeting
Morning Book Group members are welcome to attend the Evening Book Group’s discussion of Hester by Laurie Lico Albanese on Tuesday, July 9 at 7:15 pm.

August 2024

The Morning Book Group discussion meeting for Life on the Mississippi: an epic American adventure by Rinker Buck will be on Friday,  August 2 at 10:30 am.  Life on the Mississippi may be available as an eBook on Libby. BHPL owns a Audiobook on CD copy of Life on the Mississippi – check the catalog to see if it’s available or to place a hold.

If you need a copy of the book or would like to join the Morning or Evening book group, please contact the Reference Department in person, by phone (908) 608-8603 x3, or email

Morning Book Group Title List (by year)


The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis
The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
Honor: a novel by Thrity Umrigar
Changing Planes by Ursula Le Guin
Nothing Ventured by Jeffrey Archer
Life on the Mississippi: an epic American adventure by Rinker Buck



The Reading List: a novel by Sara Nisha Adams
The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Circe by Madeline Miller
The Stationery Shop by Marjan Kamali
Hello, Sunshine by Laura Dave
The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict
The Doctors Blackwell by Janice P. Nimura
This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger
Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan


The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
Perestroika in Paris by Jane Smiley
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
Catch and Kill: lies, spies, and a conspiracy to protect predators by Ronan Farrow
A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum
A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende
Grayson by Lynne Cox
The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian
The Wife: a novel by Meg Wolitzer
The Tale Teller by Anne Hillerman
Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
The Walnut Tree by Charles Todd


Dinner with Edward by Isabel Vincent
The Queen’s Gambit by Walter Tevis
Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart
The Engineer’s Wife by Tracey Enerson Wood
The Tenth Muse by Catherine Chung
Libertie by Kaitlyn Greenidge
Nomadland by Jessica Bruder
Afterlife by Julia Alvarez
Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the quest for a fantastic future by Ashlee Vance
Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
The Last Romantics: a novel by Tara Conklin
The Nickel Boys: a novel by Colson Whitehead


A Dog Called Jack by Ivy Pembroke
Becoming by Michelle Obama
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
The Gown: a novel of the Royal Wedding by Jennifer Robson
Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi
The Darwin Affair by Tim Mason
The Mountains Sing by Phan Que Mai Nguyen
The Bear by Andrew Krivak
Notorious RBG: the life and times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon & Shana Knizhnik
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones


Chilbury Ladies’ Choir by Jennifer Ryan
The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan
The Good House by Ann Leary
Vinegar Girl: the taming of the shrew retold by Anne Tyler
News of the World by Paulette Jiles
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Radium Girls by Kate Moore
The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
The Masterpiece by Fiona Davis
Beartown by Fredrik Backman


The Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
Little Mercies by Heather Gudenkauf
The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck
Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave
Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney
The Lost City of Z by David Grann
Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue
A Partial History of Lost Causes by Jennifer duBois


Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave
The Circle by Dave Eggers
The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson
Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift
Guests on Earth by Lee Smith
Siracusa by Delia Ephron
Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
Ratlines by Stuart Neville
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton


Vanessa and Her Sister by Priya Parmar
The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah
Amsterdam by Ian McEwan
H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner
Yellow Crocus by Laila Ibrahim
The Muralist by Barbara A. Shapiro
Dead Wake by Erik Larson
The Bullet by Mary Louise Kelly


What is Visible by Kimberly Elkins
Secret Daughter by S.S. Gowda
Sisters of Cain by M.G. Monfredo
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
A Man Called Ove by F. Backman
The Narrow Road to the Deep North by R. Flanagan
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Magician’s Assistant by Ann Patchett
The Wives of Los Alamos by TaraShea Nesbit
The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro
The Dream Lover by Elizabeth Berg


The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Dicks
The Light Between the Oceans by M.L. Stedman
The Supremes at Earl’s All-you-can-eat by Edward Kelsey More
The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick
The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen
The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis
Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd


Moloka’i by Alan Brenner
Far to Go by Alison Pick
Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey
The Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaatje
The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak
Canada by Richard Ford
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka
Heading Out to Wonderful by Robert Goolrick
Still Alice by Lisa Genova
Istanbul, Memories and the City by Orhan Pamuk


Lucy by Ellen Feldman
The Probable Future by Alice Hoffman
A Call From Jersey by P.F. Kluge
The Illuminator by Brenda Vantrease
The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
Trespass by Rose Tremain
Figures in Silk by Vanora Bennett
The Quest for Anna Klein by Thomas Cook
In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks
Bristol House by Beverly Swerling


The Photograph by Penelope Lively
The Coffee Trader by David Liss
The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
The Calligrapher’s Daughter by Eugenia Kim
Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively
Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
Mao’s Last Dancer by Li Cunxin
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Day After Night by Anita Diamant
Born on a Blue Day by Daniel Tammet


The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
The Stolen Child by Keith Donohue
The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff
City of Thieves by David Benioff
The House at Sugar Beach by Helene Cooper
A Thread of Grace by Mary Doria Russell
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig
The Day the Falls Stood Still by Cathy Marie Buchanan
The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Dreamers of the Day by Mary Doria Russell


A Pale Blue Eye by Louis Bayard
The Saffron Kitchen by Yasmin Crowther
84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street  by Helene Hanff
Strapless by Deborah Davis
Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Out Stealing Horses by Per Pettersen
Harriet and Isabella by Patricia O’Brien
The Ice Queen by Alice Hoffman
Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
The Witches of Eastwick by John Updike
Gentleman and Players by Joanne Harris


Shadow Man by Mary Gordon
Crow Lake by Mary Lawson
The Apprentice by Jacques Pepin
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
A Life of Privilege, Mostly by Gardner Botsford
The Year of Fog by Michelle Richmond
North River by Pete Hamill
A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry


Old New York: Four Novellas by Edith Wharton
Closing Arguments by Frederick Busch
If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino
Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee
Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean
Digging to America by Anne Tyler
The Beautiful and the Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
Sleeping Arrangements by Laura Shaine Cunningham
The Lost German Slave Girl by John Bailey
Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger
Morality Play by Barry Unsworth


The Seal Wife by Katherine Harrison
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
The Plot Against America by Philip Roth
The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Murakami Haruki
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: a Hmong Child, her American doctors, and the collision of two cultures by Anne Fadiman
Main Street by Sinclair Lewis
Snow by Orhan Pamuk
Tulip Fever by Deborah Moggach


The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Skinny Dip by Carl Hiaasen
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
The Bookseller of Kabul by Åsne Seierstad
Tender at the Bone by Ruth Reichl
The Red Hat Club by Haywood Smith
Brick Lane by Monica Ali
On the Road by Jack Kerouac
Enduring Love by Ian McEwan
Object Lessons by Anna Quindlen


La Cucina: a Novel of Rapture by Lily Prior
One Thousand White Women: the Journals of May Dodd by Jim Fergus
A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
Empire Falls by Richard Russo
Reading Lolita in Tehran: a Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi
The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather
Mystic River by Dennis Lehane
The Piano Tuner by Daniel Philippe Mason
Angry Housewives Eating Bon-bons by Lorna Landvik
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
Black Boy by Richard Wright


Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
The Underpainter by Jane Urquhart
Reservation Road by John Burnham Schwartz
The Hours by Michael Cunningham
Roxanna Slade by Reynolds Price
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
Seneca Falls Inheritance by Miriam Grace Monfredo
Selling of Lite Heaven by Suzanne Strempek Shea
The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
Guenevere: Queen of the Summer Country by Rosalind Miles
The Captain’s Wife by Douglas Kelley
White Teeth by Zadie Smith


The Parrot Who Owns Me: The Story of a Relationship by Joanna Burger
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
While I Was Gone by Sue Miller
Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
The Ladies’ Man by Elinor Lipman
Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Stern Men by Elizabeth Glibert
Republic of Love by Carol Shields
The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie King
Last Days of Summer by Steve Kluger
The Giant’s House by Elizabeth McCracken


The Ginger Tree by Oswald Wynd
Sleeping at the Starlite Motel: and Other Adventures on the Way Back Home by Bailey White
The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother by James McBride
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner
Pope Joan by Donna Cross
The Girl With the Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
Kaaterskill Falls by Allegra Goodman
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris
A Spanish Lover by Joanna Trollope