Island Books Open Book Club

Island Books hosts an open book club that meets the last Thursday of each month at 7:30pm. Our staff facilitator chooses both fiction and nonfiction titles. All are welcome to attend, and if you purchase your book here in the store you'll always get a 10% discount. For current selection information, check our events calendar. Choices from previous years are listed below.












  • Old School, by Tobias Wolff
  • Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea: Why the Greeks Matter, by Thomas Cahill
  • The Known World, by Edward P. Jones
  • Oryx and Crake, by Margaret Atwood
  • My Invented Country, by Isabella Allende
  • Washington Square, by Henry James
  • Dancer, by Colum Mcann
  • Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books, by Azar Nafisi
  • As Above, So Below: A Novel of Peter Bruegel, by Rudy Rucker
  • The Lunar Men: Five Friends Whose Curiosity Changed the World, by Jenny Uglow
  • The Little Friend, by Donna Tartt


  • Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, by Dai Sijie
  • The Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kidd
  • Bad Blood, by Lorna Sage
  • The Translator, by John Crowley
  • Life of Pi, by Yann Martel
  • Cicero: The Life and Times of Rome’s Greatest Politician, by Anthony Everitt
  • Year of Wonders, by Geraldine Brooks
  • Breaking Clean, by Judy Blunt
  • Atonement, by Ian McEwan
  • The Corrections, by Jonathan Franzen
  • Wine & War: The French, The Nazis & the Battle for France’s Greatest Treasure, by Don & Petie Kladstrup
  • Embers, by Sandor Marai


  • Folly, by Laurie R. King
  • Seabiscuit: An American Legend, by Laura Hillenbrand
  • Holes, by Lois Sachar
  • Secrets of the Tsil Cafe, by Thomas Fox Averill
  • Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation, by Joseph J. Ellis
  • Back When We Were Grownups, by Anne Tyler
  • The Family Orchard, by Naomi Eve
  • Paris to the Moon, by Adam Gopnik
  • The Feast of Love, by Charles Baxter
  • The Fellowship of the Ring, by JRR Tolkien
  • Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women, by Geraldine Brooks
  • White Teeth, by Zadie Smith


  • Akhenaten, Dweller in Truth, by Naguib Mahfouz
  • Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love, by Dava Sobel
  • Anil's Ghost, by Michel Ondaatje
  • The Human Stain, by Philip Roth
  • Tulipomania, by Mike Dash
  • The Dress Lodger, by Sheri Holman
  • Ahab's Wife, by Sena Jeter Naslund
  • Expecting Adam: A True Story of Birth, Rebirth, and Everyday Magic, by Martha Beck
  • Pilgrim, by Timothy Findley
  • A Month in the Country, by J.L. Carr
  • The Lexus and the Olive Tree; Understanding Globalization, by Thomas L. Friedman
  • Motherless Brooklyn, by Jonathan Lethem


  • The Red Tent, by Anita Diamant
  • Catfish and Mandala, by Andrew X. Pham
  • Headlong, by Michael Frayn
  • The Late Mr. Shakespeare, by Robert Nye
  • Lenin's Embalmers, by Ilya Zbarsky
  • The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon, by Richard Zimler
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, by J. K. Rowling
  • King of the World: Muhammad Ali and the Rise of an American Hero, by David Remnick
  • The Farming of Bones, by Edwidge Danticat


  • The Voyage of the Narwhal, by Andrea Barrett
  • The Professor and the Madman, by Simon Winchester
  • The American, by Henry James
  • The Chimney Sweeper's Boy, by Barbara Vine
  • When Elephants Weep, by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
  • Last Day, by Glenn Kleier
  • The Englishman's Boy, by Guy Vanderhaeghe
  • The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, by Anne Fadiman
  • The Witch of Exmoor, by Margaret Drabble


  • The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, by Rebecca Wells
  • Old Books, Rare Friends, by Leona Rostenberg and Madeleine Stern
  • Straight Man, by Richard Russo
  • Birdsong, by Sebastian Faulks
  • Fragments, by Binjamin Wilkomirski
  • Reading in the Dark, by Seamus Deane
  • Alias Grace, by Margaret Atwood
  • Desert Places, by Robyn Davidson
  • Eight Months on Ghazzah Street, by Hilary Mantel


  • Behind the Scenes at the Museum, by Kate Atkinson
  • An Unquiet Mind, by Kay Redfield Jamison
  • Audrey Hepburn's Neck, by Alan Brown
  • Ishmael, by David Quinn
  • Paula, by Isabel Allende
  • Morality Play, by Barry Unsworth


  • Salvation on Sand Mountain, by Dennis Covington
  • Saving Grace, by Lee Smith
  • The Riders, by Tim Winton
  • An Imaginary Life, by David Malouf
  • A Very Long Engagement, by Sebastian Japrisot
  • The Princes in the Tower, by Alison Weir
  • Independence Day, by Richard Ford
  • Bombardiers, by Po Bronson
  • Autobiography of a Face, by Lucy Grealy
  • Rocking the Babies, by Linda Raymond
  • Snow Falling on Cedars, by David Guterson
  • Daisy Bates in the Desert, by Julia Blackburn
  • Northern Borders, by Howard Frank Mosher