1,000 Books to Read Before You Die Book Club

This book club is unique in that all of the selections are from the Workman publication of the same title. 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die is led by staff member Charlie and started in 2019. While every selection comes from the book, members vote on which titles to read and the selections range from classics to contemporary nonfiction! There’s sure to be something to suit every reader!

1,000 Books to Read Before You Die Book Club meets on the 3rd Monday of the month at 7pm.

Upcoming Meetings and Selections
Monday, April 19, 2021: Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis
Monday, May 17, 2021: Contact by Carl Sagan
Monday, June 21, 2021: A Walk Across America by Peter Jenkins
Monday, July 19, 2021: Casino Royale by Ian Fleming
Monday, August 16, 2021: All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot
Monday, September 20, 2021: The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
Monday, October 18, 2021: One Good Dog by Susan Wilson
Monday, November 15, 2021: The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer

Previous Selections
March 2021: The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
February 2021: Slaves in the Family by Edward Ball
January 2021: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
December 2020: Cold Comfort Farm by Stella GIbbons
November 2020: The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
October 2020: Friday Night Lights by H. G. Bissinger
September 2020: Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
August 2020: Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown
July 2020: The Good Earth by Pearl Buck
June 2020: Game of Kings by Dorothy Dunnett
May 2020: The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody by Will Cuppy
April 2020: 11/22/63 by Stephen King
February 2020: The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
January 2020: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
December 2019: Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
November 2019: From Russia with Love by Ian Fleming

All Creatures Great and Small: The Warm and Joyful Memoirs of the World's Most Beloved Animal Doctor Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250057839
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - May 6th, 2014

The classic multimillion copy bestseller

Delve into the magical, unforgettable world of James Herriot, the world's most beloved veterinarian, and his menagerie of heartwarming, funny, and tragic animal patients.

Casino Royale (James Bond 007) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781612185439
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Published: Thomas & Mercer - October 16th, 2012

In the novel that introduced James Bond to the world, Ian Fleming's agent 007 is dispatched to a French casino in Royale-les-Eaux. His mission? Bankrupt a ruthless Russian agent who's been on a bad luck streak at the baccarat table.

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ISBN: 9780060959555
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - September 18th, 2001

Twenty-five years ago, a disillusioned young man set out on a walk across America. This is the book he wrote about that journey -- a classic account of the reawakening of his faith in himself and his country.

Contact: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501197987
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Published: Gallery Books - February 26th, 2019

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Cosmos and renowned astronomer Carl Sagan’s international bestseller about the discovery of an advanced civilization in the depths of space remains the “greatest adventure of all time” (Associated Press).

The future is here…in an adventure of cosmic dimension.

Lucky Jim Cover Image
By Kingsley Amis, Keith Gessen (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781590175750
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Published: NYRB Classics - October 2nd, 2012

A hilarious satire about college life and high class manners, this is a classic of postwar English literature.

The Remains of the Day (Vintage International) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780679731726
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Published: Vintage - September 12th, 1990

From the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, here is the universally acclaimed novel—winner of the Booker Prize and the basis for an award-winning film.

Slaves in the Family (FSG Classics) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374534455
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - April 22nd, 2014

Fifteen years after its hardcover debut, the FSG Classics reissue of the celebrated work of narrative nonfiction that won the National Book Award and changed the American conversation about race, with a new preface by the author

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Rebecca Cover Image
ISBN: 9780380730407
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - September 5th, 2006

Now a Netflix film starring Lily James, Armie Hammer, and Kristin Scott Thomas

"Last Night I Dreamt I went to Manderley Again..."

Cold Comfort Farm: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) Cover Image
By Stella Gibbons, Lynne Truss (Introduction by), Roz Chast (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780143039594
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Published: Penguin Classics - March 28th, 2006

"Quite simply one of the funniest satirical novels of the last century." —Nancy Pearl, NPR's Morning Edition

The Talented Mr. Ripley Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393332148
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 17th, 2008

An American classic and the inspiration for the motion picture starring Matt Damon and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Friday Night Lights, 25th Anniversary Edition: A Town, a Team, and a Dream Cover Image
ISBN: 9780306824203
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Published: Da Capo Press - August 11th, 2015

Named Sports Illustrated's best football book of all time and a #1 NYT bestseller, this is the classic story of a high school football team whose win-loss record has a profound influence on the town around them.

Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. Cover Image
ISBN: 9781481409940
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - April 29th, 2014

Margaret shares her secrets and her spirituality in this iconic Judy Blume novel, beloved by millions, that now has a fresh new look.

Margaret Simon, almost twelve, likes long hair, tuna fish, the smell of rain, and things that are pink. She’s just moved from New York City to Farbook, New Jersey, and is anxious to fit in with her new friends—Nancy, Gretchen, and Janie.

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West Cover Image
ISBN: 9780805086843
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Published: Holt Paperbacks - May 15th, 2007

The landmark, bestselling account of the crimes against American Indians during the 19th century, now on its 50th Anniversary.

The Good Earth Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982147174
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Published: Washington Square Press - June 2nd, 2020

The timeless Pulitzer Prize–winning masterpiece following a humble farmer’s journey through 1920s China returns with this beautifully repackaged edition that celebrates its nearly ninety years as an American classic.

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The Game of Kings: Book One in the Legendary Lymond Chronicles Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525565246
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Published: Vintage - May 14th, 2019

Combining all the political intrigue of Game of Thrones with the sweeping romanticism of Outlander, Dorothy Dunnett’s legendary Lymond Chronicles have enthralled readers for decades and amassed legions of devoted fans.

The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody (Nonpareil Books #31) Cover Image
By Will Cuppy, William Steig (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781567923773
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Published: David R. Godine Publisher - October 1st, 2008

A very funny view of the great, and nearly great, people throughout history by New Yorker humorist Will Cuppy.

11/22/63: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781451627299
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Published: Gallery Books - July 24th, 2012

One of the Ten Best Books of The New York Times Book Review
Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize
Now a miniseries from Hulu starring James Franco