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, August 15, 2022: The Women of Brewster Place by Gloria Naylor

Previous Selections
July 2022: Growing Up by Russell Baker
June 2022: Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
May 2022: House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
April 2022: Ms. Bixby's Last Day by John David Anerson
March 2022: Old Herbaceous by Reginald Arkell
February 2022: A Simple Plan by Scott Smith
January 2022: The Color Purple by Alice Walker
December 2021: Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote
November 2021: The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer
October 2021: One Good Dog by Susan Wilson
September 2021: The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
August 2021: All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot
July 2021: Casino Royale by Ian Fleming
June 2021: A Walk Across America by Peter Jenkins

The Women of Brewster Place: A Novel in Seven Stories By Gloria Naylor Cover Image
ISBN: 9780140066906
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Published: Penguin Books - June 30th, 1983

The National Book Award-winning novel—and contemporary classic—that launched the brilliant career of Gloria Naylor, now with a foreword by Tayari Jones

Growing Up By Russell Baker Cover Image
ISBN: 9780452255500
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Published: Plume - January 1st, 1983

Russell Baker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning autobiography about growing up in America during the Great Depression.
“Magical….He has taken such raw, potentially wrenching material and made of it a story so warm, so likable, and so disarmingly funny…a work of original biographical art.”—The New York Times

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic By Alison Bechdel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780618871711
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Published: Mariner Books - June 5th, 2007

Time Magazine #1 Book of the Year • National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist • 
Winner of the Stonewall Book Award •  Double finalist for the Lambda

The House of the Spirits: A Novel By Isabel Allende Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501117015
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Published: Atria Books - December 15th, 2015

“Spectacular...An absorbing and distinguished work...The House of the Spirits with its all-informing, generous, and humane sensibility, is a unique achievement, both personal witness and possible allegory of the past, present, and future of Latin America.” —The New York Times Book Review

Our Shared Shelf, Emma Watson Goodreads Book Club Pick

Ms. Bixby's Last Day By John David Anderson Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062338181
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Published: Walden Pond Press - April 4th, 2017

New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice

A funny, heartwarming, and heartbreaking contemporary story about three boys, one teacher, and a day none of them will ever forget.

Old Herbaceous: A Novel of the Garden (Modern Library Gardening) By Reginald Arkell, Penelope Hobhouse (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Reginald Arkell, Penelope Hobhouse (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780812967388
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Published: Modern Library - April 15th, 2003

Back in print after fifty years

A Simple Plan By Scott Smith Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307279958
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Published: Vintage - October 24th, 2006

“Spectacular. . . . Ten shades blacker and several corpses grimmer than the novels of John Grisham. . . . Do yourself a favor. Read this book.” —Entertainment Weekly

The Color Purple: A Novel By Alice Walker Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143135692
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Published: Penguin Books - December 10th, 2019

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. Alice Walker's iconic modern classic is now a Penguin Book.

Breakfast at Tiffany's (Vintage International) By Truman Capote Cover Image
ISBN: 9780679745655
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Published: Vintage - September 28th, 1993

Holly Golightly knows that nothing bad can ever happen to you at Tiffany's. In this seductive, wistful masterpiece, Capote created a woman whose name has entered the American idiom and whose style is a part of the literary landscape—her poignancy, wit, and naïveté continue to charm.

The Things We Cannot Say: A WWII Historical Fiction Novel By Kelly Rimmer Cover Image
ISBN: 9781525823565
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Published: Graydon House - March 19th, 2019

Now a New York Times bestseller

One Good Dog: A Novel By Susan Wilson Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250245830
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - April 16th, 2019

Acclaimed author Susan Wilson brings us a touching yet unblinkingly authentic tale of loss and rediscovery, of true friendship and learning what's truly important in life.

One note. Three words. And Adam March's well-ordered life and well-laid plans are shattered.

The Things They Carried By Tim O'Brien Cover Image
ISBN: 9780618706419
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Published: Mariner Books - October 13th, 2009

“O'Brien has written a vital, important book—a book that matters not only to the reader interested in Vietnam, but to anyone interested in the craft of writing as well.”Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

A classic work of American literature that has not stopped changing minds and lives since it burst onto the literary scene

All Creatures Great and Small: The Warm and Joyful Memoirs of the World's Most Beloved Animal Doctor By James Herriot 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 By Ian Fleming Cover Image
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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.

A Walk Across America By Peter Jenkins Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060959555
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Published: Mariner Books - 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.