Mostly Social Book Club

The Mostly Social Book Club (MSBC) has been in existence since about 1992. We are a group of five people who at one time all worked on the “Network Performance Team” at IBM. Though we’ve all moved on—one still at IBM on a different team, one now working at BCBS, one now at Red Hat, and one now at AT&T, and one retired—we still meet to this day.

Through 2006, we met each week for lunch, and in 2007 changed our meetings to once a month, usually on the third Sunday of the month.

Sometimes at our meetings, we even discuss books. However, as the name of our book club implies, we are mostly social, and we don’t put too much pressure on ourselves to read books. We started off reading mostly self-improvement kinds of books, but quickly diverged.

Year Book Author Chosen by
2018 Logical Family: A Memoir Armistead Maupin John
2018 A Day No Pigs Would Die
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Robert Newton Peck
Truman Capote
Sharon
2018 Aging: An Apprenticeship Nan Narboe Mary
2018 Me Before You Jojo Moyes Suzanne
2018 People of Darkness Tony Hillerman Janet
2018 Anansi Boys Neil Gaiman John
2018 The Ninth Hour Alice McDermott Mary
2017 Snow Flower and the Secret Fan Lisa See Sharon
2017 All My Puny Sorrows Miriam Toews Suzanne
2017 small great things Jodi Picoult Janet
2017 The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son on Life, Love, and Loss Anderson Cooper, Gloria Vanderbilt John
2017 Still Alice Lisa Genova Sharon
2017 When Breath Becomes Air Paul Kalanithi Mary
2017 The Liars’ Club Mary Karr Suzanne
2017 Born a Crime Trevor Noah Janet
2016 So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed Jon Ronson John
2016 The Rosie Project Graeme Simsion Sharon
2016 A Place at the Table Susan Rebecca White Mary
2016 A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail Bill Bryson Suzanne
2015 Circling the Sun Paula McLain Janet
2015 The Astronaut Wives Club Lily Koppel John
2015 The Call Yannick Murphy Sharon
2015 Benediction Kent Haruf Mary
2015 Room Emma Donoghue Suzanne
2014 Love in the Time of Cholera Gabriel García Márquez Janet
2014 South of Broad Pat Conroy John
2014 Divergent Veronica Roth Sharon
2014 The Interestings Meg Wolizer Mary
2014 Life After Life Jill McCorkle Suzanne
2013 The Pillars of the Earth Ken Follet Janet
2013 The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald John
2013 The Fault in Our Stars John Green Sharon
2012 A Whole New Mind Daniel Pink Mary
2012 Cutting For Stone Abraham Verghese Suzanne
2012 The Art of Racing in the Rain Garth Stein Janet
2011 Outliers: The Story of Success Malcolm Gladwell John
2011 The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins Sharon
2011 The Color Purple Alice Walker Mary
2011 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Rebecca Skloot Suzanne
2010 The Help Kathryn Stockett Janet
2010 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Mark Haddon John
2010 The Blind Side Michael Lewis Sharon
2010 My Stoke of Insight Jill Bolte Taylor Mary
2009 Three Cups of Tea Mortenson &
Relin
Suzanne
2009 Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy Janet
2009 Dewey: The Small-town Library Cat Who Touched the World Vicki Myron Sharon
2009 Lost on Planet China J. Maarten Troost John
2008 The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother James McBride Suzanne
2008 Eat, Pray, Love Elizabeth Gilbert Mary
2008 The Shipping News Annie Proulx Janet
2007 The Glass Castle Jeannette Walls Sharon
2007 Lucky in the Corner (Note: It’s debatable whether we really read this book as a book club.
John is the only one who remembers anything about it.)
Carol Anshaw John
2007 My Sister’s Keeper Jodi Picoult Suzanne
2007 Excuse Me, Your Life is Waiting Lynn Grabhorn Mary
2006 Memoirs of a Geisha Arthur Golden Janet
2005 The Power of Full Engagement LoehrSchwartz Sharon
2004 The Nuclear Age Tim O’Brien John
2004 Eats, Shoots, & Leaves Lynn Truss Suzanne
2004 The Five People You  Meet in Heaven Mitch Albom Mary
2004 The Life of Pi: A Novel Yann Martel Janet
2003 Seabiscuit: An American Legend Laura Hillenbrand Sharon
2003 Read My Lips: Sexual Subversion and the End of Gender Riki Wilchins John

 

The following books were read before we started keeping track of the dates.

Book Author Chosen by
Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith Anne Lamott Suzanne
The Nanny Diaries Laughlin & Kraus Mary
Rubyfruit Jungle Rita Mae Brown Janet
Cain River Lalita Tademy Sharon
The Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver John
Moo Jane Smiley Sharon
Forged by Fire Sharon M. Draper Suzanne
Sweet Savage Love Rosemary Rogers Mary
Groomed for Death Carolyn Banks Janet
Jung to Live By Eugene Pascal Suzanne
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance Robert M. Pirsig John
The Wealthy Barber David Chilton John
The Left Hand of Darkness Ursula Le Guin Johnnie
The Turn of the Screw Henry James John
Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte Janet
Skye O’Malley Beatrice Small Mary
Midwives Chris Bohjalian Suzanne
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone J. K. Rowling All
Principled-Centered Leadership Stephen R. Covey All
Friedman’s Fables Edwin Friedman Janet
The Phantom Tollbooth Norton Juster Suzanne
Bridges of Madison County Robert James Waller John
7 Habits of Highly Effective People Stephen R. Covey All