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The No-Obligation Book Club Reading List

A chronological guide to our monthly selections (plus all the runners-up).


January 2011

Winner: One Day, by David Nicholls
Ellington Boulevard, by Adam Langer

Nothing Is Quite Forgotten in Brooklyn, by Alice Mattison

Family Planning, by Karan Mahajan


February 2011

Winner: Half Broke Horses, by Jeannette Walls
Born Round, by Frank Bruni

Enduring Love, by Ian McEwan

Closing the Food Gap, by Mark Winne


March 2011

Winner: Room: A Novel, by Emma Donoghue
I Don’t Know How She Does It, by Allison Pearson

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot

Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall, by Kazuo Ishiguro


April 2011

Winner: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot
The Invisible Bridge, by Julie Orringer

Swamplandia!, by Karen Russell

Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte


May 2011

Winner: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, by Muriel Spark
Then We Came to the End, by Joshua Ferris

Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh

The God of Small Things, by Arundhati Roy


June 2011

Winner: Talking to Girls About Duran Duran, by Rob Sheffield
Look Me in the Eye, by John Elder Robison

Making Toast, by Roger Rosenblatt

The Middle Place, by Kelly Corrigan


July 2011

Winner: The Space Between Us, by Thrity Umrigar
The History of Love, by Nicole Krauss

A Short History of Women, by Kate Walbert

The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears, by Dinaw Mengestu


August 2011

Winner: The Paris Wife, by Paula McLain
A Visit From the Goon Squad, by Jennifer Egan

Just Kids, by Patti Smith

Your Voice in My Head, by Emma Forrest


September 2011

Winner: Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand
Bossypants, by Tina Fey

This Must Be the Place, by Kate Racculia

I Don’t Know How She Does It, by Allison Pearson


October 2011

Winner: The Imperfectionists, by Tom Rachman
The Heights, by Peter Hedges

An Invisible Sign of My Own, by Aimee Bender

We Were the Mulvaneys, by Joyce Carol Oates


November 2011

Winner: The Heights, by Peter Hedges
The Hare With Amber Eyes, by Edmund de Waal

Death Comes for the Archbishop, by Willa Cather

Rules of Civility, by Amor Towles


December 2011

Winner: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith
A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle

The Member of the Wedding, by Carson McCullers

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, by Judy Blume


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