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Fireside Readers Book Discussion Group (Wayne College): Previous Selections

Wayne College's community book club, discussing works of non-fiction on the fourth Monday of the month

By Author

By Date

Work in progress list...

Spring 2018:

  • January 22, 2018: Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
  • February 26, 2018: Lemon Tree by Sandy Tolan
  • March 19, 2018: Nomadland by Jessica Bruder
  • April 23, 2018:  Prince Charles by Sally Bedell Smith
  • May 21, 2018: The Storm Before the Storm by Mike Duncan
  • June 25, 2018: Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

Fall 2017:

  • July 24, 2017:  Born a Crime: Stories from a South African childhood by Trevor Noah
  • August 28, 2017: Hillbilly elegy: A memoir of a family and culture in crisis by J.D. Vance
  • September 25, 2017: Barbarian days: A surfing life by William Finnegan
  • October 23, 2017: Hidden Figures: The American dream and the untold story of the black women mathematicians who helped win the space race by Margot Lee Shetterly
  • November 27, 2017: When breath becomes air by Paul Kalanithi

Spring 2017:

  • January 23, 2017: Andrew Wyeth: A secret life by Richard Meryman
  • February 27, 2017: Resistance: A woman's journal of struggle and defiance in occupied France by Agnes Humbert
  • March 27, 2017: American heiress: The wild saga of the kidnapping, crimes and trial of Patty Hearst by Jeffrey Toobin
  • April 24, 2017: Evicted: Poverty and profit in the American city by Matthew Desmond.
  • May 22, 2017: A House in the sky: A memoir by Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett
  • June 26, 2017: Hero of the empire: The Boer War, a daring escape and the making of Winston Churchill by Candice Millard.

Fall 2016

  • July 18, 2016: The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and their epic quest for gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown
  • August 22, 2016: Seabiscuit: An American legend by Laura Hillenbrand
  • September 26, 2016: An Amish paradox: Diversity and change in the world’s largest Amish community by Charles E. Hurst and David L. McConnell.
  • October 24, 2016: A Short history of nearly everything by Bill Bryson.
  • November 28, 2016: The Rainbow comes and goes: A Mother and son on life, love, and loss by Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt

Spring 2016

Fall 2015

Spring 2015

Fall 2014


Ackerman, Diane.  The Zookeeper’s Wife.

Adams, Mark. Turn Right at Machu Picchu.

Albright, Madeleine.  Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948 

Alcott, Louisa May. Little Women

Avlon, John. Wingnuts: how the lunatic fringe is hijacking America.

Baker, Russell.  Growing up.

Beah, Ishmael.  A long way gone: memoirs of a boy soldier.

Beard, Jo Ann.  The boys of my youth.


Boser, Ulrich. The Gardner Heist: The True Story of the World's Largest Unsolved Art Theft.

Bragg, Rick.  All over but the shoutin'.

Bryson, Bill.  In a Sunburned Country.

Bryson, Bill.  A walk in the woods : rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail.

Cannato, Vincent J. American Passage: The History of Ellis Island.

Chang, Leslie T. Factory girls: From village to city in a changing China.

Child, Julia.  My life in France.

Cohen, Rich.  Sweet and low: A Family Story.

Conroy, Pat. Death of Santini: The Story of a Father and His Son.

Conway, Jill K.  The road from Coorain.

Dreher, Rod. The Little Way of Ruthie Leming.

Drennan, William R. Death in a prairie house: Frank Lloyd Wright and the Taliesin Murders.

Egan, Timothy.  The Worst hard time: The untold story of those who survived the great American dust bowl.

Eggers, Dave.  Zeitoun.

Fink, Sheri. Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital.

Finkel, David. The Good Soldiers.

Frank, Jeffrey.  Ike and Dick: Portrait of a Strange Political Marriage.

Fuller, Alexandra.  Don't let's go to the dogs tonight: an African childhood.

Gardner, Chris.  The pursuit of happyness.

Gentil, Olivia.  Life list: A woman's quest for the world's most amazing birds.

Gilbert, Elizabeth.  Eat, pray, love : one woman's search for everything across Italy, India and Indonesia.

Gill, Michael Gates. How Starbucks saved my life: a son of privilege learns to live like everyone else.

Gilman, Susan Jane.  Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven.

Goodwin, Doris Kearns.  No ordinary time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The home front in World War II.

Goodwin, Doris Kearns.  Team of rivals: the political genius of Abraham Lincoln.

Gordon, Linda.  Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits.

Greenspan, Alan.  The age of turbulence : adventures in a new world.

Greitens, Eric.  The Heart and the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy SEAL.

Gruenewald, Mary Matsuda.  Looking like the enemy: My story of imprisonment in Japanese-American internment camps.

Hancock, Noelle.  My Year with Eleanor: A Memoir. 

Heng, Liange.  Son of the Revolution.

Hillenbrand, Laura.  Unbroken: a World War II story of survival, resilience, and redemption.

Horan, Nancy.  Loving Frank : A Novel.

Horwitz, Tony.  Confederates in the attic: Dispatches from the unfinished Civil War.

Hunt, Irmgard A.  On Hitler’s mountain: Overcoming the legacy of a Nazi childhood.

Johanyak, Debra.  Behind the veil: an American woman's memoir of the 1979 Iran Hostage Crisis.

Johnson, Steven. The ghost map: the story of London's most terrifying epidemic--and how it changed science, cities, and the modern world.

Jourdan, Carolyn. Heart in the Right Place.

Kennedy, Edward.  True Compass: A Memoir.

Koppel, Lily. The Red Leather Diary: Reclaiming a Life Through the Pages of a Lost Journal.

Miranda Kennedy. Sideways on a scooter: life and love in India.

Kimmel, Haven.  A Girl named Zippy: Growing up small in Moorland, Indiana.

Kingsolver, Barbara.  Animal, vegetable, miracle: A year in food life.

Kingston, Maxine Hong.  The woman warrior: memoirs of a girlhood among ghosts.

Krakauer, Jon.  Into the wild.

Kurson, Robert.  Shadow divers: The true adventure of two Americans who risked everything to solve one of the last mysteries of World War II.

LaNeir, Carlotta Walls.  A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High.

Langguth, A.J. Driven West: Andrew Jackson and the Trail of Tears to the Civil War.

Larson, Erik.  The Devil in the White City: Murder, magic, and madness at the fair that changed America.

Larson, Eric. In the garden of beasts : love, terror, and an American family in Hitler's Berlin.

Larson, Erik.  Thunderstruck.

Lopez, Steve. The Soloist.

Mah, Adeline Yen.  Falling leaves: the true story of an unwanted Chinese daughter.

Massie, Robert K. Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman.

McCourt, Frank.  Teacher man: A memoir.

McCullough, David G.  The Johnstown flood.

Millard, Candice. Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President.

Millard, Candice.  River of doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s darkest journey.

Moorehead, Caroline.  A Train in Winter: A Story of Resistance, Friendship and Survival.

Mortenson, Greg.  Three cups of Tea : one man's mission to fight terrorism and build nations -- one school at a time.

Nafisi, Azar.  Reading Lolita in Tehran: A memoir in books.

Norman, Elizabeth M.  We Band of Angels: The Untold Story of American Nurses Trapped in Bataan by the Japanese.

Norris, Michele.  The Grace of Silence.

Novogratz, Jacqueline. The blue sweater: bridging the gap between rich and poor in an interconnected world.

Obama, Barack.  Dreams from my father: a story of race and inheritance.

O'Reilly, Bill.  Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot.

Reisen, Harriet. Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women.

Rice, Condoleezza.  Extraordinary, ordinary people: A memoir of family.

Roberts, Cokie. Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation.

St. John, Warren.  Outcasts United: A Refugee Soccer Team, an American Town.

Schwalbe, Will. The End of Your Life Book Club.

Shah, Saira.  The Storyteller’s daughter.

Shields, Charles J.  Mockingbird: A portrait of Harper Lee.

Skloot, Rebecca. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

Smardz Frost, Karolyn.  I've got a home in glory land: a lost tale of the underground railroad.

Strayed, Cheryl. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail.

Toobin, Jeffrey.  The nine : inside the secret world of the Supreme Court.

Walls, Jeannette.  The glass castle: a memoir.

Winchester, Simon.  The professor and the madman: a tale of murder, insanity, and the making of the Oxford English dictionary.