Alumnae Book Club

Share your love of literature and connect with other Mercy women by joining our Alumnae Book Club! To receive notice of book club happenings, send an email to Tina Cyrol Russette '76 at

All meetings are scheduled from 6:30-8:00 pm in the Mercy Media Center unless noted otherwise. Contact Tina Cyrol Russette '76 at for off-site location details.

2019-2020 Schedule
February 18
Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
The home of an alumna
March 18
Women in Sunlight by Frances Mayes
Mercy Media Center
April 22
Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Virtual Book Club via Zoom
May 22
Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
Mercy Media Center
June 12
Every Note Played by Lisa Genova
The home of an alumna
Immortalists by *Chloe Benjamin
(*Please note there is another book with the same title.)
Mercy Media Center
Orphan's Tale by Pam Jenoff
The home of an alumna
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Free by Gail Honeyman
Mercy Media Center
In Falling Snow by *Mary-Rose MacColl
(*Please note there are other books with similar titles.)
The home of an alumna
January 2020
Cold by *John Smolens
(*Please note there are other books with similar titles.)
Mercy Media Center

Book Club

Month Book Title Author
January, 2019 Tender at the Bond: Growing up at the Table Ruth Reichl
December, 2018 Little Fires Everywhere Celeste Ng
November, 2018 Wolf's Mouth John Smolens
October, 2018 Sweetgirl Travis Mulhauser
September, 2018 The One-in-a-Million Boy Monica Wood
June, 2018 Goodbye, Vitamin Rachel Khong
May, 2018 The Mothers (a novel) Brit Bennett
April, 2018 The Necklace: Thirteen Women and the Experiment That Transformed Their Lives Cheryl Jarvis
March, 2018 Curious Charms of Arthur Peppers Phaedra Patrick
February, 2018 The Muralist B.A. Shapiro
January, 2018 Bitter River Julia Keller
November, 2017 Loving Eleanor Susan Witting Albert
October, 2017 The Rosie Project Graeme Simsion
September, 2017 The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald
September, 2017 Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald Therese Anne Fowler
June, 2017 The Passion of Artemisia Susan Vreeland
May, 2017 Radio Girls Sarah-Jane Stratford
March, 2017 The Widow Fiona Barton
February, 2017 March Geraldine Brooks
January, 2017 Little Women Louisa May Alcott
December, 2016 A Man Called Ove Fredrick Backman
November, 2016 Ordinary Grace William Kent Krueger
October, 2016 Caleb's Crossing Geraldine Brooks
September, 2016 Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #1) Ransom Riggs
June, 2016 The Girl on the Train Paula Hawkins
May, 2016 Life After Life Kate Atkinson
April, 2016 The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry A Novel by Gabrielle Zevin
March, 2016 Inside the O'Briens Lisa Genova
February, 2016 Room Emma Donoghue
January, 2016 The Fault In Our Stars John Green
December, 2015 Where'd You Go, Bernadette Marie Semple
November, 2015 Orphan Train Christina Baker Kline
October, 2015 All the Light We Cannot See Anthony Doerr
June, 2015 The Dinner Herman Koch
May, 2015 The Silver Star Jeanette Walls
April, 2015 The Husband's Secret Liane Moriarty
March, 2015 You Before Me JoJo Moyes
December, 2014 Aviator's Wife Melanie Benjamin
November, 2014 The Space Between Us Thrity Umrigar
October, 2014 The Pecan Man Cassie Dandridge Selleck
September, 2014 The Dollmaker Harriette Arnow
July, 2014 The Art Forger B.A. Shapiro
May, 2014 If You Were Here Alafair Burke
April, 2014 Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker Jennifer Chiaverini
March, 2014 Let the Great World Spin Colum McCann
February, 2014 The Beekeeper's Apprentice Laurie R. King
January, 2014 The Snow Child Eowyn Ivey
December, 2013 The Midwife's Confession Diane Chamberlain
November, 2013 House of Sand and Fog Andre Dubus III
October, 2013 The Art of Hearing Heartbeats Jan-Philipp Sendker
September, 2013 Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power Jon Meacham
July, 2013 The Kitchen House Kathleen Grissom
May, 2013 Dancing on Broken Glass Ka Hancock
April, 2013 The Shoemakers Wife Adriana Trigiani
April, 2013 The Light Between Oceans M.L. Stedman
March, 2013 The Language of Flowers Vanessa Diffenbaugh
January, 2013 Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman Robert K Massie
December, 2012 Some Assembly Required: A Journal of my Son's First Son Anne Lamott w/Sam Lamott
November, 2012 The Tale of Halcyon Crane Wendy Webb
October, 2012 The Glass Castle Jeannette Walls
September, 2012 Fall of Giants Ken Follett
June, 2012 Breaking the Silence Diane Chamberlain
May, 2012 Sarah's Key Tatiana de Rosnay
April, 2012 Hotel on the Corner of Bitter & Sweet Jamie Ford
March, 2012 The Paris Wife: A Novel Paula McLain
February, 2012 Mudbound Hillary Jordan
January, 2012 Saving CeeCee Honeycutt: A Novel Beth Hoffman
November, 2011 The Arc of Justice Kevin Boyle
October, 2011 The Art of Racing in the Rain Garth Stein
September, 2011 The Winter of our Discontent John Steinbeck
April, 2011 An Object of Beauty: A Novel Steve Martin
February, 2011 You're Not You Michelle Wildgen
January, 2011 Olive Kitteridge Elizabeth Strout
November, 2010 The Next Thing on My List Jill Smolinski
October, 2010 Shadow Baby Alison McGhee
September, 2010 Sister of My Heart Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
July, 2010 Little Bee Chris Cleve
June, 2010 The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes Diane Chamberlain
May, 2010 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Stieg Larsson & Reg Kelland
April, 2010 Push Sapphire
March, 2010 The Help Kathryn Stockett
February, 2010 The Lovely Bones Alice Sebold
December, 2009 The Sugar Queen Sarah Addison Allen
November, 2009 Roseflower Creek J.L. Miles
October, 2009 Back When We Were Grownups Anne Tyler
September, 2009 Handle with Care Jodi Picoult
March, 2009 The Longest Trip Home: A Memoir John Grogan
February, 2009 The Story of Edgar Sawtelle David Wroblewski
January, 2009 Sold Patricia McCormick
November, 2008 The Last Lecture Randy Pausch & Jeffrey Zaslow
October, 2008 The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society Mary Ann Schaffer & Annie Barrows
September, 2008 One School at a Time Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin
August, 2008 Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin
July, 2008 A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose Eckhart Tolie
June, 2008 The Woods Harlan Coben
March, 2008 Love in the Time of Cholera Gabriel Garcia Marquez
January, 2008 Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything across Italy, India & Indonesia Elizabeth Gilbert
December, 2007 Left to Tell: One Woman's Story of Surviving the Rwandan Holocaust Immaculee Ilibagiza
November, 2007 The Faith Club Ranya Idilby, Suzanne Oliver & Priscilla Warner
October, 2007 The Family Tree Barbara Delinsky
September, 2007 The Pillars of the Earth Ken Follett
July, 2007 A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier Ishmael Beah
June, 2007 Snow Flower and the Secret Fan Lisa See
May, 2007 Measure of a Man Sydney Poitier
April, 2007 The Life Before Her Eyes Laura Kasischke
March, 2007 Water for Elephants Sara Groen
January, 2007 Suite Francaise Irene Nemirovsky
December, 2006 Tender Bar - A Memoir J.R. Moehringer
November, 2006 The Glass Castle - A Memoir by Jeanette Walls
October, 2006 Baby Proof Emily Griffin
September, 2006 The memory Keeper's Daughter Kim Edwards
August, 2006 Mercy Jodi Picoult
July, 2006 The Year of Pleasures Elizabeth Berg
June, 2006 My Sister's Keeper Jodi Picoult
April, 2006 Jarhead: A Marine's Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles Anthony Swofford
March, 2006 How to Be Lost Amanda Eyre Ward
February, 2006 Mary, Called Magdalene Margaret George
January, 2006 In Her Shoes Jennifer Weiner
November, 2005 A Devil in the White City Erik Larson
October, 2005 The Last Days of Dogtown Anita Diamant
July, 2005 The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini
June, 2005 Pope Joan Donna Cross
April, 2005 Running with Scissors: A Memoir Augusten Burroughs
March, 2005 The Hours Michael Cunningham
February, 2005 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime Mark Haddon
January, 2005 Dress Your Family in Corduroy & Denim David Sedaris
December, 2004 When Christmas Comes Debbie Macomber
November, 2004 Middlesex Jeffrey Eugenides
October, 2004 Salem Falls Jodi Picoult
September, 2004 Little Children Tom Perrotta
August, 2004 The Color of Water James McBride
July, 2004 The Pact Jodi Picoult
May, 2004 Three Weeks with my Brother Nicholas Sparks & Micah Sparks
April, 2004 PS, I Love You Cecelia Ahern
March, 2004 Mr. Paradise Elmore Leonard
February, 2004 The Seduction of Water Carol Goodman
January, 2004 Monk Downstairs Tim Farrington