Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Need a summer read? Check out the Tribeca Book Club's Complete LIst

Summer reading New York City style
You asked for it, and so here it is: All the books members of the Tribeca Book Club have read since they began almost four years ago. Maryl and Caryl always encourage our readers to support
their independent book store but if you can't and want to order one of the books below from Amazon, just click on the title. Now find a hammock, a beach chair, or a room of your own and get reading. If there's one (or more) books from the list that you've  already read and loved, please leave a comment below. And, if you would kindly like us, we hope to reach 300 by summer's end.  It's almost like the New York Times Best Sellers list for us.

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

Binocular Vision by Edith Pearlman

Bridge of Sighs by Richard Russo

The Children’s Book by A.S. Byatt

The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson

Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

The Gathering by Ann Enright

The Great House by Nicole Krauss

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

House of Mirth by Edith Warton

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

The Innocents by Francesca Segal

The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafron

Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCain

Nemesis by Philip Roth

Olive Kittredge by Elizabeth Stout

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The Paris Wife by Paula Mc Clain with A Moveable Feast 
by Ernest Hemingway

Passage by Justin Cronin

The People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

Post Birthday World by Lionel Shriver

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

The Room by Emma Donoghue

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski

Sense of An Ending by Julian Barnes

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski

The Submission by Amy Waldman

Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart

Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

To the End of the Land by David Grossman

Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpar Lahiri

 A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mandel

  • (Photo from Andre Kertesz in his book: On Reading)


  1. Replies
    1. Hi Anne,

      Do you have a favorite? Is it Bridge of Sighs by any chance? Let me
      know. I am keeping track of reader favorites.

    2. I loved Bridge of Sighs -- and if you allow me another one -- I have to vote for Steve Jobs and To the End of the Land... each so different - and great in their own way!
      and of course I am loving your blog -- I shared it with my friends in Asheville NC -- and they loved it too!!

  2. I really enjoyed reading Oliver Kittredge and The Help. Your blog is wonderful

    1. I loved Olive Kittredge so much that I missed her when I finished the book.
      I read The Help in one sitting a rainy Saturday in the country. I have a feeling
      one of those or The Elegance of the Hedgehog will be the crowd pleaser.
      Thank you for liking the blog. It means a lot to us.

  3. There are a lot of books on this list that I haven't read but would like too. I did like Room by Emma Donoghue. You might enjoy an interview with her that was published on Talking Writing: (I write an art column for them on occasion and have done a few interviews as well)

    They also interviewed Jennifer Egan: -- I thought that was a brilliant interview. And I did like Message from the Good Squad, though would have benefited from some discussion as would my reading of Edgar Sawtelle. BOTH of my sons like Cormac McCarthy and I did read The Road, but tough, tough story.

    I loved The Great House as well as the History of Love (I think that's the title) by Nicole Krauss.

    And so many of these books I have yet to read. Thanks for the list -- great to have some guidance for my summer reading. And, yep, gotta find a book club!

  4. Thanks for the great list - some were already on mine - I loved "The Help" - did not like "Freedom" - I think "Henrietta Lacks" is next - I'm currently reading "Cutting For Stone" - by Abraham Verghese - he came to our authors' series this year - fascinating!

    1. You sound like a serious reader yourself. I haven't read "Henrietta Lacks"--
      I hadn't joined the club yet--but I have it on that special shelf in my book
      case. I call that shelf or shelves "my great unread library"--it's all the books
      I meant to get to.

  5. Thank you for your inspiring list. I enjoy novels by Nicole Krauss very much but this time I think I will go for The Help. I have seen the movie and I found it excellent so I have very hight expectations. Bridge of Sighs might follow:)

  6. Thanks, Julie. You sound like a dedicated reader. What are you reading now? I am about to finish The Book
    of Salt and She Matters ( a memoir in friendships). I'm reading the latter in galleys but when it come out, grab it.
    I think you will really like it. Thanks for stopping by.