BYOB Book List

Here are the books we’ve chosen for the library’s BYOB: Bring Your Own Book discussion group.


  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak 
  • I Love Yous are for White People by Lac Su
  • Garbage Land by Elizabeth Royte
  • NW by Zadie Smith
  • Havana Real by Yoani Sánchez


  • Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin 
  • On Black Sister Street by Chika Unigwe
  • Outside the Lines by Amy Hatvany
  • Perfect Peace by Daniel Black
  • Defending Jacob by William Landay
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  • Country Driving by Peter Hessler
  • Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
  • Wild by Cheryl Strayed
  • Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
  • The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
  • The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson


  • Room by Emma Donoghue
  • Un Amico Italiano by Luca Spaghetti
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  • Radioactive by Lauren Redniss
  • Moneyball by Michael Lewis
  • Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story by John Berendt
  • My Fathers' Daughter: A Story of Family and Belonging by Hannah Pool
  • Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
  • Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
  • Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea
  • Bird Cloud: A Memoir by Annie Proulx


  • Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America
    by Firoozeh Dumas
  • Fly Away Home by Jennifer Weiner
  • The Color of Water by James McBride
  • Apathy and Other Small Victories by Paul Neilan
  • Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
  • Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns by Klaled Hosseini
  • Half the Sky by Nicholas D. Kristof
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
  • White Teeth by Zadie Smith
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro


Note: The club started in the fall of 2010.

  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
  • Company by Max Barry
  • Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris