The Complete List of Bernal Book Club Selections

The Bernal Book Club has been meeting for twenty-two years.  Here are the  books read (or scheduled to be read) by the group since its inception:


Love in The Time of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

My Antonia – Willa Cather

Candide – Voltaire

Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro

The Joy Luck Club – Amy Tan


Palace Walk – Naguib Mahfouz

A Bend in the River – V. S. Naipaul

Like Water for Chocolate – Laura Esquivel

Crossing to Safety – Wallace Stegner

Jazz – Toni Morrison

To the Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf

The House of the Spirits – Isabel Allende

Mama Day – Gloria Naylor

Turn of the Screw – Henry James

Othello – William Shakespeare

The House on Mango Street – Sandra Cisneros

A Christmas Memory – Truman Capote


The Tale of Genji – Murasaki Shikibu

Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert

Stones for Ibarra – Harriet Doerr

A Personal Matter – Kenzaburo Oe

Frankenstein – Mary Shelley

Gorilla, My Love – Toni Cade Bambara

Buddenbrooks – Thomas Mann

Ordinary Love & Goodwill – Jane Smiley

Native Son – Richard Wright

The Optimist’s Daughter – Eudora Welty

The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame


The Bean Trees – Barbara Kingsolver

Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter – Mario Vargas Llosa

Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston

Live from Golgotha – Gore Vidal

Spring Snow – Yukio Mishima

A Good Man is Hard to Find – Flannery O’Connor

The Magic Mountain – Thomas Mann

Woman Hollering Creek – Sandra Cisneros

Angle of Repose – Wallace Stegner

A Thousand Acres – Jane Smiley

King Lear – William Shakespeare

The Blithedale Romance – Nathaniel Hawthorne


Erewhon – Samuel Butler

Sophie’s World – Jostein Gaarder

He, She, and It – Marge Piercy

Possession – A. S. Byatt

[various titles] – James Baldwin

Ceremony – Leslie Silko

The Red and the Black – Stendhal

Women of the Silk – Gail Tsukiyama

Epitaph of a Small Winner – Machado de Assis

Bastard Out of Carolina – Dorothy Allison

Hunger – Knut Hamsun


Alias Grace – Margaret Atwood

As I Lay Dying – William Faulkner

Dreaming in Cuban – Cristina Garcia

Paradise News – David Lodge

Paula – Isabel Allende

Texaco – Patrick Chamoiseau

Angela’s Ashes – Frank McCourt

Little Big Man – Thomas Berger

Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

Consequence – Elizabeth Newark

Puttermesser Papers – Cynthia Ozick

Jasmine – Mukherjee Bharati

Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden


Cloudsplitter – Russell Banks

John Brown’s Body – Stephen Vincent Benet

Confessions of  Madame Psyche & the Test – Dorothy Bryant

PrairyErth – William Least Heat-Moon

Down by the River – Edna O’Brien

Snow Falling on Cedars – David Guterson

The Radiant Way – Margaret Drabble

Blindness – Jose Saramago

Beauty and Sadness – Yasunari Kawabata

The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver

The Samurai’s Garden – Gail Tsukiyama

Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe

The Return of Little Big Man – Thomas Berger


Stones from the River – Ursula Hegi

Elegy for Iris – John Bayley

Fourteen Sisters of Emilio Montez O’Brien – Oscar Hijuelos

The Life of the Bee – Maurice Maeterlinck

My Year of Meats – Ruth Ozeki

Dogeaters – Jessica hagedorn

Crime and Punishment – Dostoyevsky

Breath and Shadow – Ella Leffland

Imperial San Francisco – Gray Brechin

Lincoln – Gore Vidal

Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone – J. K. Rowling


Paradise – Toni Morrison

The Stone Angel – Margaret Laurence

The Woman Who Walked into Doors – Roddy Doyle

McTeague – Frank Norris

Disgrace – J. M. Coetzee

Prodigal Summer – Barbara Kingsolver

The Reader – Bernhard Schlink

The Autobiography of My Mother – Jamaica Kincaid

Moby Dick – Herman Melville

Daughter of Persia – Sattareh Farman-Farmaian

Ramayana – Aubrey Menen

The Djinn in the Nightingale’s Eye – A. S. Byatt


Orestes – Euripides

Interpreter of Maladies – Jhumpa Lahiri

Mariette in Ecstasy – Ron Hansen

Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon – Jorge Amado

In the Time of the Butterflies – Julia Alvarez

Satanic Verses – Salman Rushdie

Fugitive Pieces – Anne Michaels

For the Relief of Unbearable Urges – Nathan Englander

What Went Wrong? – Bernard Lewis

Bonesetter’s Daughter – Amy Tan

Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain

The Love of a Good Woman – Alice Munro

Under Milk Wood – Dylan Thomas


Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison

The House Gun – Nadine Gordimer

Death In Venice – Thomas Mann

Amsterdam – Ian McEwan

The Latecomers – Anita Brookner

Miss Lonelyhearts – Nathanael West

Remembering Babylon – David Malouf

The Bell – Iris Murdoch

A House For Mr. Biswas – V. S. Naipaul

Mrs. Dalloway – Virginia Woolf

The Hours – Michael Cunningham

The Bluest Eye – Toni Morrison

Agamemnon – Aeschylus


Middlemarch – George Eliot

A Gesture Life – Chang-rae Lee

The Old Gringo – Carlos Fuentes

The Price of a Child – Lorene Cary

Beowulf –  Seamus Heaney, translation

The Secret Life of Bees – Sue Monk Kidd

Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

A Passage To India – E. M. Forster

Grendel – John Gardner

Battle For God – Karen Armstrong

Terror in the Mind of God – Mark Juergensmeyer

Elizabeth Costello – J. M. Coetzee

Bartleby, the Scrivener – Herman Melville


The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy

Tinisima – Elena Poniatowska

I know This Much Is True – Wally Lamb

Pigs In Heaven – Barbara Kingsolver

Don Quixote Vol. I – Miguel de Cervantes

Don Quixote Vol. II – Miguel de Cervantes

The Law of Love – Laura Esquivel

The Men of Brewster Place – Gloria Naylor

The Adventures of Augie March – Saul Bellow

The Cave – Jose Saramago

The Robber Bridegroom – Eudora Welty


Hornet’s Nest – Jimmy Carter

Extremely Loud and Amazingly Close – Jonathan Foer

In the Rose Garden of the Martyrs: The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down – Ann Fadiman

Bel Canto – Ann Patchett

Snow – Orhan Pamuk

The Master – Colm Toibin

The Cutting Room – Laurence Klavan

Bee Season – Myra Goldberg

The Power and the Glory – Graham Greene

The Year of Magical Thinking – Joan Didion

Never Let Me Go – Ishiguro Kazuo


The Great War For Civilization – Robert Fisk

Memories of My Melancholy Whores – Gabriel Marquez

Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

Bone People – Keri Hulme

Orlando – Virginia Wolfe

The Hummingbird’s Daughter – Luis Alberto Urrea

Siddhartha – Hermann Hesse

The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

The Mind Body Problem – Rebecca Goldstein

The Known World – Edward P. Jones

The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini


The Tent – Margaret Atwood

Blood Meridian – Cormac McCarthy

The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho

Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

The History of Love – Nicole Krauss

When the Emperor Was Divine – Julie Otsuka

Left Hand of Darkness – Ursula Le Guin

East, West: Stories – Salmon Rushdie

Gods Go Begging – Alfred Vea

Deep River – Shusaku Endo

Journey to Ixtlan – Carlos Castaneda


Sister Carrie – Theodore Dreiser

The World Without Us – Alan Weisman

Through the Looking Glass – Lewis Carroll

Einstein’s Dreams – Alan Lightman

Blue Flower – Penelope Fitzgerald

Suite Francaise – Irene Nemirovsky

Horse Heaven – Jane Smiley

Little Heathens – Mildred Kalish

The Zookeeper’s Wife – Diane Ackerman

Lives of Girls and Women – Alice Munro

The Book Thief – Markus Zusak


She’s Come Undone – Wally Lamb

Confessions of Max Tivoli – Andrew Greer

Hamlet – William Shakespeare

The Maytrees – Annie Dillard

Genesis (The Bible) – “Moses” (per Christian mythology)

A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini

Double – Jose Saramago

Infidel – Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Ethan Frome – Edith Wharton

At Play in the Fields of the Lord – Peter Matthiessen

Cellist of Sarajevo – Steven Galloway


Mudbound – Hillary Jordan

Skeleton Man – Tony Hillerman

Shock Doctrine – Naomi Klein

Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows


Breakfast with Buddha – Roland Merullo

 I am Nujood – Nujood Ali with Delphine Minoui

The Elephant’s Journey – Jose Saramago

Tinkers – Paul Harding

The Moonstone – Wilkie Collins

Cleaving (Marriage, Meat, Obsession) – Julie Powell

Mrs. Kimble – Jennifer Haigh

The Brothers Karamazov – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

A Paradise Built in Hell – Rebecca Solnit

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake – Amy Bender

Adventures of Augie March – Saul Bellow


Tinisima – Elena Poniatowska

Lucky Jim – Kingsley Amis

Lark and Termite – Jayne Ann Phillips

Language of Flowers – Vanessa Diffenbaugh

Story of Edward Sawtelle – David Wroblewski

The Cat’s Table – Michael Ondaatje

Deaf Sentence – David Lodge

Stillness at Appomattox – Bruce Catton

Shedding Grace – Mab Maher

The Tiger’s Wife – Tea Obreht

Buddha in the Attic – Julie Otsuka

The Best of it (4 selected poems) – Kay Ryan


The Greater Journey – David McCullough

Little Brother – Cory Doctorow

Cleopatra:  A Life – Stacy Schiff

Mary Coin – Marisa Silver

East of Eden – John Steinbeck

Season of the Witch – David Talbot

Finnegan’s Wake – James Joyce

The Sense of an Ending – Julian Barnes

The Round House – Louise Erdrich

Zealot – Reza Asian


The Green House – Mario Vargas Llosa

The Human Age – Diane Ackerman

Americanah – C. Ngozi Adichie

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao – Junot Diaz

The Cookbook Collector – Allegra Goodman

House of Wits: An Intimate Portrait of the James Family – Paul Fisher

An Unnecessary Woman – Rabih Alameddine

One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

American Tabloid – James Ellroy

Caleb’s Crossing – Geraldine Brooks


Flight Behavior – Barbara Kingsolver

Leaving Time – Judy Picoult

All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr

The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood


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