Book Group

Literacy Volunteers offers a monthly book group to provide tutors a chance to socialize, make new friends, and read great books!

The tutor book group meets on the third Saturday of every month (typically). Meetings are held at 12:30 p.m. We will meet outside the Wegman's Market Café, 100 Wegmans Way, Charlottesville, for the remainder of the summer. Please email heather@literacyforall.org for more information.

Upcoming Meetings & Books:  

  • Saturday, October 15: Somone by Alice McDermott
  • Saturday, November 19: Charming Billy by Alice McDermott
  • Saturday, December 17: After This by Alice McDermott

Inspired by The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler, the LVCA Book Group chose one author to read over the course of three months. 


Past Reads:

2022

  • January: The Night Watchman by Louse Erdrich 
  • February: Plainsong by Kent Haruf 
  • March: This is Happiness by Niall Williams
  • April: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
  • May: The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett 
  • June: Free Read
  • July: Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout 
  • August: Calypso by David Sedaris 
  • September: West with Giraffes by Lynda Rutledge

2021

  • January: Free Read
  • February: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • March: The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson
  • April: Noah's Compass by Anne Tyler
  • May: The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson
  • June: The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
  • July: The Guest Cat by Takashi Hiraide
  • August: Free Read 
  • September: The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin 
  • October: Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont by Elizabeth Taylor 
  • November: A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf 
  • December: The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty 

2020

  • January: The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff
  • February: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
  • March: No Meeting
  • April: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
  • May: Free Read
  • June: Where the Light Falls by Allison Pataki and Owen Pataki
  • July: The Submission by Amy Waldman 
  • August: The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector's Story by Hyeonseo Lee
  • September: The Story Hour by Thrity N. Umrigar
  • October: The One in a Million Boy by Monica Wood
  • November: 142 Ostriches by April Davila
  • December: The Dutch House by Ann Patchett 

2019

  • January: The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • February: Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America by Firoozeh Dumas
  • March: Confucious Lives Next Door by TR Reid
  • April: The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud
  • May: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • June: Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat
  • July: No Meeting
  • August: The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
  • September: Go, Went, Gone by Jenny Erpenbeck
  • October: Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
  • November: Becoming by Michelle Obama
  • December:  Astrid & Veronika by Linda Olsson

2018

  • January: Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
  • February: An American Family: A Memoir of Hope and Sacrifice by Khizr Khan
  • March: All Passion Spent by Vita Sackville-West
  • April: The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey
  • May: The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso
  • June: Free Read
  • July: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
  • August: A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline
  • September: Cancelled due to weather
  • October: The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu
  • November: gods in Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson
  • December: Midwinter Break by Bernard MacLaverty

2017

  • January: The Wright Brothers by David McCullough
  • February: In the Country We Love: My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero
  • March: Free Read
  • April: The Door by Magda Szabó
  • May: My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
  • June: I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb
  • July: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
  • September: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
  • October: A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley
  • November: I'm a Stranger Here Myself by Bill Bryson 
  • December: Marlene by C.W. Gortner 

2016

  • January: Quartet in Autumn by Barbara Pym
  • February: My Year Inside Radical Islam by Daveed Gartenstein-Ross
  • March: The Plot Against America by Philip Roth
  • April: H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald
  • May: Euphoria by Lily King
  • June: The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
  • July: Free Read
  • August: Circling the Sun by Paula McLain
  • September: On My Own by Diane Rehm
  • October: The Known World by Edward P. Jones
  • November: Light Years by James Salter
  • December: Leaving Before the Rains Come by Alexandra Fuller

2015

  • January: Two Lives by William Trevor
  • February: Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
  • March: Sister Golden Hair by Darcey Steinke
  • April: Ways of Going Home by Alejandro Zambra
  • May: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
  • June: Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi
  • July: Free read
  • August: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • September: Dear Life by Alice Munro
  • October: The Republic of Imagination by Aznar Afisi
  • November: Our Man in Charleston by Christopher Dickey
  • December: Free Read

2014

  • January: The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar
  • February: The Beet Queen by Louise Erdich
  • March: The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean
  • April: Pearl of China by Anchee Min
  • May: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • June: The Glassblower of Murano by Marina Fiorato
  • July: The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht
  • August: The Storyteller’s Daughter by Saira Shah
  • September: Burger’s Daughter by Nadine Gordimer
  • October: The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
  • November: Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner
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