Noonday Nosh

Noonday Nosh is a monthly book review group that began in 1995. It meets at the Roswell Library (in the meeting room) at 12 o'clock noon on the third Tuesday of each month. Previous selections are listed below.


The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
Burial for a King Rebecca Burns
The Heart by Maylis de Kerangal
A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson
Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
The Readers by Katarina Bivald
Circling the Sun by Paula McLain
The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
The Story of a Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon
A Yellow Raft in Blue Water by Michael Dorris
Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie


A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
The Underdogs by Melissa Fay Greene
The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Outliers-The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
The Guilded Years by Karen Tanabe
The Lady in Gold by Anne-Marie O’Connor
Inside the O’Briens by Lisa Genova
At the Edge of the Orchard by Tracy Chevalier
My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf


The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
What Stands in a Storm by Kim Cross.
Empire Falls by Richard Russo
Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
Prince of Frogtown by Rick Bragg
The Boys in the Boat by Daniel Brown
The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule by Jennifer Chiaverini
Before I Go to Sleep by S. J. Watson
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote


After the Rain by Karen White
The Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande - 2015 Roswell Reads Selection
Thirteen Moons by Charles Frazier
Into the Beautiful North (2014 Big Read Selection for Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System) by Luis Alberto Urrea
The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris by David McCullough
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder
Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris
Rise and Shine by Anna Quindlen
Foreign Affairs by Alison Lurie
Once Upon a Christmas by Pearl S. Buck


The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey by Candace Millard
Someone Else's Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson
      2014 Roswell Reads Selection
Defending Jacob: a novel by William Landay
The Widow of the South by Robert Hicks
Roads to Quoz by William Least Heat Moon
The Secretary: a Journey with Hillary Clinton from Beirut to the Heart of American Power by Kim Ghattas
First Class: the Legacy of Dunbar, America's First Black Public High School by Alison Stewart
The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: a memoir by Bill Bryson
Homer & Langley: a novel by E. L. Doctorow
The White Queen by Philippa Gregory
Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce


A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines
Sweeping Up Glass by Carolyn Wall (Roswell Reads 2013)
Heart and Soul by Maeve Binchy
The Three Weissmanns of Westport by Cathleen Schine
Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Wish You Well by David Baldacci
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
Scribbling the Cat: Travels With an African Soldier by Alexandra Fuller
The Painted Veil by Somerset Maugham
Christmas Gift by Ferrol Sams


A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin (Roswell Reads 2012)
The Red Hat Club Rides Again by Haywood Smith
The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey by Walter Mosley
On the Road by Jack Kerouac
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Márquez
Falling Home by Karen White
A Passage to India by E. M. Forster
The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio by Terry Ryan


Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall
My Name Is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira (Roswell Reads 2011)
The Lace Reader: a novel by Brunonia Barry
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
Open House: a novel by Elizabeth Berg
The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson
Fireworks Over Toccoa by Jeffrey Stepakoff
Digging to America: a novel by Anne Tyler
Louisa May Alcott: the Woman Behind Little Women by Harriet Reisen
Ten Beach Road by Wendy Wax - Ms. Wax joined us for this discussion.
Nowhere Is a Place by Bernice McFadden


The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
Outcasts United: A Refugee Soccer Team, An American Town by Warren St. John (Roswell Reads 2010)
My Antonia by Willa Cather
American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House by Jon Meacham
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story by Diane Ackerman
The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Confederate General Rides North by Amanda Gable
Kabul Beauty School by Deborah Rodriguez
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows


The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Them by Nathan McCall (Roswell Reads 2009)
Death on the Family Tree, Guess Who’s Coming to Die? and Who Killed the Queen of Clubs? -
      Author Patricia Sprinkle visited Noonday Nosh and discussed some of her most recent titles.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Girl Who Stopped Swimming by Joshilyn Jackson
A Thread of Grace: a novel by Mary Doria Russell
How Starbucks Saved My Life: A Son of Privilege Learns to Live Like Everyone Else by Michael Gates Gill
Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
People of the Book: a novel by Geraldine Brooks
A Mercy by Toni Morrison
Songs Without Words by Ann Packer


What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day by Pearl Cleage
The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards (Roswell Reads 2008)
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations by Greg Mortenson
The Sunday Philosophy Club by Alexander McCall Smith
The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls
Floating in My Mother's Palm: A Novel by Ursula Hegi
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: A Memoir of Life in Death by Jean-Dominique Baudy
The Lemon Tree: An Arab, A Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East by Sandy Tolan
Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
Roswell: History, Haunts, and Legends by Dianna Avena
Mudbound: a novel by Hilary Jordan
The Christmas Train by David Baldacci


The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards
The Valley of Light by Terry Kay (Roswell Reads 2007)
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan: a novel by Lisa See
West of Kabul, East of New York: an Afghan American story by Mir Tamim Ansary
Water for Elephants: a novel by Sara Gruen
Running with Scissors: a memoir by Augusten Burroughs
Climbing the Mango Trees by Madhur Jaffrey
Honeymoon with My Brother by Franz Wisner
Can't Wait to Get to Heaven by Fannie Flagg
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky


The Piano Tuner by Daniel Mason
Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam (Roswell Reads 2006)
March by Geraldine Brooks
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Life Studies: Stories by Susan Vreeland
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
Run With the Horsemen by Ferrol Sams
The Birth of Venus by by Sarah Dunant
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
The Queen's Fool by Philippa Gregory


Daisy Miller by Henry James
The Amber Room by Steve Berry
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
Jasmine by Bharati Mukherjee
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
The Valley of Light by Terry Kay
One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus
Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks
Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang
The Year the Lights Came On by Terry Kay


The Number 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
Nickel and Dimed: On Not Getting By In America by Barbara Ehrenreich
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
The Hemingway Book Club of Kosovo by Paula Huntley
Atonement by Ian McEwan
The Lobster Chronicles: Life on a Very Small Island by Linda Greenlaw
Crow Lake by Mary Lawson
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Sijie Dai
Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
The Good Earth by by Pearl Buck


Empire Falls by Richard Russo
Old Men at Midnight by Chaim Potok
John Adams by David McCullough
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
The Odyssey by Homer
Walking Across Egypt by Clyde Edgerton
The Secret Life Of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
Peace Like A River by Leif Enger
The Ladies of Covington Send Their Love by Joan Pendicott
Emma's War by Deborah Scroggins
Tending Roses by Lisa Wingate


Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
An Hour Before Daylight by Jimmy Carter
Bee Season by Myla Goldberg
A Short History of a Small Place by T. R. Pearson
A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
Ecology of a Cracker Childhood by Janisse Ray
Morgan's Run by Colleen McCullough
Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand
Skipping Christmas by John Grisham


Midwives by Chris Bohjalian
The Hours by Michael Cunningham
No Ordinary Time by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling
Ahab's Wife by Sena Jeter Naslund
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman
Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
Bachelor Brothers' Bed and Breakfast by Bill Richardson
Galileo's Daughter by Dava Sobel
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
To Dance with a White Dog by Terry Kay


Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts
A Soldier of the Great War by Mark Helprin
A Patchwork Planet by Anne Tyler
Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
Lindbergh by A. Scott Berg
Coming Home by Rosamund Pilcher
Palace Walk by Naguib Mahfouz
The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger
Trinity by Leon Uris
Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee
Master Georgie byBeryl Bainbridge
The Hours by Michael Cunningham


I Heard the Owl Call My Name by Margaret Craven
All Over But the Shoutin' by Rick Bragg
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
The Optimist's Daughter by Eudora Welty
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
Run with the Horseman by Ferrol Sams
Charming Billy by Alice McDermott
Lambs of God by Marele Day
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
The Sea, the Sea by Iris Murdoch
Celestine Sibley, selected works


The Color of Water by James McBride
Tales of Burning Love by Louise Erdrich
Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
White Rabbit by Kate Phillips
The Blue Flower by Penelope Fitzgerald
Palindrome by Stuart Woods
The Living is Easy by Dorothy West
She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb
Personal History by Katherine Graham
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells


One True Thing by Anna Quindlen
The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans
At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon
Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi
Travels with Charlie by John Steinbeck
The Book of Ruth by Jane Hamilton
Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie
Liar's Club by Mary Karr
Life on the Road by Charles Kuralt


Ladder of Years by Anne Tyler
Christmas Memories by Truman Capote
The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields
Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner
Crazy in Alabama by Mark Childress
True North by Jill Ker Conway
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
A Map of the World by Jane Hamilton
Snow Falling On Cedars by David Guterson
Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett
The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
Possession by A. S. Byatt
The Christmas Box by Richard Paul Evans



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