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    Needham History Center & Museum Book Group – 2020-2021 List
    October 27 – The Great Influenza (John Barry)
    December 1 – The Beekeeper of Aleppo (Christy Lefteri)
    January 26 – Voyage of Mercy (Stephen Puleo)
    February 23 – Spying on the South (Tony Horwitz)
    March 23 – The Glass Castle (Jeanette Walls)
    April 27 – Perfection Salad, Something from the Oven, or What She Ate – choose one by Laura Shapiro
    May 25 – The Three-Cornered War: Union, Confederacy, and Native Peoples in the Fight for the West (M. Nelson)
    June 22Deep South: Four Seasons on Back Roads (Paul Theroux)

    Needham History Center & Museum Book Group – 2019-2020 List
    September 24 – These Truths (Jill Lepore)
    October 22 – Becoming (Michelle Obama)
    December 3 – The Red Notice (Bill Browder)
    January 28 – Making Haste from Babylon: the Mayflower Pilgrims and their World (Nick Bunker)
    February 25 – The Enchantress of Numbers (Jennifer Chiaverini)
    The remainder of the year’s schedule was cancelled

    Needham History Center & Museum Book Group – 2018-2019 List
    September 25The Last Fish Tale (Mark Kurlansky)
    October 23Lost Kingdom: Hawaii’s Last Queen, the Sugar Kings, and America’s First Imperial Adventure (Julia Siler)
    November 27The Guns of August (Barbara Tuchman)
    December – no meeting. Happy Holidays!
    January 22Eleanor of Aquitaine (Alison Weir)
    February 26The Peabody Sisters (Megan Marshall)
    March 26A Gentleman in Moscow (Amor Towles)
    April 23The Last Days of Dogtown (Anita Diamant)
    May 28Charlotte Bronte: a Fiery Heart (Claire Harman)
    June 25 – our Annual book-related field trip, this year to Hammond Castle in Gloucester

    Needham History Center & Museum Book Group – 2017 – 2018  List
    September 26Hamilton (Ron Chernow)
    October 24SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome (Mary Beard)
    November 28Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
    December – No meeting, but we suggest Blizzard of Glass – The Halifax Explosion of 1917 (Sally M Walker).
    January 23 – Hillbilly Elegy (JD Vance)
    February 27The Gods of Gotham (Lindsay Faye)
    March 27Sisters In Law: How Sandra Day O’Connor & Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court (L. Hirshman)
    April 24The Swerve: How the World Became Modern (Stephen Greenblatt)
    May 22The Far Traveler: Voyages of a Viking Woman (Nancy Marie Brown)
    June 26 – Book Group field trip to Gloucester, in preparation for our summer read – The Last Fish Tale.

    Needham History Center & Museum Book Group – 2016 – 2017  List
    September 27The Warmth of Other Suns (Isabel Wilkerson)
    October 25Isaac’s Storm (Erik Larsen)
    December 697 Orchard (Jane Ziegelman)
    January 24, 2017Margaret Fuller (Megan Marshall)
    February 28The Race Underground (Doug Most)  Needham author!
    March 28Crow Hollow (Michael Wallace)
    April 25Wives of Los Alamos (TaraShea Nesbit)
    May 23Daughters of the Samurai (Janice Nimura)
    June 13 – Group field trip to Concord – Sleepy Hollow Cemetery and Orchard House

    Needham History Center & Museum Book Group – 2015 – 2016  List
    September 22, 2015Undaunted Courage (Stephen Ambrose)
    October 27Patriots (A. J. Langguth)
    November 17Carry On, Mr. Bowditch (Jean Lee Latham)
    December 15 – Reading about the Gardner Museum robbery:  Pick one (or more!):  The Art Forger (Barbara Shapiro), The Gardner Heist (Ulrich Boser), or Master Thieves (Stephen Kurkjian)
    January 26, 2016The Name of War (Jill Lepore)
    February 23The Frozen Water Trade: A True Story (Gavin Weightman)
    March 22Orphan Train (Christina Baker Klein)
    April 26 Southern Lady, Yankee Spy (Elizabeth R. Varon)
    May 24Dead Wake: the Last Crossing of the Lusitania  (Erik Larson)
    June 7 – Group field trip t0 the Pilgrim Hall Museum, Plymouth

    Needham History Center & Museum Book Group – 2014-2015 List
    September 23Book of Ages:  the Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin (by Jill Lepore)
    October 28Caleb’s Crossing (by Geraldine Brooks)
    December 9 Harvard Yard  (by William Martin)
    January 27 – cancelled for snow
    February 24 – Dark Tide (by Stephen Puleo)
    March 24 – Falling Upwards: How We Took to the Air (by Richard Holmes)
    April 28The Given Day (by Dennis Lehane)
    May 26Cascade (by Maryanne O’Hara)
    June 16 – Group field trip to the Quabbin Reservoir

    Needham History Center & Museum Book Group – 2013-2014 List
    October 29 at 10am – People of the Book, by Geraldine Brooks.
    November 19 at 10am – Nella Last’s War (The Diaries of Nella Last)
    December – no meeting
    January 28 at 10am – Midnight Ride, Industrial Dawn by Robert Martello
    February 25 at 10am – Someone Knows my Name  (Lawrence Hill)  Celebrating African-American History Month!
    March 25Call the Darkness Light  (Nancy Zaroulis)  Celebrating Women’s History Month!
    April 29The Silver Pigs (Lindsey Davis)
    May 27Founding Mothers (Cokie Roberts)
    June 24 – A group field trip to the Lowell mills.