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Books Read by Exoteric Book Club thru 12/31/2023

Book rating based on 5 point rating scale, with 5 the highest         


Book Title, Author, and Book Rating

A Dirty Wicked Town Omaha by David L. Bristow - 3

A Million Little Pieces by James Frey  
A Never Event By Evelyn V. McKnight & T. T. Bennington - 3.4                               

Act Like a Lady and Think like a Man by Steve Harvey

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini - 4                

Alchemist by Paulo Coelho                                                                  

All I did was Shoot my Man by Walter Mosley                                     

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins - 3.9

American Sickness by Elisabeth Rosenthal - 3.5

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - 4                       

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones - 3.4

Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons by Lorna Landvik  - 4                       

Antwone Fisher Story (Movie) based on Screenplay:     

At Last by Lisa Harrison Jacksons (next book:  What I Would Give)                  

Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama                                                     

Autobiography of an X-Colored Man by James Waldon Johnson           

Bad Boy Brawley Brown by Walter Mosley                                                       

Bared to You by Sylvia Day                                                                 

Becoming By Michelle Obama - 4

Being Mortal by Atul Gawande - 3.8

Biting the Hand:  Growing up Asian in Black and White America by Julia Lee - 3.7

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty - 3                       

Black Betty by Walter Mosley

Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson - 4.5

Black History Reader:  101 Questions you Never thought to ask  by Dr. Claud Anderson - 4.1                                                             

Blow Fly by Patricia Cornwell                                                              

Bluest Eye by Tony Morrison                                                               

Book of Night Women by Marion James

Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson - 4                                                         

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah - 4                       

Born on a Blue Day by Daniel Tammet  - 3                                              

Boy Snow Bird by Helen Oyeyemi - 3                       

Broken Window by Jeffery Deaver  - 4                                                                   

Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson                                                      

Can’t Stop Loving You by Lisa Harrison Jackson                                              

Caste By Isabel Wilkerson - 4.2

Children of Blood & Bones by Tomi Adejemi - 3.4

The Circle by Dave Eggers - 3                       

Coldest Winter by Sister Soldier

Constitution of the United States of America - 4.6                                                                      

Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown  - 5                       

Dark Half by Stephen King - 3                       

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch - 3                       

Deacon King Kong by James McBride - 3.95

Defending Jacob by William Handay - 3.6

Emperor of Ocean Park by Stephen L. Carter - 5                     

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card - 3.58

Escape by Carolyn Jessop  - 4                                                                               

Faith & Favor:  Discovering Family at Fifty by Lisa Quates - 3.2

Fall on Your Knees by Ann Marie MacDonald - 5           

Fear Itself by Walter Mosley                                                                 

Find Her by Lisa Gardner - 4                       

First Black Quarterback by Marlin Briscoe

Four Winds by Kristin Hannah  - 3.6                                                      

Franklin Cover-up by John W. Decamp  - 3                                               

Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins - 3                       

God Help the Child by Toni Morrison - 3                       

Good Lord Bird by James McBride - 3                       

Greedy Bastards by Dylan Ratigan

Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell - 3.9 

Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead - 3.5                                                                 

The Hate you Give By:  Angie Thomas – 3

Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullough - 5         

Help by Kathryn Stockett                                                                                 

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance - 3                       

The House Girl by Tara Conklin                                                                       

I Almost forgot About You by Terry McMillan - 3 

I Am Because We Are by Chidiogo Akunyili - 4                     

I Say a Little Prayer by E. Lynn Harris                                                 

I'm Still Here by Austin Channing Brown - 3.5

If Beale Street Could Talk By James Baldwin - 3

The Immortal Life of Henriette Lacks by Rebecca Skloot - 3                     

Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali - 3                       

It's not all Downhill from Here by Terry McMillan - 3.5

Just One Night by Kara Davis

Kill'em and Leave by  James McBride - 3.99                                                             

Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann - 3.9

Kindered by Octavia Butler - 4                       

Known to Evil by Walter Mosley                                                                      

Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

Last Sword Maker by Brian Nelson - 4.2                                     

Leaving Cecil Street by Diane McKinney Whetstone  - 3                       

Life is Short but Wide by J. California Cooper                                      

Little Green by Walter Mosley                                                             

Love by Tony Morrison                                                                        

Lovely Bones by Alice Seabold                                                             

Mary by James Patterson

Memo by John Hope Bryant - 3.6                            

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides - 3 

Monday's Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson - 4.2                     

My Soul to Keep by Tananarive Due                                                    

The Missing Part of me by Lisa Harrison Jackson                                              

The Nickel Boys By Colson Whitehead - 3

Nigger by Dick Gregory and Robert Lipsyte - 3.6

No Disrespect by Sister Souljah                                                            

No Time for Goodbye by Linwood Barclay                                                       

Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz  - 3                       

On the Down Low by J. L. King                                                                      

The Other Barack by Sally Jacobs           

PACT by Samson Davis, Romick Hunt, & George Jenkins                             

Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler - 4                       

Passage by Justin Cronin                                                                                  

Picking Cotton by Ronald Cotton                                                                     

Playing my Mothers Blues by Valerie Wilson Wesley - 3                                      

Pleasantville by Attica Locke - 3                       

Protect America by Roland Stewart                                                                  

Push by Sapphire                                                                                 

Queen Sugar by Natalie  Braszile - 4                       

Reader by Bernhard Schlink 

Red at the Bone By Jacqueline Woodson – 3

Rolling Stone Magazine, Women Shaping the future-3                                                  

Room by Emma Donahue - 3.4

Russian Roulette By Michael Isikoff & David Corn - 3

Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward - 3.5

Saving Fish from Drowning by Amy Tan                                                         

Season of the Harvest by Michael R. Hicks  - 4                       

Secret History of Las Vegas by Chris Abani - 4                       

Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd                                                  

The Sellout by Paul Beatty - 2                       

Shack by William P. Young  - 4                                                               

She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb                                                     

Simple Truth by David Baldacci  - 3 

Skin of the Sea by Natasha Bowen - 3.9                                                                    

Sleeping Beauties By Stephen King and Owen King - 2.2

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult - 4                       

Sommeil by Tony O’Neal - (Screenplay)                                                           

Song Yet Sung by James McBride  - 5                                                                  

Souled Out?  How Blacks are Winning & Losing in Sports By Shaun Powell  - 3

South Side by Natalie Moore - 3.9               

Such a Fun Age By kiley Reid - 2.9

Sudden Summer Breeze by Pensacola Helene (Jefferson).          

Taking by Dean Koontz  - 4                                                                      

The Talisman by Stephen King  - 3                       

Tempest Tales by Walter Mosley  - 4                                                                     

Their Eyes were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston -           

Thieves Paradise by?                                                                              

Tryin’ to Sleep in the Bed you Made by Virginia DeBerry & Donna Grant  - 4        

Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis                                                         

Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup                                           

You are the Money by West Hall                                                                      

Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson                                                      

Water Knife By Paolo Bacigalupi - 3.2

Way the Crow Flies by Ann Marie MacDonald

We're Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union - 3.3

The Wedding by Dorothy West - 3                       

War Girls by Tochi Onyebuchi - 1.9

What Doesn’t Kill You by Virginia DeBerry and Donna Grant                          

What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey - 2.7

What Looks like Crazy on an Ordinary Day by Pearl Cleage 

When Chicken Heads Come Home to Roost by Joan Morgan - 2.6                                        

Where the Heart Is, Billie Letts (Won the Walker Peray Award)

While Justice Sleeps by Stacy Abrams - 3.3           

Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor                                                    

Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalup                                                                       

3 Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin                                 

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