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CHATTER Reading Group Best Reads

Pamela S. Jones
The list author says: "The Chicks Having A Time, Talking, Eating & Reading (CHATTER) Reading Group was formed in October 2004 in Fairfax Station, Virginia. Since then, our 18-women club has interviewed 4 authors, including Ann Patchett and Lorna Landvik; held themed events, including a Julia Child dinner; and takes an annual retreat.

We read a variety of genres and refined our book selection process over time to our current method, which we think works well: We use Listmania and other sources for ideas and try to only choose books that Amazon.com readers have rated 4-5 stars. After reading and discussing, we give the books our own rating. Included in this list are the best of the best - our favorite books from the carefully selected list we read. Note that we are slightly more critical than the average Amazon.com reader, so you know these books really are all worth reading in your book club!"
Sister of My Heart: A Novel
Sister of My Heart: A Novel
"CHATTER Book Club Rating: 4.5 stars.  Genre: Other Cultures - India"
Water for Elephants: A Novel
Water for Elephants: A Novel
"CHATTER Book Club Rating: 5 stars.  Genre: General Fiction"
A Thousand Splendid Suns
A Thousand Splendid Suns
"CHATTER Book Club Rating: 4.5 stars.  Genre: Other Cultures - Afghanistan"
The Glass Castle: A Memoir
The Glass Castle: A Memoir
"CHATTER Book Club Rating: 4.5 stars.  Genre: Memoir"
The Year of Magical Thinking
The Year of Magical Thinking
"CHATTER Book Club Rating: 4 stars.  Genre: Memoir"
March
March
"CHATTER Book Club Rating: 4 stars.  Genre: Historical Fiction"
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan: A Novel
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan: A Novel
"CHATTER Book Club Rating: 4 stars.  Genre: Other Cultures - China"
Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons: A Novel
Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons: A Novel
"CHATTER Book Club Rating: 4 stars.  Genre: Women's Fiction"
The Time Traveler's Wife
The Time Traveler's Wife
"CHATTER Book Club Rating: 4 stars.  Genre: Fantasy/Unusual"
To Kill a Mockingbird
To Kill a Mockingbird
"CHATTER Book Club Rating: 4 stars.  Genre: Classic Fiction"
The Kite Runner (Riverhead Essential Editions)
The Kite Runner (Riverhead Essential Editions)
"CHATTER Book Club Rating: 4 stars.  Genre: Other Cultures - Afghanistan"
Autobiography of a Face
Autobiography of a Face
"CHATTER Book Club Rating: 4 stars.  Genre: Memoir.  Recommend reading along with "Truth & Beauty" by Ann Patchett and discussing both together."
My Sister's Keeper: A Novel (Wsp Readers Club)
My Sister's Keeper: A Novel (Wsp Readers Club)
"CHATTER Book Club Rating: 4.5 stars.  Genre:  Women's Fiction"
Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arab
Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arab
"CHATTER Book Club Rating: 4 stars.  Genre: Memoir/Other Cultures - Saudi Arabia"
Pride and Prejudice (Vintage Classics)
Pride and Prejudice (Vintage Classics)
"CHATTER Book Club Rating: 4 stars.  Genre: Classic Women's Fiction"
Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague
Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague
"CHATTER Book Club Rating: 4 stars.  Genre: Historical Fiction"
Life of Pi: A Novel
Life of Pi: A Novel
"CHATTER Book Club Rating: 4 stars.  Genre: Fantasy/Unusual"
Keeping Faith: A Novel (P.S.)
Keeping Faith: A Novel (P.S.)
"CHATTER Book Club Rating: 4.5 stars.  Genre: Women's Fiction"
Plainsong
Plainsong
"CHATTER Book Club Rating: 4 stars.  Genre: General Fiction"
Born On A Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant
Born On A Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant
"CHATTER Book Club Rating: 4 stars.  Genre: Memoir"
The Whistling Season
The Whistling Season
"CHATTER Book Club Rating: 4.5 stars.  Genre: 20th Century Settling of the American West"
The Year of Fog (Bantam Discovery)
The Year of Fog (Bantam Discovery)
"CHATTER Book Club Rating: 4 stars.  Genre: Mystery"
Tallgrass
Tallgrass
"CHATTER Book Club Rating: 4 stars.  Genre: American Fiction - Immigrant Life during WWII"
The Boleyn Inheritance
The Boleyn Inheritance
"CHATTER Book Club Rating: 4 stars.  Genre: Historical Fiction: Tudor England"
Infidel
Infidel
"CHATTER Book Club Rating: 4.5 stars.  Genre: Other Countries - Africa"
Peony in Love: A Novel
Peony in Love: A Novel
"CHATTER Book Club Rating: 4 stars.  Genre: Other Countries - Asia (China)"
Tempest Rising: A Novel
Tempest Rising: A Novel
"CHATTER Book Club Rating: 4 stars.  Genre: American Fiction - African American Life"
The Absence Of Nectar
The Absence Of Nectar
"CHATTER Book Club Rating: 4 stars.  Genre: Women's Fiction"
The House of Gentle Men: A Novel
The House of Gentle Men: A Novel
"CHATTER Book Club Rating: 4.5 stars.  Genre: Literary Romance; Fantasy"
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
"CHATTER/PAGES Book Club Rating: 4.5 stars.  Genre: Historical Fiction - WWII General"
The Things They Carried
The Things They Carried
"CHATTER Book Club Rating: 4.0 stars.  Genre: Historical Memoir: Vietnam War"
A Girl Named Zippy
A Girl Named Zippy
"CHATTER Book Club Rating: 4.0 stars.  Genre: American Memoir - Small-Town Life"
The Shadow of the Wind
The Shadow of the Wind
"CHATTER Book Club Rating: 4.0 stars.  Genre: Mystery; Historical Fiction - Early 20th Century Spain"
The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother, 10th Anniversary Edition
The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother, 10th Anniversary Edition
"CHATTER Book Club Rating: 4.0.  Genre: American Memoir - African American Life"
Moloka'i (Large Print)
Moloka'i (Large Print)
"CHATTER Book Club Rating: 4.0 stars.  Genre: Other Cultures - Hawaii; Human Afflictions - Leprosy"
Lying Awake
Lying Awake
"CHATTER Book Club Rating: 4.0 stars.  Genre: Spritual; Other Cultures - Catholic Nuns"
We Need to Talk About Kevin: A Novel
We Need to Talk About Kevin: A Novel
"CHATTER Book Club Rating: 4.5 stars.  Genre: Psychological Drama/Thriller"
Still Alice
Still Alice
"CHATTER Book Club Rating: 4.5 stars.  Genre: Human Afflictions - Altzheimers"
Mudbound
Mudbound
"CHATTER Book Club Rating: 4.0 Stars.  Genre: American Fiction - Rural/Small-Town Life"
Sarah's Key
Sarah's Key
"CHATTER Book Club Rating: 4.0 stars.  Genre: Women's WWII Holocaust."