Bella Vista Book Group List

Here is the reading list for the Bella Vista Book Group.  This group meets monthly and each year reads fiction, non-fiction, a work by an Arkansas author and a classic.


In the Garden of Beasts, Larsen

Moloka’I, Brennert

Steve Jobs, Isaacson

Light from a Distant Star, Morris

The Zookeeper’s Wife: A War Story, Ackerman

Tortilla Flat, Steinbeck

Caleb’s Crossing, Brooks

The Ture Account: A Novel of the Lewis and Clark and Kinneson Expeditions, Mosher

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, See

Elizabeth and Hazel: Two Women of Little Rock, Margolick


Freedom, Franzen

Doc, Russell

The Warmth of Other Suns, Wilkerson

The Truth about Celia, Brockmeier

White Noise, DeLillo

Cleopatra: A Life, Shiff

The Forgotten Garden, Morton

The Power and the Glory, Greene

Left Neglected, Genova

Clara and Mr. Tiffany, Vreeland


Rising Tide:  The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927, Barry

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Smith

Thurgood Marshall, Williams

The Help, Stockett

Arkansas/Arkansaw, Blevins

The Whistling Season, Doig

Lacuna, Kingsolver

The Madonnas of Leningrad, Dean

A Thread of Grace, Russell

People of the Book, Brooks


Bridge of Sighs, Russo

The Post-American World, Zakaria

Dreams from My Father, Obama

Where the Road Begins, Dane

Maytrees, Dillard

Sarah’s Key, DeRosmay

Street of a Thousand Blossoms, Tsukiyama

Winter of Our Discontent, Steinbeck

Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Shaffer & Barrows

The Girls from Ames, Zaslow


Suite Francaise, Nemirovsky

So Big, Ferber

Gertrude Bell:  Queen of the Desert, Shaper of Nations, Howell

Isaac’s Storm:  The Drowning of Galveston, 8 September 1900, Larson

Widow of the South, Hicks

A Thousand Splendid Suns, Hosseini

To Great Mischief, MacLeod

The Nine:  Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court, Toobin

Augusta Locke, Henderson

Woods Colt, Williamson


The Emperor’s Children, Messud

The Distinguished Guest, Miller

Team of Rivals, Goodwin

Florence of Arabia, Buckley

The Worst Hard Time, Egan

Gilead, Robinson

Forgetfulness, Just

Will Rogers, Yagoda

Year of Magical Thinking, Didion

Their Eyes Were Watching God, Hurston


Empire, Vidal

Jayber Crow, Berry

The March, Doctorow

All the Live Little Things, Stegner

Leap of Faith:  Memoirs of an Unexpected Life, Queen Noor

Reading Lolita in Tehran, Nafisi

This House of Sky, Doig

Northanger Abbey, Austen

By the Lake, McGahern

The Woman Who Wouldn’t Talk, McDougal


Giants in the Earth, Rolvaag

The Language of threads, Tsukiyama

Benjamin Franklin, Isaacson

Unless, Shields

Devil in the White City, Larson (1890s)

Atonement, MacEwan

American Dream, DeParles (women off welfare in Milwaukee

Three Junes, Glass (gay)

The Earth Is Enough, Middleton (Arkansas boy raised by two old men, Duvall movie

Kite Runner, Hosseini