Reading List for PC Book Club

The Palm Cove Book Club was formed in 2004 by a small group of neighborhood women. We met once a month, in the homes of our members who volunteered to host and/or moderate the book that had been selected for discussion. Over the years, the club has grown and includes more than 40 members.

Below is a complete list of books, Moderator and Hostess for each book that we have read to date.

For your convenience, I have included a Goodreads link which leads to a description and reviews of each book.

Many thanks to Diane Heggerick for compiling this list and managing our book club since time began.

Your comments are helpful to members of our club who may not have been with us since 2004, and may wish to read from our archives. Please feel free to share your likes and dislikes, along with why for any or all books on our reading list.

2004

No meeting September 04 due to Hurricane Frances

2005

2006

2007

2008

  • JANUARY A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini   Hostess:  Rita Prevete; Moderator: Clare Clark
  • FEBRUARY Shared Favorites  Hostess & Moderator:  Brenda Zeller
  • MARCH Shadow of the Wind, Carlos Zafon   Hostess:  Jean Denny; Moderator:  Carol Allen
  • APRIL A Thousand Splendid Suns, ENCORE presentation   Hostess & Moderator:  Claire Clark
  • MAY Loving Frank, Nancy Horan   Hostess:  Carol Kucharski;  Moderator: Clare Clark
  • JUNE Beyond the Cedars, Sandy Simon   Hostess:  Carol Allen
  • JULY No meeting
  • AUGUST The Other Boleyn Girl, Philippa Gregory   Hostess:  Maureen Lunder
  • SEPTEMER The Russian Concubine, Kate Furnivall   Hostess & Moderator:  Donna Alexander
  • OCTOBER Lucky You, Carl Hiaasen  Hostess:  Diane Heggerick;  Moderator: Carol Kucharski
  • NOVEMBER Exile, Richard North Patterson   Hostess: Brenda Zeller; Moderator:  Jean Denny
  • DECEMBER No Meeting

2009

2010

  • JANUARY Hold Tight, Harlan Coben   Hostess:  Joni Tuttle; Moderator: Margaret Fullerton
  • FEBRUARY The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, David Wroblewski   Hostess:  Sally Seubel; Moderator: Clare Clark
  • MARCH Pride & Prejudice, Jane Austen  Hostess:  Maureen Lunder; Moderator: Margaret Fullerton
  • APRIL The Madonnas of Leningrad, Debra Dean   Hostess:  Sue Borton (Thanks to Rita Brown – we had teleconference with the author!)
  • MAY One Thousand White Women, Jim Fergus Hostess & Moderator: Carol Kucharski
  • JUNE The Help, Kathryn Stockett Hostess & Moderator: Rita Prevete
  • JULY No meeting
  • AUGUST The Girl She Used to Be, David Cristofano Hostess: Carol Allen; Moderator: Carol Kucharski
  • SEPTEMBER Bacardi and the Long Fight for Cuba, Tom Gejelten Hostess: Raelee McLeran; Moderators: Mary Clough, Ronda Kaplan & Diane Heggerick
  • OCTOBER Very Valentine, Adriana Trigiani Hostess: Suzanne Vosbikian; Moderator: Margaret Fullerton
  • NOVEMBER Moloka’i by Alan Brennert Hostess: Mary Ann Timmis
  • DECEMBER No Meeting

2011

  • JANUARY The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford Hostess: Margaret Fullerton; Moderator: Rita Prevete
  • FEBRUARY Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay Hostess: Jean Denny; Moderator: Carol Allen
  • MARCH The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson Hostesses: Carol Greeson and Sarah Bangley (1st time at Clubhouse); Moderator: Margaret Fullerton
  • APRIL Rebecca by Daphne DeMaurier Hostesses: Joni Tuttle & Ernie Cory; Moderator: Anne Smith
  • MAY Still Alice by Lisa Genova Hostess: Sue Borton; Moderator: MaryAnn Timmis
  • JUNE The Postmistress by Sarah Blake Hostess: Suzanne Vosbikian; Moderator: Rita Prevete
  • JULY No Meeting
  • AUGUST Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson Hostess: Missy Noyes; Moderator: Margaret Fullerton
  • SEPTEMBER The Last Time I Saw You by Elizabeth Berg Hostesses: Anne Smith & Rita Prevete; Moderator: Diane Heggerick
  • OCTOBER The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls Hostess: Carol Kucharski; Moderator: Ronda Kaplan
  • NOVEMBER Room by Emma Donaghue Hostess: Ilse Roepnack; Moderator: Clare Clark
  • DECEMBER No meeting

2012

  • JANUARY Cutting for Stone by Abraham Vergese Hostesses: Sue Borton & Carol Kucharski; Moderator: Carol Allen
  • FEBRUARY Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks Hostesses: Tatiana Cedler & Jane Maunus; Moderator: Clare Clark
  • MARCH Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson Hostess: Sally Seubel; Moderator: Suzanne Vosbikian
  • APRIL Fall of Giants by Ken Follet Hostesses: Sue Ericson & Connie Leserra; Moderators: Anne Stair &Rita Prevete
  • MAY The Water is Wide by Pat Conroy Hostesses: Anne Stair, Shirley Cage & Missy Noyes
  • JUNE Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard Hostesses: Margaret Fullerton & Mary Clough; Moderator: Anne Smith
  • JULY No meeting
  • AUGUST Defending Jacob by William Landay Hostess: Sue Borton; Moderator: Suzanne Vosbikian
  • SEPTEMBER The Paris Wife by Paula McLain Hostesses: Jane Evans & Linda Pires; Moderator: MaryAnn Timmis
  • OCTOBER Half Broke Horses by Jeanette Walls Hostesses Carol Kucharski & Rita Prevete; Moderator: Carol Kucharski
  • NOVEMBER Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks Hostesses Jean Denny & Maureen Lunder; Moderator: Clare Clark
  • DECEMBER No Meeting

2013

  • JANUARY Just the Two of Us by Alicia Blodgett Hostesses: Ronda Kaplan, Tatiana Cedler, Shirley Cage, Diane Heggerick & Margaret Fullerton (Clubhouse Luncheon – author event)
  • FEBRUARY Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn Hostesses: Sarah Bangley & Carol Greeson; Moderator: Suzanne Vosbikian
  • MARCH Last Train to Paradise: Henry Flagler and the Spectacular Rise and Fall of the Railroad that Crossed an Ocean by Les Standiford Hostess: Suzanne Vosbikian; Moderator: Anne Stair
  • APRIL The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck Hostesses: Sue Ericcson & Joanne Rykowski; Moderator: Clare Clark
  • MAY Literary Smorgasbord!!! Hostesses: Brenda Zeller, Mary Clough, Joanne Rykowski & Susan Haggan; Moderator: Brenda Zeller
  • JUNE Faith by Jennifer Haigh Hostesses:  Sue Borton & Carol Allen; Moderator: Sandy Hetelson
  • JULY No meeting
  • AUGUST A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash Hostesses:  Tisha Piazza & Lois Hutko; Moderator: Suzanne Vosbikian
  • SEPTEMBER The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot Hostesses:  Rita Prevete & Sandy Vanderveldt: Moderator: Rita Prevete
  • OCTOBER In the Shadow of the Banyons by Vaddey Ratner Hostesses:  Jane Evans & Linda Pires – GUEST SPEAKER, Thany Lim; Moderator: Carol Allen
  • NOVEMBER Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter Hostesses:  Carol Kucharski & Jean Denny; Moderator: Carol Kucharski
  • DECEMBER No meeting

2014

  • JANUARY The Last Original Wife by Dorothea Benton Frank Hostesses:  Sally Seubel & Anne Smith; Moderator: Suzanne Vosbikian
  • FEBRUARY The Yellow House by Patricia Falvey Hostesses:  Anne Stair, Jane Maunus & Mary Clough; Moderator: MaryAnne Timmis
  • MARCH The River Way Home by Mary Dawson (guest speaker) Hostesses: Jean Denny and committee (Tatiana C., Carol G., Sue B., Diane H.); Moderator: Author & Guest Speaker!
  • APRIL The Bookman’s Tale:  A Novel of Obsession by Charlie Lovett Hostesses:  Ernie Cory  &  Joni Tuttle; Moderator: Sandy Hetelson 
  • MAY The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco Hostesses:  Sandy Hetelson & Tish Piazza; Moderators: Anne Smith, Jane Maunus & Tatiana Cedler
  • JUNE Me Before You by Jojo Moyes Hostesses:  Joanne Rykowski & Debbie Bacchiochi; Moderators: Anne Smith & Jane Maunus
  • JULY No Meeting
  • AUGUST The Bronze Horseman by Paulina Simons Hostesses:  Maureen Lunder & Ronda Kaplan; Moderator: Rita Prevete
  • SEPTEMBER Life After Life by Kate Atkinson Hostesses:  Lucille Solazzi and Gail Squires; Moderator: Suzanne Vosbikian
  • OCTOBER Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston Hostesses:  Jane Evans and Linda Pires; Moderator: Carol Kucharski
  • NOVEMBER The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt Hostesses:  Missy Noyes, Sarah Bangley & Sue Ericson; Moderator: Clare Clark
  • DECEMBER No meeting

2015

  • JANUARY Unbroken:  A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand Hostesses:  Carol Kucharski and Mary Clough;  Moderator: Clare Clark
  • FEBRUARY The Husband’s Secret  by Liane Moriarty Hostesses:  Fran Netska,  Jan Swenson and Carol Greeson; Moderator: Suzanne Vosbikian
  • MARCH Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy Hostesses:  Sue Ericson, Debby Brown and Jane Maunus; Moderators: Rita Prevete & Linda Dravis
  • APRIL The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman Hostesses: Anne Smith and Joanne Rykowski;  Moderators:  Rita Brown, Mary Clough and Sue Borton
  • MAY The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker Hostesses:  Betty Heiney and Lois Hutko;  Moderator:  Anne Smith
  • JUNE All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr Hostesses:  Sue Borton and Carol Allen;  Moderator:  Missy Noyes
  • AUGUST Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline Hostesses: Rita Prevete and Tatiana Cedler ;  Moderator: Jan Swensen (Using new Moderator Template!
  • SEPTEMBER The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd Hostesses:  Ernie Cory and Renata Simpson;  Moderator:  Carol Allen
  • OCTOBER Rose Kennedy:  The Life and Times of a Political Matriarch by Barbara A. Perry Hostesses: Jane Evans and Linda Pires;  Moderator:  Phyllis Kaiser
  • NOVEMBER The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins Hostesses:  Joanne Rykowski, Fran Netska, and Janis Swenson;  Moderator:  Diane Heggerick (channelling Suzanne Vosbikian!)

2016

  • JANUARY Cascade by Maryanne O’Hara Hostesses: Jean Denny, Gail Squires, and Patti HayhurstModerator:  Clare Clark
  • FEBRUARY Ship of Brides by JoJo Moyes Hostesses:  Sarah Bangley, Ilse Roepnack and guest hostess:  Barbara ReedModerators: Carol Greeson and Guest Moderator Marge Argyropolos
  • MARCH The Storied Life of A.J. Fickrey by Gabrielle Zevin Hostesses:  Sue Ericson, Claudia Crowell, and Carol GreesonModerator:  Rita Prevete
  • APRIL The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde Hostesses:  Shirley Cage, Mary Clough and Sandy VanderveldtModerator:  Suzanne Vosbikian
  • MAY Mao’s Last Dancer by Li Cunxin Hostesses:  Susan Haggan, Nancy Nicholson, and Jane MaunusModeratorAnia Lyznik
  • No meetings June or July or August (June – no one to moderate, July – our regular summer break, August – FPL power outage!)
  • SEPTEMBER Mary Coin by Marisa Silver AND A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman Hostesses:  Ronda Kaplan & Karen LeshinModerators:  Cynthia Galetka and Robin Evans
  • OCTOBER No Meeting due to Hurricane Matthew
  • NOVEMBER The Hummingbird by Stephen P. Kiernan AND The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende HostessesRobin Evans & Betty HeineyModeratorsBrenda Zeller and Jane Maunus

2017

  • JANUARY The Book That Mattered Most by Ann Hood Hostess: Carol Kucharski (at her home);  ModeratorRita Prevete
  • FEBRUARY Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben   HostessesCarol Greeson, Susan Haggan & Patti HayhurstModerator:  Clare Clark
  • MARCH The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom Hostesses: Joanne Rykowski, Fran Netska & Janis SwensonModeratorRita Prevete
  • APRIL House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne Hostesses: Jane Maunus, Gail Squires & Susan HagganModeratorClare Clark BONUS speaker – Brenda Zeller with her book:  Jungle Jade by H. Stuart Morrison & Brenda Morrison Zeller
  • MAY The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan HostessesJean Denny, Betty Heiney & Rita PreveteModeratorPatti Hayhurst
  • JUNE Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain Hostesses: Carol Allen, Sue Borton & Ania LyznikModeratorSuzanne Vosbikian

2018

  • JANUARY Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain (guess we liked her!) HostessesCynthia Geletka, Lynn Heslinga & Ronda KaplanModerator: Clare Clark
  • FEBRUARY Beartown by Frederik Backman HostessesJean Denny, Sue Ericson & Linda PiresModeratorRobin Evans
  • MARCH A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles HostessesRonda Kaplan, Susan Haggan, Cathy Turner & Debby BrownModeratorMissy Noyes
  • APRIL Louisa:  The Extraordinary Life of Mrs. Adams by Louisa Thomas AND  The Hamilton Affair by Elizabeth Cobbs HostessesSandy Vanderveldt & Joanne RykowskiModerator:  Clare Clark
  • MAY The Pearl That Broke Its Shell by Nadia Hashimi Hostesses:  Rita Prevete, Patti Hayhurst & Susan Haggan;  Moderator:  Jane Maunus
  • JUNE Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult Hostesses:  Sue Borton, Carol Allen & Jane Evans;  Moderator:  Cynthia Geletka
  • JULY NO MEETING
  • AUGUST Karolina’s Twins by Ronald Balson Hostess: Carol Kucharski at her home – Moderator:  Carol Kucharski
  • SEPTEMBER Woman In The Window by A.J. Finn Hostesses:  Ronda Kaplan, Cathy Turner & Susan Dimbath;  Moderator: Suzanne Vosbikian
  • OCTOBER The Girl with Seven Names by Hyeonseo Lee Hostesses: Karen Leshin, Janis Swenson & Fran Netska; Moderator:  Patti Hayhurst
  • NOVEMBER The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah Hostesses:  Sarah Bangley, Gayle Squires & Melissa Noyes;  Moderator: Clare Clark
  • DECEMBER The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes by Diane Chamberlain (First meeting ever in December – demanded by popular vote!) – Hostesses:  Susan Haggan, Jane Maunus & Sharon Liddel;  Moderator:  Carol Greeson

2019

  • JANUARY The Tuscan Child by Rhys Bowen (New Format introduced by Carol Greeson and Jane Maunus “Discussion Groups”) – Hostesses:  Jean Denny, Jane Evans & Sandy Vanderveldt;  Facilitating Moderators:  Carol Greeson & Jane Maunus
  • FEBRUARY The Tragedy of Benedict Arnold by Joyce Lee Malcolm   Meeting facilitator RITA PREVETE (thanks Rita) – Hostesses:  Shirley Cage, Betty Heiney & Lynn Griffing;  Moderator:  Clare Clark
  • MARCH Educated by Tara Westover   Hostesses:  Lynn Heslinga, Rita Prevete & Ernie Cory;  Moderator:  Jane Maunus
  • APRIL The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin   Hostesses:  Fran Netska, Janis Swenson & Joanne Rykowski;  Moderator:  Clare Clark
  • MAY The Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen by Sarah Bird   Hostesses:  Susan Haggan, Carol Greeson & Shirley Cage;  Moderator:  Janis Swenson
  • JUNE Beneath the Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan Hostesses:  Carol Allen, Linda Pires & Jane Evans;  Moderators:  Jane Maunus & Rita Prevete
  • JULY No meeting
  • AUGUST No VOLUNTEERS
  • SEPTEMBER No meeting cancelled due to Hurricane Dorion
  • OCTOER The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Ankawa    Hostesses:  Betty Heiney, Suzanne Vosbikian & Rita Prevete;  Moderator:  Clare Clark
  • NOVEMBER Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens   Hostesses:  Missy Noyes, Janis Swenson, Sarah Bangley and Fran Netska;  Moderator of discussion and Meeting: Suzanne Vosbikian
  • DECEMBER Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman   Hostesses:  Gail Squires, Jane Maunus and Sally Seubel;  Moderator:  Cynthia Geletka

2020

  • JANUARY Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng Hostesses: Shirley Cage, Sandy Vanderveldt and Sharon Liddell;  Moderator:  Anne Smith
  • FEBRUARY The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See   Hostesses:  Linda Pires, Jane Evans and Carol Allen;  Moderator:  Ally Lerch
  • MARCH Carnegie’s Maid by Marie Benedict Hostesses:  Jean Denny, Sue Ericson and Patti Hayhurst;  Moderators:  Carol Greeson and Clare Clark
  • APRIL Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott Annual Classic, Moderator was to be Suzanne Vosbikian. CANCELLED DUE TO PANDEMIC
  • MAY The Rent Collector, by Cameron Wright Moderator was to be Cynthia Galetka. CANCELLED DUE TO PANDEMIC

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