Carnegie Mellon University

CMWA Book Club

The CMWA Book Club meets once a month, on the 3rd Wednesday, from Noon-1:30pm. Discussions are informal and lively. At this time, the club meets over Zoom due to COVID-19.

Books can be suggested by anyone in the group and the selection is wide-ranging: fiction, nonfiction, new and old. We have a full list of books read by the CMWA Book Club since 1994. 

2021 Spring Meeting Dates

meeting date

Location

Book

Author

January 27, 2021

Zoom The Other Americans Laila Lalami

February 17, 2021

Zoom Jack Marilynne Robinson

March 17, 2021

Zoom Simon the Fiddler Paulette Jiles

2020 Fall Meeting Dates

meeting date

Location

Book

Author

September, 2020

Zoom Apeirogon Column McCann

October, 2020

Zoom The Education of an Idealist Samantha Power

November, 2020

Zoom Valentine Elizabeth Wetmore

December, 2020

Zoom Dominicana Angie Cruz

2020 Spring Meeting Dates

meeting date

Location

Book

Author

January 15, 2020

CUC, Pake The Dutch House Ann Patchett

February 19, 2020

CUC, Pake Olive, Again Elizabeth Strout

March 18, 2020

CUC, Pake The Water Dancer Ta-Nehisi Coates

April 15, 2020

Zoom Thinking, Fast and Slow Daniel Kahneman

May 20, 2020

Zoom Americanah

 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

June 17, 2020

Zoom
The Professor's House

 Willa Cather

July 15, 2020

Zoom The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

Gabrielle Zevin

2019 Fall Meeting Dates

meeting date

Location

Book

Author

July 17, 2019

CUC, Danforth There There Tommy Orange

August 21, 2019

Fine and Rare Book Room, 4th Floor, Hunt Library Washington Black

Esi Edugyan

September 18, 2019

CUC, Caffee American Dialogue: The Founders and Us

Joseph Ellis

October 16, 2019

CUC, Pake The Overstory

Richard Powers

November 20, 2019

CUC, Pake Song of Solomon

 Toni Morrison

December 11, 2019

CUC, Danforth Lounge Jane Eyre

 Charlotte Brontë

 

2019 Spring Meeting Dates

meeting date

Location

Book

Author

January 16, 2019 CUC, Caffee Transcription Kate Atkinson
February 20, 2019 CUC, Caffee The Orchid Thief Susan Orlean
March 20, 2019 CUC, Dowd The Transit of Venus Shirley Hazzard
April 17, 2019 CUC, Dowd Becoming Michelle Obama
May 15, 2019 CUC, Dowd This is How It Always Is Laurie Frankel
June 19, 2019 CUC, Dowd Educated Tara Westover

MEETING DATE

LOCATION

BOOK

AUTHOR

September 19, 2018 CUC, Dowd The Essex Serpent Sarah Perry
October 17, 2018 CUC, Dowd One Summer: America, 1927 Bill Bryson
November 21, 2018 CUC, Dowd Little Fires Everywhere Celeste Ng
December 12, 2018 CUC, Dowd Passing Nella Larson
 

MEETING DATE

LOCATION

BOOK

AUTHOR

June 21, 2018 Hunt Library - Reference Conference Room Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI David Grann
July 18, 2018 CUC, Danforth Lounge Where'd You Go, Bernadette Maria Semple
August 15, 2018 Hunt Library - Reference Conference Room For Whom The Bell Tolls Ernest Hemingway

MEETING DATE

LOCATION

BOOK

AUTHOR

January 17, 2018 CUC, Dowd The Radium Girls Kate Moore
February 21, 2018 CUC, Dowd City of Thieves David Benioff
March 21, 2018 CUC, Dowd Homegoing Yaa Gyasi
April 18, 2018 CUC, Peter Homegoing Yaa Gyasi
May 16, 2018 CUC, Dowd Exit West Mohsin Hamid

meeting date

Location

Book

Author

September 20, 2017 CUC, Dowd Harvest Jim Crace
October 18, 2017 CUC, Dowd In the Darkroom Susan Faludi
November 15, 2017 CUC, Dowd The Muse Jesse Burton
December 13, 2017 CUC, Dowd The Buried Giant Kazuo Ishiguro
MEETING DATE LOCATION BOOK AUTHOR
June 21, 2017

Hunt Reference Conference Room

A Gentleman in Moscow

Amor Towles
July 19, 2017

Caffee, CUC

The Mothers

Brit Bennett
August 16, 2017

Hunt Reference Conference Room

They May Not Mean To, But They Do  Cathleen Schine
MEETING DATE LOCATION BOOK AUTHOR
January 18, 2017

C' 87, CUC

Commonwealth

Ann Patchett
February 15, 2017

Dowd, CUC

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

J.D. Vance
March 15, 2017

Dowd, CUC

News of the World  Paulette Jiles
April 19, 2017

C' 87, CUC

Lab Girl Hope Jahren
May 17, 2017

Caffee, CUC

A Gentleman in Moscow Amor Towles

MEETING DATE LOCATION BOOK AUTHOR
September 21, 2016

Dowd, CUC

When Breath Becomes Air

Paul Kalanithi
October 19, 2016

C '87, CUC

Mr Mac and Me

Esther Freud
November 16, 2016

Dowd, CUC

Hannah Coulter  Wendell Berry
December 14, 2016

Dowd, CUC

The Underground Railroad Colson Whitehead

MEETING DATE LOCATION BOOK AUTHOR
May 18, 2016 TBD Sisters In Law: How Sandra Day O’Connor and 
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court 
and Changed The World
Linda Hirshman
June 15, 2016

TBD

My Name Is Lucy Barton

Elizabeth Strout
July 20, 2016 TBD We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves Karen Joy Fowler
August 17, 2016 Caffee, CUC H Is For Hawk Helen Macdonald

MEETING DATE BOOK AUTHOR
January 20, 2016 Brooklyn Colm Tóibín
February 17, 2016 Just Mercy: 
A Story of Justice and Redemption
Bryan Stevenson
March 16, 2016 The Underground Girls of Kabul Jenny Nordberg
April 20, 2016 The Blue Guitar John Banville
MEETING DATE BOOK AUTHOR
September 16, 2015 The Boston Girl Anita Diamant
October 21, 2015 The Whole World Over Julia Glass
November 18, 2015 Middlemarch George Eliot
December 16, 2015 Life After Life Kate Atkinson
MEETING DATE BOOK AUTHOR
May 20, 2015 Salvage the Bones Jesmyn Ward
June 17, 2015 Being Mortal: 
Medicine and What Matters in the End
Atul Gawande
July 15, 2015 A Spool of Blue Thread Anne Tyler
August 19, 2015 The Boys in the Boat Daniel James Brown