Past Dallas Institute Book Group Selections

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The Dallas Institute reads eight books a year, four per semester, and holds a discussion over a meal as friends. Naturally, over the course of the years, there has been quite a selection.

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February Kazuo Ishiguro, When We Were Orphans

March Carlos Fuentes, The Years with Laura Diaz

April Mark Salzman, Lying Awake

May Helen DeWitt The Last Samurai

September Amy Tan, The Bonesetter’s Daughter

October Brad Kessler, Lick Creek

November Gao Xingjian, Soul Mountain

December Andre Dubus, House of Sand and Fog


February V. S. Naipaul, Half a Life

March Joyce Weatherford, Heart of the Beast

April Geraldine Brooks, Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague

May Jonathan Franzen, The Corrections

September Hari Kunzru, The Impressionist

October Ian McKuen, Atonement

November Bharath Mukherjee, Desirable Daughters

December Peter Carey, True History of the Kelly Gang


February Paulette Jiles, Enemy Women

March Yann Martel, Life of Pi

April Arnošt Lustig, Lovely Green Eyes

May Donna Tartt, The Little Friend

September Michael Pye, The Pieces from Berlin

October Monique Truong, The Book of Salt

November Jane Smiley, Good Faith

December Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner


February Edward P. Jones, The Known World

March J. M. Coetzee, Elizabeth Costello

April Mario Vargas Llosa, The Way to Paradise

May Antonio Munoz Molina, Sepharad

September Seth Kantner, Ordinary Wolves

October Anne Tyler, Amateur Marriage

November Karen Joy Fowler, The Jane Austen Book Club

December Nuruddin Farah, Links


February Russell Banks, The Darling

March Lily Tuck, News from Paraguay

April Alan Hollinghurst, The Line of Beauty

May Ha Jin, War Trash

September Marilynne Robinson, Gilead

October Orhan Pamuk, Snow

November Lorraine Adams, Harbor

December Salman Rushdie, Shalimar the Clown


February John Banville, The Sea

March E. L. Doctorow, The March

April Francine Prose, A Changed Man

May Zadie Smith, On Beauty

September Jay McInerney, The Good Life

October Jose Saramago, Seeing

November Zadie Smith, On Beauty, and E.M. Forster, Howard’s End

December Camilla Gibb, Sweetness in the Belly


February Richard Ford, The Lay of the Land

March Kiran Desai, The Inheritance of Loss

April Cormac McCarthy, The Road

May Chimananda Ngozi Adichie, Half of a Yellow Sun

September Don Delillo, Falling Man

October Marianne Wiggins, The Shadow Catcher

November Nathan Englander, The Ministry of Special Cases

December Andrea Barrett, The Air We Breathe


February Denis Johnson, Tree of Smoke

March Anne Enright, The Gathering

April Mohsin Hamid, The Reluctant Fundamentalist

May Annie Dillard, The Maytrees

September Rabih Alameddine, The Hakawati

October Joseph O’Neil, Netherland

November Riva Galchen, Atmospheric Disturbances

December Nam Le, The Boat 


February Aravind Adiga, The White Tiger

March Toni Morrison, A Mercy

April Christoph Hein, Settlement

May Hannah Tinti, The Good Thief

September Attica Locke, Black Water Rising

October Carlos Ruiz Zafon, The Angel’s Game

November John Banville, The Infinities

December Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter


February J. M. G. Le Clezio, Desert

March Margaret Atwood, The Year of the Flood

April John Banville, The Infinities

May Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary

September Peter Carey, Parrot and Olivier in America

October David Mitchell, Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

November Helen Simonson, Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand

December Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse


February Jonathan Franzen, Freedom

March Emma Donoghue, Room

April Cynthia Ozick, Foreign Bodies

May Ivan Turgenev, Fathers and Sons

September Tea Obreht, The Tiger’s Wife

October Stephen Harrigan, Remember Ben Clayton

November Ann Patchett, State of Wonder

December Eudora Welty, Delta Wedding 


February Chad Harbach, The Art of Fielding

March Jesmyn Ward, Salvage the Bones

April Julian Barnes, The Sense of an Ending

May William Faulkner, The Unvanquished

September Hilary Mantel, Bring Up the Bodies

October Ben Fountain, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

November Herta Müller, The Hunger Angel

December Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front


February Dave Eggers, A Hologram for the King

March Louise Erdrich, The Round House

April Barbara Kingsolver, Flight Behavior

May Graham Greene, The Quiet American

September Philipp Meyer, The Son

October Elizabeth Strout, The Burgess Boys

November Laleh Khadivi, The Walking

December Dave Eggers, The Circle


February Ruth Ozeki, A Tale for the Time Being

March Jhumpa Lahiri, The Lowland

April Jim Crace, Harvest

May Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

September James McBride, The Good Lord Bird

October Anthony Marra, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

November Jennifer Clement, Prayers for the Stolen

December Henry James, The Ambassadors


February Richard Flanagan, The Narrow Road to the Deep North

March Haruki Murakami, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki & His Years of Pilgrimage

April Colm Tóibín, Nora Webster

May William Faulkner, Go Down, Moses

September T.C. Boyle, The Harder They Come

October Kate Atkinson, A God in Ruins

November Yu Hua, The Seventh Day

December Michel Houllebecq, Submission


February Lauren Groff, Fates and Furies

March David Mitchell, Slade House

April Chigozie Obioma, The Fishermen

May Albert Camus, The Stranger, and Kamel Dauod, The Mersault Investigation

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