"This Dark Road to Mercy"



Bark, by Lorrie Moore, (reviewed by Nell Whittaker), March

Circle of Wives, by Alice LaPlante, March

The Weight of Blood, by Laura McHugh, March

Long Man, by Amy Greene, (Feb.)

This Dark Road to Mercy,” by Wiley Cash (Feb.)

Your Life Calling, Reimagining the Rest of Your Life,” by Jane Pauley, audio book read by Jane Pauley

The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd (Jan.)

Carthage, by Joyce Carol Oates (Jan.)

The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartlett (reviewed by Karen Cernich) (Jan.)


The Outcasts, by Katheleen Kent (Nov.)

One Summer: America 1927, by Bill Bryson (Nov. reviewed by Diane Disbro)

Let Him Go, by Margaret Blackledge (Nov.)

Longbourn, by Jo Baker (10-15)

Missouri River Country, 100 Miles of Stories and Scenery from Herman to the Confluence, by Dan Burkhardt

Mad About the Boy, by Helen Fielding (reviewed by Mindy Sansouce)

The Lowland, by Jhumpa Lahiri (9-21)

Burial Rites, by Hannah Kent (9-21)

The Maid’s Version, by Daniel Woodrell (9-21)

Daughters of Mars, by Tom Keneally (9-13, MO Books Blog)

Me Before You, by JoJo Moyes

Jungleland, by Christopher S. Stewart

Because I Said So, The Truth Behind the Myths, Tales and Warnings Every Generation Passes Down to Its Kids, by Ken Jennings

Schroder, by Amity Gaige

Above All Things, by Tanis Rideout

Daddy Love, Joyce Carol Oates

Ordinary Grace, by William Kent Krueger

Mary Coin, by Marissa Silver

Nothing Gold Can Stay, Ron Rash

The Fever Tree, by Jennifer McVeigh

The Carrion Birds, by Urban Waite

Amity and Sorrow, by Peggy Riley

The Andalucian Friend, by Alexander Söderberg

Adulting, How to Become a Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps, by Kelly Williams Brown

A Light in the Ruins, by Chris Bohjalian

The Son, by Philipp Meyer

The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman

Dream with Little Angels, by Michael Hiebert

The Girl You Left Behind, by JoJo Moyes

The Purchase, by Linda Spalding


Running the Rift, by Naomi Benaron

The Odds, Stewart O’Nan

Defending Jacob, by William Landay

Behind the Beautiful Forevers, Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity, by Katherine Boo

The Fear Index, by Robert Harris

Immortal Bird, a Family Memoir, by Daron Weber

The Good Father, by Noah Hawley

Forgotten Country, by Catherine Chung

The O’Briens, by Peter Behrens

A Land More Kind Than Home, by Wiley Cash

The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food From My Frontier, by Ree Drummond

Wild, by Cheryl Strayed

The Cove, by Ron Rash

Home, by Toni Morrison

Ninety Days, A Memoir of Recovery, by Bill Clegg

Heading Out to Wonderful, by Robert Goolrick

The Age of Miracles, by Karen Thomson Walker

Don’t Ever Get Old, by Daniel Friedman

A City of Women, by David R. Gillham

The Orchardist, by Amanda Coplin

Those We Love Most, by Lee Woodruff

How Children Succeed, Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, by Paul Tough

The End of Your Life Book Club, by Will Schwalbe

Live By Night, by Dennis Lehane

The Dust Bowl, by Ken Burns

Help Thanks Wow, the Three Essential Prayers, by Ann Lamott

Lidia’s Favorite Recipes, 100 Foolproof Italian Dishes, From Basic Sauces to Irresistible Entrees, by Lidia Matticchio Bastianich and Tanya Bastianich Manuali


Clara and Mr. Tiffany, by Susan Vreeland

Mr. Pettigrew’s Last Stand, by Helen Simonson

365 Thank Yous, The Year a Simple Act of Daily Gratitude Changed My Life,

by John Kralik

The Weird Sisters, by Eleanor Brown

West of Here, by Jonathan Evison

Little Princes, One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal,

by Conor Grennan

Wingshooters, by Nina Revoyr

The Informationist, Taylor Stevens

The Foremost Good Fortune, Susan Conley

The Terror of Living, by Urban Waite

Red on Red, by Edward Conlon

One Hundred Names for Love, A Stroke, A Marriage and the Language of Healing, Diane Ackermann

The Coffins of Little Hope, by Timothy Schaffert

Faith, by Jennifer Haigh

The Sisters Brothers, by Patrick DeWitt

The Heart Specialist, by Claire Rothman

We All Fall Down, by Michael Harvey

22 Britannia Road, by Amanda Hodgkinson

Doc, by Mary Doria Russell

Lost in Shangri-La a True Story of Survival, Adventure and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II, by Mitchell Zuckoff

The Girl in the Blue Beret, by Bobbie Ann Mason

The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern

Light From a Distant Star, by Mary McGarry Morris

The Upright Piano Player, by David Abbott

The Maid, by Kimberly Cutter

Men in the Making, by Bruce Machart

Broken Irish, by Edward J. Delaney

The Language of Flowers, Venessa Diffenbaugh

All About Roasting, A New Approach to a Classic Art, by Molly Stevens


The Breach, Patrick Lee

Settled in the Wild, Notes from the Edge of Town, Susan Hand Shetterly

Beneath the Lion’s Gaze, Maaza Mengiste

The Girl Who Fell from the Sky, Heidi W. Durrow

Secrets of Eden, Chris Bohjalian

The Arms Maker of Berlin, Dan Fesperman

Making Toast, Roger Rosenblatt

Caught, Harlan Coben

Lost, Alice Lichtenstein

Every Last One, Anna Quindlen

The Surrendered, Chang Ray-Lee

The Third Rail, Michael Harvey

A Girl in Translation, Jean Kwok

The Poacher’s Son, Paul Doiron

The Red Thread, by Ann Hood

Galveston, Nic Pizzolatto

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, Steig Larson

Red Rain, Bruce Murkoff

The Personal History of Rachel DuPree, Ann Weisgarber

Let’s Take the Long Way Home, a Memoir of Friendship, Gail Caldwell

The Last Talk with Lola Faye, Thomas H. Cook

Room, Emma Donoghue

Raising a Family of Readers, the Book Lover’s Guide to Children and Young Adult Literature, Roger Sutton and Martha V. Parravano

Manhunt: the 12-Day Hunt for Lincoln’s Killer, James Swanson

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, Tom Franklin

Freedom, Jonathan Franzen

Growing Up Laughing, My Story and the Story of Funny, Marlo Thomas

Unbroken, Laura Hillenbrand

Wicked River, the Mississippi When It Ran Wild, Lee Sandlin

I Remember Nothing, Nora Ephron

The Moonlight Mile, Dennis Lehane

Pearl Buck in China, Journey to the Good Earth, Hilary Spurling


Cutting for Stone, Khaled Hosseini

School of Essential Ingredients, Erica Bauermeister

The Mighty Queens of Freeville, Amy Dickinson

The Missing, Tim Gautreaux

Mudbound, Hilary Jordan

Ten Degrees of Reckoning, Hester Rumberg

The Color of Lightening, Paulette Jiles

Bonnie and Clyde, the Lives Behind the Legends, Paul Schneider

100 Unique Eats and Eateries, Ann M. Hazelwood

Coop, Michael Perry

Far Bright Star, Robert Olmstead

Hello Goodbye, Emily Chenoweth

The Year That Follows, Kyle Miller

Shanghai Girls, Lisa See

Caring for Our Parents, Howard Gleckman

Strength in What Remains, Tracy Kidder

The Girl Who Played with Fire, Stieg Larson

The Slippery Year, a Meditation on Happily Ever After, Melanie Gideon

The Invisible Mountain, Carolina De Robertis

Highest Duty, My Search for What Really Matters, by Captain “Sully” Sullenberger, with Jeffrey Zaslow

Never Tell a Lie, by Hallie Ephron

The Help, Kathryn Stockett

Everything I Need to Know I Learned From a Children’s Book, Life Lessons From Notable People From All Walks of Life, Anita Silvey

A Change in Altitude, Anita Shreve,

The Voice That Calls You Home, Inspiration for Life’s Journeys, Andrea Raynor

Dorothea Lange, A Life Beyond Limits, by Linda Gordon

Gourmet Today, Ruth Reichl

Wishin’ and Hopin,’ a Christmas Story, Wally Lamb


“The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo,” by Steig Larson

“Songs for the Missing,” by Stewart O’Nan

“Martha Stewart’s Cooking School” by Martha Stewart with Sarah Carey

“Live By Night,” by Dennis Lehane

“Good People,” by Marcus Sakey

“The Fifth Floor,” by Michael Harvey

“Glimmer Palace,” by Beatrice Colin

“The Year we Disappeared, a Father-Daughter Memoir,” by John and Cylin Busby

“America, America,” by Ethan Canin

“Fresh Kills,” by Bill Loehfelm

“Serena,” by Ron Rash

“The Heretics Daughter,” by Katheleen Kent

“This I Believe II,” edited by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman

“Never Tell a Lie,” by Hallie Ephron.

“Eating St. Louis, the Gateway City’s Unique Food Culture,” by Patricia Corrigan

“The Piano Teacher,” by Y.K Lee

“The Dinner Diaries, Raising Whole Wheat Kids in a White Bread World,” by Betsy Block

“City of Thieves,” by David Benioff

“The Sister,” by Poppy Adams

“Painting Missouri, the Counties en Plein Air,” text by Karen Glines, artwork by Billyo O’Donnell

“Audition, a Memoir,” by Barbara Walters

“Skeletons at the Feast,” by Chris Bohjalian

“Belong to Me,” by Marisa De Los Santos

“Hold Tight,” by Harlan Coben

“Kabul Beauty School,” by Deborah Rodriguez

“Beautiful Boy, a Father’s Journey Through his Son’s Addiction” by David Sheff

“The Silver Swan,” by Benjamin Black.

“The Color of Water,” by James McBride

“The Senator’s Wife,” by Sue Miller

“River,” by Lowen Clausen

“Resistance,” by Owen Sheers

“People of the Book,” by Geraldine Brooks

“Now You See Him,” by Eli Gottlieb

“The Geography of Bliss, One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World,” by Eric Weiner

“America’s Best Lost Recipes,” Editors of Cook’s Country Magazine

“Clapton,” by Eric Clapton

 “Letters from the Editor, Lessons on Journalism and Life” William Woo

“The Zookeeper’s Wife,” by Diane Ackerman

“Bridge of Sighs” by Richard Russo

“Crashing Through,” by Rovert Kursa

“Soul Catcher,” by Michael White

“The War, and Intimate History, 1941-1945,” Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns

“The Rest of her Life,” by Laura Moriarty

“Away,” by Amy Bloom

“The Chicago Way,” by Michael Harvey

“Body Surfing,” by Anita Shreve

“No Speed Limit,” by Frank Owen

“Warm Springs,” by Susan Richards Shreve

“Stormy Weather,” by Paulette Jiles

“A Thousand Splendid Suns,” by Khaled Hosseini

“Lone Creek,” by Neil McMahon

“Walking on Eggshells,” by Jane Isay

“Coal Black Horse,” by Robert Olmstead

“Sister Mine,” by Tawni O’Dell

“Black Monday,” by R.Scott Reiss

“The God of Animals,” by Aryn Kyle

“Nineteen Minutes,” by Jodi Picoult

“The Lying Tongue,” by Andrew Wilson

“Still Life with Husband,” by Lauren Fox

“Flower Confidential,” by Amy Stewart

“About Alice,” by Calvin Trillin

“The Blade Itself,” by Marcus Sakey

“The Best Seat in the House,” by Allen Rucker

“The Innocent Man, Murder and Injustice in a Small Town,” John Grisham

“The Shepherd, the Angel and Walter the Christmas Miracle Dog,” Dave Berry

“Bird Songs, 250 North American Birds in Song,” by Les Beletsky

“Angel’s Rest,” by Charles Davis

“Abundance” by Sena Jeter Naslund

“The Echo Maker,” by Richard Powers

“The Road,” by Cormac McCarthy

“The Ghost at the Table” by Suzanne Berne

“Terrorist,” by John Updike

“King of Lies,” John Hart

“Winter’s Bone,” by Daniel Woodrell

“The Good Good Pig,” by Sy Montgomery

“I Feel Bad About My Neck,” by Nora Ephron

“The Boy in the Striped Pajamas,” by John Boyne

“Rise and Shine,” Anna Quindlen

“The Book Thief,” by Markus Zusak

“The Tenth Circle,” by Jodi Picoult

“The Madonnas of Lenningrad,” by Debra Dean

“Messages from my Father,” by Calvin Trillin

“Blue Water,” by A. Manette Ansay

“Enrique’s Journey” by Sonia Nazario

“Digging to America,” Anne Tyler

“Challenger Park,” by Stephen Harrigan

“The Virgin of Small Plains,” by Nancy Pickard

“The Year of Magical Thinking,” by Joan Didion

“Snow Flower and the Secret Fan,” by Lisa See

“The Colony, the Harrowing Story of the Exiles of Molokai,” by John Tayman

“In the Company of the Courtesan,” by Sarah Dunant

“Acts of Faith,” Philip Caputo

“1776,” David McCullough

“Specimen Days,” Michael Cunningham

“The Traveler,” John Twelve Hawks

“No Country for Old Men,” Carmac McCarthy

“The March,” E.L. Doctorow

“The Lady and the Panta,” Vicki Croke

“Mark Twain, a Life,” Ron Powers

“Son of a Witch,” Gregory Maguire

“Ordinary Heroes,” Scott Turow

“Teacher Man,” by Frank McCourt

“The Falls,” Joyce Carol Oates

Between a Rock and a Hard Place, Aron Ralston

Light on Snow, Anita Shreve

An Unfinished Life, Mark Spragg

His Excellency, George Washington, Joseph J. Ellis

A Thread of Grace, Mary Doria Russell

March, Geraldine Brooks

Three Nights in August, Buzz Bissinger and Tony LaRussa

The Amateur Marriage, Anne Tyler

Swimming to Antarctica, Lynne Cox

Waterborne, Bruce Murkoff

Caddy for Life, John Feinstein

Plainsong, Kent Haruf

Eventide, Kent Haruf

The Work of Wolves, Kent Meyers

Amagansett, Mark Mills

The Birth of Venus, Sarah Dunant

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Jonathan Safran Foer

Gone for Good, Harlan Coben

No Second Chance, Harlan Coben

One Foot in Eden, Ron Rash

Finding Caruso, Kim Barnes

Hell at the Breech, Tom Franklin

Property, Valerie Martin

Easter Island, Jennifer Vanderbest

The Cruelest Miles, Gay and Laney Salisbury

The Clearing, Tim Gautreaux

Flyboys, James Bradley

Blessings, Anna Quindlan

Flags of our Fathers, James Bradley

Seabiscuit: An American Legend, Laura Hillenbrand

December 6, Martin Cruz Smith

Skipping Christmas, John Grisham

Prey, Michael Crichton

Mrs. Kimble, Jennifer Haigh

The Devil in the White City, Eric Larson

Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman, Elizabeth Buchan

The Monk Downstairs., Tim Farrington

Batavia’s Graveyard, Mike Dash

John Adams, David McCullough

The Red Tent, Anita Diamant

The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold

The Buffalo Soldier, Chris Bohjalian First review, May 3, 2002

Empire Falls, Richard Russo

Mystic River, Dennis Lehane

The Dive from Clausen’s Pier, Ann Packer