Books Sandwiched In – 10+ Years of Books

Book Titles History

Books Sandwiched In was organized in the late fall of 2004 largely through the efforts of Martha O’Hara Conway and interested members from the Friends of the Chapel Hill Public
Library. Subsequent leaders have been Chris Page, Nancy Dixon, and currently Kathy Newell.  Evelyn Daniel is the Freinds Board liaison.  The titles selected by the members each year are listed below.


Aug 2   How Does It Feel to Be a Problem? Being Young and Arab in America by Moustafa Bayoumi – Freshman Read
Sept 6    Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank– Banned Books Week
Oct 4    A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman
Nov 1    The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert
Dec 6    Galileo’s Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love by Dava Sobel
Jan    No meeting
Feb 7    Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East by Scott Anderson
Mar 7  Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
Apr 4    Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of The Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterely
May 2     The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
June 6   The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman


Aug 3   Being Mortal by Atul Gawande – Freshman Read
Sept 7    Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson – Banned Books Week
Oct 5    The Turner House by Angela Flournoy
Nov 2    Yes, Chef: A Memoir by Marcus Samuelsson
Dec 7    Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner
Jan    No meeting
Feb 1    The Little Red Guard: A Family Memoir by Wenguang Huang
Mar 1    Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights: A Novel by Salman Rushdie
Apr 5    The Little Girl Who Fought the Great Depression: Shirley Temple and the
1930’s  America
by John Kasson
May 3     Some Luck by Jane Smiley
June 7    The Wright Brothers by David McCullough


Aug 5 – The Boys in the Boat, Daniel James Brown
Sep 2  – Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck
Oct 7  –  Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, Byron Stevenson
Nov 4 –  The Girl Who Fell From the Sky, Heidi W. Durrow
Dec 2 – The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon, Brad Stone
Jan – No meeting
February 3 –  The Silver Star, Jeannette Walls
March 2 –  Without You, There Is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea’s Elite,  Suki Kim
April 6  – The Invention of Wings, Sue Monk Kidd
May 4  – The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America by George Packer
June 1  – All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr


Aug  6  – The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Rachel Joyce
Sep 3 –  The Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison
Oct 1 –  Praying for Sheetrock, Melissa Fay Greene
Nov 5 – Guests on Earth, Lee Smith
Dec 3 –  The Color of Water, James McBride
Feb 4 –  Starting Over, Elizabeth Spencer
Mar 4 –  I am Malala, Malala Jousafzai
Apr 1 –  How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, Mohsin Hamid
May 6 –  Throwed Away: Failures of Progress in Eastern North Carolina, Linda Flowers
Jun 3 – A Land More Kind Than Home, Wiley Cash


Aug 7 – Home, Toni Morrison (UNC-CH freshman read)
Sep 4 – A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith (challenged book)
Oct 2 – The Dry Grass of August, Anna Jean Mayhew
Nov 6 – As Always, Julia: The Letters of Julia Child and Avis DeVoto, Joan Reardon
Dec 4 – Quiet: the Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, Susan Cain
Jan – No meeting
Feb 5 – The Orphan Master’s Son: A Novel, Adam Johnson
Mar 5 – My Beloved World, Sonia Sotomayor
Apr 2 – The Roundhouse, Louise Erdrich
May 7 – Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson
Jun 4 – The Light Between Oceans: A Novel, M. L. Stedman


Aug 1 – The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains, Nicholas Carr (UNC-CH freshman read)
Sep 5 – A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway (challenged book)
Oct 3 – Every Day in the Sun; A Memoir of the Faulkners of Mississippi, Dean Faulkner Wells
Nov 7 – Sister of My Heart: A Novel, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Dec 5 – The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, William Kamkwamba and Byron Mealer
Jan – No meeting
Feb 6 – Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, Nicholas Kristoff and Sheryl WuDunn
Mar 6 – On Gold Mountain : the One-Hundred-Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family, Lisa See
Apr 3 – State of Wonder, Ann Patchett
May 1 – The Submission, Amy Waldman
Jun 5 – Before I Go to Sleep, S. J. Watson
Jul – No meeting


Aug 3 – Eating Animals, Jonathan Safran Foer (UNC-CH freshman read)
Sep 7 – A Thousand Acres, Jane Smiley
Oct 5 – The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot
Nov 2 – Cutting for Stone, Abraham Verghese
Dec 7 – Trek: An American Woman, Two Small Children and Survival in World War II, Mary Hunt Jentsch
Jan – No meeting
Feb 1 – Pearl Buck in China: Journey to the Good Earth, Hilary Spurling
Mar 7 – Brooklyn, Colm Toibin
Apr 4 – The Warmth of Other Suns; The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration, Isabel Wilkerson
May 2 – The Camel Bookmobile, Masha Hamilton
Jun 6 – Sarah’s Key, Tatiana deRosnay
Jul 11 – Cleopatra: a Biography, Stacy Schiff


Aug 4 – Picking Cotton, Jennifer Thompson-Cannini (UNC-CH freshman read)
Sep 1 – The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger (challenged book)
Oct 6 – Zeitoun, Dave Eggers
Nov 3 – A Lesson Before Dying, Earnest Gaines
Dec 1 – Teacher Man, Frank McCourt
Jan – No meeting
Feb 2 – The Piano Teacher, Janice Y. K. Lee
Mar 2 – Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China, Jung Chang
Apr 6 – Olive Kitteridge, Elizabeth Strout
May 4 – Strength in What Remains, Tracy Kidder
Jun 1 – The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society, Mary Ann Schaeffer and Annie Barrows
July 6 – The Help, Kathryn Stockett


Aug 5 – A Home on the Field, Paul Cuadros (UNC-CH freshman read)
Sep 2 – To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee (challenged book)
Oct 7 – The House at Sugar Beach: In Search of a Lost African Childhood, Helene Cooper
Nov 4 – North River, Pete Hamill
Dec 2 – The Geography of Bliss: One Man’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World, Eric Weiner
Jan – No meeting
Feb 3 – A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini
Mar 3 – Team of Rivals, Doris Kearns Goodwin
Apr 7 – America, America: A Novel, Ethan Canin
May 5 – The City of Falling Angels, John Berendt
Jun 2 – The Night Journal, Elizabeth Crook
Jul 7 – The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court, Jeffrey Toobin


Aug 6 – Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights, Kenji Yoshino (UNC-CH freshman read)
Sep 3 – The Position, Greg Wolitzer (challenged book)
Oct 1 – Mayflower, Nathaniel Philbrick
Nov 5 – Magic Time, Doug Marlette
Dec 3 – Three Cups of Tea, Greg Mortensen
Jan – No meeting
Feb 4 – The Good German, Joseph Kanon
Mar 4 – My Life in France, Julia Child
Apr 8 – Mosquito Coast, Paul Theroux
May 6 – The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls
Jun 3 – The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, Kim Edwards
Jul 1 – The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit, Lucette Lagnado


Aug 1 – Wrongful Executions, Sister Helen Prejean (UNC-CH freshman read)
Sep 1 – Athletic Shorts, Chris Crutcher (challenged book)
Oct 1 – King Leopold’s Ghost, Adam Hochschild
Nov 1 – Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Lisa See
Dec 1 – I’m a Stranger Here Myself, Bill Bryson
Jan 1 – My Name is Red, Orhan Pamuk
Feb 1 – His Excellency: George Washington, Joseph J. Ellis
Mar 1 – The Death of Vishnu, Manil Suri
Apr 1 – Roanoke, Lee Miller
May 1 – Plant Life, Pamela Duncan
Jun 1 – The Places In Between, Rory Stewart
Jul 1 – Plainsong, Kent Haruf


Aug 2 – The Namesake, Jhumpa Lahiri (UNC-CH freshman read)
Sep 6 – The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain (challenged book)
Oct 4 – The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures, Anne Faduman
Nov 1 – Beloved, Toni Morrison
Dec 6 – American Prometheus: the Triumph and Tragedy of J.Robert Oppenheimer, Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin
Jan 3 – The History of Love, Nicole Krauss
Feb 7 – A Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906, Simon Winchester
Mar 7 – Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe
Apr 4 – The Weather Makers: How Man Is Changing the Climate and What It Means for Life on Earth, Tim Flannery
May 2 – The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini
Jun 6 – The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s Eye View of the World, Michael Pollan
Jul 11 – The Plot Against America, Philip Roth


Aug 3 – Blood Done Signed My Name, Tim Tyson (Author led discussion; auditorium full; UNC-CH freshman read)
Sep 7 – Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury (challenged book)
Oct 5 – The Bookseller of Kabul, Asne Seierstad
Nov 2 – The Sound and the Fury, William Faulkner
Dec. 7 – The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America, Erik Larson
Jan. 4 – Bel Canto, Ann Patchett
Feb 1 – The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History, John M. Barry
Mar 1 – Interpreter of Maladies, Jhumpa Lahiri
Apr 5 – Lindbergh, A. Scott Berg
May 3 – Disgrace, J.M. Coetzee
Jun 7 – House, Tracy Kidder
Jul 5 – Peace Like a River, Leif Enger


Feb 2, 2005  (first open discussion meeting) – The Known World, Edward P. Jones
Mar 2 – Founding Brothers, Joseph J. Ellis
Apr 6 – Angle of Repose, Wallace Stegner
May 4 – Confederates in the Attic; Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War, Tony Horwitz
Jun 1 – Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks
Jul 6 – Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood, Alexandra Fuller