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Wash U Libraries Book Club

Anyone with an interest in medicine, literature or history is invited to take part in Becker Library’s Special Collections Book Club. Every few months, we’ll hold a discussion about a novel that features some aspect of medical history, then look at the primary sources that bring the stories to life.

Reading group titles will be discounted the month before and the month of each meeting unless otherwise noted.

For more information, please visit or email Shane.

2019 Titles

January: Nature of Monsters by Clare Clark

April: Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

July: Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood

September: Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

October: River of Doubt by Candice Millard

November: Alchemist's Daughter by Katharine McMahon

The Shadow of the Wind Cover Image
By Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Lucia Graves (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780143034902
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - January 25th, 2005

September 2019 Wash U Libraries Book Club reading group

The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey Cover Image
ISBN: 9780767913737
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Anchor - October 10th, 2006

October 2019 Wash U Libraries Book Club reading group

The Alchemist's Daughter: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307335852
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Broadway Books - October 24th, 2006

November 2019 Wash U Libraries Book Club reading group