Bruins of South Bay Bookclub: Read with us!

Welcome to the Bruins of the South Bay Bookclub page. All Bruins and Bruin friends are welcome. We have men and women of all ages who participate. Each month we read books recommended by one of our members. The only Book Club rule is the book must be available at a local library.  We cover a wide range of topics and subjects: from non-fiction to fiction, from serious to funny.

The group meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. online via Zoom. Keep checking this web page for news regarding our May 9th, 2023 meeting.

To join us for a read, or for more information, please contact Mary Louise Mavian at  Let’s Read Together!

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Bruins of South Bay Bookclub – including Pookie the big white Bear!

Future Reads:


May : The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz

June : The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

July: Strangers in their Own Land by Arlie Russell Hochschild

August: Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng

September: Soul of America by Jon Meacham

Past Reads:

April : Wrong End of the Telescope by Rabih Alameddine

March: March 3 by John Lewis

February: The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

January 2023: Blindness by Jose Saramago 

November 2022: Poetry Month (and no meeting in December 2022)

October: Miss Benson’s Beetle by Rachel Joyce

September: State of Terror – A Novel by Hillary Rodham Clinton 

August: Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles

July: Eagles of the Heart Mountain by Bradford Pearson

June: News of the World by Paulette Giles

May: Klara and The Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

April 2022: All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot

March 2022: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

February 2022: Moor’s Account by Laila Lalami

January 2022: Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively

December 2021: Happy Holidays!! No meeting

November: Poetry Night

October: The Natural by Bernard Malamud 

September: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

August:  Caste by Isabelle Wilkerson
July: The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
June: My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg
May: Sabrina & Corina: Stories by Kali Fajardo-Anstine
April: The Other Americans by Laila Lalami
March: His Truth is Marching On by Jon Meacham
February 2021: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Eng
January 2021: Becoming by Michelle Obama
December:  Happy Holidays! (No meeting)
November:  Poetry month – bring a poem of your choice to share

October:  Behind Enemy Lines; The True Story  of a French

Jewish Spy In Nazi Germany by Marthe Cohn (local PV resident)

September:  Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (our Classic read of the year)

August: Dutch House by Ann Patchette

JulyOlive Again by Elizabeth Strout

June: Citizens of London by Lynne Olson

May: An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine (TBD)

April: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (CANCELLED)

March: Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld (CANCELLED)

Feb: Educated by Tara Westover

Jan 2020: Home Fire by Kamela Shamsie

Dec 2019: No meeting

Nov: Poetry Readings

Oct: Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Sept:  The Library Book by Susan Orlean

August:  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accent by Julia Alvarez

July:  Auntie Mame by Patrick Dennis (original publication, 1955)

June:  Longitude by Dava Sobel

May: The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

April: Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman

March: The Golden Son by Shilpi Gowda

Feb: The Glass Universe by Dava Sobel

Jan 2019:  The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See

Dec 2018: No meeting, Happy Holidays!

Nov 2018:  Poetry Night:  Bring your favorite poems to share

Oct 2018: Last Days of Night by Graham Moore

Sept 2018:  My Life in France by Alex Prud’homme

Aug 2018: Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

July 2018Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery

June 2018We Need New Names by  NoViolet Bulawayo

May 2018: A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers

April 2018:Britt Marie was Here by Fredrick Backman

March 2018:  Their Eyes for Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

February 2018: Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

January 2018:  Pilot’s Wife by Anita Shreve

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BSB Bookclub members enjoy sharing good reads.

December 2017: no meeting

November 2017:  Poetry Night

October 2017: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

September 2017: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Bachman

August 2017: 1984 by George Orwell

July 2017:  Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly [Now a Major Motion Picture! ]

June 2017:  The Girl with all the Gifts by Mike Carey ( M.K.Carey)

May 2017: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

April 2017: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

March 2017: The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore

February 2017: The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

January 2017: Howard’s End by E. M. Forster

December 2016:  No reading – Special Event for Bookclub Members

November 2016:  Poetry Night – Bring a poem for sharing and discussion


October 2016: Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee


Maycomb, Alabama. Twenty-six-year-old Jean Louise Finch—“Scout”—returns home from New York City to visit her aging father, Atticus. Set against the backdrop of the civil rights tensions and political turmoil that were transforming the South, Jean Louise’s homecoming turns bittersweet when she learns disturbing truths about her close-knit family, the town, and the people dearest to her. Memories from her childhood flood back, and her values and assumptions are thrown into doubt. Featuring many of the iconic characters from To Kill a Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman perfectly captures a young woman, and a world, in painful yet necessary transition out of the illusions of the past—a journey that can only be guided by one’s own conscience.

Written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman imparts a fuller, richer under- standing and appreciation of Harper Lee. Here is an unforgettable novel of wisdom, humanity, passion, humor, and effortless precision—a profoundly affecting work of art that is both wonderfully evocative of another era and relevant to our own times. It not only confirms the enduring brilliance of To Kill a Mockingbird, but also serves as its essential companion, adding depth, context, and new meaning to an American classic. –

September 2016:  Taliban Shuffle by Kim Barker

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August 2016: Spool of Blue Thread by Ann Tyler

July 2016:  Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling)

June 2016: Jane Austen Bookclub by Karen Jay Fowler

Jane Austen

May 2016: I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

I am Malala


“I come from a country that was created at midnight. When I almost died it was just after midday.”

“When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.

On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive.

Instead, Malala’s miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she became a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize.

I AM MALALA is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls’ education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons.

I AM MALALA will make you believe in the power of one person’s voice to inspire change in the world.” –

April 2016: The Orphan Master’s Son

    by Adam Johnson

Orphan Master's


March 2016: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

All the Light


From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge.

Doerr’s “stunning sense of physical detail and gorgeous metaphors” (San Francisco Chronicle) are dazzling. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, he illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another. Ten years in the writing, a National Book Award finalist, All the Light We Cannot See is a magnificent, deeply moving novel from a writer “whose sentences never fail to thrill” (Los Angeles Times). –

February’s Read: Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

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