ZETA TAu alpha,
houston alumnae association

Taryn Cheesman Hryc, President

president@ztahouston.org

Houston, TX

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@2019 by Houston Alumnae Association of Zeta Tau Alpha.

Book Club

Read On.

Looking for a new read? Join Book Club on the third Wednesday of the month. Below shows our current reads for the year, and all years previously. 

Book Club Chair:

2016 - Present – Candy Bourgeois

2013 - 2015 – Stephanie Gilbert & Candy Bourgeois

2003 - 2012 – Stephanie Gilbert

'*' indicates the author joined HAA of ZTA Book Club for discussion on their book, research, planning and writing process. 

2019
  • January 16 – “Where the Crawdads Sing" by Delia Owens

  • February 20 – “Crazy Rich Asians" by Kevin Kwan

  • March 20 – “Little Fires Everywhere" by Celeste Ng

  • April 17 – “Educated: A Memoir" by Tara Westover

  • May 15 – “Ready Player One" by Ernest Cline

  • June 19 – “Scrappy Little Nobody" by Anna Kendrick (Audio Book recommended)

  • July 17 – “Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen" by Sarah Bird

  • August 21 – Share your favorite summer read

  • September 18 – “Truly Madly Guilty" by Liane Moriarty 

  • October 16 – “Stranger Beside Me: Ted Bundy - The Shocking Inside Story" by Ann Rule

  • November 20 – “A Spark of Light" by Jodi Picoult

2018
  • January 17 – “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” by Gail Honeyman

  • February 21 – “Emily & Einstein: A Novel of Second Chances” by Linda Francis Lee

  • March 21 – “Secrets of a Charmed Life” by Susan Meissner

  • April 18 – “Artemis” by Andy Weir

  • May 16 – “Kitchen Daughter” by Jael McHenry

  • June 20 – “Bossypants” by Tina Fey

  • July 18 – “Before We Were Yours” by Lisa Wingate

  • August 15 – Share your favorite summer read

  • September 19 – “What Alice Forgot” by Liane Moriarty

  • October 17 – “Gift of Fear: Survival Signals that Protect Us from Violence” by Galvin de Becker

  • November 14 – “Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day” by Winifred Watson

2017
  • “A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman

  • “When I’m Gone” by Emily Bleeker

  • “Big Little Lies” by Liane Moriarity

  • “The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah

  • “The Nix” by Nathan Hill

  • “Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography” by Rob Lowe

  • “All-Girl Filling Stations Last Reunion” by Fannie Flagg

  • “The Chemist” by Stephanie Meyer

  • “Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers” by Mary Roach

  • “Cyberstorm” by Matthew Mather

2016
  • “Inheritance” by Natalie Danford

  • “The Selection” by Kiera Cass

  • “A House in the Sky” by Amanda Lindhout

  • “Luckiest Girl Alive” by Jessica Knoll

  • “Garlic Sapphires - The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise” by Ruth Reichl

  • “Desolation Row” by Kay Kendall* (Houston author)

  • “Ship of Fools” by Katherine Anne Porter

  • “The Promise” by Ann Weisgarber* (Sugar Land author)

  •  “Devil in the White City: A Saga of Magic and Murder at the Fair that Changed America” by Erik Larson

  • “The Law of Moses” by Amy Harmon

2015
  • “The Rosie Project” by Graeme Samson

  • “Redeeming Love” by Francine Rivers

  • “The Signature of All Things” by Elizabeth Gilbert

  • “Leaving Time” by Jodie Picoult

  • “Far From the Madding Crowd” by Thomas Hardy

  • “Looking for Alaska” by John Greene

  • “The Language of Flowers” by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

  • “The Lady of the Rivers” by Philippa Gregory

  • “The Secret Keeper” by Kate Morton

  • “Wonder” by RJ Palacio

2014
  • “The Book Thief” by Markus Zuzak

  • “The Longest Ride” by Nicholas Sparks

  • Unpublished work by Thomas Foti* (Houston author)

  • “The Rosetti Letter” by Christi Phillips

  • “Cutting for Stone” by Abraham Verges

  • “Alas, Babylon” by Pat Frank

  • “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail” by Cheryl Strayed

  • “The Quiet Roar of a Hummingbird” by Catherine Gentile

  • “Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore” by Robin Sloan

  • “A Dog Named Christmas” by Greg Kinkaid

2013
  • “The Paris Wife” by Paula McLain

  • “Saving Gracie” by Terry Lee (Sugar Land author)

  • “The Host” by Stephenie Meyer

  • “The Kitchen House” by Kathleen Grissom

  • “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn

  • “Where’d you go Bernadette?” by Maria Semple

  • “Safe Haven” by Nicholas Sparks

  • “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green

  • “The Art of Hearing Heartbeats” by Jan-Phillip Sender

  • “The Snow Child” by Eowyn Ivey

2012
  • “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand

  • “A Great and Terrible Beauty” by Libba Bray

  • “The Girl Who Fell from the Sky” by Heidi W Durrow

  • “Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness” by Alexandra Fuller

  • “Moloka'i“ by Allan Brennert

  • “Aftertaste: A Novel in 5 Courses” by Meredith Mileti

  • “Wrecker” by Summer Wood*

  • “Lost December” by Richard Paul Evans

2011
  • “Night” by Elie Wiesel

  • “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter & Sweet” by Jamie Ford

  • “These is my Words: The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine, 1881-1901” by Nancy Turner

  • “Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen: A Novel” by Susan Gregg Gilbmore

  • “A Dog’s Purpose” by W. Bruce Cameron

  • “The Wives of Henry Oades” by Joanna Moran

  • “Room: A Novel” by Emma Donnoghue

  • “Have a Little Faith: A True Story” by Mitch Albom

2010
  • “Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist” by Michael J Fox

  • “Love in the Time of Cholera” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

  • “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett

  • "Nefertiti: A Novel” by Michelle Moran

  • “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

  • “Marrying the Mistress” by Joanna Trollope

  • “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” by Steig Larson

  • “The Last Lecture” by Randy Pausch

2009
  • “The Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein

  • “Loving Frank” by Nancy Horan

  • “Vanishing Acts” by Jodi Picoult

  • “Sarah’s Key” by Tatiana de Rosnay

  • “The Ride of Our Lives” by Mike Leonard

  • “The Dante Club” by Matthew Pearl

  • “Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace…One School at a Time” by Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin

  • “Christmas Jars” by Jason F. Wright

2008
  • “Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress” by Dai Sijie

  • “Atonement: A Novel” by Ian McEwan

  • “Bring Me Your Saddest Arizona” by Ryan Harty

  • “Mr. Darcy’s Diary” by Amanda Grange

  • “Bridge of Sighs” by Richard Russo

  • “The History of Love: A Novel” by Nicole Krauss

  • “The Historian” by Elisabeth Kostova

  • “The Gift: A Novel” by Richard Paul Evans

2007
  • “The Good The Bad and The Ugly Men I've Dated" by Shane Bolks

  • “The Grace That Keeps This World: A Novel” by Tom Bailey

  • “Pope Joan” By Donna Cross

  • “Memory Keepers Daughter” by Kim Edwards

  • “In the Company of the Courtesan: A Novel” by Sarah Dunant

  • “The Tortilla Curtain” by T.C. Boyle

  • “Cowboys are My Weakness” by Pam Houston

  • “Weight of Water” by Anita Shreve

  • “Nordie's at Noon: The Personal Stories of Four Women ‘Too Young’ for Breast Cancer” by Patti Balwanz, Kim Carlos, Jennifer Johnson and Jana Peters

  • “Water for Elephants” by Sara Gruen

  • “The Book of Bright Ideas” by Sandra Kring

  • “Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress” by Dai Sijie

2006
  • “Sons and Lovers” by DH Lawrence

  • “Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini

  • “Back When We Were Growups” by Anne Tyler

  • “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan: A Novel” by Lisa See

  • “D is For DeadBeat” by Sue Grafton

  • “The Lady and the Unicorn” by Tracy Chevalier

  • “Everyone Else’s Girl” by Megan Crane

  • “Screwtape Letters” by CS Lewis

  • “A Million Little Pieces” by James Frey

  • “The Memoirs of Helen of Troy: A Novel” by Amanda Elyot

  • “The Grace That Keeps this World” by Tom Bailey

2005
  • “Sweet Potato Queens’ Book of Love” by Jill Conner Brown

  • “Birth of Venus” by Sarah Dunant

  • “The Liar’s Club – A Memoir” by Mary Karr

  • “The Last Promise” by Richard Paul Evans

  • “Eugene Onegin” by Aleksandr Sergeevich Pushkin

  • “Icy Sparks” by Gwyn Hyman Rubio

  • “Memoirs of a Geisha” by Arthur Golden

  • “Empire Falls” by Richard Russo

  • “The Other Boleyn Girl” by Philippa Gregory

  • “Shadow of the Wind” by Carlos Ruiz Zafon and Lucia Graves

  • “The Time Traveler’s Wife” by Audrey Niffenegger

2003 - 2004

HAA of ZTA Book Club picked the book at the meeting each month for the nex​t month.