The Noodleman Book Club

"Menacing East Isles & Lowry Hill since 1993"

The Noodleman Book Club is a small, by-invitation-only reading group in south Minneapolis.
We're a bunch of guys who like to get together over beers and popcorn and talk about stuff.


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Next Meeting
Al Franken, Giant of the Senate
by Al Franken


Wednesday, August 2, 2017, 7:30 PM at Paul's place

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Past Exploits

2017
Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi
Jerry's, May 14
Knockout: Stories, by John Jodzio
Emil's, May 15
Thank You for Being Late, by Thomas L. Friedman
Steve's, Apr 19
Hillbilly Elegy, by J. D. Vance
Joe's, Feb 28

2016
Alexander Hamilton, by Ron Chernow
Barry's, Dec 22
The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green
Emil's, Oct 10
Avenue of Mysteries, by John Irving
Paul's, Sept 12
The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd
Joe's, July 17
Becoming Wise, by Krista Tippett
An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living
Jerry's, June 13
Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Tom's, May 9
What a Plant Knows, by Daniel Chamovitz
A Field Guide to the Senses
David's, Mar 21
Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking, by Daniel Dennett
Lon's, Feb 8

2015
Orange is the New Black, by Piper Kerman
My Year in a Women's Prison
Steve's, Dec 7
All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
Paul's, Oct 26
The Cartel, by Don Winslow
The Surly Beer Hall, Aug 31
Redshirts, by John Scalzi
Emil's, July 22
The Righteous Mind, by Jonathan Haidt
Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion
Joe's, June 29
The Inhabited World, by David Long
Barry's, May 4
TransAtlantic, by Colum McCann
Tom's, Mar 30
Inherent Vice, by Thomas Pynchon
Jerry's, Feb 2

2014
City of Lies, by Ramita Navai
Love, Sex, Death, and the Search for Truth in Tehran
Lon's, Dec 8
Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now, by Douglas Rushkoff Paul's, Oct 27
Survival of the Sickest, by Dr. Sharon Moalem
The Surprising Connections Between Disease and Longevity
David's, Sept 15
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, by Tom Franklin Joe's, July 23
Back to Blood, by Tom Wolfe Steve's, June 23
The Year of the Flood, by Margaret Atwood Tom's, May 12
One Summer: America, 1927, by Bill Bryson Lon's, Mar 17
The Circle, by Dave Eggers Barry's, Feb 3

2013
A History of the World in 6 Glasses, by Tom Standage Jerry's, Dec 16
The Unwinding, by George Packer
An Inner History of the New America
20th anniversary celebration at The Pourhouse, Nov 4
Acts of Faith, by Eboo Patel
The Story of an American Muslim, in the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation
David's, Sep 18
Infinite Jest, by David Foster Wallace Joe's, July 15
The World Until Yesterday, by Jared Diamond
What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies?
Paul's, May 13
Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell Tom's, Apr 1
Flight Behavior, by Barbara Kingsolver Lon's, Jan 21

2012
Reality is Broken, by Jane McGonigal
Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World
Barry's, Nov 26
A Room With a View, by E.M. Forster David's, Oct 8
Empires of the Sea, by Roger Crowley
The Siege of Malta, the Battle of Lepanto, and the Contest for the Center of the World
Joe's, Aug 13
Savages, by Don Winslow Jerry's, July 16
Treacherous Alliance, by Trita Parsi
The Secret Dealings of Israel, Iran, and the United States
Steve's, June 18
The Sense of an Ending, by Julian Barnes Paul's, Apr 23
Thinking, Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman Lon's, Mar 19
The Naked and the Dead, by Norman Mailer Tom's, Jan 16

2011
The Anthologist, by Nicholson Baker Barry's, Nov 7
American Gods, by Neil Gaiman Jerry's, Sep 14
Being Wrong, by Kathryn Schulz
Adventures in the Margin of Error
Buddy's, July 20
The Great Transformation, by Karen Armstrong
The Beginning of Our Religious Traditions
David's, June 6
True Grit, by Charles Portis Joe's, Apr 6
Neuromancer, by William Gibson
and   Switch, by Chip Heath & Dan Heath
How to Change Things When Change is Hard
Steve's, Feb 21

2010
The Finkler Question, by Howard Jacobson Lon's, Dec 14
Freedom, by Jonathan Franzen Paul's, Nov 9
A Long Way Gone, by Ishmael Beah
Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
Jerry's, Sep 21
The Age of Anxiety, by Haynes Johnson
McCarthyism to Terrorism
Tom's, Aug 24
Tinkers, by Paul Harding
Barry's, July 7
The Big Short, by Michael Lewis
Inside the Doomsday Machine
Buddy's, June 8
Legends of the Chelsea Hotel, by Ed Hamilton
and   Kiss Me Deadly, by Mickey Spillane
David's, May 5
American Lion, by Jon Meacham
Andrew Jackson in the White House
Mark F's, Apr 5
The White Tiger, by Arayind Adiga Steve's, Feb 15
Bonk, by Mary Roach
The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex
Jerry's, Jan 18

2009
Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell Joe's, Nov 30
Bridge of Sighs, by Richard Russo Tom's, Oct 13
The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold Paul's, Aug 20
Lush Life, by Richard Price Buddy's, June 29
A Long Long Way, by Sebastian Barry Barry's, May 4
The Stuff of Thought, by Steven Pinker
Language as a Window into Human Nature
Steve's, Mar 16
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, by David Wroblewski Joe's, Feb 4
The Zookeeper's Wife, by Diane Ackerman
A War Story
David's, Jan 6

2008
Blindness, by Jose Saramago Lon's, Dec 1
Three Cups ofTea, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
One Man's Mission to Promote Peace... One School at a Time
Jerry's, Oct 6
Statecraft, by Dennis Ross
And How to Restore America’s Standing in the World
Paul's, Sep 2
1491, by Charles C. Mann
New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus
Joe's, July 3
Flatland, by Edwin A. Abbott Paul's, May 13
What is the What, by Dave Eggers Tom's, Apr 21
Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen Jerry's, Mar 4
Team of Rivals, by Doris Kearns Goodwin
The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
Mark's, Jan 8

2007
The Harmony Silk Factory, by Tash Aw Barry's, Monday, Nov 5
The Omnivore's Dilemma, by Michael Pollan Hosted by Steve at the Kitty Cat Klub, Oct 2
Special Topics in Calamity Physics, by Marisha Pessl Joe's, Aug 29
The Yiddish Policemen's Union, by Michael Chabon Paul's, July 11
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, by John Berendt Tom's, June 5
Broken for You, by Stephanie Kallos Lon's, May 1
Animals in Translation, by Temple Grandin
Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior
David's, Mar 27
Little Children, by Tom Perrotta Chambers, Feb 20
Zorro, by Isabel Allende Joe's, Jan 9

2006
The History of Love, by Nicole Krauss Lon's, Nov 28
The Singing Neanderthals, by Steven Mithen
The Origins of Music, Language, Mind, and Body
Steve's, Oct 24
The American Revelation, by Neil Baldwin
Ten Ideals that Shaped Our Country from the Puritans to the Cold War
Barry's, Sep 5
West With the Night, by Beryl Markham Lon's, July 31
The Devil in the White City, by Erik Larson
Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America
Tom's, July 11
Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson Paul's, May 30
Collapse, by Jared Diamond
How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
Steve's, Apr 19
The Plot Against America, by Philip Roth Jerry's, Mar 6
Life Support, by Tess Gerritsen David's, Feb 6
Stiff, by Mary Roach
The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
Barry's, Jan 9

2005
Truman, by David McCullough Lon's, Dec 5
Comeback, by Dick Francis Joe's, Oct 10
Oryx and Crake, by Margaret Atwood
Jerry's, Sep 12
The Hippopotamus, by Stephen Fry
Lyle's, Aug 1
Under the Banner of Heaven, by Jon Krakauer
A Story of Violent Faith
Paul's, June 29
The Lobotomist, by Jack El-Hai
A Maverick Medical Genius and His Tragic Quest to Rid the World of Mental Illness
Jack's, May 25
Mountains Beyond Mountains, by Tracy Kidder
The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World
Lon's, Apr 27
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon Joe's, Mar 23
The Tipping Point, by Malcolm Gladwell
How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
Barry's, Feb 22
The Time Traveler's Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger David's, Jan 25

2004
Moneyball, by Michael Lewis
The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
Jerry's, Dec 14
Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini Joe's, Nov 17
Blue Latitudes, by Tony Horowitz
Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before
Lon's, Oct 5
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, by Michael Chabon
Steve's, Aug 31
Dark Star Safari, by Paul Theroux
Overland from Cairo to Capetown
Henry's, July 7
Inside Out, by Alexandra Stein
A Memoir of Entering and Breaking out of a Minneapolis Political Cult
Lon's, May 25
Angels in America, by Tony Kushner
A Gay Fantasia on National Themes
Barry's, Apr 13
Nonzero, by Robert Wright
The Logic of Human Destiny
David's, Feb 24
War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, by Chris Hedges Henry's, Jan 13

2003
Angels and Demons, by Dan Brown Jerry's, Dec 17
Why Religion Matters, by Huston Smith
The Fate of the Human Spirit in an Age of Disbelief
Steve's, Nov 5
Life of Pi, by Yann Martel Lon's, Oct 7
The Orchid Thief, by Susan Orlean Joe's, Aug 26
The Professor and the Madman, by Simon Winchester
A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary
Barry's, July 29
The Blank Slate, by Steven Pinker
The Modern Denial of Human Nature
David's, June 24
Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream, by Doris Kearns Goodwin Jerry's, May 12
In a Sunburned Country, by Bill Bryson Lon's, Apr 2
Cryptonomicon, by Neal Stephenson Dan's, Mar 3
Killing Pablo, by Mark Bowden
The Hunt for the World's Greatest Outlaw
Henry's, Jan 22

2002
The Corrections, by Jonathan Franzen Steve's, Dec 11
Empire Falls, by Richard Russo David's, Oct 23
Seabiscuit, by Laura Hillenbrand Joe's, Sep 9
April 1865, by Jay Winik
The Month That Saved America
Barry's, July 22
The Thin Man, by Dashiell Hammett George's, June 17
Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing, by Ted Conover Marty's, May 13
Beloved, by Toni Morrison David's, Apr 8
A Beautiful Mind, by Sylvia Nasar
The Life of Mathematical Genius and Nobel Laureate John Nash
Jerry's, Feb 25
The Search for the Pink-Headed Duck, by Rory Nugent
A Journey into the Himalayas and Down the Brahmaputra
Dan's, Jan 7

2001
The Battle for God, by Karen Armstrong Lon's, Dec 3
Salvation on Sand Mountain, by Dennis Covington
Snake Handling and Redemption in Southern Appalachia
Joe's, Oct 22
His Monkey Wife, or Married to a Chimp, by John Collier David's, Sep 19
Tom's, Sep 11
Catcher in the Rye, by J. D. Salinger Jack's, Aug 16
Into the Wild, by Jon Krakauer Rick's, July 23
The Flanders Panel, by Arturo Perez-Reverte Steve's, June 11
Girl With a Pearl Earring, by Tracy Chevalier Jerry's, May 7
The Tennis Partner, by Abraham Verghese Peter's, Apr 10
The Hours, by Michael Cunningham Barry's, Mar 5
Driving Mr. Albert, by Michael Paterniti
A Trip Across America with Einstein's Brain
David's, Feb 13
Guns, Germs, and Steel, by Jared Diamond
The Fates of Human Societies
Bradley's, Jan 9

2000
Gates of Fire, by Steven Pressfield Marty's, Nov 14
The Lexus and the Olive Tree, by Thomas L. Friedman
Understanding Globalization
Lon's, Oct 23
Ishmael, by Daniel Quinn Rick's, Sep 21
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, by Anne Fadiman Joe's, Aug 22
The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver George's, July 11
A Drinking Life, by Pete Hamill Tom's, June 12
Cities of the Plain, by Cormac McCarthy Jerry's, May 22
Sophie's World, by Jostein Gaarder Lon's, Apr 10
A Man in Full, by Tom Wolfe Joe's, Feb 28
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, by J. K. Rowling Dan's, Jan 10

1999
Tomcat in Love, by Tim O'Brien Barry's, Dec 6
How the Mind Works, by Steven Pinker George's, Nov 2
The Intuitionist, by Colson Whitehead Joe's, Sep 21
No Ordinary Time, by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II
David's, Aug 17
Freedomland, by Richard Price Lon's, June 22
How to Read an Unwritten Language, by Philip Graham Rick's, May 20
The Time Falling Bodies Take to Light, by William Irwin Thompson
Mythology, Sexuality, and the Origins of Culture
Tom's, Apr 19
Straight Man, by Richard Russo Peter's, Mar 11
Emotional Intelligence, by Daniel Goleman Steve's, Feb 8
She's Come Undone, by Wally Lamb George's, Jan 4

1998
Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice, by Mark J. Plotkin Rick's, Nov 30
The God of Small Things, by Arundhati Roy Barry's, Oct 12
The Perfect Storm, by Sebastian Junger Lon's, Sep 3
The Color of Water, by James McBride
A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother
Joe's, July 23
American Sphinx, by Joseph Ellis
The Character of Thomas Jefferson
Peter's, June 18
Martin Dressler, by Steven Millhauser
The Tale of an American Dreamer
Tom's, Apr 30
Cold Mountain, by Charles Frazier David's, Mar 19
Virtual Light, by William Gibson Dan's, Feb 12
A Simple Plan, by Scott Smith George's, Jan 7

1997
Out of Control, by Kevin Kelly
The New Biology of Machines, Social Systems and the Economic World
Lon's, Dec 4
L.A. Confidential, by James Ellroy Steve's, Oct 16
Primary Colors, by Anonymous Barry's, Sep 15
Stones from the River, by Ursula Hegi David's, Aug 18
Accordian Crimes, by Annie Proulx Dan's, July 16
Undaunted Courage, by Stephen Ambrose
Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West
George's, June 25
The Future of Capitalism, by Lester Thurow Tom's, May 22
A Civil Action, by Jonathan Harr Steve's, Apr 24
City Life, by Witold Rybczynski Tom's, Mar 13
The English Patient, by Michael Ondaatje Peter's, Feb 6
The Ecology of Commerce, by Paul Hawken Lon's, Jan 16

1996
Rainy Lake, by Mary Francoise Rockcastle Barry's, Dec 12
What Are People For, by Wendell Berry Steve's, Nov 12
All the King's Men, by Robert Penn Warren David's, Oct 10
Outerbridge Reach, by Robert Stone Tom's, Sep 4
The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, by Milan Kundera George's, Aug 7
The Sportswriter, by Richard Ford Lon's, July 10
Edge City, by Joel Garreau
Life on the New Frontier
Peter's, June 12
The Diamond Age, by Neal Stephenson Tom's, May 1
Master and Commander, by Patrick O'Brian Greg's, Mar 20
The Bone People, by Keri Hulme Steve's, Feb 15
Postcards, by E. Annie Proulx Barry's, Jan 11

1995 *
The Moral Animal, by Robert Wright
Evolutionary Psychology and Everyday Life
David's, Dec 14
In the Lake of the Woods, by Tim O'Brien Lon's, Nov ??
Clockers, by Richard Price George's, Oct 11
The Crossing, by Cormac McCarthy
The Language Instinct, by Steven Pinker Don's, Aug 10
Saint Mudd, by Steve Thayer Greg's, July ??
Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson
The Shipping News, by E. Annie Proulx Barry's, May 31
All the Pretty Horses, by Cormac McCarthy
Miracle at Philadelphia, by Catherine Dinker Bowen
The Story of the Constitutional Convention

1994 *
A History of God, by Karen Armstrong
The 4000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam
Best American Short Stories of 1993, edited by Louise Erdrich
Crossing to Safety, by Wallace Stegner Barry's, Sep 29
Money and the Meaning of Life, by Jacob Needleman George's, Aug 18
The Age of Missing Information, by Bill McKibben Greg's, July ??
Quinn's Book, by William Kennedy Lyle's Liquor
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, by Oliver Sacks David's
The Ape That Spoke, by John McCrone
Language and the Evolution of the Human Mind
One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel García Márquez Lon's, Jan 6

1993 *
Way Past Cool, by Jess Mowry Lon's, Dec ??
Nature's Mind, by Michael S. Gazzaniga
The Biological Roots of Thinking, Emotions, Sexuality, Language, and Intelligence
Lon's, Nov ??
* The records for 1993-95 were reconstructed from memory and incomplete notes scribbled in raggedy old appointment books, so don't take this list too literally for those years.

Last updated June 15, 2017 by David Woolley
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