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Capitol Reads

July's Capitol Read

The Sense of An Ending by Julian Barnes

A novel so compelling that it begs to be read in a single setting, The Sense of an Ending has the psychological and emotional depth and sophistication of Henry James at his best, and is a stunning new chapter in Julian Barnes's oeuvre.
This intense novel follows Tony Webster, a middle-aged man, as he contends with a past he never thought much about—until his closest childhood friends return with a vengeance: one of them from the grave, another maddeningly present. Tony thought he left this all behind as he built a life for himself, and his career has provided him with a secure retirement and an amicable relationship with his ex-wife and daughter, who now has a family of her own. But when he is presented with a mysterious legacy, he is forced to revise his estimation of his own nature and place in the world.



When are the Capitol Reads discussions?

Capitol Reads meets the 3rd Thursday of the month at noon.


Where are the Capitol Reads discussions?

 Capitol Reads discussions are held in the J.D. Waggoner Reading Room of the West Virginia Library Commission, Culture Center.


Why should I join Capitol Reads?

Expand your reading horizons.

Discover West Virginia authors and Appalachian-themed books.

Discuss the latest buzz-worthy novel or memoir.

Make new friends who share common interests.

Discuss your thoughts and ideas in a fun, friendly forum.

Join us! Spend your lunch break adding to your mind and not your waistline!


Past Capitol Reads Titles


June: The Devil's Son: Cap Hatfield and the End of the Hatfield and McCoy Feud by Anne Black Gray

May: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

April: Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution--And How it Can Renew America by Thomas L. Friedman

March: Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

February: Affrilachia Poems by Frank X. Walker

Janurary: As the Crow Flies by Craig Johnson

December: Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross

November: The Midwife of Hope River by Patricia Harman

October: The Ballad of Tom Dooley by Sharyn McCrumb

September: Ellen Foster by Kaye Gibbons

August: Wild Sweet Notes: Fifty Years of West Virginia Poetry 1950-1999, edited by Barbara Smith and Kirk Judd

July: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

June: The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara

May: The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck

April: Loving Frank by Nancy Horan

March: Clay's Quilt by Silas House

February: The Beekeeper's Lament: How One Man and Half a Billion Honeybees Help Feed America by Hannah Nordhaus

January: Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation by Cokie Roberts


December: The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse by Louise Erdrich

November: Rocket Boys: a memoir by Homer H. Hickam, Jr

October: The Memory of Old Jack by Wendell Berry

September: Breakfast with Buddha by Roland Merullo

August: The Night of the Hunter by Davis Grubb

July: The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

June: Bait and Switch by Barbara Ehrenreich

May: The Miner's Daughter by Gretchen Moran Laskas

April: Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague by Geraldine Brooks

March: A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

February: Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani

January: Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell


November: Readers' Choice

October: The Stories of Breece D’J Pancake

September: The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

August: Lord of Misrule by Jaimy Gordon

July: Billy Creekmore by Tracy Porter

June: Kettle Bottom by Diane Gilliam Fisher

May: Emily’s Ghost by Denise Giardina (Author led discussion)

April: Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

March: Parchment of Leaves by Silas House (2009 One Book, One West Virginia Selection)

February:  In Country by Billie Ann Mason (2010 One Book, One West Virginia Selection)

January: Witness at Hawks’ Nest by Dwight Harshbarger



November: Doors by William Hoffman

October: Pearl of China by Anchee Min

September: The Ballad of Trenchmouth Taggart by M. Glenn Taylor (Inaugural Capitol Reads selection)


All titles selected to be Capitol Reads are supplied by the Book Discussion Group Collection.

Questions, comments, or additional information requests may be directed to: Megan Tarbett, Capitol Reads Facilitator, Phone: (304) 558-2045

In-State Toll Free: 1-800-642-9021

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