December's Capitol Read
Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross
For a thousand years her existence has been denied-- Pope Joan, the woman who disguised herself as a man and rose to rule Christianity. Now this compelling novel animates the legend with a portrait of an unforgettable woman who struggles against restrictions her soul cannot accept.
When her older brother dies in a Viking attack, the brilliant young Joan assumes his identity and enters a Benedictine monastery where, as Brother John Anglicus, she distinguishes herself as a scholar and healer. Eventually drawn to Rome, she becomes enmeshed in a dangerous mix of powerful passion and explosive politics that threatens her life even as it elevates her to the highest throne in the Western 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
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