KMUW Literary Feast

Literary Feast is KMUW's monthly book club, featuring selections made by KMUW staff. For July we're reading:

Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family by Robert Kolker

"The Galvins seemed like a model for baby-boomer America, 12 children with a military dad and a strict but religious mother growing up in Colorado in the 1960s. But over the years, six of the boys in the family were diagnosed with schizophrenia." - Lulu Garcia-Navarro, NPR

Join us for Digital Literary Feast at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 15. Registration is free while Lit Feast continues to convene virtually. Click here to register for the Zoom conversation.

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Literary Feast book selections since its inception in August 2005:

2020   2019    2018    2017    2016    2015    2014    2013    2012    2011    2010    2009    2008    2007    2006    2005

2020

July - Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker (digital event)
June - The Bear by Andrew Krivak (digital event)
May - Godshot: A Novel by Chelsea Bieker (digital event)
April - The Glass Hotel: A Novel by Emily St. John Mandel (digital event)
March 18 - Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid (canceled)
February 19 - American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins
January 15 -  Mary Toft; or, The Rabbit Queen by Dexter Palmer

2019
December - A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
November - A Single Thread by Tracy Chevalier
October - Lab Girl by Hope Jahren (the 2019 selection for Big Read Wichita)
September - The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
August - Bunny by Mona Awad
July - The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai (paperback)
June The Red Daughter by John Burnham Schwartz
May - Normal People by Sally Rooney
April - Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli
March - Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James
February - The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee by David Treuer 
January -  My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

2018
December - Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
November - Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
October - Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (the 2018 selection for Big Read Wichita)
September - Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras
August - The Last Cruise by Kate Christensen
July - A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza
June Warlight by Michael Ondaatje
May - The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer
April - Anatomy of a Miracle by Jonathan Miles
March - I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O'Farrell
February - The Wizard and the Prophet: Two Remarkable Scientists and Their Dueling Visions to Shape Tomorrow’s World by Charles C. Mann
January -  The End We Start From by Megan Hunter

2017
December - My Absolute Darling: A Novel by Gabriel Tallent
November - Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel by Jesmyn Ward
October - The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir by Kao Kalia Yang
September - The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne
August - American Eclipse by David Baron
July - Saints for All Occasions by J. Courtney Sullivan
June - The Unsettlers by Mark Sundeen
May - Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
April - The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel
March - All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai
February - The Mothers by Brit Bennett
January -  Moonglow by Michael Chabon

2016
December - Orphans of the Carnival ​by Carol Birch
November - Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill ​by Candice Millard
October - Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
September - The Atomic Weight of Love by Elizabeth J. Church
August - The Mirror Thief by Martin Seay
July - Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? by Frans de Waal
June - The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett
May - Ways to Disappear by Idra Novey
April - On My Own by Diane Rehm
March - The Stargazer's Sister by Carrie Brown
February - The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks
January - The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild

2015
December - Avenue of Mysteries by John Irving
November - Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
October - Out on the Wire: The Storytelling Secrets of the New Masters of Radio by Jessica Abel
September - Don't Let Him Know by Sandip Roy
August - Beyond: Our Future in Space by Chris Impey
July - Orhan's Inheritance by Aline Ohanesian
June - The Tusk That Did the Damage by Tania James
May - Amnesia by Peter Carey
April - West of Sunset by Steward O'Nan
March - The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
February - The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert
January - The History of Rock-n-Roll in Ten Songs by Griel Marcus

2014
December - Not My Father's Son: A Family Memoir by Alan Cumming
November - We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas
October - Take This Man by Brando Skyhorse
September - Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast
August - My Salinger Year by Joanna Rakoff
July - The Unamericans by Molly Antopol
June - On Such a Full Sea by Chang-Rae Lee
May - Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
April - Orfeo by Richard Powers
March - The Ogallala Road: A Memoir of Love & Reckoning by Julene Bair
February - The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
January - The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

2013
December - The Telling Room by Michael Paterniti
November - The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
October - The Woman Who Lost Her Soul by Bob Shacochis
September - The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
August - Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld
July - The Son by Philipp Meyer
June - Life After Life by Jill McCorkle
May - Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
April - A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
March - The People of Forever Are Not Afraid by Shani Bojanjiu
February - Short Night of the Shadow Catcher by Timothy Egan
January - John Saturnall's Feast by Lawrence Norfolk

2012
December - Back to Blood by Tom Wolfe
November - The Round House by Louise Erdrich
October - Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon
September - The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
August - Over Time: My Life as a Sportswriter by Frank Deford
July - In One Person by John Irving
June -Home by Toni Morrison
May -The Book of Madness and Cures by Regina O'Melveny
April -The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson
March - A Good American by Alex George
February - Midnight Rising by Tony Horwitz
January - Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

2011
December - That Used to Be Us by Thomas Friedman
November - The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
October- The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
September - Turn of Mind by Alice LaPlante
August - The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris by David McCullough
July - State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
June - At Home by Bill Bryson
May - You Know When the Men Are Gone by Siobhan Fallon
April - West of Here by Jonathan Evison
March - Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff
February - Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
January - An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin

2010
December - Grant Wood by R. Tripp Evans
November - Travels in Siberia by Ian Frazier
October - The Gendarme by Mark T. Mustian
September - Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart
August - The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall
July - Beatrice & Virgil by Yann Martel
June - The Postmistress by Sarah Blake
May - The Three Weissmanns of Westport by Cathleen Schine
April - Just Kids by Patty Smith
March - Generosity by Richard Powers
February - The Children's Book by A. S. Byatt
January - Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong by Terry Teachout

2009
December
- Last Night in Twisted River by John Irving
November - Stitches: A Memoir by David Small
October - Homer & Langley by E. L. Doctorow
September - Exiles in the Garden by Ward Just
August - Brooklyn by Colm Toibin
July - Sag Harbor by Colson Whitehead
June - The Woman Behind the New Deal: The Life of Frances Perkins, FDR'S Secretary of Labor and His Moral Conscience by Kirstin Downey
May - Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
April - Little Bee by Chris Cleave
March - Land of Marvels by Barry Unsworth
February - The Hemingses of Monticello by Annette Gordon-Reed
January - Amarcord: Marcella Remembers by Marcella Hazan

2008
December - Sweetsmoke by David Fuller
November - The Wrecking Crew by Thomas Frank
October - The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
September - The Story of a Marriage by Andrew Sean Greer
August - America America by Ethan Canin
July - The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
June - A Voyage Long & Strange by Tony Horwitz
May - The Commoner by John Burnham Schwartz
April - People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
March - Charlatan by Pope Brock
February - Bleeding Kansas by Sara Paretsky
January - Last Night at the Lobster by Stewart O'Nan

2007
December - The Pirate's Daughter by Margaret Cezair-Thompson
November - The Maytrees by Annie Dillard
October - The Indian Clerk by David Leavitt
September - Crashing Through by Robert Kurson
August - Whistling in the Dark by Leslie Kagen
July - Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
June - The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon
May - Sacred Games by Vickram Chandra
April - The Echo Maker by Richard Powers
March - Against the Day by Thomas Pynchon (part 2)
February - Against the Day by Thomas Pynchon (part 1)
January - The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai

2006
December - Thunderstruck by Erik Larson
November - The Once and Future King by T.H. White & The Hero's Trail by T.A. Barron
October - All Aunt Hagar's Children by Edward P. Jones
September - Suite Française by Irene Nemirovsky
August - Mockingbird by Charles J. Shields
July - Red Weather by Pauls Toutonghi
June - Wicked and Son of a Witch by Gregory Maguire
May - Me Talk Pretty One Day and The Book of Liz by David Sedaris
April - Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
March - The Sea by John Banville
February - On Beauty by Zadie Smith
January - The Great Stink by Clare Clark

2005
December - Fallen by David Maine
November - The City of Falling Angels by John Berendt
October - Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading by Maureen Corrigan
September - Specimen Days by Michael Cunningham
August - Until I Find You by John Irving