Book club

The Book Club meets in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area three times a year and is open to all members. Paul Mamula is the North Central Chapter Book Club Coordinator. RSVP by 9:00am the day of the Book Club meeting so that Paul can call ahead to have a table waiting. Email Paul at: paulpat (at) pclink (dot) com.

The AMWA Book Club, founded in January 2007, meets 3 times every year (on the last Monday of January, April, and September) at the same 3 rotating central locations (the Egg and I near the Minneapolis-St. Paul border, the Caribou north of Lake Nokomis, and Boca Chica Restaurant south of downtown St. Paul).  The January and April meetings are both at 11 a.m.; the September meeting is at 6 p.m.

Upcoming AMWA North Central Chapter Book Club selections:


Monday, April 27, 2020, 11 a.m., Mirror of Korea (761 Snelling Ave. N., St. Paul, MN): Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil by Tom Mueller.

Past selections, just for the record:


(1) Monday, January 27, 2020: Dreyer’s English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style by Benjamin Dreyer.


(1) Monday, January 28, 2019: The Written World: The Power of Stories to Shape People, History, Civilization by Martin Puchner.
(2) Monday, April 29, 2019: Blood: An Epic History of Medicine and Commerce by Douglas Starr.
(3) Monday, September 30, 2019: Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance by Atul Gawande.


(1) Monday, January 29, 2018: Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande
(2) Monday, April 30, 2018: The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks
(3) Monday, September 24, 2018: A world without “Whom”: The Essential Guide to Language in the Buzzfeed Age by Emmy J. Favilla.


(1) Monday, January 30, 2017: The Rise and Fall of Modern Medicine by James Le Fanu
(2) Monday, April 24, 2017: The Mind Has Mountains: Reflections on Society and Psychiatry by Paul R. McHugh
(3) Monday, September 25, 2017: Interface by George Jewsbury and Neal Stephenson [a novel first published under the pseudonym Stephen Bury]


(1) Monday, January 25, 2016: White Coat, Black Hat: Adventures on the Dark Side of Medicine by Carl Elliott
(2) Monday, April 25, 2016: The Violinist’s Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code by Sam Kean
(3) Monday, September 26, 2016: Ticked: A Medical Miracle, a Friendship, and the Weird World of Tourette Syndrome by James A. Fussell and Jeffrey P. Matovic


(1) Monday, January 26, 2015: Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach
(2) Saturday, April 25, 2015: A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar
(3) Monday, September 28, 2015: Health Care Research Done Right: A Journal Editor Shares Practical Tips and Techniques for High Quality and Efficiency by Kathleen A. Fairman


(1) January 27, 2014: The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee
(2) April 26, 2014: The End of Illness by David B. Agus
(3) September 29, 2014: Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us by Michael Moss


(1) Monday, January 28: The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements by Sam Kean
(2) Monday, April 29: Hippocrates’ Shadow: Secrets from the House of Medicine by David H. Newman
(3) Monday, September 30:  6:30 pm, Caribou Coffee just west of Har Mar (2111 Snelling Ave N, Roseville, MN 55113, 651-636-5655) Your Medical Mind: How to Decide What Is Right for You by Jerome Groopman (see January 28, 2008) and Pamela Hartzband

(1) Monday, January 30: W;t by Margaret Edson
(2) Monday, April 30: Mount Misery by Samuel Shem (pseudonym of psychiatrist Stephen Bergman) (see April 26, 2010)
(3) Monday, September 24: My Own Country: A Doctor’s Story by Abraham Verghese

(1) Monday, January 31: Listening to Prozac: The Landmark Book about Antidepressants and the Remaking of the Self by Peter D. Kramer
(2) Monday, April 25 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
(3) Monday, September 26: Superbug: The Fatal Menace of MRSA by Maryn McKenna

(1) Monday, January 25: Hospital: Man, Woman, Birth, Death, Infinity, Plus Red Tape, Bad Behavior, Money, God, and Diversity on Steroids by Julie Salamon
(2) Monday, April 26: The House of God: The Classic Novel of Life and Death in an American Hospital by Samuel Shem (pseudonym of psychiatrist Stephen Bergman)
(3) Monday, September 27: Final Exam: A Surgeon’s Reflections on Mortality by Pauline W. Chen

(1) Monday, January 26: The Scalpel and the Soul by Allan Hamilton
(2) Monday, April 27: Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain by Oliver Sacks
(3) Monday, September 28: The Cure: How a Father Raised $100 Million—and Bucked the Medical Establishment—in a Quest to Save His Children by Geeta Anand

(1) Monday, January 28: How Doctors Think by Jerome Groopman
(2) Monday, April 28: Beating Back the Devil: On the Front Lines with the Disease Detectives of the Epidemic Intelligence Service by Maryn McKenna
(3) Monday, September 29: Beyond Knowing: Mysteries and Messages of Death and Life from a Forensic Pathologist by Janis Amatuzio

(1) Monday, January 8: Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science by Atul Gawande
(2) Monday, April 23: The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman
(3) Monday, September 24: Intuition by Allegra Goodman