The Country Dozen Book Club

Alberta Book Clubs

We are located in the community of Priddis Alberta, just west of Calgary. We started our book club in 1995 - just celebrated 10 years in January. We are local women that have raised our kids together and now are enjoying watching them all leave home - leaving more time to read. We started out with 11 members and are down to 8 and seem to be content with this number. We have enjoyed reading and meeting monthly to discuss the books - by doing so have become good friends and have supported each other through many of lifes trials. We try to do a weekend run-a-way at least once a year and pick an interesting place to go and "chill".

You will see our book list is quite extensive - we try to read Canadian books but certainly don't stop there. We read both fiction and non-fiction. We try to read some of the classics, or older books that are easier to get ahold of - and are often pleasently surprised! It always surprises us what books bring on the best discussions -this is something that cannot be predicted. We have no intention of stopping anytime soon and look forward to celebrating 15 years before we know it!

Reading List

Established December 1994


The Stone Diaries
Carol Shields

Mutant Message Down Under
Marlo Morgan

Not Wanted on the Voyage
Timothy Findlay

Follow the River
Thom Alexander

Jane Urquhart

The Forsyte Saga
John Galsworthy

The Wild Swans
Jung Chan

Funny Boy
Shyam Selvadurai

New Moon Rising
Eugena Price


Jane Austen

Captain Corelli's Mandolin
Louis deBernieres

Snow Falling on Cedars
David Guterson

A Discovery of Strangers
Rudy Wiebe

Beach Music
Pat Conroy

The Horse Whisperer
Nicholas Evans

Men for the Mountains
Sid Marty

The Piano Man's Daughter
Timothy Findlay


A Thief of Time
Tony Hellerman

Guy Vanderhaeghe

To The Wedding
John Berger

A Women's Worth
Marianne Williamson

Sebastian Faulks

A Fine Balance
Rohinton Mistry

Alias Grace
Margaret Atwood

Virgins of Paradise
Barbara Wood


Englishman's Boy
Guy Vanderheeghe

A Cure for Death by Lightning
Gail Anderson Dargatz

Judith Hearne
Brian Moore

Elephant Winter
Kim Echlin

Diana Gabaldon

A. S. Byatt

Larry's Party
Carol Sheilds

Swamp Angel
Ethel Wilson

God of Small Things
Arundhati Roy

Cold Mountain
Charles Frazier


The Underpainter
Jane Urquhart

A Death in the Family
James Agee

Lady Chatterley's Lover
D.H. Lawrence

Accordian Crimes
E. Annie Proulx

The Gospels
Holy Bible

A Fine Daughter
Catherine Simmons Niven

Fionavar Tapestry
Guy Gavrbiel Kay

Memoirs of a Geisha
Arthur Golden

Brigette Jones Diary
Helen Fielding


The Poisonwood Bible
Barbara Kingsolver

Beyond the Sky and the Earth
Jamie Zeppa

Barney's Version
Mordicei Richler

Lust for Life
Irving Stone

Bachelor brothers' bed and breakfast
Bill Richardson

Behind the Scenes at the Museum
Kate Atkinson

Hidden In Plain View
J Tobin/R Dobard

Arctic Dreams
Barry Lopez

any of her books Penelope Fitzgerald


Catcher in the Rye

Beneath the Faceless Mountain
Roberta Rees

Daughter of Fortune
Isabel Allende

The Hot Zone
Richard Preston

A Star Called Henry
Roddy Doyle

Written on the Body
Jeannette Winterson

The Agony and the Ecstasy
Irving Stone

Stones from the River
Ursula Hegiv

The Baroness of the Canadian Rockies
(Lizzie Rummel) Ruth Oltmann


No Great Mischief
Alistair MacLeod

Confessions from a Jericho Jail
Stephen Langfur

The Red Tent
Anita Diamant

Five Quarters of the Orange
Joanne Harris

Chris Bohjalian

Monkey Beach
Eden Robinson

Alessandro Baricco

When We Were Orphans
Kazuo Ishiguro

Guilty Addictions; A Political Mystery
Garrett Wilson


The Glass Palace
Amitav Ghosh

The Many Lives and Secret Sorrows Of Josephine B.
Sandra Gulland

Life of Pi: a novel
Yann Martel

The Lost Garden
Helen Humphries

To the Lighthouse
Virginia Woolfe

The Final Confession of Mable Stark
Robert Hough

Short & Tall Tales "Moose Country Legends"
Lilian Jackson Braun

The Middle Ground
Margaret Drabble


A Walk in the Woods
Bill Bryson

5 People you meet in Heaven
Mitch Albom

The DaVinci Code
Dan Brown

The Bonesetters Daughter
Amy Tan

>Kits Law
Donna Morrisey

The Three Junes
Julia Glass

East of Eden
John Steinbech

Francis Itani

The Curious Incident of the dog in the Night-time
Mark Haddon


The Constant Gardener
(10th Anniversary Meeting) John Le Carre

Brother & Sister
Joanna Trollope

Crones Don't Whine
Dr. Jean Shinoda Bolen

Time Traveller's Wife
Audrey Niffenegger

David Sedaris

Lilac Moon
Sharon Butala

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