Book Club Archives

Interested in what we have read in previous years? Here are the previous year’s book club selections.


  • The Shadow of the Sun by Ryszard Kapuściński
  • How Beautiful We Were by Imbolo Mbue
  • Last Best Hope: America in Crisis and Renewal by George Packer
  • The Power of Women: A Doctor’s Journey of Hope and Healing by Denis Mukwege
  • A Few Minor Adjustments: Two Years in Afghanistan: A Peace Corps Odyssey by Elana Hohl


  • The Famished Road by Ben Okri
  • Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line by Deepa Anappara
  • King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa by Adam Hochschild
  • Crooked Hallelujah by Kelli Jo Ford
  • Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue


  • What Truth Sounds Like – Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and Unfinished Conversation about Race in America by Michael Eric Dyson
  • In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende
  • The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela by Nelson Mandela
  • On the Plain of Snakes by Paul Theroux
  • Small Country by Gael Faye


  • A House Without Windows by Nadia Hashimi
  • The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After by Clemantine Wamariya and Elizabeth Weil
  • The Far Away Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life by Lauren Markham
  • Then Again by Ben Berman
  • Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah


  • Notes on a Foreign Country: An American in a Post-American World by Suzy Hansen
  • Migrant, Refugee, Smuggler, Savior by Peter Tinti & Tuesday Reitano
  • The Sympathizer  by Viet Thanh Nguyen
  • Thieves of State  by Sarah Chayes
  • Lola’s House: Filipino Women Living With War  by M Evelina Galang


  • The Badass Librarians of Timbuktu by Joshua Hammer by Ishmael Beah
  • Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Bennett
  • Pumpkin Flowers by Matti Friedman
  • Lessons of Love in Afghanistan by Suzanne Griffin
  • Evicted: Poverty & Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond
  • Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi


  • A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah
  • The Yacoubian Building by Ala Aswani
  • Full Tilt: Ireland to India with a Bicycle by Dervia Murphy
  • Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi
  • Iran Awakening by Shīrīn ʻIbādī
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates


  • In the Time of Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
  • The Sky Unwashed by Irene Zabytko
  • Oracle Bones: A Journey Through Time in China byPeter Hessler
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
  • Landfall by Ellen Urbani
  • The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna
  • An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine


  • Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
  • The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • The Unheard by Josh Swiller
  • River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze by Peter Hessler
  • Americanah by Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie
  • I Heard the Owl Call My Name by Margaret Craven


  • The Turn-Around Bird by Lucinda Wingard
  • The Springs of Namje by Rajeev Goyal
  • Fieldwork by Mischa Berlinski
  • The Village of Waiting by George Packer
  • This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz


  • The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht
  • The Year of Living Dangerously by C.J. Koch
  • Through the Language Glass: Why the World Looks Different in Other Languages by Guy Deutscher
  • Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh
  • The Pickup by Nadine Gordimer
  • Mighty Be Our Powers: How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed A Nation at War : A Memoir by Leymah Gbowee
  • Even the Smallest Crab Has Teeth: 50 Years of Amazing Peace Corps Stories
  • Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared M. Diamond
  • The Submission by Amy Waldman
  • A Bend in the River by V.S. Naipaul
  • The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World by Jacqueline Novogratz
  • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford


  • Purge by Sofi Oksanen
  • Even Silence Has An End: My Six Years of Captivity in the Colombian Jungle by Ingrid Betancourt
  • Baking Cakes in Kigali. A Novel by Gaile Parkin
  • Nomad by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
  • Saving the World by Julia Alvarez
  • Little Bee by Chris Cleave

The Seattle Area Peace Corps Association (SEAPAX) is a group of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) dedicated to improving international understanding at all levels. We aim to fulfill the Third Goal of the Peace Corps: bringing the world back home. 


Join SEAPAX to get involved in Seattle area events like our monthly Pub Trivia and our Eats Out Dinners. Connect on our group discussion boards or at

Stay Updated

Join SEAPAX to subscribe to our newsletter and join our Facebook page to stay up-to-date on SEAPAX happenings.

Get Involved

SEAPAX offers grants for local and international organizations. We also participate in other programs like service projects and advocacy efforts.

Skip to content