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This is a full booklist of all titles read by Saved by the Bell Jar. You can also view only their upcoming meetings or, if you really like their taste in books, a printable list of authors and titles to use as a reading list.

***SPECIAL DATE*** Saved by the Bell Jar: My Salingar Year

Poignant, keenly observed, and irresistibly funny: a memoir about literary New York in the late nineties, a pre-digital world on the cusp of vanishing, where a young woman finds herself entangled with one of the last great figures of the century.

***SPECIAL DATE*** Saved by the Bell Jar: What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding

Kristin Newman spent much of her twenties and thirties buying dresses to wear to her friends' weddings and baby showers. Not ready to settle down and in need of an escape from her fast-paced job as a sitcom writer, Kristin instead traveled the world, often alone, for several weeks each year. In addition to falling madly in love with the planet, Kristin fell for many attractive locals, men who could provide the emotional connection she wanted without costing her the freedom she desperately needed. 

Saved by the Bell Jar: To Rise Again at a Decent Hour

After noticing his identity has been stolen and used to create various social media accounts, a man with a troubled past, Paul O'Rourke, begins to wonder if his virtual alter ego is actually a better version of himself. Meets the fourth Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at Angel's Island Coffee. For more information please contact Julia Hendon at 256-881-0257 or jhendon [at] hmcpl [dot] org.

Saved by the Bell Jar: Good Manners for Nice People

Combining science with humor, an in-your-face modern guide to manners for regular people provides a new set of rules for the twenty-first century that shows how to avoid being rude and stand up to those who are. Meets the fourth Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at Angel's Island Coffee. For more information please contact Julia Hendon at 256-881-0257 or jhendon [at] hmcpl [dot] org.

Saved by the Bell Jar: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me

Kaling shares her observations, fears, and opinions about a wide-ranging list of the topics she thinks about the most. From her favorite types of guys to life in the "The Office" writers' room, her book is full of personal stories and laugh-out-loud philosophies. Meets the fourth Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at Angel's Island Coffee. For more information please contact Julia Hendon at 256-881-0257 or jhendon [at] hmcpl [dot] org.

Saved by the Bell Jar: One More Thing

B.J. Novak's One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories is an endlessly entertaining, surprisingly sensitive, and startlingly original debut that signals the arrival of a brilliant new voice in American fiction. A boy wins a $100,000 prize in a box of Frosted Flakes--only to discover how claiming the winnings might unravel his family. A woman sets out to seduce motivational speaker Tony Robbins--turning for help to the famed motivator himself. A new arrival in Heaven, overwhelmed with options, procrastinates over a long-ago promise to visit his grandmother.

Saved by the Bell Jar: Gulp

“America’s funniest science writer” (Washington Post) takes us down the hatch on an unforgettable tour of our insides. The alimentary canal is classic Mary Roach terrain: the questions inspired by our insides are as taboo, in their way, as the cadavers in Stiff and every bit as surreal as the universe of zero gravity explored in Packing for Mars. Why is crunchy food so appealing? Why is it so hard to find names for flavors and smells? Why doesn’t the stomach digest itself? How much can you eat before your stomach bursts?

Saved by the Bell Jar: Rules of Civility

This sophisticated and entertaining first novel presents the story of a young woman whose life is on the brink of transformation. On the last night of 1937, twenty-five-year-old Katey Kontent is in a second-rate Greenwich Village jazz bar when Tinker Grey, a handsome banker, happens to sit down at the neighboring table. This chance encounter and its startling consequences propel Katey on a year-long journey into the upper echelons of New York society—where she will have little to rely upon other than a bracing wit and her own brand of cool nerve.

Saved by the Bell Jar: The Taming of the Shrew

Renowned as Shakespeare's most boisterous comedy, The Taming of the Shrew is the tale of two young men -- the hopeful Lucentio and the worldly Petruchio -- and the two sisters they meet in Padua. Lucentio falls in love with Bianca, the apparently ideal younger daughter of the wealthy Baptista Minola. But before they can marry, Bianca's formidable elder sister, Katherine, must be wed.

Saved by the Bell Jar: The Power of Habit

Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed.

 

Meets the fourth Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at Angel's Island Coffee.  For more information please contact Julia Hendon at 256-881-0257 or jhendon [at] hmcpl [dot] org.

Saved by the Bell Jar: The Bell Jar

Chronicles one young woman's emotional breakdown as she journeys from the glamorous world of Manhattan publishing to the isolation of the asylum.

 

Meets the fourth Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at Angel's Island Coffee.  For more information please contact Julia Hendon at 256-881-0257 or jhendon [at] hmcpl [dot] org.

Saved by the Bell Jar: Don't Worry, It Gets Worse

Refelcts on the author's career and personal life after college, sharing her experiences in becoming a responsible adult, including finding an apartment, paying off student loans, and preparing real food.

 

Meets the fourth Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at Angel's Island Coffee.  For more information please contact Julia Hendon at 256-881-0257 or jhendon [at] hmcpl [dot] org.

Saved by the Bell Jar: Holidays on Ice

A best-selling classic features six additional works on the joys and embarrassments of favorite holidays, in a volume that includes tales of tardy trick-or-treaters, the difficulties of explaining the Easter Bunny to another culture, and a barnyard Secret Santa scheme gone awry.

 

Meets the fourth Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at Angel's Island Coffee.  For more information please contact Julia Hendon at 256-881-0257 or jhendon [at] hmcpl [dot] org.

Saved by the Bell Jar: Dear Girls Above Me

"When Charlie McDowell began sharing his open letters to his noisy upstairs neighbors--two impossibly ditzy female roommates in their mid-twenties--on Twitter, his feed quickly went viral. His followers multiplied and he got the attention of everyone from celebrities to production studios to major media outlets such as Time and Glamour. Now Dear girls breaks out of the 140-character limit as Charlie imagines what would happen if he put the wisdom of the girls to the test [in this work of fiction]"

 

Saved by the Bell Jar: Wild ***SPECIAL DATE: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25TH***

A powerful, blazingly honest, inspiring memoir: the story of a 1,100 mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe--and built her back up again.

 

Meets the fourth Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at Angel's Island Coffee.  For more information please contact Julia Hendon at 256-881-0257 or jhendon [at] hmcpl [dot] org.

Saved by the Bell Jar: Somebody Told Me

With his bestselling All Over but the Shoutin', Rick Bragg gave us memorable stories of his own childhood. In Somebody Told Me, he offers the best of his work as a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist writing the remarkable stories of others.

Saved by the Bell Jar: Someday, Someday, Maybe

The hilarious story of a struggling young actress trying to get ahead--and keep it together--in New York City.