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The most popular book club books.

Chances are you've read these.

If you've been in a book club for a while or you tend to read books with lots of buzz, you've already read these. But, just in case, here's a list of the most popular book club books from 2008, 2009 and 2010. Have you missed a good one?

Angela's Ashes 
by Frank McCourt

by Ian McEwan

The Book Thief 
by Markus Zusak

The Bookseller of Kabul 
by Asne Seierstad

Cold Mountain
by Charles Frazier

The Devil in the White City 
by Erik Larson

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood 
by Rebecca Wells

Eat, Pray, Love 
by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Elegance of the Hedgehog 
by Muriel Barbery

Girl with a Pearl Earring 
by Tracy Chevalier

The Friday Night Knitting Club 
by Kate Jacobs

House of Sand and Fog 
by Andre Debus III

Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy Bundle: 
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, 
The Girl Who Played with Fire, 
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

by Stieg Larsson

Life of Pi 
by Yann Martel

The Glass Castle
by Jeannette Walls

The Good Earth 
by Pearls S. Buck

The Great Gatsby 
by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Help 
by Kathryn Stockett

The Joy Luck Club 
by Amy Tan

Like Water for Chocolate 
by Laura Esquivel

The Kite Runner 
by Khaled Hosseini

Little Bee: A Novel 
by Chris Cleave

The Lovely Bones 
by Alice Sebold

Memoirs of a Geisha 
by Arthur Golden

The Memory Keeper's Daughter 
by Kim Edwards

The Mermaid Chair 
by Sue Monk Kid

by Jeffrey Eugenides

Peony in Love 
by Lisa See

The Red Tent 
by Anita Diamant

The Secret Life of Bees 
by Sue Monk Kid

The Shadow of the Wind 
by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

The Shipping News 
by Annie Proulx

Snow Falling on Cedars 
by David Guterson

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan 
by Lisa See

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle 
by David Wroblewski

Suite Francaise 
by Irene Nemirovsky

The Time Traveler's Wife 
by Audrey Niffenegger

A Thousand Splendid Suns 
by Khaled Hosseini

Three Cups of Tea: 
One Man's Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time

by Greg Mortenson

Water for Elephants
by Sara Gruen

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (Wicked Years) 
by Gregory Maguire