Epistolary Book Chat List

Our August Book Chat theme was epistolary books (novels in letters, or books about or containing letters). Here’s a list of some of the titles we discussed, listed alphabetically by the author’s last name:


Tara Altebrando & Sara Zarr, Roomies (YA)
Jay Asher, Thirteen Reasons Why (YA)
Nick Bantock, Griffin & Sabine (series of 6)
Annie Barrows, The Truth According to Us
Jessica Brockmole, Letters from Skye
Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower (YA)
Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling (editors), Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells: an anthology of gaslamp fantasy (includes one epistolary story)
Mark Dunn, Ella Minnow Pea
Helene Gremillon, The Confidant
Daniel Handler & Maira Kalman, Why We Broke Up (YA, illustrated)
John Hersey, Antonietta
Alice Kuipers, Life on the Refrigerator Door
Choderlos de Laclos, Dangerous Liaisons
Annabel Pitcher, Ketchup Clouds (YA)
Marilynne Robinson, Gilead
Rainbow Rowell, Attachments
Julie Schumacher, Dear Committee Members
Lionel Shriver, We Need to Talk About Kevin
Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Diane Smith, Letters from Yellowstone
Dominic Utton, Martin Harbottle’s Appreciation of Time
Patricia C. Wrede & Caroline Stevermer, Sorcery and Cecilia, or the Enchanted Chocolate Pot (YA)


My Dearest Friend: Letters of Abigail and John Adams
Selected Letters of Jane Austen
Simon Garfield, To the Letter: A Celebration of the Lost Art of Letter Writing
Helene Hanff, 84, Charing Cross Road
Rachel Kapelke-Dale & Jessica Pan, Graduates in Wonderland
Nina Sankovitch, Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Celebrating the Joys of Letter Writing
Nina Stibbe, Love, Nina: A Nanny Writes Home
Cheryl Strayed, Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar (try the audiobook!)
Shaun Usher, Letters of Note

YA = Young Adult

What’s your favorite epistolary novel or collection of letters?

The book chat group is now on hiatus, but all of the library’s other book groups always welcome new members. And if you aren’t participating in summer reading – why not?

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