VSDC Book Club

The Vegetarian Society of DC (VSDC) Book Club meets once each month, usually the last Wednesday at 7:30 pm at a vegetarian restaurant. We alternate between fiction and nonfiction. VSDC members and friends who have read at least half the book are welcome to attend.

small group of people smiling sitting at a restaurant togetherAn RSVP is required to attend. See the DC Area Vegan Meetup site for our upcoming meeting dates and to RSVP!

To find out the location, at least one week before the meeting, leave a message for Beth on the Veg Line (202-362-VEGY, box 2), or email to bookclub@vsdc.org, or send a message via Meetup.

The VSDC Book Club celebrates 25 years in 2017!


Book Club participants vote for two upcoming books at every other meeting: one fiction and one nonfiction. Any Book Club member can nominate a book — be prepared to participate in the discussion if it wins! We read books that are in paperback, in print, and under 400 pages. Plus, we read authors we haven’t read in the past five years (or ever).



At the end of each Book Club meeting, participants vote on whether they would recommend the book — yes, no, or “other.” We started asking this question at the April 1993 meeting. Votes before then do not include everyone who participated in the discussion, and may include some who didn’t. Note the self-selection: People who do not like a book may be less likely to come to the meeting.



January Off the Reservation Glen Merzer  4 1 4
February Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End Atul Gawande  6 0 3
March My Brilliant Friend Elena Ferrante  5 0 1
April Elephant Company: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War II Vicki Croke  3 0 3
May Leaving Time Jodi Picoult  5 2 1
June The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History Elizabeth Kolbert  7 0 3
July Jerry’s Vegan Women Ben Shaberman
August The Most Good You Can Do: How Effective Altruism Is Changing Ideas About Living Ethically Peter Singer
September The Bear Went Over the Mountain William Kotzwinkle
October The Glass Castle Jeannette Walls
November Dietland Sarai Walker


January Defiant Daughters: 21 Women on Art, Activism, Animals, and the Sexual Politics of Meat Kara Davis and Wendy Lee, eds. 3 0 4
February The Rosie Project: A Novel Graeme Simsion 3 0 1
March The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight for Farm Animals Jenny Brown 10 0 1
April Dog On It Spencer Quinn 3 4 3
May A Fighting Chance Elizabeth Warren 8 1 0
June The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry Gabrielle Zevin 5 0 1
July The Lusty Vegan: A Cookbook and Relationship Manifesto for Vegans and Those Who Love Them Ayinde Howell and Zoe Eisenberg 1 3 5
August The Adventures of Vivian Sharpe, Vegan Superhero Marla Rose 7 0 0
September Will Travel for Vegan Food Kristin Lajeunesse 8 1 3
October Lord of the Flies William Golding 4 1 3
November The Astronaut Wives Club Lily Koppel 4 1 4