The book discussion group has been in our line-up of interest groups since 1991. Stimulating discussions are the norm, whether it be on a historic novel, biography, socially critical book, mystery, play, poetry or any other genre. We have looked at what children are reading – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – and have combined the reading of a play with a theater excursion to see that play in production –The Importance of Being Earnest, The Seagull. We have done an entire year with a focus on China and we have chosen our favorite poems to bring and share during National Poetry Month. We are eclectic as well as classic, and enjoy diversity in our selections.
The group meets on the second Monday of the month, at 1 p.m., at members’ homes, unless otherwise noted.
This is a total participation group: members recommend titles for the group to read and vote on the recommendations; they are asked to read each month’s selection; members are asked to volunteer to take turns leading the discussion and in hosting the group. Our chairperson(s) coordinates the efforts and represents the group on the branch board of directors.
Come and try us out! Contact one of the chairpersons to let her know you would like to attend.
For a complete list of books read during the 21-year history of the group, click here to open/ download it in a pdf format.
For additional reading, we recommend AAUW’s ADELANTE BOOK LIST, monthly selections that stress AAUW’s commitment to diversity.
Chairpersons: Paula Banks and Annette Miller
June 21: Medina Branch will participate in the great “Read-In” sponsored by Project LEARN and the Medina District Libraries. We will do a “live” discussion on the Medina Square at 11:00 a.m. Be prepared to participate by reading our selection, Tracy Chevalier’s The Last Runaway. The book features a young Quaker girl who emigrated from England to the U.S. She settled in the Wellington-Oberlin area. The time setting is during the period of the Fugitive Slave Act. Please let the co-chairs know if you will participate.
**Book selected for summer reading (for discussion on Sept. 9): Cloudsplitter, by Russell Banks.
READING LIST 2012-2013
September: Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman, by Robert K. Massie
October: The History of the World in Six Glasses by Tom Standage
November: The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prarie by Wendy McClure
December: Julie and the Wolves, by Jean Craighead George
January: The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
February: The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
March: Destiny of the Republic by Candace Millard
May: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
PREVIOUS YEAR’S READING LIST, 2011-2012
One Man Great Enough – John C. Waugh
The Paris Wife – Paula McClain
The Slave Across the Street – Theresa Flores and Peggy Sue Wells
Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism – Temple Grandin
Wench – Dolen Perkins-Valdez
The Importance of Being Earnest (play) – Oscar Wilde
Maisie Dobbs – Jacqueline Winspear
Four Quartets (poetry) – T.S. Eliot