Book Discussion Group


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 our chairperson to let her know if you would like to attend or click on the hostess for the month.

For a complete list of books read during the 24-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.

Chairperson: Donna Hamilton


Thurs., September 3: The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt. Home of Betsy Gilder; leader – Pam Miller.
Mon., October 12: The American Empress: The Life and Times of Marjorie Merriweather Post by Nancy Rubin Stuart. Home of Paula Banks. Discussion leader: Virginia Jeandrevin.
Mon., November 9: A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler. Home of Marilyn Sigel; discussion leader – Paula Banks.
Mon., December 14, Holiday salad luncheon at 12 noon:  The Secret Garden by Frances Burnett. Location: TBA. Leader: Carol Kushmider. Members please bring a salad, accompaniment or dessert to share.
Mon., January 11: How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accent by Julia Alvarez. Home of Pam Miller; leader–Pat Chaloupek.
Mon., February 8: Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Home of Nancy Sprowls; leader — Carla Everstijn.
Mon., March 14: The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian. Home of Pat Chaloupek; leader–Donna Hamilton.
Mon., April 11: poetry selections. Members choice: select and and bring a copy of a poem to the meeting. Meet at the home of Bernice Goertzen.
Mon., May 9: My Brilliant Friend, by Elena Ferrante. Home of Pat Boyle. Leader: Willeane Schrock.

READING LIST 2014-2015
The Little Foxes, a play by Lillian Hellman at the Medina County District Library in Medina: a collaborative evening with artistic personnel from the Cleveland Playhouse.
Boys in the Boat — Daniel James Brown
Flight Behavior — Barbara Kingsolver
The Giver Lois Lowry
Jayber Crow — Wendell Berry
Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker — Jennifer Chiaverini
The Hare With the Amber Eyes — Edmund de Waal
All the Light We Cannot See — Anthony Doerr

READING LIST 2013-2014
Cloudsplitter – Russel Banks
The Group
 – Mary McCarthy
Dear Life
 – Alice Munro
The Little Prince
– Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Enrique’s Story
 – Sonia Nazario
Things Fall Apart
– Chinua Achebe
The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit
 – Lucette Lagnado
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry – Rachel Joyce

READING LIST 2012-2013
Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman, by Robert K. Massie
The History of the World in Six Glasses by Tom Standage
The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prarie by Wendy McClure
Julie and the Wolves, by Jean Craighead George
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
Destiny of the Republic by Candace Millard
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Last Runaway, by Tracy Chevalier (for Project LEARN’s Reading Rally on the Square)

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
– Dolen Perkins-Valdez
The Importance of Being Earnest
(play) – Oscar Wilde
Maisie Dobbs
– Jacqueline Winspear
Four Quartets
(poetry) – T.S. Eliot