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 one of the chairpersons to let her know you would like to attend.

For a complete list of books read during the 23-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


Wed., September 10: The Little Foxes, a play by Lillian Hellman; this first meeting will be at 7 p.m. at the Medina County District Library in Medina. A collaborative evening with artistic personnel from the Cleveland Playhouse who will discuss with us how they develop the written word into a theatrical performance.

The Cleveland Playhouse will open its 2014-2015 season with The Little Foxes at the Allen Theater from Sept. 12 – October 5. Medina members are planning to attend the Sun. October 5 matinee performance. Tickets available through the Box Office.

October 13Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown. Leader: Nancy Sprowls. Home of Annette Miller

November 10Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver. Home of Bernice Goertzen.

December 8:  The Giver by Lois Lowry. Home of Gloria Brown. Leader: Virginia Jeandrevin.

January 12Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry. Home of Virginia Jeandrevin. Leader: Pam Miller.

February 9Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini.  Home of Paula Banks. Leader: Pat Chaloupek.

March 9:  The Hare With the Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal. Home of Pam Miller. Leader: Gloria Brown.

April 13:  Share your favorite poem for National Poetry Month. Home of Marilyn Sigel.

May 11All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. Home of Willeane Schrock.

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)

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