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 22-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
READING LIST: 2013-2014
SEPTEMBER 9: Cloudsplitter, by Russell Banks. Home of Marilyn Sigel.
OCTOBER 14: The Group, by Mary McCarthy. Meet at the home of Paula Banks. Leader: Virginia Jeandrevin.
NOVEMBER 11: Dear Life, by Alice Munro. Munro is the winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature for her body of works. Home of Donna Hamilton in Wadsworth. Leader: Annette Miller.
DECEMBER 9: The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. Home of Gloria Brown. Leader: Marilyn Sigel. Meet at 12 noon. Annual holiday carry-in luncheon.
JANUARY 13: Enrique’s Story, by Sonia Nazario. Home of Judy Cross. Leader: Carol Thombs.
FEBRUARY 10: Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe. Home of Virginia Jeandrevin. Leader: Donna Hamilton.
MARCH 10: The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit, by Lucette Lagnado. Home of Pam Miller. Leader: Willeane Schrock.
APRIL 14: Poetry month. Pick your favorite poem to read at meeting. Home of Nancy Sprowls.
MAY 12: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, by Rachel Joyce. Home of Beth Lawton; leader Paula 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
June: The Last Runaway, by Tracy Chevalier (for Project LEARN’s Reading Rally on the Square)
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