Everyone is invited to join the group for the year, or any part of the year, as your time and interest permit.  Our discussions are always informal and often lively! The group takes a break during summer and resumes in the Fall. All meetings will be via Zoom on the 4th Monday of the month, at 7:00 pm, September – November, and January – May.  Join the discussion from the comfort of your own home!

Here’s the list of our upcoming selections and the dates we will meet, so you can get a head start: 

September 25, 2023: American like me: Reflections on life between culturesAmerica Ferrera

From award-winning actress and political activist America Ferrera comes a vibrant and varied collection of first-person accounts from prominent figures about the experience of growing up between cultures.

October 23, 2023: Camp ZeroMichele Min Sterling

In a near-future northern settlement, the fates of a young woman, a professor, and a mysterious collective of researchers collide in this mesmerizing and transportive debut that “delivers its big ideas with suspense, endlessly surprising twists, and abundant heart” (Jessamine Chan, New York Times bestselling author).

 November 27, 2023: A Place Called HomeDavid Amroz

A galvanizing, stirring memoir about growing up homeless and in foster care and rising to become a leading advocate for child welfare, recognized by President Obama as an American Champion of Change. 

January 22, 2024: The Light We Lost Jill Santopolo

This devastatingly romantic debut novel about the enduring power of first love, with a shocking, unforgettable ending, is Love Story for a new generation.

February 26, 2024: The Feather ThiefKirk W. Johnson

From the author of The Fishermen and the Dragon, a rollicking true-crime adventure and a captivating journey into an underground world of fanatical fly-tiers and plume peddlers, for readers of The Stranger in the WoodsThe Lost City of Z, and The Orchid Thief.

 March 25, 2024: The Great AloneKristin Hannah

In Kristin Hannah’s The Great Alone, a desperate family seeks a new beginning in the near-isolated wilderness of Alaska only to find that their unpredictable environment is less threatening than the erratic behavior found in human nature.

 April 22, 2024:  Dictionary of Lost WordsPip Williams

Calling all lexicographers, lovers of language and devotees of the Oxford English Dictionary. Pip Williams’ clever and charming debut introduces us to Esme, the daughter of one of the lexicographers working on the first edition of the OED. As she grows up, she learns that many of the discarded words are related to women’s experiences, so she sets out to write her very own “Dictionary of Lost Words”. This delightful page-turner will make readers think about the power of language, who decides which words get written into our shared history, and whose stories may have been left out.

 May 20, 2024: Small MerciesDennis Lehane

Set against the hot, tumultuous months when the city’s desegregation of its public schools exploded in violence, Small Mercies is a superb thriller, a brutal depiction of criminality and power, and an unflinching portrait of the dark heart of American racism. It is a mesmerizing and wrenching work that only Dennis Lehane could write.

June 24, 2024: Book Reader’s Smorgasbord 

Each person reads a book and shares a summary at the June meeting. This allows us to have a variety of book suggestions for possible summer reading!

Please mark your calendars and plan for interesting discussions!  For more information, please contact Joyce Rodos.

We will meet over Zoom:

Meeting ID: 892 6194 1109

Passcode: 303279

Previous Selections:

2022/2023 Season

September 26, 2022: The Mountains Sing Nguyen Phan Que Mai

October 24, 2022: The Indigo GirlNatasha Boyd

November 28, 2022: Wish You Were HereJody Picoult

January 23, 2023: The Book of Hope Jane Goodall & Douglas Abrams

February 27, 2023: The Girl with the Louding VoiceAbi Dare

March 27, 2023: The Book Woman’s DaughterKim Michele Richardson

April 24, 2023:  How the Word is PassedClint Smith

May 22, 2023: A Woman is No ManEtaf Rum

2021/2022 Season

September 2021: The Four Winds – Kristin Hannah

October 2021: What’s Mine and Yours – Naima Coster

 November 29, 2021: Lost History of StarsDave Boling

January 25, 2022: Traveling MerciesAnn Lamott

February 22, 2022: The Book Women of Troublesome CreekKim Michele Richardson

 March 28, 2022: Tattoos on the HeartGregory Boyle

April 25, 2022:  Midnight Library – Matt Haig

May 23, 2022: Fifty Miles from TomorrowWillie Hensley