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Book Group Calendar 2017-18

All meetings are 7 PM - 9 PM.

July 11Nancy BieliwskiHillbilly Elegy J.D. VanceDiane Knable
Sept 12Diane KnableAll the Light We Cannot SeeAnthony DoerNancy Bielawski
Nov. 14Pat SchwarzeLab GirlHope JahrenMary Tupper
Jan 9Judy BeaverBorn a CrimeTrevor NoahDiane Knable
March 13Barbara WonserJust MercyBryan StevensonMary Tworek-Tupper
May 8Roberta JacobsonBoy in the SuitcaseLene Kaaberbbl and Agnete FriisBeryl Jacobson

Book Nominations for 2017-18

First Half:
  • A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
  • The Inovators by Walter Isaacson
  • The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stefan
  • Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
  • Born A Crime by Trevor North
  • The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin
  • News of the World by Paulette Jiles
  • The Immortal Irishman by Timothy Egan
  • When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
  • Mischling by Affinity Konar
Second Half:
  • Behold The Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue
  • Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
  • The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick
  • When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalauithi
  • A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
  • The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See
  • Calebs Crossing by Geraldine Brooks
  • Loving Frank by Nancy Horan

Book Group Calendar 2016-17

All meetings are 7 PM - 9 PM.
July 12Pat SchwarzeLife on the RoadGloria SteinemMary Tupper
Sept 13Diane NiesmanAngle of ReposeWallace StegnerDiane Niesman
Nov. 15Barbara WonserOrdinary GraceWilliam Kent KruegerRoberta Jacobson
Jan 10Nancy BielawskiThe Holy ManSusan TrottBarbara Wonser
March 14Mary TupperThe Underground RailroadColson WhiteheadBarb Kilton
May 9Barb KiltonOur Souls at NightKent HarufRoberta Jacobson

Book Nominations for 2016-17

First Half:
  • Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
  • Fortune is a Woman, Elizabeth Adler
  • All The Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr
  • Dead wake: the last crossing of the Lusitania, Eric Larson
  • Bel Canto, Ann Patchett
  • A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway
  • Circling the Sun: A Novel, Paula McLain
  • Wild, Cheryl Strayed
  • Life After Life, Kate Atkinson
  • Capital Dames The Civil War and the Women of Washington 1848-1868, Cokie Roberts
Second Half
  • The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
  • Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingslover
  • Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
  • The Federalist Papers by Alexander Hamilton et al
  • Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou
  • The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman
  • Doc by Mary Doria Russell

Book Group Calendar 2015-16

Note the change in date for November meeting.
July 12, 2-4 PMPrairie Path BooksThe GoldfinchDonna TartBeryl Jacobson
Sept 16, 7-9 PMNancy Bielawski's HouseThe Glass CastleJeanette WallsKerry Dexter
Nov. 18, 7-9 PMKerry Dexter's HouseThe Book of Unknown AmericansChristina HenriquezMary Tupper
January 5, 7-9 PMPat Schwarze's HouseDreamers of the DayMary Doria RussellDi Niesman
March 1, 7-9 PMDiane Knable's HouseThe Girl on the TrainPaula HawkinsNancy Bielawski
May 10, 7-9 PMBeryl & Roberta Jacobson's HouseThe Sixth ExtinctionElizabeth Kolbert Liz Quigg

Book Nominations for 2015-16

First Half:
  • The Power of One, Bryce Courtenat
  • Thunderstruck, Erik Larson
  • All The Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr
  • Missing Microbes:How The Overuse of Antibiotics is a fueling Our Modern Plagues, Martin Blaser
  • Flight Behavior, Barbara Kingslover
  • Dreamers of The Day, Mary Doria
  • Cider House Rules, John Irving
  • Wild, Cheryl Strayed
  • Shakespeare Saved My Life, Ten Years In Solitary with the Bard, Laura Bates
  • Capital Dames The Civil War and the Women of Washington 1848-1868, by Cokie Roberts
Second Half:
  • A Thread of Grace by Mary Doria Russell
  • Dreamers of the Day by Mary Doria Russell
  • Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson
  • he Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert
  • The Redbreast by Jo Nesbo
  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  • The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan
  • Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
  • Americana by Chimamando Ngozi Adichie
  • Wild by Cheryl Strayed
  • All The Light You Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • Oogy by Larry Levin

Book Group Calendar 2014-15

Book Club Meeting Chart 2014-2015 (Meetings are 7-9 PM on 2nd Thursdays of Odd Months except for January )
All books are available in paperback.
July 10Nancy BielawskiWhen Bad Things Happen to Good PeopleHarold S. KushnerTed Utchen176 pages
July 10Nancy BielawskiWhen Bad Things Happen to Good PeopleHarold S. KushnerTed Utchen176 pages
Sep. 11Diane NiesmanThe Immortal Life of Henrietta LacksRebecca SklootDiane Knable402 pages,
Nov. 13Roberta JacobsonThe Invention of WingsSue Monk KiddDiane Niesman373 pages,
Jan. 6Missey WilhelmA Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and PowerJimmie CarterPat Schwartze224 pages,
Mar. 12Liz QuiggOrphan TrainChristina Baker KlineRoberta Jacobson288 pages
May 12Mary TupperThe Underground Girls of Kabul: In Search of a Hidden Resistance in AfghanistanJenny NorbergLiz Quigg368 pages


Reading preferences:We read any books that we feel will open our minds and generate discussion. They do not have to relate to the mission or actions of LWV. They can be fiction or non-fiction. The person nominating a book must have read it and will be the discussion leader, if the book is chosen for the club.

Selection of the books: Selection is by a simple vote of those present. Each person gets two votes to cast for the books nominated by those present. We will pick 3 books at the meeting, for the following 3 meetings.

Meetings: 2nd Thursdays, 7-9 PM, odd numbered months: July, September, November, January, March, and May.

Logistics: We meet in member homes, allowing 7-7:15 PM as a time to gather, and get a drink and nibbles. The remainder of the meeting is devoted to discussion of the book for that evening. Every 3rd meeting, we also choose the 3 books, and the hosts for the next 3 meetings (6 months). The host changes for each meeting. Generally, the host is not the discussion leader. The host provides light refreshments, such as coffee, tea and cookies, wine & cheese, etc.

Book Exchange: We have a book exchange at least once a year. Generally if you bring a book you can take a book, but if there are enough books, even those who have not brought a book to exchange may take one. Several members read electronic books, which unfortunately cannot be part of an exchange. If any books are left over, we donate them to SCARCE.

May 3, 2014 First Meeting of the Club

When: Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 2-4 PM
Where: Diane Knable's home
2050 Hallmark Ct, Wheaton

Present:Nancy Bielawski, Roberta & Beryl Jacobson, Diane Knable, Diane Niesman, Liz Quigg, and Ted Utchen
Book Review: Roberta presented a review of the book Slavery by Another Name, by Blackmon. We discussed some of the issues raised in the book. It is a dense book, something of a difficult read. However it is also a fascinating look at a little known aspect of American history: the new form of slavery (convict labor) that existed in the south from the civil war's end to the time of World War II.

Book Nominations:

America's Women: 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges,
Helpmates and Heroines
Gail Collins
The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of CancerSiddhartha Mukherjee
The Invention of WingsSue Monk Kidd
The Orphan Master's SonAdam Johnson
The Razor's EdgeW. Somerset Maugham
The Relaxation ResponseHerbert Benson, MD
When Everything Changed:
The Amazing Journey of American
Women from 1960 to the Present
Gail Collins

Roberta Jacobson prepared the following documents for members to read before the meeting.