Book Groups

book groups

The Book Groups meet monthly to discuss popular books and bestsellers. We alternate among fiction, nonfiction, biographies, and memoirs. The group members choose the books and take turns leading the discussions. Please take a look at all three of the groups and their book lists below:

Book Group – Daytime I

This group meets on the fourth Thursday of the month at 1:00 pm in members’ homes. If you are interested, please contact Leader Terri Niehaus.

The  Gown  by  Jennifer  Robson – Wednesday, September 26 led by Sharon Seiling

An enthralling historical novel about one of the most famous wedding dresses of the twentieth century – Queen Elizabeth’s wedding gown – and the fascinating women who made it.

Us Against You by Fredrik Backman – Wednesday, October 24 led by Carolyn McQuattie

Beartown is home to tough, hardworking people who don’t expect life to be easy or fair. They’ve always been able to take pride in their local ice hockey team. So it’s a cruel blow when they hear that it might soon be disbanded. What make it worse is that the former Beartown players are now playing for a rival team. As the tension mounts, a newcomer arrives who gives Beartown hockey a surprising new coach and a chance at a comeback.

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James – Wednesday, November 21 led by Sharon Hinshaw

The story of the University of Washington’s 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal. The team transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.

Book Group – Daytime II

This new group meets on the first Wednesday of the month. Check back for more details. If you are interested please contact Leaders Karen Crosman and Donna Burtch.

Shamed by Linda Castillo – Wednesday, September 12 led by Donna Burtch

The peaceful town of Painters Mill is shattered when an Amish grandmother is brutally murdered on an abandoned farm. When Chief of Police Kate Burkholder arrives on the scene, she learns that the woman’s seven-year-old granddaughter is gone, abducted in plain sight. The longer the girl is missing, the less likely her safe return becomes. The girl’s family is a pillar of the Amish community, well-respected by all. But Kate soon realizes they’re keeping secrets – and the sins of their past may be coming back to haunt them.

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris – Wednesday, October 10 led by Linda Wolf

In April 1942, Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, is forcibly transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. When his captors discover he speaks several languages, he is put to work as a Tätowierer (the German word for “tattooist”), tasked with permanently marking his fellow prisoners. Imprisoned for more than two and a half years, Lale witnesses horrific atrocities and barbarism – but also incredible acts of bravery and compassion. Risking his own life, he uses his privileged position to exchange jewels and money from murdered Jews for food to keep his fellow prisoners alive.

The Pioneers by David McCullough – Wednesday, November 14 led by Arlene Diaz

As part of the Treaty of Paris, Britain ceded the land that comprised the immense Northwest Territory. Included in the Northwest Ordinance were three conditions: freedom of religion, free universal education, and, most importantly, the prohibition of slavery. In 1788, the first band of pioneers set out from New England for the Northwest Territory. They settled in what is now Marietta on the banks of the Ohio River. Creating a town in a primeval wilderness while coping with such frontier realities as floods, fires, wolves and bears, no roads or bridges, and no guarantees of any sort.

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance – Wednesday, January 9 led by TBD

This is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis – that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.


Book Group – Evening

This group meets on the third Tuesday of the month, (except for December), in the Ben Franklin Room of the Liberty Tavern, 50 Liberty St., Powell.  We meet from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.  Dinner and beverages are available.  If you are interested please contact Leader Marty Traver.

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens – Tuesday, August 20 led by Karen Miller

For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. When handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life – until the unthinkable happens.

The Ninth Hour: A Novel by Alice McDermott – Tuesday, September 17 led by Crystal Pipic

In Catholic Brooklyn in the early part of the twentieth century, decorum, superstition, and shame collude to erase the man’s brief existence, and yet his suicide, though never spoken of, reverberates through many lives—testing the limits and the demands of love and sacrifice, of forgiveness and forgetfulness, even through multiple generations.

Uncommon Type: Some Stories by Tom Hanks – Tuesday, October 15 led by Melinda Hoover

A gentle Eastern European immigrant arrives in New York City after his family and his life have been torn apart. A man who loves to bowl rolls a perfect game, and then another and then many more in a row until he winds up ESPN’s newest celebrity, and he must decide if the combination of perfection and celebrity has ruined the thing he loves. An eccentric billionaire and his faithful executive assistant venture into America looking for acquisitions and discover a down and out motel, romance, and a bit of real life. These are just some of the tales Tom Hanks tells – they are  surprising, intelligent, and heartwarming.

The Pioneers by David McCullough – Tuesday, November 19 led by Sue Stiles

Pulitzer Prize–winning historian David McCullough rediscovers an important and dramatic chapter in the American story – the settling of the Northwest Territory by dauntless pioneers who overcame incredible hardships to build a community based on ideals that would come to define our country.

Madame Fourcade’s Secret War: The Daring Young Woman Who Led France’s Largest Spy Network Against Hitler by Lynne Olson – Tuesday, January 21 led by Bonnie Kingsley

In 1941 a thirty-one-year-old Frenchwoman, a young mother born to privilege and known for her beauty and glamour, became the leader of a vast intelligence organization – the only woman to serve as a chef de résistance during the war. Strong-willed, independent, and a lifelong rebel against her country’s conservative, patriarchal society, Marie-Madeleine Fourcade was temperamentally made for the job. Her group’s name was Alliance, but the Gestapo dubbed it Noah’s Ark because its agents used the names of animals as their aliases.