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.