Book Groups

book groups

Both 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 check BOTH groups out below:

Book Group – Daytime

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.

A Brilliant Death by Robin Yocum   Thursday, January 24   Led by Sharon Killworth

Amanda Baron died in a boating accident on the Ohio River in 1953. Or, did she? While it was generally accepted that she had died when a coal barge rammed the pleasure boat she was sharing with her lover, her body was never found.

Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover   Thursday, February 28   Led by Marty Traver, and hosted by Sharon Seiling

An unforgettable memoir about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University.

America for Beginners by Leah Franqui   Thursday, March 28   Led by Lyn Savidge

A funny, poignant, and insightful debut novel that explores the complexities of family, immigration, prejudice, and the American Dream through meaningful and unlikely friendships forged in unusual circumstances.

Lillian Boxfish Takes A Walk by Kathleen Rooney   Thursday, April 25   Led by Julie Owens

Lillian Boxfish took 1930s New York by storm, working her way up writing copy for R.H. Macy’s to become the highest paid advertising woman in the country. It was a job that in some ways saved her life, and in other ways ruined it. Kathleen Rooney paints a portrait of a remarkable woman across the canvas of a changing America: from the Jazz Age to the onset of the AIDS epidemic; the Great Depression to the birth of hip-hop.

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly   Thursday, May 23   Led by Terri Niehaus

Inspired by the life of a real World War II heroine, this novel reveals the power of unsung women to change history in their quest for love, freedom, and second chances. New York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate and a new love on the horizon. But Caroline’s world is forever changed when Hitler’s army invades Poland in September 1939.

The Girl Who Wrote In Silk by Kelli Estes   Thursday, June 27   Led by Marlene Yoder

Inspired by true events, a poignant tale of two women determined to do the right thing, and the power of our own stories.


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 Karen Miller.

Dreamland, the True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones   Tuesday, January 15   Led by Sue Stiles

It is an explosive, shocking account of addiction. The setting is 1929, Portsmouth, Ohio, where a company built Dreamland, a swimming pool the size of a football field, and it became the vital center of the community.

The Good Pilot Peter Woodhouse by Alexander McCall Smith   Tuesday, February 19    Led by Crystal Pipic

The author writes about love and war, loss and hope, and unlikely friendships, tied together through a remarkable border collie named Peter Woodhouse. The story begins in 1944 rural England as American and Canadian troops are landing.

Educated: a Memoir by Tara Westover   Tuesday, March 19   Led by Linda Rubin

An unforgettable memoir about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University.

Life at the Dakota: New York’s Most Unusual Address by Stephen Birmingham   Tuesday, April 16   Led by Bonnie Kingsley

When Edward Clark built a luxury apartment building on Manhattan’s Upper West Side in the late 1800s, it was dubbed “the Dakota” for being as far from the center of the downtown action as its namesake territory. The quirky castle, with its intricate façade, peculiar interior design, and gargoyle guardians was an immediate hit, particularly among the city’s well-heeled intellectuals and artists.