Daytime Book Club

Join us for our daytime book club.

We will be meeting via Zoom.
Zoom meeting will start at 1:00pm and meet for about an hour.

Please RSVP to Ruth Holst at for the zoom link


Jan 18The Maidens by Alex Michaelides                                                                                             Feb 15 – postponed until July                                                                                                            March 15 Dollars for Life by Mary Ziegler
April 19The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner
May 17The Girl in His Shadow by Audrey Blake
June 21The Rabbit Hutch by Tess Gunty                                                                                                July 19- Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng – leader Helen Elkiss                                                August 16: The Great Displacement: Climate Change and the Next American Migration by Jake Bittle                                                                                                                                        Thursday, September 21: Things We Lost to the Water: A Novel by Eric Nguyen          October 18: The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State by Nadia Murad                                                                                                                                            Nov. 15: Lessons in Chemistry: A Novel by Bonnie Garmus – leader Ruth Holst                          Dec. 20:The Nurse’s Secret: A Thrilling Historical Novel of the Dark Side of Gilded Age New York City by Amanda Skenandore – need leader


Jan 19: The Personal Librarian – Marie Benedict & Victoria Christopher Murray                          Feb 16: The Plot: A Novel.Jean Hanff Korelitz leader Donna Zimmerman                                  March 16The Sociopath next door by Martha Stout                                                                    April 20The Last Bookshop in London: A Novel of World War II by Madeline Martin              May 19Afterlife by Julia Alvarez                                                                                                        June 15 Dreamland by Sam Quinones                                                                                                July 20Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman                                                                                                  Aug 17Vanderbilt: Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty by Anderson Cooper & Katherine Howe                                                                                                                                                          Sept 21The Swimmers: A Novel by Julie Otsuka                                                                      October 19Clark and Division by Naomi Hirahara              ** We will meet at Noon***                 Nov 16 –  Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson                                                                                         Dec. 21 – No book discussion – we will picking books for the upcoming year

January 20A Long Petal of the Sea– Isabel Allende leader Margaret Roeher
February 17This Tender Land – William Kent Krueger leader Lori Switzer
March 17Small Great Things – Jodi Picoult leader Helen Elkiss
APRIL – no meeting
May 19 Valentine: A Novel by Elizabeth Wetmore leader Donna Zimmerman
June 16Caste by Isabella Wilkerson leader Paula Purdue
July 21The Daughters of Yalta: The Churchills, Roosevelts, and Harrimans: A Story of Love and War by Catherine Grace Katzby leader Ruth Holst
August – no meeting

Sept 1556 Days: A Thriller – by Catherine Ryan Howard leader Pam Sanner                              Oct 20:  Riva Lehrer – Golem Girl: A Memoir. leader Arlene Alpert                                                 Nov 17:   Janice P. Nimura – The Doctors Blackwell. leader Margaret O’Hara                               Dec 15:  Amy Hill Hearth – Miss Dreamsville and the Collier County Women’s Literary Society  leader Ruth Holst

We meet at Starbucks at 600 State St. (State and Ohio) 
Aug 19 The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes – leader Lori Switzer
Sept 16 The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd leader Donna Zimmerman
Oct 21 The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehesi Coates – leader Helen Elkiss
Dec 16Dead Land (V.I. Warshawski Novels) by Sara Paretsky leader Nancy Burton
September 18: Becoming by Michelle Obama Leader: Ruth Holst
October 16:  What are You Looking At?: The Surprising, Shocking, and Sometimes Strange Story of 150 Years of Modern Art by Will Gompertz  Leader: Paula Purdue

November 20: Escape through the Pyrenees by Lisa Fittko, lead by Joanne Schlichter (note: Joanne suggests skipping the introduction and starting with the body of the book.)

December 18: no meeting Happy Holidays

January 15, 2020: Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memior by Ruth Reichl, lead by Leslee Carver

February 19:  Cinnamon and Gunpowder: A Novel by Eli Brown, lead by Ruth Holst
March – No meeting
April 15 – No Meeting due to COVID-19
May – No Meeting
June 17Trust Exercise by Susan Choi Lead by Leslee Carver
July 15 – online zoom meeting to pick upcoming books.

September 19 – Murder Under the Bridge by Kate Raphael, led by Paula Perkins

October 17 –  Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney, led by Paula Purdue

November 28 –  The Vanity Fair Diaries by Tina Brown, led by Ruth Holst

December 19 –  Mrs. Sherlock Holmes by Brad Ricca, led by Leslee Carver – Please bring book suggestions for the 2019 program year

January 16, 2019 – Cancel due to weather and conflicts

February 20  – Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple Leader: Leslee Carver

March 20  – Radium Girls by Kate Moore  Leader: Ruth Holst

April 17 – Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeman  Leader: Kay Rosen

May 22: Educated by Tara Westover  Leader: Leslee Carver
June 19: An American Marriage by Tayari Jones  Leader: Donna Zimmerman
July 17An Appetite for America by Stephen Fried  Leader: Kay Rosen
August 21: The Library Book by Susan Orlean  Leader: Ruth Holst
Sept 20 – Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
October 18 – A Long Way Home by Louise Penny
November 15Under the Russian Snow by Michelle Carter
***Join us for a discussion and visit with the author Michelle Carter ***
December 20 – chose books for 2018
January 17, 2018A Gentleman From Moscow by Amor Towles

February 21 –  A Midwife’s Tale by Laural Ulrich, led by Paula Perkins

March 21 –  Kitchens of the Great Mid-West by J. Ryan Stradal, led by Kay Rosen

April 18 –  Moonglow by Michael Chabon, led by Leslee Carver

May 16 –  A Guide for the Perplexed by Dara Horn, led by Kay Rosen

June 20 – Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow, led by Paula Perdue

July 18  –  The Nine by Jeffrey Toobin, led by Ruth Holst

August 15 – The Mothers by Brit Bennett, led by Janetta Pegues

September 21The Red Tent by Anita Diamante
October 19The Woman Behind the New Deal: The Life and Legacy of Frances Perkins, Social Security, and Unemployment Insurance by Kirstin Downey
Nov 16The Summer Before The War by Helen Simonson
December 21My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
January 18The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street: A Novel by Susan Jane Gilman
February 15 – Hidden Figures:  The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly
March 15 – The Six: The lives of the Mitford Sisters by Laura Thompson
April 19 – The Imperial Wife by Irina Reyn
May 17 – The Billion Dollar Spy: A True Story of Cold War
Espionage and Betrayal by David E. Hoffman – leader Kay
June 21 – The Pearl that Broke it’s Shell by Nadia Hashimi
July 19 –  Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Aug 16 – Under The Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith by Jon Krakauer
2015 – 2016
August 19Little Women in Baghlan by Susan Fox
September 16The Boys in The Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics  by Daniel James Brown
October 21Dancing For Degas by Kathryn Wagner
November 18My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor
December 16The Man called OVE: A Novel by Fredrick Backman
January 20Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots by Deborah Feldman
February 17 – Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
March 16  – The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
April 20 What the Lady Wants: A Novel of Marshall Field and the Gilded Age by Renée Rosen
May 18 The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore
June 15Picking Cotton: Our Memoir of Injustice and Redemption by  Jennifer Thompson-Cannino and Ronald Cotton
July 20The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
Aug 17  – The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
July 15Case Histories by Kate Atkinson
June 17The Book Of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez
May 20When The World Was Young by Elizabeth Gaffney
April 15Gilead by Marilyn Robinson
March 18 A Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
February 18 I know Why a Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
January 21Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
December 17 – Orphan Train by Christina Baker Klein
November 19Straight Man by Richard Russo
October 15The Light between Oceans by M.C. Steadman
September 17Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
August 20The Intervention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
July 16The Madonna’s of Leningrad by Debra Dean

June 18The Widow of the South by Robert Hicks

May 21The Aviator’s Wife: A Novel by Melanie Benjamin

April 16Farewell by Ayse Kulin

March 19 – When the Elephants Dance by Tess Uriza Holthe

February 19 Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks

January 15The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

December 18The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

November 20The Round House by Louise Erdrich

October 23Sapphira and the Slave Girl by Willa Cather

September 25The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver

August 21 – Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland

July 17 – The Professor and the MadmanA Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary by Simon Winchester

June 19The Newlyweds by Nell Freudenberger

April 16Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh