Book Clubs 2022-2023



We offer two different Book Discussion Groups, as follows:

Begun in 1975, our conventional book club has recently changed from popular reads to a selection of books related to “Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity” recommended by AAUW.

All members are invited to join.  All participants must be members of AAUW.  For more information call Rosemarie Palmer at 540-515-0097 (always leave a message).

The “Diversity Book Club” will meet (via ZOOM) during the COVID 19 pandemic on the third Thursday of the month at 3pm.

JANUARY 2022 – Crazy Brave, A Memoir, by Joy Harjo

FEBRUARY 2022 – Searching for Sylvie Lee, by Jean Kwok

MARCH 2022- Freedom’s Child:  The Life of a Confederate General’s Black Daughter, by Carrie Allen McCray

APRIL 2022 – Homeland Elegies:  A Novel, by Ayah Akhtar

MAY 2022 – Climate Change is Racist:  Race, Privilege, and the Struggle for Climate Justice, by Jeremy Williams

JUNE 2022 – A Terrible Thing to Waste:  Environmental Racism and the Assault on the American Mind, by Harriet A. Washington

[NOTE:  We will resume in the Fall.]


The “Great Decisions” Book Group .  This book group was formed by Laura Zarrugh in 2016.  Nationwide it has a long-standing history.  Discussion topics and essays are published by the Foreign Press Association annually.  Topics are determined by a survey of participating members.  A member facilitator is selected for each topic.  Cost of the briefing book was $32 for the 2019 edition.  The Great Decisions 2022 edition will be published on 1 January 2022, at which time the cost will be revealed.  Members may bring guests to these discussions.  Meetings will be held via ZOOM during the pandemic, on the 4th Wednesday of the month at 1:30pm.

“Great Decisions” is America’s largest grass-roots discussion program on world affairs.

Anyone can organize a Great Decisions discussion group and there are many such groups across the country, including our chapter’s group. The focus of discussion is the 8-9 of the most critical global issues facing America each year, as determined by a panel of experts.

The readings (typically 8-10 pages) are contained in a Briefing Book, which can be purchased from the American Foreign Policy Association.

Here is the list of topics for 2022:

  • Outer Space
  • Changing Demographics
  • Climate Change
  • Russia and the U.S.
  • Myanmar and ASEAN
  • Quad Alliance
  • Drug Policy in Latin America
  • Industrial Policy
  • Biden’s Agenda

Anyone interested in joining Great Decisions should contact Laura Zarrugh,, for further information.