Book Clubs 2019-2020



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.

Our first discussion will be on Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 1:30pm to 3:30pm in the meeting room at North River Library in Bridgewater.  The book to be discussed is Blindspot:  Hidden Biases of Good People, by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald.

Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 1:30pm at North River Library
Discussion of essays in Richard Dyers book, The Matter of Whiteness

Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 1pm to 3pm.  At the home of Suzanne Arthur.
Book to be discussed:  Waking up White:  And Finding Myself in the Story of Race, by Debbie Irving

Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 1pm to 3pm.  At the home of Pat Kuszyk.
Book to be discussed:  Americanah, a Novel, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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.


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 2020 edition will be published on 1 January 2020, at which time the cost will be revealed.  Copies have been ordered.  Members may bring guests to these discussions.  Meetings will be held via ZOOM during the pandemic.

See Laura Zarrugh for meeting dates and times, which may vary during this pandemic.

The 2020 topics will be:

Climate Change and the Global Order
India and Pakistan
Red Sea Security
Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking
U.S. Relations with the Northern Triangle
China’s Road into Latin America
The Philippines and the U.S.
Artificial Intelligence and Data

Wed., Oct. 23, 2019 – 1:30-3:30pm  “Nuclear Negotiations:  Back to the Future”
Sylvia Rogers will host and facilitate

Wed., Nov. 20, 2019 – 1:30-3:30pm  “Decoding U.S.-China Trade”
Chris Edwards will host and facilitate

Wed., January 22, 2020 – 1:30-3:30pm – Review topics & set schedule for future meetings
Laura Zarrugh will host and facilitate