Book Club

Begun in 1975, our popular book club meets monthly during the academic year, on the THIRD THURSDAY at 2:00pm, in a member’s home or other venue.  The hostess serves coffee, tea, and a snack or dessert.   We meet in September to contribute to a list of books we would like to read during the coming year.  The recommended book must have been read by the one who suggested it! Pem Liskey is the unofficial keeper of the log.  A vote is taken to decide which books to choose.  We try to select two to three books in advance.  These books should meet the requirement of being available in paperback.  Each member is responsible for acquiring her own copy.  We are flexible in that if other titles come up during the year, we may deviate from our list.  Our discussions are informal, covering the author, the reviews, and our individual reactions to the book.   All participants must be members of AAUW.  For more information call Pem Liskey at 434-1295.  RSVP to the hostess beforehand.


Our first book club meeting is September 21, 2017 at 2pm at Pem’s house. Please bring your suggestions for books to read in the coming year.

BOOKS TO READ IN 2017-2018:

HILLBILLY ELEGY, A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, by J. D. Vance (non-fiction)
October 19, Thursday at 2pm
North River Library, Mt. Crawford Avenue, Bridgewater, VA
RSVP to Pem Liskey. Refreshments by Chris Edwards.

BEHOLD THE DREAMERS, by Imbolo Mbue (fiction)
November 16, Thursday at 2pm
We will meet at the home of Marilyn Brook
RSVP to Pem or Marilyn

*** No meeting in December ***

SMALL GREAT THINGS, by Jodi Picoult (fiction)
January 18, Thursday at 2pm
RSVP to Pem or Marilyn
Place: Home of Marilyn Brook

February 15, Thursday at 2pm – Bring a snack to share
Place: Home of Marilyn Brook (RSVP to Marilyn)

HIDDEN FIGURES, by Margot Lee Shetterly (non-fiction)
March 15, Thursday at 2pm – Bring a snack to share
Place: Home of Marilyn Brook (RSVP to Marilyn)

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE BRIDGE, by Mary Lawon (fiction)
April 19, Thursday at 2pm – Bring a snack to share
Place: North River Library, Bridgewater, VA

ABOUT GRACE, by Anthony Doerr (fiction)
May 17, Thursday at 2pm – Bring a snack to share
Place: TBA

STONER, by John Williams (New York Review Classic – fiction)
September 21, Thursday at 2pm – Bring a snack to share
Bring recommendations for books to read (you must have read it to recommend it).
Place: Pem Liskey’s home

Books Read in 2016-2017:

The Nightingale (historical fiction) by Kristin Hannah

A Man Called Ove (fiction) by Fredrik Backman.

The Great Influenza Epidemic (non-fiction) by John M. Barry.

Princes at War (non-fiction) by Deborah Cadbury.

Big, Little Lies (fiction) by Moriarty.

An Uncharted Country (short stories/fiction) by Cliff Garstang

The Painted Veil (fiction) by W. Somerset Maugham

The Japanese Lover (fiction), by Isabel Allende.

September 21, Thursday, 2018 at 2pm.  Meet at the home of Pem Liskey to share your suggestions for books to read.  A list will be compiled and several will be selected for future book discussions.  Members will be asked to host future meetings.  We meet on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 2pm from September through May.  Members take turns hosting the meetings and choosing the venues.


Books Read in 2015-2016:

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz (Pulitzer Prize 2008)

Me Before You by JoJo Moyes (from the library’s book club kit) — copies to be distributed to members beforehand.

Dead Wake, the Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larsen (historical fiction)

Juneteenth:  A Novel (fiction) by Ralph Ellison

The Dressmaker of Khair Khana (fiction) by Gail Tzemach

The Factory Man (non-fiction) by Beth Macy

A Mighty Long Way, My Journey to Justice at Little Rock High School (non-fiction) by Carlotta Lanier