Book Clubs

The W.O.W. Book Clubs provide an opportunity for W.O.W. members to expand their reading selections to journey to new places and times in the company of fellow enthusiastic readers. Lively discussions provide the chance to see a book through different perspectives, and thus, enhance the reading experience.

Book clubs typically have 12 or fewer members to allow for meetings in intimate surroundings such as members’ homes so that the members not only share their thoughts about the book being discussed but also establish friendships that last for many years.

In addition, special activities that allow fellowship among the members from different W.O.W. Book Clubs are being pursued, such as an annual lunch for W.O.W. Book Clubs members. 

If you love books and want to meet fellow bibliophiles, contact Alice Murray, Chair, W.O.W. Book Clubs alice_murray@icloud.com  

 
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Better Than Therapy Book Club Reading List 2021 – 2022
Revision May 1, 2022 
Better Than Therapy Book Club – Tappy Swarner
3rd Wednesday of the Month – afternoon
YearMonthAuthorTitle
2021SeptUnger, LisaConfessions on the 7:45
2021OctDugoni, RobertThe Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell
2021NovHoover, ColleenIt Ends with Us
2021DecChristmas Party
2022JanHaig, MattThe Midnight Library
2022FebCANCELLED
2022MarClark, R. GeorgeMasters of Terror
2022AprAnthony, LawrenceThe Elephant Whisperer
2022MayMoore, KateThe Radium Girls
2022June  
2022July  
2022August  
Between the Sheets Book Club Reading List for 2021 – 2022
Revision April 1, 2022 
Between the Sheets Book Club Chair – Jill Persteiner
Last Monday of the Month – afternoon
YearMonthAuthorTitle
2021SeptJewell, LisaThen She Was Gone
2021OctPicolt, JodiLeaving Time
2021NovGeorge, ElizabethThe Punishment She Deserves
2021DecChristmas Party
2022JanHaig, MattThe Midnight Library
2022FebSendker, Jan-PhillippThe Art of Hearing Heartbeats
2022MarBruff. RebeccaTrouble the Water
2022AprKrueger, William KentThis Tender Land
2022MayProse, NitaThe Maid
2022June  
2022July  
2022August  
    
    
    
Can’t Put Us Down Book Club Reading List for 2021-2022 
Revision May 1, 2022 
Can’t Put Us Down Book Club Chair – Lori Thomas
1st Wednsday of the Month – evening 
YearMonthAuthorTitle
2021Sept  
2021OctOrganizational Meeting
2021NovOwens, DeliaWhere the Crawdads Sing
2021DecMoriarty, LianeApples Never Fall
2022JanHannah, KristenThe Four Winds
2022FebBoyd, NatashaThe Indigo Girl
2022MarSee, LisaThe Island of Sea Women
2022AprDowning, SamathaMy Lovely Wife
2022MayFord, JaimeOn the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
2022June  
2022July  
2022August  
    
Dora’s Book Lovers Book Club Reading List for 2021- 2022  
Revision October 1, 2021   
Dora’s Book Lovers Book Club Chair – Sue Western   
Third Wednesday of the Month – afternoon   
YearMonthAuthorTitleDsicussion Lead/Host
2021SeptKing, Laurie R.The Beekeeper’s ApprenticeCarol
2021OctSmith, KathrynGertie: The Fabulous Life of Gertrude Sanford Legendre, Heiress, Expolorer, Socialite, SpyMary H.
2021NovBiddle, Flora MillerEmbers of Childhood: Growing up a WhitneyBarbara
2021DecChristmas Luncheon 
2022JanMoyes, JojoThe Giver of StarsSue
2022FebMonroe, Mary AliceTime is a RiverBarbara
2022MarMcCourt, FrankAngela’s AshesAnn
2022AprTwain, MarkThe Adventures of Huckleberry FinnBonnie
2022MayWilliams, BeatrizThe Golden Hour: A NovelGail
2022June Book Selection for 2022-2023Barbara
2022JulyNo scheduled meeting  
2022AugustNo scheduled meeting  
First Ladies  Book Club Reading List for 2021- 2022 
Revision March 1, 2022 
First Ladies Book Club Chair – Alice Murray  
Third Wednesday of the Month – afternoon 
YearMonthAuthorTitle
2021SeptLewis, MichaelThe Premonition: A Pandemic Story
2021OctPrescott, LaraThe Secrets We Kept
2021NovQuinn, KateThe Rose Code
2021DecChristmas Party
2022JanStorey, StephanieOil and Marble
2022FebErdich, LouiseThe Round House
2022MarLemmie, AshaFifty Words for Rain
2022AprRichmond, MichelleThe Wonder Test
2022May25th Anniversary Celebration
2022JuneKline, Christina BakerA Piece of the World
2022JulyRemen, Rachel NaomiKitchen Table Wisdom
2022AugustBook Selection
Mary Alice Monroe Themed Book Club Reading List 2021- 2022  
Revision December 1, 2021   
Mary Alice Monroe Themed Book Club Chair – Lynda Mann   
TBD – afternoon     
This Themed Book Club has completed its reading program.  
YearMonthAuthorTitleDiscussion LeadPM Hostess
2021OctMonroe, Mary AliceBeach House ReunionTBDTBD
      
      
Meet and Eat Book Club Reading List for 2021 – 2022
Revision May 1, 2022 
Meet and Eat Book Club Chair – Susan Phillips 
Second Thursday of the Month – evening 
YearMonthAuthorTitle
2021SeptMoore, KateThe Radium Girls
2021OctFowler, Therese AnneZ: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald
2021NovTyler, AnneA Spool of Blue Thread
2021DecChristmas Party
2022JanHaig, MattThe Midnight Library
2022FebFeldman, DeborahUnorthodox
2022MarKidd, Sue Monk The Book of Longings
2022AprBenedict, Marie and Victoria  Christopher MurrayThe Personal Librarian
2022MayTowles, AmorThe Lincoln Highway
2022JuneMcLain, PaulaCircling the Sun
2022July  
2022August  
Mysteries and Martinis Book Club Reading List for 2021 – 2022
Revision April 1, 2022 
Mysteries and Martinis Book Club Chair – Lenore Lewis
Third Monday of the Month – evening 
YearMonthAuthorTitle
2021SeptBradley, AlanThe Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
2021OctGrafton, SueC Is for Corpse
2021NovPierce, BlakeThe Perfect Wife
2021DecChristmas Party
2022JanHaig, MattThe Midnight Library
2022FebOsman, RichardThe Thursday Murder Club
2022MarCancelled
2022AprGardner, LisaThe Neighbor
2022MayZunker, ChadFamily Money
2022June  
2022JulyClark, JulieThe Last Flight
2022August  
On the Same Page Book Club Reading List for 2021-2022 
Revision May 1, 2022 
On the Same Page Book Club Chair – Allie Norton 
Third Monday of the  Month – evening 
YearMonthAuthorTitle
2021SeptGreenwood, BrynAll the Ugly and Wonderufl Things
2021OctMcMorris, KristinaSold on Monday
2021NovQuinn, KateThe Rose Code
2021DecNo scheduled meeting
2022JanHannah, KristinThe Four Winds
2022FebStandafer, MargaretI Know an Old lady
2022MarMacDonald, Dee The Getaway Girls
2022AprJarvie, AnnThe Woods of Hitchcock
2022MayTwain, MarkThe Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
2022JuneHunter, GeorgiaWe Were the Lucky Ones
2022JulyNo scheduled meeting
2022AugustNo scheduled meeting
Passionate Page Turners Book Club Reading List for 2021 – 2022
Revision Mary 1, 2022 
Passionate Page Turners Book Club Chair – Judy Bends
Third Monday of the Month – evening 
YearMonthAuthorTitle
2021SeptHannah, KristinThe Four Winds
2021OctPurcell, SoniaA Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of Virginia Hall, WWII’s Most Dangerous Spy
2021Nov  
2021DecChristmas Dinner
2022JanPride, Christine and Jo PiazzaWe Are Not Like Them
2022FebPicoult, JodiThe Storyteller
2022Mar  
2022AprWiseman, Ellen MarieThe Orphan Collector
2022MayMcConaughey, MatthewGreenlights
2022JuneTowles, AmorThe Lincoln Highway
2022JulyBennett, BritThe Vanishing Half
2022August  
Reading Aloud Book Club Reading List for 2021-2022 
Revision May 1, 2022 
Reading Aloud Book Club Chair – Jeanene Smith
Fourth Wednesday of the Month – afternoon 
YearMonthAuthorTitle
2021Sept  
2021Oct  
2021Nov  
2021Dec  
2022JanOrganizational Meeting
2022FebOsman, RichardThe Thursday Murder Club
2022MarHill, SasscerTravels of Quinn
2022AprRafferty, VirginiaFamily Secrets Hidden in the Shadows of Time
2022MayButler, OctaviaKindred
2022June CANCELLED
2022JulyAubrey, CamilleGodmothers
2022AugustAlten, J. T.What They Thought They Knew
Shelf Indulgence Book Club Reading List for 2021-2022 
Revision May 1, 2022 
Shelf Indulgence Book Club Chair – Karen Pifer  
Second Wednesday of the Month – afternoon 
YearMonthAuthorTitle
2021Sept  
2021OctOrganizational Meeting
2021NovPurcell, SoniaA Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of Virginia Hall, WWII’s Most Dangerous Spy
2021DecClemens, MargeThe Indigo Girl
2022JanCummins, JeanneAmerican Dirt
2022FebCobbs, ElizabethThe Hamilton Affair
2022MarHannah, KristinThe Four Winds
2022AprBenedict, Marie and Victoria  Christopher MurrayThe Personal Librarian
2022MayIngelman-Sundberg, CatharinaThe Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules
2022June  
2022July 
2022August 
    
Sweet Tea and Sunshine Book Club Reading List 2021- 2022
Revision May 1, 2022  
Sweet Tea and Sunshine Themed Book Club Chair – Tracie Call
First Thursday of the Month – morning 
YearMonthMonthAuthorTitle
20219SeptMeeting Cancelled
202110OctCallahan, PattiSurviving Savannah
202111NovConroy, PatThe Great Santini
202112DecBoyd, NatashaThe Indigo Girl
20221JanConroy, PatThe Water is Wide
20222FebMonroe, Mary  AliceThe Butterfly’s Daughter
20223MarDetrich, SeanThe Stars of Alabama
20224AprConroy, PatThe Prince of Tides
20225MayFaulkner, WilliamBurning Barn and A Rose for Emily
20226JuneNash, RonSaints of the River
20227July  
2022 August  
U.S. History – Themed Book Club Reading List 2021 – 2022
Revision April 1, 2022 
U.S. History – Antebellum Themed Book Club Chair – Alice Murray
Second Wednesday of the Monthe – afternoon
YearMonthAuthorTitle
2021JuneStowe, Harriet BeecherUncle Tom’s Cabin
2021SeptGoodwin, Doris KearnsTeam of Rivals pt 1
2021OctNo Meeting
2021NovGoodwin, Doris KearnsTeam of Rivals pt 2
2021DecDouglass, FrederickNarrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
2022JanKilmeade, BrianThe President and the Freedom Fighter
2022FebBaier, BrettTo Rescue the Republic: Ulysses S. Grant, the Fragile Union, and the Crisis of 1876
2022MarDrury, Bob and Tom ClavinThe Heart of Everything That Is: The Untold Story of Red Cloud, An American Legend
2022Apr Cancelled
2022MayMorris, Charles R.The Tycoons: How Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockerfeller, Jay Gould, and J. P. Morgan Invented the American Supereconomy
The Voracious Readers Book Club Reading List for 2021- 2022
Revision April 1, 2022 
The Voracious Readers Book Club Chair – Marion Paterson
Second Thursday of the Month – afternoon
YearMonthAuthorTitle
2021SeptGalloway, StevenThe Cellist of Sarajevo
2021OctFranklin, ArianaCity of Shadows
2021NovWharton, EdithThe Age of Innocence
2021DecHannah, KristinThe Four Winds
2022JanBennett, BritThe Vanishing Half
2022FebLester, NatashaThe Paris Orphan
2022MarLewis, MichaelThe Premontion: A Pandemic Story
2022AprKline, Christina BakerThe Exiles
2022MayKelly, JuliaThe Last Garden in England
2022JuneYoungson, AnneThe Narrow Boat Summer
2022JulyTowles, ArmorThe Lincoln Highway
2022AugustConroy, PatThe Prince of Tides
    
Whodunit  Themed Book Club Reading List for 2021 – 2022  
Revision February 1, 2022   
Whodunit Themed Book Club Chair – Alice Murray   
First Monday of the Month – afternoon   
YearMonthAuthorTitleDiscussion LeadHostess
2021SeptGalbraith, RobertTroubled BloodMoniqueThe Summer Winds Gazebo in The Reserve
2021OctPenny, LouiseThe Madness of CrowdsAllAlice
2021NovNo Meeting  
2021DecNo Meeting  
2022JanBaldacci, DavidCamel ClubKathyMonique
2022FebBaldacci, DavidThe CollectorsSusanKathy 
2022MarBaldacci, DavidStone Cold  
2022AprBaldacci, DavidDivine Justice  
2022MayBaldacci, DavidHell’s Corner  
2022June    
2022July    
2022August    
Women of Words Book Club Reading List for 2021 – 2022
Revision May 1, 2022 
Women of Words Book Club Chair – Linda McGurer
Second Monday of the Month – afternoon
YearMonthAuthorTitle
2021SeptBurger, KenSwallow Savannah
Frederickson, KariCold War Dixie
2021OctCleeton, ChanelNext Year in Havana
2021NovSimonson, Helen DannyThe Summer Before the War
2021DecConroy, PatThe Water Is Wide
2022JanMoriarty, LauraThe Chaperone
2022FebQuinn, KateThe Rose Code
2022MarBenedict, MarieCarnegie’s Maid
2022AprBarnett, BrittanyA Knock at Midnight
2022MayMcConaughey, MatthewGreenlights
2022JuneLemmie, AshaFifty Words for Rain
2022JulyNo scheduled meeting
2022AugustNo scheduled meeting
    
  Other Books: 
  Kaufman, David E.Jewhooing the Sixities
  Ostby, AnnePieces of Happiness
  McDonald, ChristinaDo No Harm
    
W.O.W. Book Clubs – Overall Reading List for 2021 – 2022
Revision May 1, 2022 
   
ClubsAuthorTitle
6Hannah, KristinThe Four Winds
3Quinn, KateThe Rose Code
3Towles, ArmorThe Lincoln Highway
2Benedict, Marie and Victoria  Christopher MurrayThe Personal Librarian
2Bennett, BritThe Vanishing Half
2Boyd, NatashaThe Indigo Girl
2Haig, MattThe Midnight Library
2Lemmie, AshaFifty Words for Rain
2Lewis, MichaelThe Premonition: A Pandemic Story
2McConaughey, MatthewGreenlights
2Moore, KateThe Radium Girls
2Osman, RichardThe Thursday Murder Club
2Purcell, SoniaA Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of Virginia Hall, WWII’s Most Dangerous Spy
2Twain, MarkThe Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
1Alten, J. T.What They Thought They Knew
1Anthony, LawrenceThe Elephant Whisperer
1Aubrey, CamilleGodmothers
1Baier, BrettTo Rescue the Republic: Ulysses S. Grant, the Fragile Union, and the Crisis of 1876
1Baldacci, DavidCamel Club
1Baldacci, DavidThe Collectors
1Baldacci, DavidStone Cold
1Baldacci, DavidDivine Justice
1Baldacci, DavidHell’s Corner
1Barnett, BritanyA Knock at Midnight
1Benedict, MarieCarnegie’s Maid
1Benedict, MarieThe Only Woman in the Room
1Biddle, Flora MillerEmbers of Childhood: Growing up a Whitney
1Bradley, AlanThe Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
1Bruff. RebeccaTrouble the Water
1Burger, KenSwallow Savannah
1Butler, OctaviaKindred
1Callahan, PattiSurviving Savannah
1Clark, JulieThe Last Flight
1Clark, R. GeorgeMasters of Terror
1Cleeton, ChanelNext Year in Havana
1Cobbs, ElizabethThe Hamilton Affair
1Conroy, PatThe Great Santini
1Conroy, PatThe Water is Wide
1Conroy, PatThe Prince of Tides
1Cummins, JeanneAmerican Dirt
1Downing, SamathaMy Lovely Wife
1Drury, Bob and Tom ClavinThe Heart of Everything That Is: The Untold Story of Red Cloud, An American Legend
1Dugoni, RobertThe Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell
1Erdich, LouiseThe Round House
1Faulkner, WilliamBurning Barn and A Rose for Emily
1Feldman, DeborahUnorthodox
1Ford, JaimeOn the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
1Fowler, Therese AnneZ: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald
1Franklin, ArianaCity of Shadows
1Frederickson, KariCold War Dixie
1Galbraith, RobertTroubled Blood
1Galloway, StevenThe Cellist of Sarajevo
1Gardner, LisaThe Neighbor
1George, ElizabethThe Punishment She Deserves
1Goodwin, Doris KearnsTeam of Rivals  
1Grafton, Sue“C” Is for Corpse
1Greenwood, BrynAll the Ugly and Wonderufl Things
1Hill, SasscerTravels of Quinn
1Hoover, ColleenIt Ends with Us
1Hunter, GeorgiaWe Were the Lucky Ones
1Jarvie, AnnThe Woods of Hitchcock
1Jewell, LisaThen She Was Gone
1Kelly, JuliaThe Last Garden in England
1Kelly, Martha HallLilac Girls
1Kidd, Sue Monk The Book of Longings
1Kiernan, Stephen P.Universe of Two
1King, Laurie R.The Beekeeper’s Apprentice
1Kline Christina BakerThe Exiles
1Kline, Christina BakerA Piece of the World
1Krueger, William KentThis Tender Land
1Lester, NatashaThe Paris Orphan
1MacDonald, DeeThe Getaway Girls
1McCourt, FrankAngela’s Ashes
1McLain, PaulaCircling the Sun
1McMorris, KristinaSold on Monday
1Michaelides, AlexThe Maidens
1Monroe, Mary  AliceThe Butterfly’s Daughter
1Monroe, Mary AliceTime is a River
1Monroe, Mary AliceBeach House Reunion
1Moriarty, LauraThe Chaperone
1Moriarty, LianeApples Never Fall
1Morris, Charles R.The Tycoons: How Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockerfeller, Jay Gould, and J. P. Morgan Invented the American Supereconomy
1Moyes, JojoThe Giver of Stars
1Nash, RonSaints of the River
1O’Connor FlanneryThe Complete Stories of Flannery O’Connor
1Owens, DeliaWhere the Crawdads Sing
1Penny, LouiseThe Madness of Crowds
1Picolt, JodiLeaving Time
1Picoult, JodiThe Storyteller
1Pierce, BlakeThe Perfect Wife
1Prescott, LaraThe Secrets We Kept
1Pride, Christine and Jo PiazzaWe Are Not Like Them
1Prose, NitaThe Maid
1Purcell, SoniaA Woman of No Importance
1Rafferty, VirginiaFamily Secrets Hidden in the Shadows of Time
1Remen, Rachel NaomiKitchen Table Wisdom
1Richmond, MichelleThe Wonder Test
1See, LisaThe Island of Sea Women
1Sendker, Jan-PhilippThe Art of Hearing Heartbeats
1Simonson, Helen DannyThe Summer Before the War
1Smith, KathrynGertie: The Fabulous Life of Gertrude Sanford Legendre, Heiress, Expolorer, Socialite, Spy
1Standafer, MargaretI Know an Old lady
1Storey, StephanieOil and Marble
1Stowe, Harriet BeecherUncle Tom’s Cabin
1Tyler, AnneA Spool of Blue Thread
1Unger, LisaConfessions on the 7:45
1Wharton, EdithThe Age of Innocence
1White, KarenThe House on Tradd Street
1Williams, BeatrizThe Golden Hour: A Novel
1Youngson, AnneThe Narrow Boat Summer
1Zunker, ChadFamily Money
W.O.W. Book Clubs Favorite Books September 2020 – August 2021
 
Better Than Therapy
The Last Letter from Juliet
by Melanie Hudson
 
Between the Sheets
Dear Edward
by Ann Neapolitan
 
Dora’s Book Lovers
The Elephant Whisperer
by Lawrence Anthony
 
The First Ladies
American Dirt
by Jeanine Cummins
 
Meet and Eat
The Alice Network
by Kate Quinn
 
Mysteries and Martinis
Confessions on the 7:45
by Lisa Unger
 
The Passionate Page Turners
When Crickets Cry
by Charles Martin
 
Sweet Tea and Sunshine
Cold War Dixie
by Kari Frederickson
 
The Voracious Readers
The Mountains Sing
by Nguyen Phatn Que Mai
 
U.S. History: Westward Expansion of America
The Pioneers
by David McCullough
 
WhoDunIt
Troubled Blood
by Robert Galbraith
 
Women of Words
Trouble the Water
by Rebecca Bruff
 
W.O.W. Book Clubs Favorite Books September 2019 – August 2020
Revision July 1, 2021
 
Between the Sheets
Winter Garden
by Kristin Hannah
 
 
Book Babes
Shelter
 by Jung Yun
 
 
Dora’s Book Lovers
Educated
by Tara Westover
 
 
The First Ladies
The Elephant Whisperer
by Lawrence Anthony
 
 
Louise Penny
Still Life
by Louise Penny
 
 
Meet and Eat
The Alice Network
by Kate Quinn
 
 
On the Same Page
Under the Banner of Heaven
by Jon Krakauer
 
 
The Passionate Page Turners
Homegoing
by Yaa Gyasi
 
 
U.S. Constitution
The Summer of 1787
by David O. Stewart
 
 
The Voracious Readers
Where the Crawdads Sing
by Delia Owens
Mistress of the Ritz
by Melanie Benjamin
 
 
Women of Words
W.O.W. Book Clubs Favorite Books September 2018 – August 2019
Revision January 1, 2020
 
Between the Sheets
Where the Crawdads Sing
by Delia Owens
 
 
Book Babes
Born a Crime
by Trevor Noah
 
 
Dora’s Book Lovers
My Brilliant Friend
by Elena Ferrante
 
 
The First Ladies
A Gentleman in Moscow
by Amor Towles
 
 
On the Same Page
Pachinko
by Min Jin Lee
 
 
The Passionate Page Turners
The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane
by Lisa See
 
 
The Voracious Readers
The Girl Who Wrote in Silk
by Kelli Estes
 
 
Women of Words
Everythinh I Told You 
by Celeste Ng