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 and the November 2021 Mary Alice Monroe event: reception (reserved for W.O.W. Book Club members) and lunch/book signing/talk (open to all W.O.W. members).

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

JANUARY BOOK REVIEW (click here)

Gertie: The Fabulous Life of Gertrude Sanford Legendre, Heiress, Explorer, Socialite, Spy

Better Than Therapy Book Club Reading List 2021 – 2022  
Revision January 1, 2022   
Better Than Therapy Book Club – Tappy Swarner  
3rd Wednesday of the Month – afternoon  
YearMonthAuthorTitleDiscussion Lead/Host
2021SeptUnger, LisaConfessions on the 7:45Margaret
2021OctDugoni, RobertThe Extraordinary Life of Sam HellJane
2021NovHoover, ColleenIt Ends with UsTeresa
2021DecChristmas PartyTappy
2022JanHaig, MattThe Midnight LibraryPam
2022Feb    
2022Mar    
2022Apr    
2022May    
2022June    
2022July    
2022August    
      
      
      
      
Between the Sheets Book Club Reading List for 2021 – 2022  
Revision January 1, 2022   
Between the Sheets Book Club Chair – Jill Persteiner  
Last Monday of the Month – afternoon  
YearMonthAuthorTitleDiscussion Lead/Host
2021SeptJewell, LisaThen She Was GoneMaryAnn
2021OctPicolt, JodiLeaving TimeFrere
2021NovGeorge, ElizabethThe Punishment She DeservesJoann
2021DecChristmas Party  
2022JanHaig, MattThe Midnight LibraryW.O.W. Book Club Lunch
2022Feb   
2022Mar    
2022Apr    
2022May    
2022June    
2022July    
2022August    
      
      
      
      
Can’t Put Us Down Book Club Reading List for 2021-2022   
Revision January 1, 2022   
Can’t Put Us Down Book Club Chair – Lori Thomas  
1st Wedensday of the Month – evening   
YearMonthAuthorTitleDiscussion Lead/Host
2021Sept    
2021OctOrganizational MeetingAlice
2021NovOwens, DeliaWhere the Crawdads SingSheri 
2021DecMoriarty, LianeApples Never FallSaundra 
2022JanHannah, KristenThe Four WindsTammy 
2022FebBoyd, NatashaThe Indigo GirlLori 
2022MarSee, LisaThe Island of Sea WomenMary Ann 
2022AprTBDLinda 
2022MayFord, JaimeOn the Corner of Bitter and SweetAlice 
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  Nook club Reading List for 2021- 2022   
Revision December 1, 2021   
First Ladies Book Club Chair – Alice Murray    
Third Wednesday of the Month – afternoon   
YearMonthAuthorTitleDiscussion Lead/Host
2021SeptLewis, MichaelThe Premonition: A Pandemic StoryAlice
2021OctPrescott, LaraThe Secrets We KeptJackie
2021NovQuinn, KateThe Rose CodeGwen
2021DecChristmas PartyPat
2022JanStorey, StephanieOil and MarbleColleen
2022FebErdich, LouiseThe Round HouseSandie
2022MarLemmie, AshaFifty Words for RainDiane
2022AprRichmond, MichelleThe Wonder TestGinny
2022May25th Anniversary CelebrationTBD
2022JuneKline, Christina BakerA Piece of the WorldSue
2022JulyRemen, Rachel NaomiKitchen Table WisdomPat
2022AugustBook SelectionAlice
      
      
Meet and Eat Book Club Reading List for 2021 – 2022  
Revision January 1, 2022   
Meet and Eat Book Club Chair – Susan Phillips   
Second Thursday of the Month – evening   
YearMonthAuthorTitleDiscussion Lead/Host
2021SeptMoore, KateThe Radium GirlsDee
2021OctFowler, Therese AnneZ: A Novel of Zelda FitzgeraldKerin
2021NovTyler, AnneA Spool of Blue ThreadPam
2021DecChristmas PartyAnne
2022JanHaig, MattThe Midnight LibraryW.O.W. Book Club Lunch 
2022FebFeldman, DeborahUnorthodoxDebbie 
2022MarKidd, Sue Monk The Book of Longings  
2022Apr    
2022May    
2022June    
2022July    
2022August    
      
Mysteries and Martinis Book Club Reading List for 2021 – 2022  
Revision January 1, 2022   
Mysteries and Martinis Book Club Chair – Lenore Lewis  
Third Monday of the Month – evening   
YearMonthAuthorTitleDiscussion Lead/Host
2021SeptBradley, AlanThe Sweetness at the Bottom of the PieDebbie
2021OctGrafton, SueC Is for CorpseDonna
2021NovPierce, BlakeThe Perfect WifePat 
2021DecChristmas PartyDelores
2022JanHaig, MattThe Midnight LibraryW.O.W. Book Club Lunch
2022FebOsman, RichardThe Thursday Murder ClubLenore
2022MarGardner, LisaThe NeighborJoAnn
2022Apr  Margaret
2022May  Anne
2022June  Donna
2022July  Pat 
2022August    
      
      
      
      
On the Same Page Book Club Reading List for 2021-2022   
Revision October 1, 2021   
On the Same Page Book Club Chair – Allie Norton   
Third Monday of the  Month – evening   
YearMonthAuthorTitleDiscussion Lead/Host
2021SeptGreenwood, BrynAll the Ugly and Wonderufl ThingsLaurie
2021OctMcMorris, KristinaSold on MondayAllie
2021NovQuinn, KateThe Rose CodePam
2021DecNo scheduled meeting  
2022JanHannah, KristinThe Four WindsSue
2022FebStandafer, MargaretThe Getaway GirlsMary
2022MarWoodard, ColinAmerican Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North AmericaJane
2022AprTwain, MarkThe Adventures of Mark TwainBonnie
2022MayHunter, GeorgiaWe Were the Lucky OnesJanice
2022June    
2022JulyNo scheduled meeting  
2022AugustNo scheduled meeting  
      
      
      
      
Passionate Page Turners Book Club Reading List for 2021 – 2022 
Revision December 1, 2021   
Passionate Page Turners Book Club Chair – Judy Bends  
Third Monday of the Month – evening   
YearMonthAuthorTitleDiscussion Lead/Host
2021SeptHannah, KristinThe Four WindsLinda
2021OctPurcell, SoniaA Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of Virginia Hall, WWII’s Most Dangerous SpyCarol
2021Nov    
2021DecChristmas Dinner 
2022JanPride, Christine and Jo PiazzaWe Are Not Like ThemJanet
2022FebBenedict, MarieThe Only Woman in the RoomBarbara C.
2022MarPicoult, JodiThe StorytellerMarnie
2022AprMcConaughey, MatthewGreenlightsJeanne
2022MayWiseman, Ellen MarieThe Orphan CollectorBarbara H.
2022JuneO’Connor FlanneryThe Comnplete Stories of Flannery O’ConnorTheresa
2022JulyBennett, BritThe Vanishing HalfPat
2022AugustKiernan, Stephen P.Universe of TwoJudy
      
      
Shelf Indulgence Book Club Reading List for 2021-2022   
Revision January 1, 2022   
Shelf Indulgence Book Club Chair – Karen Pifer    
Second Wednesday of the Month – afternoon   
YearMonthAuthorTitleDiscussion Lead/Host
2021Sept   
2021OctOrganizational MeetingAlice
2021NovPurcell, SoniaA Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of Virginia Hall, WWII’s Most Dangerous Spy 
2021DecClemens, MargeThe Indigo GirlMarge
2022JanCummins, JeanneAmerican DirtDebbie
2022Feb  Linda
2022Mar  Mary Allison
2022Apr  Karen
2022May  Lark
2022June  Linda
2022July   
2022August   
      
      
Sweet Tea and Sunshine Book Club Reading List 2021- 2022  
Revision January 1, 2022    
Sweet Tea and Sunshine Themed Book Club Chair – Tracie Call  
First Thursday of the Month – morning   
YearMonthMonthAuthorTitleDiscussion Lead/Host
20219SeptMeeting Cancelled 
202110OctCallahan, PattiSurviving SavannahElaine
202111NovConroy, PatThe Great SantiniLinda
202112DecBoyd, NatashaThe Indigo GirlGinny
20221JanConroy, PatThe Water is WideTracie
20222FebMonroe, Mary  AliceThe Butterfly’s Daughter Susan
20223Mar    
20224Apr    
20225May    
20226June    
20227July    
2022 August    
       
       
U.S. History – Antebellum Themed Book Club Reading List 2021 – 2022 
Revision January 1, 2022   
U.S. History – Antebellum Themed Book Club Chair – Alice Murray  
Second Wednesday of the Monthe – afternoon  
YearMonthAuthorTitleDiscussion LeadHostess
2021JuneStowe, Harriet BeecherUncle Tom’s CabinJudyAnShu Asian
2021SeptGoodwin, Doris KearnsTeam of Rivals pt 1Alice 
2021OctNo Meeting  
2021NovGoodwin, Doris KearnsTeam of Rivals pt 2MariaAnShu Asian
2021DecDouglass, FrederickNarrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass AnShu Asian
2022JanKilmeade, BrianThe President and the Freedom Fighter AnShu Asian
     
      
The Voracious Readers Book Club Reading List for 2021- 2022  
Revision December 1, 2021   
The Voracious Readers Book Club Chair – Marion Paterson  
Second Thursday of the Month – afternoon  
YearMonthAuthorTitleDiscussion LeadHostess
2021SeptGalloway, StevenThe Cellist of SarajevoElizabethReserve
2021OctFranklin, ArianaCity of ShadowsMary or MarionReserve
2021NovWharton, EdithThe Age of InnocenceNancyReserve
2021DecHannah, KristinThe Four WindsMarciaReserve
2022Jan   
2022Feb   
2022Mar   
2022Apr    
2022May    
2022June    
2022July    
2022August    
      
New Wednesday Afternoon Book Club Reading List for 2021-2022  
Revision November 1, 2021   
Wednesday Afternoon New Book Club Chair – Karen Pifer   
Second Wednesday of the Month – afternoon   
YearMonthAuthorTitleDiscussion Lead/Host
2021Sept   
2021OctOrganizational MeetingAlice
2021NovPurcell, SoniaA Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of Virginia Hall, WWII’s Most Dangerous Spy 
2021Dec Marge
2022Jan  Becky
2022Feb  Linda
2022Mar  Mary Allison
2022Apr  Karen
2022May  Lark
2022June  Linda
2022July   
2022August   
      
Whodunit  Themed Book Club Reading List for 2021 – 2022  
Revision January 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 Collectors  
2022MarBaldacci, DavidStone Cold  
2022AprBaldacci, DavidDivine Justice  
2022MayBaldacci, DavidHell’s Corner  
2022June    
2022July    
2022August    
      
      
Women of Words Book Club Reading List for 2021 – 2022  
Revision January 1, 2022   
Women of Words Book Club Chair – Linda McGurer  
Second Monday of the Month – afternoon  
YearMonthAuthorTitleDiscussion LeadHostess
2021SeptBurger, KenSwallow SavannahGinnyGinny
Frederickson, KariCold War DixieJudy
2021OctCleeton, ChanelNext Year in HavanaJackieLinda
2021NovSimonson, Helen DannyThe Summer Before the WarPat Sch.Mary
2021DecConroy, PatThe Water Is Wide The Wilcox Inn
2022JanMoriarty, LauraThe ChaperoneMaryPat Sch.
2022FebBenedict, MarieCarnegie’s MaidDannyPeggy
2022MarQuinn, KateThe Rose CodeLindaPat Shi.
2022AprBarnett, BritanyA Knock at MidnightPeggyJudy 
2022MayDare, AbiThe Girl with the Louding VoiceJackieJackie
2022JuneLemmie, AshaFifty Words for RainLindaLinda
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 November 1, 2021 
   
ClubsAuthorTitle
4Hannah, KristinThe Four Winds
3Quinn, KateThe Rose Code
2Lemmie, AshaFifty Words for Rain
2Twain, MarkThe Adventures of Huckeberry Finn
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
1Boyd, NatashaThe Indigo Girl
1Bradley, AlanThe Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
1Burger, KenSwallow Savannah
1Callahan, PattiSurviving Savannah
1Cleeton, ChanelNext Year in Havana
1Conroy, PatThe Great Santini
1Dare, AbiThe Girl with the Loiuding Voice
1Dugoni, RobertThe Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell
1Erdich, LouiseThe Round House
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
1George, ElizabethThe Punishment She Deserves
1Goodwin, Doris KearnsTeam of Rivals pt 1
1Grafton, Sue“C” Is for Corpse
1Greenwood, BrynAll the Ugly and Wonderufl Things
1Greenwood, BrynAll the Ugly and Wonderufl Things
1Haig, MattThe Midnight Library
1Hunter, GeorgiaWe Were the Lucky Ones
1Jewell, LisaThen She Was Gone
1Kelly, Martha HallLilac Girls
1King, Laurie R.The Beekeeper’s Apprentice
1Kline, Christina BakerA Piece of the World
1Lewis, MichaelThe Premonition: A Pandemic Story
1McCourt, FrankAngela’s Ashes
1McMorris, KristinaSold on Monday
1Michaelides, AlexThe Maidens
1Monroe, Mary AliceTime is a River
1Monroe, Mary AliceBeach House Reunion
1Moore, KateThe Radium Girls
1Moriarty, LauraThe Chaperone
1Moriarty, LianeApples Never Fall
1Moyes, JojoThe Giver of Stars
1O’Connor FlanneryThe Comnplete Stories of Flannery O’Connor
1Osman, RichardThe Thursday Murder Club
1Owens, DeliaWhere the Crawdads Sing
1Penny, LouiseThe Madness of Crowds
1Picolt, JodiLeaving Time
1Pierce, BlakeThe Perfect Wife
1Prescott, LaraThe Secrets We Kept
1Purcell, SoniaA Woman of No Importance
1Remen, Rachel NaomiKitchen Table Wisdom
1Richmond, MichelleThe Wonder Test
1See, LisaThe Island of Sea Women
1Simonson, Helen DannyThe Summer Before the War
1Smith, KathrynGertie: The Fabulous Life of Gertrude Sanford Legendre, Heiress, Expolorer, Socialite, Spy
1Standafer, MargaretThe Getaway Girls
1Storey, StephanieOil and Marble
1Stowe, Harriet BeecherUncle Tom’s Cabin
1Unger, LisaConfessions on the 7:45
1Wharton, EdithThe Age of Innocence
1White, KarenThe House on Tradd Street
1Williams, BeatrizThe Golden Hour: A Novel
1Woodard, ColinAmerican Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America
Revision December 1, 2021 
   
ClubsAuthorTitle
5Hannah, KristinThe Four Winds
3Quinn, KateThe Rose Code
2Benedict, MarieThe Only Woman in the Room
2Boyd, NatashaThe Indigo Girl
2Haig, MattThe Midnight Library
2Lemmie, AshaFifty Words for Rain
2Purcell, SoniaA Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of Virginia Hall, WWII’s Most Dangerous Spy
2Twain, MarkThe Adventures of Huckeberry Finn
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
1Bennett, BritThe Vanishing Half
1Biddle, Flora MillerEmbers of Childhood: Growing up a Whitney
1Bradley, AlanThe Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
1Burger, KenSwallow Savannah
1Callahan, PattiSurviving Savannah
1Cleeton, ChanelNext Year in Havana
1Conroy, PatThe Great Santini
1Dare, AbiThe Girl with the Louding Voice
1Dugoni, RobertThe Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell
1Erdich, LouiseThe Round House
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
1George, ElizabethThe Punishment She Deserves
1Goodwin, Doris KearnsTeam of Rivals pt 1
1Grafton, Sue“C” Is for Corpse
1Greenwood, BrynAll the Ugly and Wonderufl Things
1Greenwood, BrynAll the Ugly and Wonderufl Things
1Hoover, ColleenIt Ends with Us
1Hunter, GeorgiaWe Were the Lucky Ones
1Jewell, LisaThen She Was Gone
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 BakerA Piece of the World
1Lewis, MichaelThe Premonition: A Pandemic Story
1McConaughey, MatthewGreenlights
1McCourt, FrankAngela’s Ashes
1McMorris, KristinaSold on Monday
1Michaelides, AlexThe Maidens
1Monroe, Mary AliceTime is a River
1Monroe, Mary AliceBeach House Reunion
1Moore, KateThe Radium Girls
1Moriarty, LauraThe Chaperone
1Moriarty, LianeApples Never Fall
1Moyes, JojoThe Giver of Stars
1O’Connor FlanneryThe Comnplete Stories of Flannery O’Connor
1Osman, RichardThe Thursday Murder Club
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
1Purcell, SoniaA Woman of No Importance
1Remen, Rachel NaomiKitchen Table Wisdom
1Richmond, MichelleThe Wonder Test
1See, LisaThe Island of Sea Women
1Simonson, Helen DannyThe Summer Before the War
1Smith, KathrynGertie: The Fabulous Life of Gertrude Sanford Legendre, Heiress, Expolorer, Socialite, Spy
1Standafer, MargaretThe Getaway Girls
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
1Wiseman, Ellen MarieThe Orphan Collector
1Woodard, ColinAmerican Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America
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