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  

SEPTEMBER BOOK REVIEW –  click on book imageThe Rose Code by Kate Guinn  

Better Than Therapy Book Club Reading List 2021 – 2022  
Revision September 1, 2021   
Better Than Therapy Book Club – Tappy Swarner  
3rd Wednesday of the Month – afternoon  
YearMonthAuthorTitleDiscussion Lead/Host
2021SeptUnger, LisaConfessions on the 7:45Margaret
2021Oct    
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Between the Sheets Book Club Reading List for 2021 – 2022  
Revision September 1, 2021   
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  
2022Jan   
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Book Babes Book Club Reading List for 2021- 2022  
Revision September 1, 2021   
Book Babes Book Club Chair – Sherry Wilson   
Second Monday of the Month – evening   
YearMonthAuthorTitleDiscussion Lead/Host 
2021SeptBenedict, MarieThe Only Woman in the RoomJoanne M.
2021OctHaig, MattThe Midnight LibraryJoanne S.
2021Nov  Randy
2021DecChristmas Dinner 
2022JanMichaelides, AlexThe MaidensGary
2022Feb Karen T.
2022Mar  Sherry
2022Apr  Ruth
2022May  Sue
2022JuneSocial  
2022JulyNo scheduled meeeting   
2022AugustNo scheduled meeeting   
      
Dora’s Book Lovers Book Club Reading List for 2021- 2022  
Revision September 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 Lifer of Gertrude Sanford Legandre, 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, MarkHuckleberry FinnBonnie
2022MayWilliams, BeatrizThe Golden Hour: A NovelGail
2022June Book Selection for 2022-2023Barbara
2022JulyNo scheduled meeeting   
2022AugustNo scheduled meeeting   
      

First Ladies  Nook club Reading List for 2021- 2022 
   
Revision September 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 PartyTBD 
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 
Mary Alice Monroe Themed Book Club Reading List 2021- 2022  
Revision September 1, 2021   
Mary Alice Monroe Themed Book Club Chair – Lynda Mann   
TBD – afternoon     
      
YearMonthAuthorTitleDiscussion LeadPM Hostess
2021SeptMonroe, Mary AliceBeach House ReunionTBDTBD
      
      
Meet and Eat Book Club Reading List for 2021 – 2022  
Revision September 1, 2021   
Meet and Eat Book Club Chair – Susan Phillips   
Second Thursday of the Month – evening   
YearMonthAuthorTitleDiscussion Lead/Host
2021SeptMoore, KateThe Radium GirlsDee
2021OctFowler, Teresa AnneZeldaKerin
2021Nov    
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2022Jan   
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Mysteries and Martinis Book Club Reading List for 2021 – 2022  
Revision September 1, 2021   
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
2021Oct  
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2022Jan    
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On the Same Page Book Club Reading List for 2021-2022   
Revision September 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
2021Oct    
2021Nov    
2021Dec    
2022Jan    
2022Feb    
2022Mar    
2022Apr    
2022May    
2022June    
2022JulyNo scheduled meeeting   
2022AugustNo scheduled meeeting   
      
Delayed     
  Preston, RichardThe Hot Zone  
  McMorris, KristinaSold on a Monday: A Novel  
  Greenwood, BryanAll the Ugly and Wonderful Things: A Novel  
Passionate Page Turners Book Club Reading List for 2021 – 2022 
Revision September  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 ImportanceCarol
2021NovO’Connor FlanneryThe Comnplete Stories of Flannery O’ConnorTheresa
2021DecChristmas Dinner  
2022Jan   
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2022July    
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Sweet Tea and Sunshine Book Club Reading List 2021- 2022   
Revision September 1, 2021     
Sweet Tea and Sunshine Themed Book Club Chair – Tracie Call   
First Thursday of the Month – morning    
YearMonthMonthAuthorTitleDiscussion Lead/Host 
20219SeptCallahan, PattiSurviving SavannahElaine 
202110OctBoyd, NatashaThe Indigo GirlGinny 
202111Nov  Linda 
202112Dec  Tracie 
20221Jan    
20222Feb    
20223Mar     
20224Apr     
20225May     
20226June     
20227July     
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U.S. History – Antebellum Themed Book Club Reading List 2021 – 2022 
Revision September 1, 2021   
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 1AliceAnShu Asian
2021Oct    
2021Nov    
2021Dec    
      
     
The Voracious Readers Book Club Reading List for 2021- 2022  
Revision September 1, 2021   
The Voracious Readers Book Club Chair – Marion Paterson  
Second Thursday of the Month – afternoon  
YearMonthAuthorTitleDiscussion LeadHostess
2021SeptGalloway, StevenThe Cellist of SarajevoElizabethReserve
2021Oct    
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2022Jan   
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Whodunit  Themed Book Club Reading List for 2021 – 2022  
Revision September 1, 2021   
Whodunit Themed Book Club Chair – Alice Murray   
Third Monday of the Month – afternoon   
YearMonthAuthorTitleDiscussion LeadHostess
2021SeptGalbraith, RobertTroubled BloodMoniqueThe Summer Winds Gazebo in The Reserve
2021Oct    
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2022Jan    
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Women of Words Book Club Reading List for 2021 – 2022  
Revision September 1, 2021   
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
2021DecTBD  
2022JanMoriarty, LauraThe ChaperoneMaryPat Sch.
2022FebBenedict, MarieCarnegie’s MaidDannyPeggy
2022MarQuinn, KateThe Rose CodeLindaPat Shi.
2022AprBarnett, BritanyA Knock at MidnightPeggyJudy 
2022MayDare, AbiThe Girl with the Loiuding VoiceJackieJackie
2022JuneLemmie, AshaFifty Words for RainLindaLinda
2022JulyNo scheduled meeeting   
2022AugustNo scheduled meeeting   
      
  Other Books:   
  Kaufman, David E.Jewhooing the Sixities  
  Ostby, AnnePieces of Happiness  
  McDonald, ChristinaDo No Harm  
W.O.W Book Clubs Favorite Books  2020-2021 September 2020 – August 2021 
 Revised August 31, 2021 
ClubsAuthorTitle
3Krueger, William KentThis Tender Land
3Moyes, JojoThe Giver of Stars
3Patchett, AnnThe Dutch House
2Bruff, Rebecca DwightTrouble the Water
2Cumins,JeanineAmerican Dirt
2Frederickson, KariCold War Dixie
2Hannah, KristinThe Four Winds
2Kondazian, KarenThe Whip
2Monroe, Mary AliceThe Beach House
2Napolitano, AnnDear Edward
2Ng, CelesteLittle Fires Everywhere
2Quinn, KateThe Alice Network
2Wingate, LisaBefore We Were Yours
1Ambrose, StephenUndaunted Courage
1Anthony, LawrenceThe Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild
1Backman, FredrikAnxious People
1Bowen, RhysLove and Death Among the Cheetahs
1Braithwaite, OyinkkanMy Sister The Serial Killer
1Brennert, AlanMoloka’a
1Browder, BillRed Notice
1Chouinard, M.M. The Dancing Girls
1Clark, Mary HigginsLet Me Call You Sweetheart
1Clift, EleanorFounding Sisters and the Nineteenth Amendment
1Cobbs, ElizabethThe Hamilton Affair
1Dugoni, RobertThe Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell
1Finn, A.J.Woman in the Window
1Flagg, FannieFried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café
1Flagg, FannieThe Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop
1Fowler, Theresa AnneA Good Neighborhood
1Frank,  Dorothea BentonThe Queen Bee
1Frederickson, KariCold War Dixie
1French, TaraThe Searcher
1Galbraith, RobertThe Cuckoo’sCalling
1Galbraith, RobertThe Silkworm
1Galbraith, RobertCareer of Evil
1Galbraith, RobertLethal White
1Grann, DavidKillers of the Flower Moon
1Greenwood, BryanAll the Ugly and Wonderful Things: A Novel
1Hamil, PeteSnow in August
1Harper, JaneAmerican Duchess
1Harper, JaneThe Dry
1Hayward, DuboseMamba’s Daughter
1Horowitz, AnthonyThe Magpie Murders
1Hudson, MelanieThe Last Lettter from Juliet
1Inskeep, SteveImperfect Union
1Jiles, PauletteNews of the World
1Kidd, Sue MonkThe Invention of Wings
1Landay, WilliamDefending Jacob
1Landay, WilliamDefending Jacob
 Larson, EricDead Wake
1Larson, ErikIssac’s Storm
1Larson, ErikThe Splendid and the Vile
1Lemmie, AshaFifty Words for Rain
1Maine, SarahThe House Between Tides
1Martin, CharlesCrickets Cry
1Mayes, FrancesUnder Magnolia: Southern Memoir
1McCarthy, MaryThe Group
1McCullough, DavidThe Pioneers
1McHale, Celeste FletcherThe Secret to Hummingbird Cake
1McMorris, KristinaSold on a Monday: A Novel
1Michaelides, AlexThe Silent Patient
1Monroe, Mary AliceBeach House for Rent
1Monroe, Mary AliceBeach House Reunion
1O’Connor, FlannerySelected Short Stories: Geranium, A Good Man is Hard to Find, and Wildcat
1O’Neal, BarbaraWhen We Believed in Mermaids
1Owens, DeliaWhere the Crawdads Sing
1Pearse, SarahTha Sanatorium
1Penny, LouiseHow the Light Gets In
1Penny, LouiseThe Long Way Home 
1Penny, LouiseThe Nature of the Beast
1Penny, LouiseA Great Reckoning
1Penny, LouiseGlass Houses
1Penny, LouiseThe Kingdom of the Blind
1Penny, LouiseA Better Man 
1Penny, LouiseAll the Devils Are Here
1Picoult, JodiSmall Great things
1Powers, RichardThe Overstory
1Preston, Douglas and Lincoln ChildOld Bones
1Preston, RichardThe Hot Zone
1Richardson, Kim MicheleThe Book Women of Troublesome Creek
1Ross, Helen KleinWhat Was Mine
1Rowell, RainbowEleanor and Park
1Sedaris, DavidMe Talk Pretty One Day
1See, LisaThe Island of Sea Women
1Skloot, RebeccaThe Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
1Stewart, David O.The Summer of 1787
1Stone, IrvingMen to Match My Mountains
1Tyler, AnneRedhead on the Side of the Road
1Tyler, AnneLadder of Years
1Tyler, AnneDigging to America 
1Tyler, AnneSaint Maybe
1Unger, LisaConfessions on the 7:45
1Ware, RuthThe Woman in Cabin 10
1Westover, TaraEducated
1Whitehead, ColsonThe Underground Railroad
1Williams, NiallThis Is Happiness
1Wingate, LisaThe Book of Lost Friends
1Zevin, GabrielleThe Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
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