Book Club

The Book Club began in November 2000 with a handful of members and has continued growing and changing!

  • The Book Club meets at the library at 7:00p.m. on the first Thursday of the month. (Typically, March-May and September-November)

  • There is an annual $5.00 fee due at the March or April book discussion.  This covers the cost of Inter Library Loans for book discussions.

  • The Book Club will purchase one book a year to then donate to the library to add to the library's multiple copy collection.

  • The facilitator changes with each book.

  • Everyone has the opportunity to suggest a book and lead the discussion.

 

To join the book club you may stop by or call the library at (563) 432-7135.

Currently this Book Club is full.

 

THURSDAY NIGHT READING GROUP HISTORY

The reading group began in November 2000. It started when Janet Hamilton offered her volunteer services to lead story hour. Not being a need in our library at that time for a regular story hour, she agreed to lead an adult reading group. Janet led the group through the first three books. At that time, she decided to pursue more education and we continued with the group. Our group has grown from nine members to as many as twenty members. These days we try to keep it at around 12 members.

 

THURSDAY NIGHT READING GROUP BOOK LIST

2020

March 2020 | The Moment of Lift, Melinda Gates
April 2020 | Cherokee America, Margaret Verble     (Meeting cancelled due to COVID-19 outbreak/library closure)
May 2020| Uncommon Type, Tom Hanks    (Meeting cancelled due to COVID-19 outbreak/library closure)

September 2020 |  Mothers, Brit Bennett (Meeting cancelled due to COVID-19 outbreak/library closure)
October 2020 |  Born a Crime, Trevor Noah (Meeting cancelled due to COVID-19 outbreak/library closure)
November 2020 | The Winter Solider, Daniel Mason (Meeting cancelled due to COVID-19 outbreak/library closure)
 

2019

4.4.19 | The Wedding GiftMarlen Suyapa Bodden
5.2.19 | My Grandma's Hands, Susan Wardell (Children's Author - Author Visit)
6.6.19 | Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens

9.5.19 | The Little Paris Bookshop, Holly George
10.3.19 | This Blessed Earth: A Year in the Life of an American Family Farm, Ted Genoways (An All Iowa Reads Selection!)
11.7.19 | Before We Were Yours, Lisa Wingate
 

2018

CAROLINE: LITTLE HOUSE REVISITED, SARAH MILLER (BOOKGROUP PURCHASED COPIES)
THE WAY THE CROW FLIES,
 ANN-MARIE MACDONALD
BOTTOMLAND, MICHELLE HOOVER
A LITTLE TROUBLE WITH THE FACTS,
 NINA SIEGAL
THE TROUBLE WITH GOATS AND SHEEP,
 J CANNON
BOYS IN THE BUNK HOUSE, 
DAN BARRY 
 

2017

LAST BUS TO WISDOM, IVAN DOIG
ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE, ANTHONY DOERR
THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, 
PAULA HAWKINS (BOOKGROUP PURCHASED COPIES)
HILLBILLY ELEGY, J.D. VANCE
ALL WHO ARE BRAVE ARE FORGIVEN, CHRIS CLEAVE
SMALL GREAT THINGS, JODI PICOULT 
 

2016 

GOODBYE FOREVER: NOTES FROM THE GREAT ADVENTURE, MARY PALMER RIORDAN & ELIZABETH PALMER MENTZER 
GIRLS OF ATOMIC CITY, DENISE KIERNAN 
TAKE ME WITH YOU, CATHERINE RYAN HYDE 
SUTTON, J.R. MOEHRINGER 
THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS, M.L. SEDMAN 
 

2015 

ONCE UPON A RIVER, BONNIE JO CAMPBELL 
WILD, CHERYL STRAYED 
THE MANHATTAN HUNT CLUB, JOHN SAUL 
THE HOMESMAN, GLENDON SWARTHOUT 
NECESSARY LIES, DIANE CHAMBERLAIN 
 

2014 

PICK YOUR OWN CLASSIC - (Rosalie Ahrendsen) either one you have wanted to read or one to re-read   
A WALK IN THE WOODS, BILL BRYSON (Judy Hartman) 
THE BOOK THIEF, MARKUS ZUSAK  
GONE GIRL, GILLIAN FLYNN 
MIDNIGHT ASSASSIN, PATRICIA BRYAN & THOMAS WOLF 
WHERE’D YOU GO BERNADETTE?, MARIA SEMPLE 
FALLEN WOMEN, SANDRA DALLAS 
WE ARE ALL COMPLETELY BESIDE OURSELVES, KAREN JOY FOWLER 
GYPSY BOY, MIKEY WALSH 
 

2013 

WORLD MADE BY HAND, JAMES HOWARD KUNSTLER 
BLACK & BLUE, ANNA QUINDLEN (Jody Lippmann) (didn’t discuss due to weather) 
MY FORBIDDEN FACE, LATIFA (Judy Hartman) 
LIFE OF PI, YANN MARTEL (Dorothy Russell) 
THE WORST HARD TIME, TIMOTHY EAGAN (Shari Glenn) 
JUNGLE, UPTON SINCLAIR (Judy Hartman) 
LEISURE SEEKER, MICHALE ZADOORIAN (Sophie Miller) 
SILENCE OF BONAVENTURE ARROW, RITA LEGANSKI (Deb Robinson) 
 

2012 

SHANGHAI GIRLS, LISA SEE 
ELLA MINNOW PEA, MARK DUNN 
WISH YOU WERE HERE, STEWART O’NAN 
HUNGER GAMES, SUZANNE COLLINS 
STILL LIFE WITH CHICKENS, CATHERINE GOLDHAMMER 
UNBROKEN, LAURA HILLENBRAND 
LIAR’S CLUB,MARY KARR 
MUDBOUND, HILLARY JORDAN 
PARTICULAR SADNESS OF LEMON CAKE, AIMEE BENDER (Shannon Walshire) 
 

2011 

THE TIE THAT BINDS, KENT HARUF 
ANGELA’S ASHES, FRANK MCCOURT 
SLAMMERKIN, EMMA DONOGHUE 
THE BURNING OF RACHEL HAYES, DOUG ALLYN 
SARAH’S KEY, ATIANA DE ROSNAY 
IRREPLACEABLE, STEPHEN LOVELY 
HORIZONTAL WORLD, DEBRA MARQUART 
 

2010 

THE SHACK, WILLIAM P. YOUNG       
THE HELP, KATHRYN STOCKETT 
THE WRONG MOTHER, SOPHIE HANNAH 
THE MEMORY KEEPER’S DAUGHTER, KIM EDWARDS  
EAT PRAY LOVE, ELIZABETH GILBERT 
THOSE WHO SAVE US, JENNA BLUM 
 

2009 

KILL ME, STEPHEN WHITE 
THE ROPE WALK, CARRIE BROWN 
DIVE FROM CLAUSEN’S PIER, ANN PACKER 
A YEAR OF WONDERS, GERALDINE BROOKS 
EYE CONTACT, CAMMIE MCGOVERN 
THE GIFTED GABALDON SISTERS, LORRAINE LOPEZ 
CHAMELEON DAYS, TIM BASCOM 
MY ISHMAEL, DANIEL QUINN 
 

2008 

THE LEARNING TREE, GORDON PARKS 
FLOOR OF THE SKY, PAMELA CARTER JOERN 
BOUND FEET & WESTERN DRESS, PANG MEI CHANG 
A WOMAN IN BERLIN, ANONYMOUS 
THE PEOPLE’S ACT OF LOVE, JAMES MEEK 
NINETEEN MINUTES, JODI PICOULT 
 

2007 

THE LAST DAYS OF DOGTOWN, ANITA DIAMANT 
SPLENDID SOLUTION, JONAS SALK AND THE CONQUEST OF POLIO, JEFFREY KLUGER   
READER’S SELECTION: THEME: SEXUAL ASSAULT 
SALEM FALLS; THE DOUBLE BIND; RAPE OF A TOWN; SPEAK 
MY SISTER’S KEEPER, JODI PICCOULT 
THE BEAN TREES, BARBARA KINSOLVER 
7 PERCENT SOLUTION, NICHOLAS MEYER 
EAST OF EDEN, JOHN STEINBECK 
LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW, WASHINGTON IRVING 
AS I LAY DYING, WILLIAM FAULKNER 
KABUL BEAUTY SCHOOL, DEBORAH RODRIGUEZ 
 

2006 

ALIAS GRACE, MARGARET ATWOOD 
THE SUNFLOWER, SIMON WIESENTHAL 
MONSTER, WALTER DEAN MYERS 
THE GLASS CASTLE & ANGELA’S ASHES, JEANNETTE WALLS & FRANK MCCOURT    
THE RED BADGE OF COURAGE, STEPHEN CRANE 
LIGHTHOUSEKEEPING, JEANETTE WINTERSON 
THE MIRACLE LIFE OF EDGAR MINT, BRADY UDALL 
 

2005 

ROAD FROM COORAIN, JILL KER CONWAY 
WOMAN WHO WALKED INTO DOORS,RODDY DOYLE 
OLD JULES, MARI SANDOZ 
PEACE LIKE A RIVER, LEIF ENGER 
POPE JOAN, DONNA WOOLFOLK CROSS 
WEST WITH THE NIGHT, BERYL MARKHAM 
SAINT MAYBE, ANNE TYLER 
MANY LIVES & SECRET SORROWS OF JOSEPHINE B., SANDRA GULLAND 
VIRGIN SUICIDES, JEFFERY EUGENIDES 
MASTER BUTCHER’S SINGING CLUB, LOUISE ERDRICH 
CHANGE ME INTO ZEUS’S DAUGHTER, BARBARA R. MOSS 
TWO OLD WOMEN, VELMA WALLIS 
A TASTE FOR DEATH, P.D. JAMES 
 

2004 

LOVE & VALOR, JACOB & EMELINE RITNER 
THE GOLDEN COMPASS, PHILIP PULLMAN 
GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING, TRACY CHEVALIER 
WICKED, GREGORY MAGUIRE 
MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA, ARTHUR GOLDEN 
MARY, ME, RICK BAKER 
 

2003 

THE AWAKENING, KATE CHOPIN 
THE SURVIVORS CLUB, LISA GARDNER 
NO PLACE LIKE HOME, BARBARA SAMUEL 
MISSING MAY, CYNTHIA RYLANT 
THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES, SUE MONK KIDD 
ONE THOUSAND WHITE WOMEN, JIM FERGUS 
HOUSEWRIGHTS, ART CORRIVEAU 
MT VERNON LOVE STORY, MARY HIGGINS CLARK 
STANDING IN THE RAINBOW, FANNIE FLAGG 
THE RED TENT, DIANA DIAMANT 
THE DA VINCI CODE, DAN BROWN 
IN COUNTRY, BOBBIE ANN MASON 
 

2002 

A YEAR IN PROVENCE, PETER MAYLE 
THE HONK & HOLLER OPENING SOON, BILLIE LETTS 
THE BIG THAW, DONALD HARSTAD 
PATTY JANE’S HOUSE OF CURL, LORNA LANDVIK 
CHARMS FOR THE EASY LIFE, KAYE GIBBONS 
DIARY OF MATTIE SPENSER, SANDRA DALLAS 
IF I DIE IN A COMBAT ZONE, TIM O’BRIEN 
A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY, JOHN IRVING 
TURNIP BLUES, HELEN CAMPBELL 
DR. ZHIVAGO (VIDEO) 
 

2001 

SENSE & SENSIBILITY, JANE AUSTIN 
WHILE I WAS GONE, SUE MILLER 
THE SPECIAL PRISONER, JIM LEHRER 
FOLLOW THE RIVER, JAMES A. THOM 
RED SCARF GIRL, JI LI JIANG 
RIVER CROSS MY HEART, BREENA CLARKE 
 

2000 

THE ENGLISH PATIENT, MICHAEL ONDAATJE 
A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN, BETTY SMITH