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Books We Read in 2020

All the books we'll be reading in 2020 now have discussion leaders. Thanks to all who volunteered.

  • January — Educated by Tara Westover (Discussion Leader: Sue Laluk). A memoir about a young girl, kept out of school by her survivalist family, who goes on to earn her PhD from Cambridge University, even though she never set foot in a classroom until she was 17 years old. — 31 votes
  • February — Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn (Discussion Leader: Eileen Roberta). New York recluse Anna Fox spends her time drinking too much wine, watching old movies, and spying on her neighbors, especially the new family, seemingly perfect, until she sees something she shouldn’t. What’s real? Who is in danger and who is in control? Nothing is as it seems. — 30 votes
  • MarchThe Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson (Discussion Leader: Sharon Burr). The traveling librarian of Troublesome Creek, Kentucky, is a book woman, but also the last of her breed of blue skinned people. If Cussy wants to bring the joy of books to her town, she must overcome a prejudice as old as the Appalachian Mountains. Inspired by a true story. — 27 votes
  • AprilAll We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin (Discussion Leader: Kathy Morey). Three very different people must choose between their families and their most deeply held values. A photograph at a drunken party, and headstrong Lyla, struggling Tom and rich Nina are now thrown together to question who they really are and search for the courage to live a life of true meaning. — 28 votes
  • MayOlive, Again by Elizabeth Strout (Discussion Leader: Mary Anne Hume). Olive Kitteridge is prickly, wry, and resistant to change, but also ruthlessly honest and deeply empathetic. We meet her again as she struggles to understand herself and her own life, as well as those of her neighbors in Crosby, Maine. — 31 votes
  • JuneWhere the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (Discussion Leader: Linda Roth). Kya Clark, the “Marsh Girl”, has survived alone for years, but when handsome young Chase Andrews is found dead, Kya is the prime suspect. Sensitive and intelligent, she yearns to be loved in this combination coming of age story and murder mystery. — 37 votes
  • July The Dutch House by Ann Patchett (Discussion Leader: Tary Yurkovich). WWII has just ended, and Cyril Conroy buys Dutch House, an estate in the suburbs of Philadelphia, as a beginning of his real estate empire. The house sets in motion the undoing of everyone he loves. Cyril’s son Danny is the narrator of the book and relates how he and his sister, both wealthy by now, are thrown back into poverty when their stepmother exiles them. Set over five decades, Danny and Maeve are comfortable only when together, and then they are forced to confront the people who left them behind. — 38 votes
  • AugustThe Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates (Discussion Leader: Marcia Shore). Hiram Walker was born into bondage and lost all memory of his mother when she was sold. But he was gifted with a mysterious power that saved him from drowning years later. This brush with death prompts him to scheme to escape the only home he’s ever known. This book is a dramatic story of an atrocity that was perpetrated in our country for many years as families were violently and capriciously torn apart. — 30 votes
  • September The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes (Discussion Leader: Joan Puleo). Alice Wright marries a handsome American man, hoping to escape her stifling life in England, but finds life in rural Kentucky not much better. When a call goes out for a team of women to deliver books as part of Eleanor Roosevelt’s traveling library, Alice signs on enthusiastically, and the group becomes known as the Horseback Librarians of Kentucky. This tale of humanity, friendship and danger is based on a true story. — 51 votes
  • October The Confession Club by Elizabeth Berg (Discussion Leader: Anne Russell).  A group of friends start a monthly supper club, combining congenial evenings with good food and wine. But one evening, one of the members reveals a startingly intimate secret, leading the club to meet more often and the members to share embarrassing misdeeds, deep insecurities and long held regrets. — 34 votes
  • NovemberThe Library Book by Susan Orlean (Discussion Leader: Sunny Wilt). It’s the morning of April 29, 1986 and a fire alarm is going off in the LA Public Library. Seven hours later, 400,000 books have been destroyed and almost twice that number have been damaged. Thirty years later the mystery is still unsolved: was the fire set on purpose and if so, by whom? The book underscores the important roles of library in our lives. Based on an actual event.
  • December Our annual Morning with Local Authors (Peggy BestUnsung Hero, Rita BoehmBeyond Second Chances & others, Lindsay Collier Add Humor To Your Life; Add Life To Your Humor & others, Mark Newhouse The Devil's Bookkeepers: Book 1: The Noose & others), followed by our Christmas/Holiday luncheon. And... it's tradition... we'll have our secret-Santa wrapped, used-book exchange for extra fun.
    • Manijeh Badiozamani, who wrote Family Tales From Tehran about her life growing up in Iran. Her book is available from Amazon in print or the kindle version.
    • Steve Burt, who has written several books. See his website at for a list of his books, many of which are children's books.
    • Bill Pullen, who wrote It Started at The Savoy, available from Amazon (kindle or print), as well as from All Booked Up and Gilded Matildas. It is a memoir about his 52-year career in hotel management.
    • Phyllis Kuehnl-Walters, who has written a couple of completely different books: Creating Balance & Purpose in your Life; Worry, Fret and Fear No More!; and Christmas Slayings, based on a true story of a case she handled in her career as a forensic psychologist. Her books are available on Amazon and you can learn more about them on (click on Author Members, then click on Phyllis's name/photo).

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