Evening Book Group

Every genre of literature is of interest to the members of this book club as you can see from the list of recent selections below.  This group reads a monthly book selection and then discusses it at a member’s home on the third Thursday of each month from 7:00 – 8:30 PM. Light refreshments, and of course, wine are served to round out the evening.  It’s a fun group with broad and continually developing interests.  

As soon as it is possible, this group is planning to expand their activities to include taking in book signings and  talks when an author of interest come to our area. 

For information contact Bev Schrenk, 303-772-7987, beverly.schrenk@comcast.net.

“If you put us in a room together, we just start talking about books”.

And that is how the AAUW Book Club was born.  We have been meeting since August 2003.  At most discussions you will hear “I don’t think I would have ever read this book, but I’m really glad I did”.

The first book we read was Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks.  One of our more recent book selections was Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann.  We read current releases as well as old favorites; we have read books that make us laugh and books that make us cry; and we have read deeply thought-provoking books as well as just plain fun books.  You can see all of our recent selections below.

Our members have very diverse backgrounds of education, careers, and life experiences which enhance our selections and create lively discussions.   A public health nurse recommended the book about the last leper colony in the US.  Members also bring pictures from their travels of places discussed in our selections, including Cuba, South Africa and Australia.

Upcoming book selections are printed in the newsletter, and all branch members are invited to join us for one or all meetings.  You can drop in for books of interest or as your schedule allows.  Twenty-six members are on our mailing list and 8 to 10 members attend each discussion.

Bev Schrenk, Chair

2022 Selections

  • The Rose Code – Kate Quinn
  • Paris Library – Janet Skeslien Charles
  • Anxious People – Fredrik Backman
  • Cloud Cuckoo Land – Anthony Doerr
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry – Rachel Joyce

2021 Selections

  • Tallgrass – Sandra Dallas – this was an All Branch Read
  • The Personal Librarian – Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher
  • The Girl With the Louding Voice – Ani Dare
  • Great Circle – Maggie Shipstead
  • The Man Who Loved Books Too Much – Allison Hoover Bartlett
  • The Vanishing Half – Brit Bennett
  • How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House – Cheri Jones
  • Rebirth: Outliving the Soviet Grip on Both Sides of the Atlantic – Ingrid Popa Foptino
  • My Dear Hamilton: A Novel of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton – Laura Kaye and Stephanie Dray
  • The Exiles – Christina Baker Kline
  • Your House Will Pay – Steph Cha

2020 Selections

  • Christmas at Fairacre – Miss Read
  • The Nickel Boys – Colson Whitehead
  • Leadership in Turbulent Times – Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter – Hazel Coben
  • Hell & Other Destinations – Madeleine Albright
  • John Adams – David McCullough
  • How Georgia Became O’Keefe – Lessons on the Art of Living – Karen Karbo
  • The Island of See Women – Lisa See
  • Daughters of the Night Sky – Aimie K. Runyan

2019 Selections

  • Becoming – Michele Obama
  • Where the Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens
  • Pachinko – Min Jin Lee
  • Women Rowing North – Mary Pipher
  • The Weight of Ink – Rachel Kadish
  • Factfulness – Hans Rosling
  • Fear – Bob Woodward
  • Last Days of Night – Graham Moore
  • The Library Book – Susan Orlean
  • The Newcomers – Helen Thorpe
  • The Paris Architect – Charles Belfoure

2018 Selections

  • Small Great Things – Jodi Picoult
  • Handmaids Tale – Margaret Atwood
  • Killer of the Flower Moon:  The Osage Murders & the Birth of the FBI – David Grann
  • The Whole Town’s Talking – Fannie Flagg
  • Mystic River – Dennis Lehane
  • The Ninth Hour – Alice McDermott
  • Tortilla Curtain – T.C. Boyle
  • The Radium Girls – Kate Moore
  • The Art of Hearing Heartbeats – Jan-Phillipp Sendker
  • The Alice Network – Kate Quinn
  • Every Note Played – Lisa Genova