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First Monday each month, 7 pm,  in COVID times we are doing ZOOM meetings.  The standing ZOOM link will be emailed out.    Please send an email to   if  you would like to join in (whether you have read the book or not).

Upcoming book:  May 2 – The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray  –  DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

We have adapted our Discussion Question format for virtual meeting.   The questions are to 1) help you to read and think about the book. and 2) to assist us in the Zoom discussion.  We suggest that you choose one or two questions to address in the ZOOM.

Thanks to Judy’s capture, here is a list of our July ZOOM “sharing of bedside (or wherever) books” – Bookies July Sharing results

Thank you to all who voted THIS year and to Judy Cenkus, Jane Stilley and Barbara Pickthall who helped Betsy Nock plan the year.  Final Bookies List-2022-MaY2023

Thanks also to Amy Bice who graciously added her time and effort to be sure that Bookies continued on through the pandemic.   Special thanks to our very longtime Bookies Convenor, Gwen Crockett.

HERE is a list of additional books that have been recommended by Bookies members just in case you run out of reading material in 2021 (and into 2022!!)

“…if you don’t know the exact moment when the lights will go out, you might as well read until they do.”— Clive James

2022 and in to early 2023 Featured books:

  • Jan 3, 2022 – Fallout: The Hiroshima Cover-Up by Leslie M.M. Blume   Discussion Questions.  For extra credit or better understanding, also read John Hershey’s Hiroshima
  • Feb 7, 2022 – Hamnet by Maggie O’ Farrell  Discussion Questions
  • Mar 7 – The Splendid and The Vile by Erik Larson   Discussion Questions
  • Apr 4 – Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro  Reading Group Guide
  • May 2 –  The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray    DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
  • June 6 – Nature’s Best Hope by Doug Tallamy  Discussion Questions
  • July 4 or 11 – Bring your own book
  • Aug 1 – The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion Discussion Questions
  • Sep 5 – Maus (and Other BANNED books) by Art Spiegelman Discussion Questions
  • Oct 3 – Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton   Discussion Questions
  • Nov – Cokie:  A Life Well Lived  by Steven V. Roberts
  • Dec – Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy  by  Douglas Adams
  • Jan 2023 – Murder on the Orient Express  by  Agatha Christie
  • Feb 2023 – How The Word is Passed  by Clint Smith
  • Mar – Fresh Water for Flowers  by Valérie Perrin
  • Apr – Good Poems for Hard Times  by Garrison Keillor
  • May – The Lincoln Highway  by Amor Towles

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2014 Selections

2013 Selections

  • Dec 3, 2012 – The Buddha in the Attic – Julie Otsuka, Guide, Author Site
  • Jan 7, 2013 – The Christmas Cantata – Mark Schweizer, General Questions
  • Feb 4 – Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President – Candice Millard, Guide
  • February 8, 2013 – Book & Author Dinner w/AAUW Educator of Year, Sam Needham – benefits Fort Bend Literacy
  • Mar 4 – You Know When the Men Are Gone – Siobhan Fallon, Guide
  • Apr 1 – Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts – Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson, Guide
  • May 7 – The Dinosaur Feather – Sissel-Jo Gazan, Guide
  • Jun 4 – Margaret Sanger: A Life of PassionJean Baker, Guide
  • Jul 1 – Uncle Tom’s Cabin – Harriet Beecher Stowe, Guide
  • Aug 6 – The Casual Vacancy – J.K. Rowling, Guide
  • Sep 2 – I’ll Have What She’s Having—Mapping Social BehaviorR A Bentley, M. Earls, M J O’Brian, Guide
  • Oct 8 – The Language of FlowersVanessa Diffenbaugh, Guide
  • Nov 5 – The GiverLois Lowry, Guide
  • Dec 2, 2013 – Death Comes to PemberleyP D James, Guide
  • Jan 6, 2014 – The Light Between OceansM L Stedman, Guide
  • Feb 3, 2014 – A Reliable WifeRobert Goolrick, Guide

The more you read, the more you know
The more you know, the smarter you grow
The smarter you are, the stronger your voice
Whether speaking your mind
or making your choice. …seen on a T-shirt