Book Clubs

Book Club

Several book clubs are being formed to bring together ICLRU members with similar reading tastes and a desire to share their opinions with others.

Club information will be periodically updated on this website but, for the most current information, members are encouraged to contact the book club leaders listed below.


Non-Fiction — “Book Ends”

Leader – Margo Temple,

Meeting Dates – 3rd Thursday of the month

Meeting Time – 11:45 am in Rm. 704

Book Selections:



Stay tuned for updates on the Non-Fiction “Book-Ends” Club.

Past Selections:

Into Thin Air, by Jon Krakauer

My Thoughts Be Bloody, by Nora Titone


Multicultural Themes

Leader – Andrea Zietlow,

Meeting Dates – 2nd Tuesday of every month, except December

Meeting Time – 3:15 pm in Rm. 704

November 14:  The Lost History of Stars: A Novel, by Dave Boling

(No Meeting in December)

January 9: The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir, by Kao Kala Yang

February 13: The Leavers, by Lisa Ko

March 13: Behold the Dreamers, by Imbolo Mbue

Past Selections:

 I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban, by Malala Yousafzai

Peaches for Monsieur le Cure, by Joanne Harris

Spare Parts:  Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream, by Joshua Davis

Baking Cakes at Kigali, by Gaile Parkin

One Thousand White women:  The Journals of May Dodd, by Jim Ferguss

Red Azalea, by Anchee Min

A Map of Betrayal by Jin Ha

Finding Nouf by Joe Ferraris

The Space Between Us, by Thrity Umrigar

Euphoria, by Lily King

Having Our Say:  The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years,  by Sarah L. and A. Elizabeth Delany

The Wangs vs. the World, by Jade Chang

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, by William Kamkwamba

Hilbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, by J.D. Vance

The Kindness of Enemies, by Leila Aboulela

The Fortunes, by Peter Ho Davies

The Upstairs Wife:  An Intimate History of Pakistan, by Rafia Zakaria

The Lowland, by Jhumpa Lahiri


Prize-Winning Books

Leaders –Sue Harty, & Sue Masterson,

Meeting Dates – 1st Thursday every month

Meeting Time – 11:40 am in Rm. 704

Nov 2:  Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

Past Selections:

The Shipping News by Annie Proulx

Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner

Empire Falls by Richard Russo

March by Geraldine Brooks

A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Having Our Say:  The Delany Sisters First 100 Years, by Sarah L. Delany & A. Elizabeth Delany with Amy Hill Hearth

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon

The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jaime Ford

Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon

Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler


Leader – Sheila Barrett,

Meeting Date – 3rd Wednesday of the Month, during Study Group Sessions  (starting May 17)

Meeting Time – 11:40 am in Rm. 704

Nov. 8:  In the Woods by Tana French

Past Selections:

The Princess of Burundi by Kjell Eriksson

How the Light Gets In

The Victoria Vanishes by Christopher Fowler

Maisie Dobbs, by Jacqueline Winspear

All Things Cease to Appear, by Elizabeth Brundage

Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Alder-Olsen

No Second Chance by Harlan Coben

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling)

Mrs. Roosevelt’s Confidant by Susan Macneal

A Dark-Adapted Eye by Ruth Rendell writing as Barbara Vine

The Old Man by Thomas Perry

A Beautiful Blue Death by Charles Finch

Case Histories by Kate Atkinson


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