Important! June and July 2020 meetings have been cancelled. Rescheduled and cancelled meetings are also highlighted below in the list of Book Selections for 2019-2020.
The book discussion group currently meets the second Wednesday of each month, at 10:15 AM in the Board Room of the Library. Anyone who loves to read and talk about books is welcome to join in.
When Barbara and Wayne Zurl moved to Maryville in 1994, Barbara looked in vain for a book discussion group. When she approached Kathy Pagles at the library, Kathy said, “Why don’t you start one?” So Barbara did and invited several friends to join her in discussing Amy Tan’s “The Joy Luck Club”. That first meeting was in May of 1994.
Barbara continued as facilitator of discussions for the next six years. She always did an excellent job of researching the book and the author, and insured that discussions stayed focused. All ideas were accepted as valid, especially when there was disagreement. When Barbara moved on to co-ordinate the Ex Libris program of reaching out to assistive living facilities, the members took over, obtaining books on their own and rotating discussion leadership duties.
Mary-Anne Lovato coordinates the current group of about 30 participants. They start suggesting books during the spring of each year and compile a list of candidates by June, then vote on them and identify final choices by July. They don’t necessarily read best-sellers but look for books that will generate discussion, may even be controversial.
|Aug 14||Our 50-State Border Crisis: How the Mexican Border Fuels the Drug Epidemic Across America by Howard G. Buffett||Doris Matousek|
|Sep 11||The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah||Dolores Philpot|
|Oct 9||Suttree by Cormac McCarthy||Bonnie Holmes|
|Nov 13||People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks||Jan Bower|
|Dec 11||She Walks These Hills by Sharyn McCrumb||Martha Cook|
|Jan 8||The Choice: Embrace the Impossible by Dr. Edith Eva Eger||Suzanne Tufford|
|Feb 12||Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens||Jane McManus|
|Mar 11||The Unwomanly Face of War by Svetlana Alexievich. Rescheduled for August 12||Dwayne Bell|
|Apr 8||The Overstory by Richard Powers. Rescheduled for September 9||Pam Ragon|
|May 13||Stuff Matters by Mark Miodownik. Rescheduled for October 14||Doris Matousek|
|Jun 10||Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver. Cancelled||Barbara Hudson|
|Jul 8||There There by Tommy Orange. Cancelled||—|