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Book Club

Book Club

Book Club Activities

Mary Gresham is our Greater Tucson book club coordinator. If you would like to participate, please send an email to to receive further information about the meetings.

LWVGT Book Club Selections

2019 Selections - All interested individuals are WELCOME. Members have chosen the following titles:

January 16, 2019 - Betty Ford: First Lady, Women's Advocate, Survivor, Trailblazer,

by Lisa McCubbin, 2018. 15 copies in Pima County Library. 411 pages.
Discussant: Kate Stewart

March 20, 2019 - Dear America; Notes of an Undocumented Citizen,

by Jose Antonio Vargas, 2018. 6 copies in Pima County Library. 232 pages.
Discussant: Joan Kaltsas

May 15, 2019 -A Terrible Country, by Keith Gessen, 2018. 6 copies in Pima Co. Library, 338 pages.

Discussant: Mary Gresham

September 18, 2019 -The Great Arizona Orphan Abduction, by Linda Gordon, 1999.

4 copies in Pima County Library, 416 pages.
Discussant: Sue Ward

November 20, 2019 - Educated, a Memoir, by Tara Westover, 2018.

60 books in Pima County Library, 334 pages.
Discussant: Irene Godden

2018 Selections -

January 18--The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson-- 2015--380 pages--6 copies in the Pima County Public Library system.

March 15--Lab Girl by Hope Jarhens--2016--290pps-- 28 copies in the library system.

May 16--Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination that Changed America by Wil Haygood--2015--404pps--2 audiobooks and 1 hardback in library.

September 19--Thank You For Being Late; an Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations by Thomas Friedman--2016--486pps--26 copies in the library. (Joan Kaltsas says to get the paperback because it has extra info in the back--is also 2016)

November 14--Beyond the Beautiful Forevers; Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo--256pps--11 copies in the library.

2017 Selections - All interested individuals are WELCOME. Members have chosen the following titles:

Jan. 18 - Between the World and Me. TaNahesi Coates. (29 copies in the library). Discussant is Mary Gresham.

Mar. 15 - Hillbilly Elegy; a Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis. J.D. Vance. (83 in library) Discussant is Carol West.

May 17 - The Complete Persepolis. Marjane Satrapi. (1 copy in Library. Check 2nd hand stores) Discussant is Kelly Hawke.

Sep. 20 - One Summer America, 1927. Bill Bryson. (13 copies in Library) Discussant is Shirley Schiever.

Nov. 15 - The War That Forged a Nation; Why the Civil War Still Matters. James McPherson Discussant is Joan Kaltsas. (5 copies in library)

2016 Selections - All League Members are Welcome. Its members have chosen the following reading selections:

Jan. 20 - Wives of Los Alamos, a Novel by Tarashea Nesbit, 2014, Southwest Books of the Year award winner--historical fiction--13 copies at the library. Ruth Beeker, discussant.

Mar. 16 - In the Garden of Beasts; Love, Terror and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin by Erik Larson, 2011. 3 copies in library. "True story of the American ambassador to Germany and his family in Berlin when Hitler was coming to power." Shirley Schiever, discussant.

May 18 - Wednesday, 2-4 pm Speaker: Margaret Regan, author of "Detained and Deported, Stories of Immigrant Families Under Fire" Location: 3202 E. 1st St, Tucson. Ward 6 City Council office, on the Southeast corner of the interrsection of 1st St and Anderson.

LWVGT members and their guests are welcome. The meeting room holds 75 people so bring some guests

Sep. 21 - 2pm, We will meet and discuss Simon Winchester's "Pacific; Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires and the Coming Collision of the World's Superpowers." All LWVGT members are invited. Please contact for meeting place. At the November 16th meeting, 5 books will be selected for the coming year.

Nov. 16 - The Wright Brothers by David McCullough. The Pima County Library System has 43 copies of The Wright Brothers. 21 are available today so all of us should be able to get library copies. Bookstores and 2nd hand stores are likely to have copies also. Five books will be selected for the coming year.

2015 Selections

Jan. 21 - The Yacoubian Building 4th Edition by Alaa Al Aswany

Mar. 18 - A Fighting Chance by Elizabeth Warren

May 20 - Windfall: The Booming Business of Global Warming by McKenzie Funk

Sept. 16 - Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin

The meetings (from 2 -4 pm) for Sept 16 and Nov 18 will be held at Ward 6 City Council building at 3202 E. 1st. St in the West Room. The location is on the southeast corner of the intersection of 1st St. and Anderson St.

Nov. 18 - Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire: a story of wealth, ambition and survival by Peter Stark

2014 Selections

Jan. 15 - Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland's History-Making Race Around the World by Matthew Goodman

Mar. 19 - Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition by Daniel Okrent (discussion questions)

May 21 - Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream by Barbara Ehrenreich

No club meeting July 2014

Sept. 17 - The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America by George Packer

Nov. 19 - Boom, Bust, Boom: A Story about Copper, the Metal that Runs the World by Bill Carter