Book Club

Waverly AAUW Book Club

Contact Kim Folkers for more information – or call 319-231-1983

Where to get books: AAUW Book Club – Book Sources

Book Club Archives – click below to download a list of previous books and meetings:

AAUW Book Club Website Archives (pre-Summer 2020)

Book Club Calendar – June 2020-May 2021

For ALL meetings – Click below to join Zoom:; Meeting ID: 917 8389 7470

Thurs., May 13, 2021, 7:00 p.m.

Book: Read a book of your choosing on Abraham Lincoln:

Ideas – Lincoln on the Verge (Kate highly recommends – 600 pgs., but 400+ is the core of the book); Blood on the Moon; OR lick here for a list of possibilities:

Discussant: All attendees are welcome to share the book they read or any reflections they have on President Lincoln and related issues.

June 8, 9:00 a.m. – Zoom

Book: Read a book of your choosing by Ernest Hemingway

Discussant: All attendees are welcome to share the book they read or any reflections they have on Ernest Hemingway, including the recent IPTV Hemingway special.

June 22, 9:00 a.m. – Zoom

Book: The Barbizon: The Hotel That Set Women Free by Paulina Bren


July-August Dates – TBA –

Possible outing to downtown Waterloo – new bookstore and lunch at Rodney’s Cafe

**Meet in person possibly beginning 2nd meeting in July

Looking for ideas on a book focusing on Asian-Americans and their experiences in the U.S. – we’ve read Lisa See and Amy Tan previously – are there other authors, books that we should consider given the current discrimination Asian Americans are experiencing?

Promised Land by Barack Obama

Fast Girls by Elise Hooper

Handmaid’s Tale; The Testaments (2019) – Margaret Atwood

The Midnight Library – Matt Haig

The Library Book – Susan Orlean

Being Danish by Richard Jenkins – Paradoxes of Identity in Everyday Life

Silence is a Sense by Layla Alammar

Lead from the Outside – Stacy Abrams

Hell and Other Destinations by Madeleine Albright –  July

The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson (author of Caste) – August

This Tender Land – William Kent Krueger – June

The Animals in That Country (Evelyn’s Australian friend’s niece is the author) – Laura Jean McKay

The Collaborator by Diane Armstrong

Code Breaker by Walter Isaacson

Banned Books (a possible theme for one meeting?)

Join the Club: How Peer Pressure Can Transform the World by Tina Rosenberg

The 1619 School Curriculum:

April Drake Harkin Institute Symposium Registration



Thurs., Sept. 10, 2020 7:00 p.m.

Book: How to be an Anti-Racist by Ibram Kendi OR Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent by Isabel Wilkerson

Discussants:  All participants will share their insights.

(There are quite a few copies of Kendi’s book around right now due to a St. Paul’s study of the book.  Check with Kim or Karen L.  Also Waverly Library has the ebook, audiobook, and a hard copy. Caste may be a little harder to come by.)

Thurs., Oct. 8, 2020 7:00 p.m.

Book:  The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott

Discussant:  Kate Koob

(Waverly Library has the ebook, audiobook, and a hard copy)

Thurs., Nov. 12, 2020 7:00 p.m.

Book: The Mothers by Brit Bennett – this is the All Iowa Reads Book for 2020

Discussant:  Marsha Koenig

(Waverly Library has the ebook, audiobook, and a hard copy)

Thurs., Dec. 10, 2020 7:00 p.m.

Book: Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld

Discussant: Karen Lehmann

(Waverly Library has the ebook, audiobook, and a hard copy)

Thurs., Jan. 14, 2021 7:00 p.m.

Book: Bear Town by Fredrik Backman

Discussant: Kim Folkers

Thurs., Feb. 11, 2021 7:00 p.m.

Book: Poetry by female poets – your choice

Louise Gluck, poet – 2020 Nobel Prize  – NY Times article Oct. 8, 2020

Louise Gluck – A Nobel Winner Whose Poems Have Abundant Intellect and Deep Feeling – NY Times, Oct. 8, 2020

Discussant: All attendees will share poems, background on poet(s)

Thurs., Mar. 11, 2021, 7:00 p.m.

And Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts
By Joshua Hammer (idea from Kate Koob)

OR read any book about libraries or librarians – The Book Wanderers; The Library Book; The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek, The Giver of Stars (JoJo Moyes), Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour  Bookstore, etc.

More ideas from this link – 15 Favorite Books About Libraries and Librarians

Discussant: All attendees will be invited to share about the book they read.

Thurs., Apr. 8, 2021, 7:00 p.m.

Book: Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata

Discussant: Sarah Quin


Tues., June 2, 2020 9:00 a.m.

Book: Musicophilia by Oliver Sacks; Discussant: Caroline Engelbrecht

Tues., June 16, 2020 9:00 a.m.

Book: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Discussant: Kim Folkers

Tues., June 30, 2020 9:00 a.m.

Book: Wild Things – The Joy of Reading Children’s Literature as an Adult by Bruce Handy OR a young adult book of your choice

Discussant: Karen Lehmann (she has books she would share if you need one)

Children’s Lit Resources: AAUW Book Club Children’s Lit – Karen Lehmann Resources

Tues., July 14, 2020 9:00 a.m.

Book: Medical or Legal Mystery/Thriller book of your choice (author examples – Grisham, Child, Turow, Cook, Crichton, Reichs, Cornwell) – Discussant: Ann Henninger (she has many copies of books like this she would share)

Ann particularly recommends reading a book by Scott Turow.  Several of his books have been made into movies – The Burden of Proof, Presumed Innocent.  She doesn’t recommend The Laws of Our Fathers.  Here’s a link to more info on Turow:

Optional – Mon., July 20, 2020 6:00 p.m. CST – Free online seminar:

How To Be An Anti-racist Online Seminar – 6:00 p.m., July 20, 2020 – Ibram Kendi – click here for free registration

Tues., July 28, 2020 9:00 a.m.

Book or reading of your choice related to White Privilege; Anti-Racism – see many resources below.

Discussants:  Ann Henninger, Kim Folkers, and all in attendance

Click here: Resources on Racism, White Privilege, Equity, Inclusion

Tues., August 11, 2020 9:00 a.m.

Book: Apeirogon by Colum McCann

Discussant: Kate Koob

Thurs., August 27, 2020 7:00 p.m.

Book: Why We’re Polarized by Ezra Klein

Discussant: Ann Henninger


A Gentleman in Moscow – video of author Amor Towles’ presentation in North Liberty, IA (video of the session in Fall 2019) – we read this book last summer.


AAUW Book Club Website Archives (pre-Summer 2020)