Book Discussions Coffee & Convos

Book Discussions 2023-24

Ready for conversation?  Most discussions begin at 9:00 am on the third Saturday of each month.  Here is a quick preview of the book list for 2023-24. Note: October discussion is on the fourth Saturday.

September 16, 2023American Turning Point – Repairing and Restoring Our Constitutional Republic: Becoming One Indivisible Nation in the Era of Divisiveness by Robert Viney
Facilitator: Robert Viney


October 28, 2023: Mad Honey by Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Finney Boulanger

Facilitator: Rush Rodgers



November 18, 2023: What My Bones Know: A Memoir of Healing from Complex Trauma by S. Foo

Facilitators: John Zibbel & Deborah Wooldridge


January 20, 2024: Invisible Child by Andrea Elliott
Facilitator: Rush Rodgers



February 17, 2024: The Wind Knows My Name by Isabel Allende

Facilitator: Naykishia Darby



March16, 2024: Endpapers by Jennifer Savran Kelly

Facilitator: Carolyn Reams Smith


May 18, 2024: The Light we Carry: Overcoming Uncertain Times by Michele Obama

Facilitator: Deborah Wooldridge & Rush Rodgers


June 15, 2024: A Fever in the Heartland by Timothy Egan

Facilitator: Rush Rodgers



July 20, 2024: Believing: Our 30 Years Journey to End Gender Violence by Anita Hill
Facilitator: Deborah Wooldridge



August 17, 2024: Cyborgs & Barbie Dolls: Feminism, Popular Culture,  & the Posthuman Body by Kim Toffoletti

Facilitators: John Zibbel  & Deborah Wooldridge



2022-23 Books

9:00 am September 24: Limitless Mind: Learn, Live and Lead Without Boundaries by Jo Boaler

Facilitator: Rush Rodgers & Deborah Wooldridge


October 22: Tales of Two Americas, edited by John Freeman

Facilitator: Rush Rogers



November 19: The Broken Ladder by Keith Payne

Facilitator: Erin Czerniak



January 21: The Girl Who Wrote in Silk: A Novel of Chinese Immigration to the Pacific Northwest by Kelli Estes
Facilitator: JoAnn Benseler



February 18: Illogical: Saying Yes to a Life without Limits by Emmanuel Acho

Facilitator: Deborah Wooldridge



March18Highway of Tears: A True Story of Racism, Indifference, and the Pursuit of Justice for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls by Jessica McDiarmid

Facilitator:  Mickey Radtkin


May 20: Bittersweet by Susan Cain

Facilitator:  Rush Rodgers



June 1713 Things Mentally Strong Women Don’t Do by Amy Morin
Facilitator: Deborah Wooldridge



July 15Atlas of the Heart by Brene Brown

Facilitator: Rush Rogers and Deborah Wooldridge



August 19: Feminism Is for Everybody: Passionate Politics by bell hooks

Facilitator: Naykishia Darby


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AAUW Ohio Book Discussions 2021-22

January 19, 2022, THE BODY IS NOT AN APOLOGY by Sonia Renee Taylor (2018) 

The Body Is Not an Apology is essential reading for those of us who crave understanding and those who are already on the path to learning how beautiful and complex our bodies are. It will empower you with the tools to navigate a world that is often unkind to those of us who whether by choice or design don’t adhere to society’s standard of beauty.

March 19, 2022   AFTERLIFE by Julia Alvarez (2020) 

Antonia Vega, the immigrant writer at the center of Afterlife, has had the rug pulled out from under her. She has just retired from the college where she taught English when her beloved husband, Sam, suddenly dies. And then more jolts: her bighearted but unstable sister disappears, and Antonia returns home one evening to find a pregnant, undocumented teenager on her doorstep. Antonia has always sought direction in the literature she loves—lines from her favorite authors play in her head like a soundtrack—but now she finds that the world demands more of her than words.

May 21, 2022 HUNGER: A MEMOIR OF (MY) BODY by Roxane Gay (2017)

In her brutally honest and brave memoir Hunger, Gay recounts a childhood sexual assault that led her to purposely gain weight to be unseen and therefore “safe.” Gay warns at the beginning of the book that if you’re looking for a triumphant weight-loss memoir, this is not it. But Hunger is a triumph nonetheless. It’s a story not easily told, but the telling set her free.

AAUW Ohio Coffee and Convos Book Discussions 2020/2021 –Fall






June 19, 2021, SMALL GREAT THINGS by Jodi Picoult (2016)

The story concentrates on an African-American labor/delivery nurse, Ruth Jefferson, in charge of newborns at a Connecticut hospital. Ruth is ordered not to touch or go near the baby of a white supremacist couple. After the baby dies in her care, Ruth is charged with murder, and taken to court.

 July 17, 2021, STRANGE BIRDS by Celia Perez (2019)

From the award-winning author of The First Rule of Punk comes the story of four kids who form an alternative Scout troop that shakes up their sleepy Florida town.  Relates to AAUW issues and values.

September 18, 2021   NICKEL BOYS by Colson Whitehead (2019)

The novel is loosely based around a real-life true case of systemic abuse at a borstal-type facility in 1960s America. Whilst the novel deals with themes of physical/emotional/sexual abuse, it does so in a sensitive manner.

November 20, 2021, THE MOMENT OF LIFT by Melinda Gates (2019)

“In her book, Melinda tells the stories of the inspiring people she’s met through her work all over the world, digs into the data, and powerfully illustrates issues that need our attention—from child marriage to gender inequity in the workplace.” — President Barack Obama “The Moment of Lift is an urgent call to courage. It changed how I think about myself, my family, my work, and what’s possible in the world.

AAUW Ohio Coffee and Convos Book Discussions 2020/2021 – Fall/Spring





November 2020 – Racism
Saturday, November 14th
Time: 10:00am to 11:00 am via Zoom
The Vanishing Half: A Novel Brit Bennett, 2020
The approximate book cost $16
Lead discussion: Marlene De La Cruz and Naykishia Head

January 2021 – The ways that race, class, motherhood, and belonging intersect to shape each individual.
Saturday, January 16th
Time: 10:00am to 11:00 am via Zoom
Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng 2019
Approximate Book Cost $10
Lead discussion: Linda Lehman and Diane Ahlers

February 2021 – Women and Leadership
Saturday, February 20th
Time: 10:00am to 11:00 am via Zoom
Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men, Caroline Criado Perez 2019 Approximate Book cost $16
Lead discussion: Deborah Wooldridge and Rush Rodgers

March 2021 – Working across the generations
Saturday, March 20th
Time: 10:00am to 11:00 am via Zoom
OK Boomer, Let’s Talk: How My Generation Got Left Behind, Jill Filipovic 2020
Approximate Book cost $15
Lead discussion: Adriene Knight and Deborah Wooldridge