Branch Book Groups

2nd Friday due to holiday.

The Branch has four book groups:  AM Lit, PM Lit, AM Non-Fiction Lit and PM Non-Fiction Lit.  Scheduled dates and books for all three books are listed below.

The AM Lit Interest Group generally meets the 1st Friday of each month at 9:30 AM.  Locations are announced in Twigs.   If you have questions, email LaVonne Ruoff.

The PM Lit Interest Group meetings are generally scheduled for the 3rd Monday evening of each month at 7:00 PM.   Locations are announced in Twigs.   If you have questions, email Janet Arden.

The AM Non-Fiction Lit Interest Group generally meets every other month, on the 4th Wednesday at 10:30 AM.  Additional information will be announced monthly in Twigs.  If you have questions, email Sue Herrmann.

The PM Non-Fiction Lit Interest Group generally meets every other month, on the 4th Wednesday evening at 7:00 PM.  Additional information will be announced monthly in Twigs.  If you have questions, email Ewa Bacon.

For those of you who try to keep up with more than one group, following is an integrated list of books selected for 2016-2017 . Check Twigs each month for meeting locations. 

Book Group Meeting Date* Book for Discussion
AM Lit September 9, 2016** Book Selection Meeting
PM Lit September 19, 2016 Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
PM Non-Fiction Lit September 28, 2016 The Mapmaker’s Wife: A True Tale Of Love, Murder, and Survival In The Amazon by Robert Whitaker
AM Lit October 7, 2016 Redeployment by Phil Klay
PM Lit October 17, 2016 Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
AM Non-Fiction Lit October 26, 2016 A Man of Salt and Trees: The Life of Joy Morton by James Ballowe
AM Lit November 4, 2016 Mean Spirit by Linda Hogan
PM Lit November 14, 2016** A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
PM Non-Fiction Lit November 30, 2016** Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
AM Lit December 2, 2016 Doc: A Novel by Mary Doria Russell
AM Non-Fiction Lit December 14, 2016** The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783-1789 by Joseph J. Ellis
AM Lit January 6, 2017** The Forest Lover by Susan Vreeland
PM Lit January 16, 2017 The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman
PM Non-Fiction Lit January 25, 2017 Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
AM Lit February 3, 2017 Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
PM Lit February 20, 2017
The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks
AM Non-Fiction Lit February 22, 2017 Asia’s Cauldron: The South China Sea and the End of a Stable Pacific by Robert D. Kaplan
AM Lit March 3, 2017 Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel by Robin Sloan
PM Lit March 20, 2017 The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende
PM Non-Fiction Lit March 22, 2017 The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements by Sam Kean
AM Lit April 7, 2017 My Brilliant Friend: Neapolitan Novels, Book One by Elena Ferrante
PM Lit April 17, 2017
 When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
AM Non-Fiction Lit
April 26, 2017
The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America by Thomas King
AM Lit May 12, 2017*** Painted Horses by Malcolm Brooks
PM Lit May 15, 2017  La Rose by Louise Erdrich
AM Lit June 2, 2017 Someone: A Novel by Alice McDermott (and Pot Luck Luncheon)
PM Lit June 12, 2017**** Book Selection Meeting and Pot Luck Dinner (6:00 PM)
AM Non-Fiction Lit June 28, 2017 Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande
PM Non-Fiction Lit  June 28, 2017 The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra by Helen Rappaport
AM Lit July 7, 2017** The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
AM Lit August 4, 2017 The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
AM Non-Fiction Lit August 23, 2017 Book Selection Meeting
PM Non-Fiction Lit August 27, 2017 Book Selection Meeting
AM Lit September 8, 2016** Book Selection Meeting
 PM Non-Fiction Lit September 27, 2017 Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight for Justice by Bill Browder  
AM Lit

AM Non-Fiction Lit

October 6, 2017

October 25, 2017

Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

The Invention of Nature: Alexander Von Humboldt’s New World by Andrea Wulf

*          Check Twigs each month to confirm meeting date and  book.
**        Special date due to holiday.
***      Special date due to Book Sale May 3-6.
****    Special date and time.

Availability of Books
The Glen Ellyn Public Library will have the following month’s books available. Books are due the day following the meeting. When you check out one of our books at the second floor information desk, please be sure to let the librarian know which book group the book is being held for (AAUW AM, PM or Non-Fiction). The Wheaton Public Library will arrange for an inter-library loan for any book, upon your request but will not keep track of our book lists.To buy a book for an upcoming book group meeting, consider patronizing The Book Store, 475 N. Main St., Glen Ellyn, IL 60137. They offer a 10% discount for book group purchases. You can call them to check on availability (630/469-2891) or click here to send an email to Jane Stroh, owner of The Book Store, a long-time Branch member and Twigs sponsor. The Book Store’s web page is