Book Club

Book Club is sponsored by Carol Stream Woman’s Club but includes members and non-members. We meet once a month at a member’s home and enjoy discussing the month’s selection as well as refreshments and social “girl-friend” time. We don’t meet on a specific day of the month but the hostess for that month sets the day and time and sends out information via email. The information is also posted on the Woman’s Club’s Facebook page.

We welcome new members – come try us out. For information, call 630-200-3944 or email

Book Club Notes

Thanks to Cindy Alston for hosting the October discussion on “The Dive from Clausen’s Pier” by Ann Packer.  The reviews on the book were mixed but it lead to another great discussion!

The November selection is Hillbilly Elegy:  A Memoir of a Family and a Culture in Crisisby J. D. Vance.  This book is about the Appalachian values of his Kentucky family and their relation to the social problems of his hometown of Middletown, Ohio, where his mother’s parents moved when they were young.

The group will meet on Monday, December 2nd  at Nancy Olson’s home at 7 PM.  Please remember to RSVP on Meetup or contact Nancy directly so she can arrange for proper seating and snacks.

This is the last discussion group for 2019!!  We have book selection through May of 2020, so if you like to read ahead, the January book is “The Alice Network” by Kate Quinn.  This is a long book, so I suggest an early start.  I listened to it recently on audiobook and even that took a while.  I learned a lot about the women spy network during WW2.  I think you will enjoy it and also learn a lot.

Have a great holiday season and we’ll catch up again in January!

November/December January

Book List

 Month Selection Pages Hostess Date
January Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris Nancy Olson 1/24
February The Ride of Our Lives: Roadside Lessons of an American Family  by Mike Leonard 240 Jan Neal 2/28
March March by Geraldine Brooks 280 Sue Evans 3/25
April The Good Daughter  by Karen Slaughter 528 Joan Knapp 4/29
May The Sleepwalker by Chris Bohjalian 304 Jan Neal 5/20
June If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin 197 Geri Laudick & Madalyn Worley 6/24
July Into the Water  by Paua Hawkins 386 Kathy Timms 7/29
August Still Life by Louise Penny 306 Barb Siegman 8/26
September Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden 434 Laurie Johnson 9/30
October The Dive From Clausen’s Pier by Ann Packer 432 Cindy Allston 10/28
November Hillbilly Elegy – A Memoir of a Family & Culture in Crisis            by J. D. Vance 217 Nancy Olson 12/2
Month (2020) Selection Pages Hostess Date
January The Alice Network  by Kate Quinn 532
February Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng 292
March Educated by Tara Westover 352
April Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate 342
May The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin 354