AAUW San Juan Book Club

AAUW San Juan has two book clubs! One is a regular face-to-face book club that meets monthly (now on Zoom).  The date and books for the current year are listed below.  We also have a new-this-year GoodReads Book Group!  Anyone can join: You do not need to be a San Juan AAUW member. The books are listed there, too – and discussion can be held right online at any time.  Join and review the selected books as well as any others!

The Book Club meets monthly.

Meeting Dates & Book List 2021-2022

The Book Club will meet on the last Friday of every month at 9:30AM on Zoom to discuss these books. New members are always welcome. Contact Donna for more information.
2021-2022 Reading List:
September 24
My Broken Language by Quiara Allegria Hudes
Co-writer of In the Heights tells her lyrical story of coming of age against the backdrop of an ailing Philadelphia barrio, with her sprawling PR family as a collective muse.  Love of books, an obsessed girl who fought to become an artist so she could capture the world she loved in all its wild and delicate beauty.
October 29
First Principals  by Thomas Ricks
Follows the first four presidents from their youths to their adult lives.  Interprets not only the effect of the ancient world on each man and how that shaped our constitution and government while offering new insights into these legendary leaders.
November  19
Whiteness of Wealth by Dorothy A. Brown
How the Tax system impoverishes Black Americans and how we can fix it.
December  31
Caste: Origins of Our Discontent by Isabell Wilkerson
Shows how our lives today are still defined by a hierarchy of human divisions.
January  28
Colors of the Mountains by Da Chen
A Classic story of triumph over adversity, a memoir of a boyhood full of spunk, mischief, and love, and a welcome introduction to an amazing young writer.
February  25                               .
The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles
Based on the true WWII story of the heroic librarians at the American library in Paris, this is an unforgettable story of romance, friendship, family and the power of literature to bring us together.
March 25
The Rose Code by Kate Quinn
Heart Stopping WWII story of three female code breakers at Bletchley Park and the spy they must root out after the war is over.
April 29
Apeirogon by Column McCann
Is the solution to conflict something as simple and easy as friendship, as the acknowledgement of a shared experience, as love? Addresses the entrenched positions of the Middle East.
May 27
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

To study with To Kill a Mockingbird. Theme of disillusionment, Jean Louise Finch’s view of her father, Atticus Finch as she discovers the true person.

Meeting Dates & Book List 2020-2021

2020-21 reading list:
September 24                                              A Fall of Marigolds (Susan Meisner)
October 30                                                   The Mapmaker’s Daughter (Katherine Nouri Hughes)
November  27                                              A Long Petal of the Sea (Isabel Allende)
December 25                                               The Murmur of the Bees  (Sofia Segovia)
January 29                                                    1984  (George Orwell)
February 26                                .                 A Gentleman in Moscow (Amor Towles)
March 26                                                       Island at the Center of the World (Russell Shorto)
April 30                                                          The Nightingale (Kristin Hannah))
May 28                                                           Democracy  (David Litt)


Meeting Dates & Book List 2019-2020

The Book Club will meet on the last Friday of every month at 9:30AM, at the home of Kathy Perez in La Campiña, to discuss these books.
New members are always welcome. Contact Kathy for more information.
2019-20 reading list:
September  27                                                    Women Rowing North (Mary Pipher)
October  25                                                         Flight (Olga Tokaczuk)
November 29                                                      The Moment of Lift (Melinda Gates)
December 27                                                      Pachinko  (Min Jee Lee)
January 31                                                           My Dear Hamilton  (Hamilton, Kamoie & Dray)
February 28                                   .                    The Reluctant Fundamentalist (Mohsin Hamid)
March 27                                                             The Beneficiary: Fortune, Misfortune & the Story
                                                                              (Janny Scott)
April 24                                                                The Only Woman in the Room (Marie Benedict)
May 29                                                                Amsterdam  (Russell Shorto)


Meeting Dates & Book List 2018-2019

  • September 28
    • Factfulness: Ten Things We’re Wrong About the World and Why Things are Better Than You Think by Hans Rosling
  • October 26
    • Autumn by Ali Smith (the first of a quartet)
  • November 30
    • The Soul of America by Jon Meachum
  • December 28
    • Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
  • January 25
    • Natural Causes:  Our Epidemic of Wellness, The Certainty of Dying and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer    by Barbara Ehrenreich
  • February 22
    • Lincoln in the Bardo by George Sanders
  • March 29
    • Sons and Soldiers: The Untold Story of the Jews Who Escaped the Nazis and Returned with the US Army to Fight Hitler by Bruce HendersoN
  • April 26
    • Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
  • May 24
    • Tailspin: The People and Forces Behind America’s Fall and Those Fighting to Reverse It by Steven Brill



Meeting Dates & Book List 2017-2018

  • Circling the Sun by Paula McLain  –                                    August 25th
  • Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance  –                                              Sept 22nd
  • By Accident of Birth – Thomas Simmons                           October 27th
  • Sapiens: A Brief History of Mankind  – Y.N. Harari            November 17
  • The Hidden Life of Trees – P. Wohlleben                         December 14
  • A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman                              January 26th
  • Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali                                                      February 23rd
  • Killers of the Flower Moon  by David Grann                      March 30th
  • Dark Money  by Jane Mayer                                                April 27
  • Citizens of London by Lynne Olsen                                    May 25th