Book Discussion Group

The new book discussion group had its first meeting on November 12, 2015. The format is fluid: to get us rolling, each member talks about about a book they have enjoyed or are currently reading, sharing information, ideas, and recommendations. For future meetings, we may discuss a particular book of interest, or invite local authors to join us.

New members are welcome! We will be meeting on the third Thursday of each month, from 2:00 – 3:30 pm, at either a local cafe or at the Richmond Senior Center. For more information, contact

2017 Topics and Resources

Meeting topics for 2017 include:

  • January: Curl Up with a Good Book (reading for a rainy winter)
  • February: Jane Austen (Check out our handy book and resource list!)
  • March: Spring Cleaning Book Swap
  • April: Food, Glorious Food
  • May: Biographies

2016 Recommended Books

(alphabetically by author)

  • Rennie Airth, River of Darkness (Kathryn)
  • Sherman Alexie, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven (Kaleda)
  • Jean-Dominque Bauby, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Iris)
  • Betty Goerke, Chief Marin: Leader, Rebel, and Legend (Deni)
  • Laurence Gonzales, Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why (Linda)
  • Lucredia Grindle, Villa Triste (Muriel)
  • Kent Haruf, Our Souls at Night (Karen)
  • Gary Kamiya, Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco (Eleanor)
  • Karl Pillemer, 30 Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans (Cliff)
  • John Ross, Murdered by Capitalism: A Memoir of 150 Years of Life and Death on the American Left (Wanda)
  • Bob Santos, Gary Iwamoto, The Gang of Four: Four Leaders, Four Communities, One Friendship (Deni)
  • Will Schualbe, The End of Your Life Book Club (Iris)
  • John Steinbeck, East of Eden (Pat)
  • Velma Wallis, Two Old Women: An Alaskan Legend of Betrayal, Courage and Survival (Pat)

Our Holiday Themed selections from the December meeting:

  • Truman Capote, A Christmas Memory (Kathryn)
  • Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol (Iris)
  • Tom Hegg, A Cup of Christmas Tea (Kathryn)
  • Tom Mula, Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol (Eleanor)
  • David Sedaris, Holidays on Ice (Eleanor)

2016 Summer Reads

(suggestions from our July meeting)

  • Richard Ford, Independence Day (Deni)
  • Alice Hoffman, Green Angel (Iris)
  • Daniel Gilbert, Stumbling on Happiness (Shelley)
  • Eric Weiner, The Geography of Bliss (Shelley)
  • Helen Simonson, Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand (Shelley)

Not impressed with several “Summer Must Reads” lists she found, Eleanor put together her own eclectic selection:

  • Jacqueline Alio, Women of Sicily: Saints, Queens & Rebels
  • Jane Austen, Persuasion
  • Andrea Camilleri, Inspector Montalbano series
  • David Duchovny, Bucking F*cking Dent
  • Grady Hendrix, My Best Friend’s Exorcism
  • Guy Gavriel Kay, Children of Earth and Sky
  • Patricia A. McKillip, Kingfisher
  • Naomi Novik, League of Dragons
  • Tim Powers, Medusa’s Web
  • William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar