The Women's College Club of Princeton NJ


Book Group

Unless otherwise noted, we meet once a month at 11:00 a.m.  on the last Friday of each month, except for July and August normally (no meeting). We’re a small congenial group who vote on the selection which anyone may propose for the following month. We’ve been reading some very good mysteries but have read autobiographies and non-fictions as well. Light refreshments will be served. In July and August we choose a restaurant for a non-book club lunch – just for fun! We enjoy sharing ideas about books and many other topics.  If you like a mixture of socializing and book talk, come check us out. If you are interested in joining us, please contact Bonnie Larson, or 609-655-2663; let her know you will be there.

BOOK GROUP 2022-2023 (a WCCP event for members and their invited guests) – 

The book group will meet at Windrows in the Barnhart room on the lower level at 11 AM on March 31.  We will be discussing East of Eden by John Steinbeck.

Looking ahead we will be discussing The Dutch House by Ann Patchett in April.

Bring your drink with you. All members are welcome. If you would like to participate in this group, please contact Bonnie Larson, or 609-655- 2663.


ARCHIVE: BOOK GROUP  2022 – 2023
February 24, 2023 King Peggy by Eleanor Herman and Peggielene Bartels. Windrows, Barnhart Room.
January 27, 2023 An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alamenddine, Windrows, Barnhart Room.
December 2, 2022 Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Dantacat, Windrows’ Barnhart.
No November 2022 book meeting.
October 28, 2022  Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult. Windrows’ Barnhart.
September 30, 2022 Beyond the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo. Windrows’ Barnhart Room.

ARCHIVE: BOOK GROUP  2021 – 2022

August 26, 2022  Island of a Thousand Mirrors by Nayomi Munaweera. Windrows’ Barnhart Room.
July 29, 2022  The Goddess of Small Victories by Yannick Grannec, Windrows’ Barnhart Room.
June 24, 2022  Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood.
May 20, 2022  I’ll Give you the Sun by Jandy Nelson
April 29, 2022  Last Bus to Wisdom by Ivan Doig at Windrows’ Barnhart Room.
March 25, 2022. Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart at Marlene Gordon’s home.
February 25, 2022. Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin at Janet Young’s home.
January 28, 2022. Charming Billy by Alice McDermott at Janet Young’s home.
December 10, 2021.  Montana 1948 by Larry Watson at Janet Young’s home.
November 2021. No book discussion meeting.
October 28, 2021. A Sudden Light by Garth Stein at Mary Laity’s apartment at Windrows.

ARCHIVE: BOOK GROUP  2020 – 2021 (Book Group did not meet due to COVID pandemic)

ARCHIVE: BOOK GROUP  2019 – 2020
March, 2020. Florence Gordon by Brian Morton.
February 28, 2020. Barnhart Room/Windrows. Jill Ker Conway‘s The Road from Coorain, 
January 10, 2020 Friday. Shanghai Girls by Lisa See, at Betty Baran’s house.
December 6, 2019. The Japanese Lover, by Isabel Allende, at Marlene Gordon’s house.
November 1, 2019. The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict, a historical novel focusing on Albert Einstein’s first wife, Mitza,  at Florence Gellman’s home.
No October meeting.
Sept 26, 2019. Clementine, the Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill by Sonia Purnell, hostess Mary Laity.

ARCHIVE: BOOK GROUP  2018 – 2019
June’s meeting brought poetry to share with each other.
May’s meeting was about Colm Toibin’s Nora Webster.
April 26, 2019. The Storied Life of A. J. Firky by Gabrielle Zevin; hostess Lynda Woods Cleary. Group met at the Marriott Hotel (the Tree House Room) in Forrestal East.
March 28, 2019. William Kent Krueger’s Ordinary Grace, Mary Laity was the hostess.
March 1, 2019.  Born A Crime by Trevor Noah, hostess Florence Gellman.
No February meeting.
January 25, 2019. Paris Wife  by Paula McLain. Rosemarie Echert was the hostess.
No December meeting.
November 30, Ethan Cain’s The Palace Thief and Other Stories, hosted by Carol Stawski.
October meeting of the Book Group was cancelled.
September 28, A Gentleman from Moscow by Amor Towles, hosted by Marlene Gordon

ARCHIVE: BOOK GROUP  2017 – 2018
June 1,  Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri, hosted by Mary Laity.
April 26, sharing poetry with each other. 
March 23, Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
February 23: “God of Small Things” by Arundhati Roy.  
January 26, 2018,  A Spool of Blue Thread by Ann Tyler.  
November 30, Mary Laity was hostess to the Book Group at her home. We compared notes on The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon, an imaginative story with a different style.
October 27, Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance, hosted by Florence Begun 
September 22, Khaled Hosseini’s AND THE MOUNTAINS ROARED, hosted by Bonnie Larson  

ARCHIVE: BOOK GROUP  2016 – 2017
For June  poetry sharing with each other.  
May 25, 2017  The Wreck of the Medusa by Jonathan Miles, hosted by Marlene Gordon.
April 28, 2017 hosted by Florence Begun
March 24, 2017  Delicate Edible Birds and other Stories by Lauren Groff, hosted by Lynda Woods Cleary.
October 28, 2016  The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian, hosted by Aloha Holloway. 
No meeting in November, 2016.
December 2, 2016 The Rules Civility, by Amor Towles, hosted by Bonnie Larson
January 27, 2017 discussion of the December’s book, hosted by Doris Tazalaar.
February 24, 2017 Family Album by Penelope Lively, hosted by Mary Laity at Windrows

ARCHIVE: BOOK GROUP  2015 – 2016
June 24 annual Poetry Reading, hostess was Mary Laity.
June 3 (May’s meeting), Aloha Holloway was hostess, thoughts about Summer’s Lease by John Mortimer were shared.
April’s selection was The Photograph by Penelope Lively, hosted by Bonnie Larson.
March’s selection, The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim has been substituted for the previous selection, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John LeCarre.
February’s book was The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett.
January 29, 2016,  book was The Nightingale by Kristina Hannah,  hostess Florence Begun.
December 4 at noon at Mary Laity’s house and discussed Ben McIntyre’s Double Cross
October 30 and read Susan Hill’s Mrs. De Winter at Aloha Holloway’s house.
September 25 at Bonnie Larson’s, book was Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca.

ARCHIVE: BOOK GROUP  2014 – 2015
June 19 at Mary Laity’s, some favorite poems were shared. No book assigned.
June 5 at Carol Stawski’s, Absolution by Patrick Flanery was read and discussed (was originally May’s pick).
April 24 at Florence Begun’s, the book was The Hour of Peril by Daniel Stashower.
March 27 at the Marriott, hostess Lynda Woods Cleary, A Map of Betrayal by Ha Jin was the book selection.
February 27 at Aloha Holloway, Mona Lisa by Diana Hales was the  topic of discussion.
January 30 at  Ellyn Vogel’s, selection was Lives of Girls and Women by Alice Munro.
December 4, Thursday (note this date was NOT the last Friday of the month) The combined November’s and December’s book selection was A Spy Among Friends by Ben MacIntyre. Hostess was Doris Tazelaar.
October 31, at Carol Stawski’s. We reviewed our thoughts about Nightwoods by Charles Frazier.
September 26 at Mary Laity’s.  The book was Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel and Bret Witter.

ARCHIVE: BOOK GROUP  2013 – 2014
On May 30, 2014, The Minister and the Choir Singer by William Kunstler was the topic at the home of Aloha Holloway. 
April 25, 2014: we  met at the home of Doris Tazelaar, to talk about Thomas Jefferson by Jon Meacham. 
On March 28, 2014 our hostess was Doris Tazelaar, the book  discussed was Amsterdam by Ian McEwan.  
On February 28, 2014 our hostess was Mary Laity, Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond was the Topic of the Day.
2013, November’s and December’s book was City of the Beasts, by Isabel Allende, a Chilean writer, born in Lima, Peru, the most widely-read Spanish language author. The group met at the home of Carol Stawski.
On October 25, 2013, we met at the home of Sue Bishop and discussed The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón.
On September 27, 2013, we met at the home of Mary Laity and discussed In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larsen.

ARCHIVE: BOOK GROUP  2012 – 2013
June 28, 2013 Friday, Carol Stawski hosted the Book Group. They read Kleopatra by Karen Essex.
May 31, 2013 Friday: the Book Group critiqued Jo Nesbo’s The Headhunters at the home of a member who has moved out of the area but whose heart is still with the College Club.  Millie Auerbach was our hostess.
April 26, 2013 Friday: we met at the home of Sue Bishop, to share our thoughts about Rennie Arith’s River of Darkness.
March 29, 2013 Friday
The meeting was held at the home of Aloha Holloway;  A Sleeping Life by Ruth Rendell.
February 22, 2013 Friday
The meeting was held at the home of Doris Tazelaar; The Snowman by Jo Nesba.
January 25, 2013 Friday
Hostess: Mary Laity; Careless in Scarlet by Elizabeth George.


For more detailed information on upcoming events, refer to the Monthly Newsletter under News.