Virtual Book Group

2023 Reading Selections

First Thursday of every EVEN month at 11:30 a.m. on ZOOM, link just below.

Event details will be found on the CALENDAR


First of two books for June – July

June – July 2023 Discuss on August 3
Title Save Your Brain – Five things you must do to keep your mind young and sharp
Author Paul David Nussbaum
Publication date 2010
Number of pages 196
Genre ( if known) Self Help
Expert advice on how to ward off memory loss and dementia. Beginning with a
diagnostic quiz to help you determine your overall brain health, and ending with meal plans and recipes for a brain boosting diet, Save Your Brain is an easy-to-follow comprehensive guide to getting the brain in the best shape possible, and keeping it there-for life!

Second of two books for June – July

June – July 2023 Discuss on August 3
Title The Mother Tongue – English and how it got that way
Author Bill Bryson
Publication date 1990
Number of pages 245
Genre ( if known) Language/Humor
With dazzling wit and astonishing insight. Bestselling author Bill Bryson brilliantly explores the remarkable history, eccentricities, resilience, and sheer fun of the English language.


Aug – Sept 2023 Discuss on October 5
Title The only Woman in the Room
Author Marie Benedict
Publication date 2019
Number of pages 336
Genre ( if known) Historical Fiction
Bestselling author Marie Benedict reveals the story of a brilliant woman scientist only remembered for her beauty. Her beauty almost certainly saved her from the rising Nazi party and led to marriage with an
Austrian arms dealer. Underestimated in everything else, she overheard the Third Reich’s plans while at her husband’s side and understood more than anyone would guess. She devised a plan to flee in disguise from their castle, and the whirlwind escape landed her in Hollywood. She became Hedy Lamarr, screen star. But she kept a secret more shocking than her heritage or her marriage: she was a scientist. And she had an idea that might help the country fight the Nazis and revolutionize modern communication…if anyone would listen to her. A powerful book based on the incredible true story of the glamour icon and scientist, The Only Woman in the Room is a masterpiece that celebrates the many women in science that history has overlooked.


Oct – Nov 2023 Discuss on December 7
Title After The Bomb
Author Chuck Kostow PGE
Publication date 2010
Number of pages 230
Genre ( if known) Fiction
A novel by ex-PGE engineer, Chuck Kostow Where did our myths come from? How did our different cultures, languages and customs develop? What would happen if a world-wide calamity occurred which destroyed most life on earth? How would people survive? What would be left? What type of society would the survivors build? What would the world be like three hundred years later?


Dec – Jan 2024 Discuss on Feb 1, 2024
Title Killers of the Flower Moon and the Birth of the FBI
Author David Grann
Publication date 2017
Number of pages 352
Genre ( if known) Non-Fiction/History
In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian Nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, the Osage rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe. Then, one by one, they began to be killed off. One Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, watched as her family was murdered. Her older sister was shot. Her mother was then slowly poisoned. And it was just the beginning.