Book Discussion

Book Discussion members gather for the October 2019 selection, Pachinko, by Min Jin Lee.Book Discussion

Join the Friends’ Book Discussion group for our thought-provoking selections and lively conversations.  Our Zoom sessions have been popular, lively and easy to join. New members are always welcome.

 To be added to our Book Discussion list and receive information about meetings, including how to pick up copies of the books in a safe and secure manner, email  INFO@FWMLNJ.ORG.  Our meetings are held virtually via video-chats using Zoom. If you are new to video-chatting, we will provide some guidance to help you get started with the process. 


January 27, 2021 at 2:00 PM via Zoom

Born in 1986 to survivalists opposed to public education, Westover never attended school when she was growing up.  Instead, she spent her days on a rural mountain in Idaho working in her father’s junkyard or stewing herbs for her mother, an herbalist and midwife. She was seventeen when she left home and stepped into a classroom for the first time. Her quest for knowledge led her to Harvard and Cambridge and a new way of life.

Named one of the top 10 books of the year by The New York Times.


March 17, 2021 at 2:00 PM via Zoom

A novel by Amor Towles

In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is put under house arrest in the Metropol Hotel in Moscow for writing a revolutionary poem when he was a university student. Despite his greatly reduced circumstances and status, he encounters an expansive world of emotional opportunities. The Wall Street Journal says: “The novel buzzes with the energy of numerous adventures, love affairs, and twists of fate.”


May 19, 2021 at 2:00 PM via Zoom

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
by Matthew Desmond.

The author follows eight families in Milwaukee as they struggle to keep a roof over their heads. His in-depth reporting has been hailed as “wrenching and revelatory” (The Nation), and “vivid and unsettling” (New York Review of Books);readers also call it a page-turner that reads almost like a novel.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize; named one of Time’s ten best nonfiction books of the decade.