St. Lawrence County Branch
of New York State

American Association of University Women

Book Group


The book group sponsored by the St. Lawrence chapter of the American Association of University Women meets at the Potsdam Public Library. every second Wednesday of the month at noon. Participants are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch. The Community is invited. You do not have to belong to the AAUW nor do you have to be a woman. Please call Pat Musante at the Potsdam Library at 265-7230 for more information.

Congratulations to Pat who was the AAUW Agent of Change for 2009.

In principle and practice, AAUW values and seeks a diverse membership. There shall be no barriers to full participation in this organization on the basis of gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or class.

The list of ¡Adelante! Books of the Month 2013-14 is now available!

See the AAUW International Affairs Committee's Reading List!

Reading Rockets' Books Gift Guide - Share your love for books by giving the best in children's literature. Published for the holidays, but useful all year long, Reading Rockets' 2010 Books as Gifts Guide makes it easy to find great books kids will enjoy. This year's list was carefully crafted by Reading Rockets' children's literature expert and is a delightful range of nonfiction and fiction books for ages 0-9. Use it for easy online shopping or download and take it with you to your favorite bookstore.

Download the AAUW-St. Lawrence County's 2010 Books on Women's History for Young Readers here for your gift giving and reading needs in the next year!

Read about our AAUW-sponsored 2009 50 Books for 50 Years: Sharing Women's History With a New Generation of Readers Download the 50 Books list here!


The AAUW Book Group books under discussion for the next few months include:


May 14, 2014:

Adirondack Treasure: Isle Royale (Adirondack Treasures, Book 2)

by Matt Glavin (who will be at the Library that day!)

Savannah Christian finds among her late father's belongings a cryptic letter about gold he discovered while working construction on the St. Lawrence Seaway. Her father reburied the treasure and after years of searching, Savannah has been unable to find any information that might be a clue to the current location of the remaining gold.

Having seen newspaper stories about Joseph Benton finding King Joseph Bonaparte's royal crown and returning it to France, Savannah has sought out Joseph Benton and his friend Jerry Doolin for help. Joseph and Jerry agree and their search begins a series of adventures that will change their lives forever.

In the News: Legend of Chimney Island buried treasure persists in new book

The popular legend inspired Cranberry Lake residents Matthew J. Glavin and Michael J. Dolan’s latest historical novel, Adirondack Treasure: Isle Royale. It was Mr. Glavin’s fascination with treasure and history that led him to begin the Adirondack Treasure series. Isle Royale is the second book in the series. The first book, The Bonaparte Legacy, remains one of the top selling books in the north country three years after its release.

New Adirondack Treasure novel sets mystery, adventure on St. Lawrence - Cranberry Lake author Matthew Glavin loves a good mystery and a hunt for lost treasure. He and co-author Michael Dolan have released the second installment in the "Adirondack Treasure" series. This second novel, "Isle Royale", features a legendary treasure buried on an island in the St. Lawrence River during the French and Indian War, and terrorists who have smuggled a missile, with a super-EMT warhead, aboard a ship on the river.


June 11, 2014:

The World's Strongest Librarian: A Memoir of Tourette's, Faith, Strength and the Power of Family

by Josh Hanagarne

An inspiring story of how a Mormon kid with Tourette’s found salvation in books and weight-lifting.

Josh Hanagarne couldn’t be invisible if he tried. Although he wouldn’t officially be diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome until his freshman year of high school, Josh was six years old and onstage in a school Thanksgiving play when he first began exhibiting symptoms. By the time he was twenty, the young Mormon had reached his towering adult height of 6’7” when—while serving on a mission for the Church of Latter Day Saints—his Tourette’s tics escalated to nightmarish levels.

The World’s Strongest Librarian illuminates the mysteries of this little-understood disorder, as well as the very different worlds of strongman training and modern libraries. With humor and candor, this unlikely hero traces his journey to overcome his disability— and navigate his wavering Mormon faith—to find love and create a life worth living.


July 9, 2014

The Beautiful Mystery: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

by Louise Penny

No outsiders are ever admitted to the monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups, hidden deep in the wilderness of Quebec, where two dozen cloistered monks live in peace and prayer. They grow vegetables, they tend chickens, they make chocolate. And they sing. Ironically, for a community that has taken a vow of silence, the monks have become world-famous for their glorious voices, raised in ancient chants whose effect on both singer and listener is so profound it is known as “the beautiful mystery.”

But when the renowned choir director is murdered, the lock on the monastery’s massive wooden door is drawn back to admit Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and Jean-Guy Beauvoir of the Sûreté du Québec. There they discover disquiet beneath the silence, discord in the apparent harmony.


August 13, 2014:

Giovanni’s Room

by James Baldwin

Set in the 1950s Paris of American expatriates, liaisons, and violence, a young man finds himself caught between desire and conventional morality. With a sharp, probing imagination, James Baldwin's now-classic narrative delves into the mystery of loving and creates a moving, highly controversial story of death and passion that reveals the unspoken complexities of the human heart.


September 10, 2014:

Mockingbird

by Kathryn Erskine

In Caitlin's world, everything is black or white. Anything in between is confusing. That's the stuff Caitlin's older brother, Devon, has always explained. But now Devon's dead and Dad is no help at all. Caitlin wants to get over it, but as an 11-year-old girl with Asperger's, she doesn't know how.


October 8, 2014:

The Hour I First Believed

by Wally Lamb

When high school teacher Caelum Quirk and his wife, Maureen, a school nurse, move to Littleton, Colorado, they both get jobs at Columbine High School. In April 1999, while Caelum is away, Maureen finds herself in the library at Columbine, cowering in a cabinet and expecting to be killed. Miraculously, she survives, but at a cost: she is unable to recover from the trauma. When Caelum and Maureen flee to an illusion of safety on the Quirk family's Connecticut farm, they discover that the effects of chaos are not easily put right, and further tragedy ensues.


November 12, 2014:

A Cold and Lonely Place

by Sara J. Henry

Freelance writer Troy Chance is snapping photos of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival ice palace when the ice-cutting machine falls silent. Encased in the frozen lake is the shadowy outline of a body—a man she knows.

A lurid news story goes viral, throwing suspicion on one of Troy's housemates. Troy is assigned to write an in-depth feature on the dead man, who turns out to be the son of a wealthy Connecticut family playing at a blue-collar life in this Adirondack village. As Troy digs deeper into his life and mysterious death—working with his bereaved sister, reclusive girlfriend, and helpful neighbor—a string of incidents makes it clear someone doesn't want the investigation to continue.

What Troy discovers threatens to shatter the serenity of these mountain towns, and she must decide which family secrets should be exposed, and how far her own loyalty can reach.


December 10, 2014:

A Child’s Christmas in Wales

by Dylan Thomas

In print for fifty years, this gem of lyric prose has enchanted both young and old from its very first edition. Dylan Thomas, one of the greatest poets and storytellers of the twentieth century, captures a child's-eye view, and an adult's fond memories, of a magical time of presents, aunts and uncles, the frozen sea, and in the best of circumstances, newly fallen snow.


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