Book Group

Our lively discussion group meets by Zoom at 3 PM on the third Thursday of each month. For more information, or to be added to the book group email list for the Zoom link, contact
Myra Leysorek ( or Mary Lee Keane (

Non-members are welcome to attend 3 times as guests to get to know NVN.


Our Summer Reading List


Note: After considerable discussion within the group and within NVN, we are rearranging the upcoming reading list as follows:

June 18:  Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari. Homo sapiens rules the world because it is the only animal that can believe in things that exist purely in its own imagination, such as gods, states, money and human rights. A Summer Reading Pick for Barack Obama, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg.


July 16: How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram Kendi. The book is currently sold out but should be available at Amazon later this week, so those who want to read it will want to order it asap.  


August 20: Deacon King Kong by James McBride - Among Florence Jenkin's suggestions, the group chose; it seems appropriate to move this book up a month.

September 17: Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard by Laura Bates. A female professor, a super maximum security prisoner, and how Shakespeare saved them both. You don't have to be a William Shakespeare fan, a prisoner, or a prison reformer to appreciate this uplifting book.


October 15: On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong. An ode to loss and struggle, to being a Vietnamese American, to Hartford, Connecticut. A compassionate epistolary ode to a mother who may or may not know how to read.

For book guidelines and a list of previously read books, click here