Druschel Collection/Senior Book Club

The Druschel Collection is named in honor of Pauline Druschel, who retired as Assistant Director of the Novi Public Library in November 2003. As part of her mission to provide an opportunity to improve the quality of life for her community, Pauline facilitates a senior book discussion group whose selections are distinguished by their breadth and depth. Funded by her friends to honor her retirement, this collection is comprised of many of the books explored by her book discussion group.

The Druschel Collection will be shared by generations of readers to come. It is a visual symbol of Pauline’s love of libraries, and the respect of her community, and the profound power of books to enrich our lives.

Some of the books that have been discussed and added in recent years include:

Senior Book Discussion 2022

The Girl With The Louding Voice by Abi Dare
A Woman of No Importance : The Untold Story of An American Spy Who Helped Win World War II by Sonia Purnell
Harry’s Trees by Jon Cohen
This Time Next Year We’ll Be Laughing : A Memoir And A Maisie Dobbs Mystery by Jacquelin Winspear
American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins
Quiet : The Power of Introverts In A World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
The Women of The Copper Country by Mary Doria Russell
Notorious RBG: The Life And Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon
The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi
Rosemary : The Hidden Kennedy Daughter by Kate Clifford Larson
The One Hundred Years of Lenni And Margot : A Novel by Marianne Cronin
The Ride of Her Life: The True Story of A Woman, Her Horse And Their Last Chance Journey Across America by Elizabeth Letts

Senior Book Discussion 2021

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson
Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill by Sonia Purnell
A Well-Behaved Woman by Therese Fowler
Becoming by Michelle Obama
The Book of Lost Friends: A Novel by Lisa Wingate
We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter
This Tender Land: A Novel by William Kent Krueger
Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent Isabel Wilkerson
Dear Edward: A Novel by Ann Napolitano
Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity and Love by Dani Shapiro
The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell: A Novel by Robert Dugoni
Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton

Senior Book Discussion 2020

Betty Ford: First Lady, Women's Advocate, Survivor, Trailblazer by Lisa McCubbin
Small Great Things, a Novel by Jodi Picoult
Victoria by Daisy Goodwin
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
The Arsenal of Democracy; FDR, Detroit, and an Epic Quest to Arm an America at War by A.J. Baime
We Must be Brave by Frances Liardet
Leadership in Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin
A Place for Us: A Novel by Fatima Farheen Mirza
Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity and Love by Dani Shapiro
Before we Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See

Senior Book Discussion 2019

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Endurance: A Year in Space by Scott Kelly
A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel by Amor Towles
The Soul of America: A Battle for Our Better Angels by Jon Meacham
Beartown: A Novel by Jon Backman
Leonardo Da Vinci by Walter Isaacson
Pachinko by Min Lee Jin
The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women by Kate Moore
A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline
Forty Autumns: A Family's Story of Courage and Survival on Both Sides of the Wall by Nina Willner
The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict

Senior Book Discussion 2018

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Kreuger
The Mind's Eye and On the Move by Oliver Sacks
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance
Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoir of a War Child by Sandra Uwiringiyimana
The Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
News of the World by Paulette Jiles
Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape and the Making of Winston Churchill by Candice Millard
The Turner House by Angela Flournoy

Additional titles are available going back to 1990. Please email asknovi@novilibrary.org for information.