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 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

Senior Book Discussion 2017

Boys in the Trees: A Memoir by Carly Simon
The Mare by Mary Gaitskill
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing the the Lusitania by Eric Larson
The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom
Voices in the Ocean: a Journey into the Wild and Haunting World of Dolphins by Susan Casey
Dimestore: A Writer’s Life and The Last Girls by Lee Smith
Last Bus to Wisdom by Ivan Doig
My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem
Boys in the Boat by Daniel Brown
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin   

Senior Book Discussion 2016

Ellis Island Interviews: Immigrants Tell Their Stories in Their Own Words by Peter Morton Coan
Alice I Have Been: A Novel by Melanie Benjamin
My Spiritual Journey by Lama Dalai
Our Souls at Night and Plainsong by Kent Haruf
Forbidden Fruit: Love Stories From the Underground Railroad by Betty DeRamus
Lisette’s List: A Novel by Susan Vreeland
Destiny of The Republic; a Tale of Madness Medicine and the Murder of A President by Candice Millard
A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
Neil Armstrong: A Life of Flight by Jay Barbree
Circling The Sun: A Novel by Paula McLain and West With The Night by Beryl Markham
Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David by Lawrence Wright
A Man Named Ove by Fredrik Backman   

Senior Book Discussion 2015

The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Kopple
The Space Between Us by Thirty Umrigar
Shadow Divers by Robert Kurson
The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout
Knowing Mandela: A Personal Portrait by John Carlin
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Sally Ride: America’s First Woman in Space by Lynn Sherr
Yes, Chef by Marcus Samueulson
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
Ware Are Not Ourselves by Thomas Matthew
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
The Paris Wife by Paula McLain