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Books by Women | CLL Monthly Book Club

Books by Women

Second Tuesdays from 6:00 to 7:15 p.m.
September through June
Bumpus Activity Room in the Gratz Center

Books by Women has met faithfully for more than twenty years to discuss classic and contemporary works by women authors. All women are invited to join in the conversations whenever their schedules allow.


20182019 Book Discussion Schedule

Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Crossing Thresholds: The Making and Remaking of a 21st Century Chaplain
by Lucy A. Forster-Smith

A theological narrative weaving together the story of faith in the context of professional life as a college chaplain. Lucy is the former chaplain of Harvard chapel, and currently Senior Associate Pastor at Fourth Presbyterian Church.

Hardcover: 160 pages


Tuesday, January 8, 2019

A Walk Lillian Boxfish Takes by Kathleen Rooney

Based on the story of Margaret Fishback—one of the most talented and successful ad women at R. H. Macy’s in the 1930s—Chicago-based author Kathleen Rooney touches on the injustices faced by working women.

Hardcover; 304 pages


Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

A South Carolina lawyer, researching her grandmother’s past, learns about a Tennessee orphanage that kidnapped children and  arranged for wealthy people to adopt them. Based on a real-life scandal.

Hardcover; 342 pages


Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi 

A look at history, colonialism, and slavery in the British colony of Ghana (west Africa) 300 years ago. The story follows the family history of two half-sisters, Effia and Esi. Each chapter is a vignette focusing on family members of the half-sisters. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Paperback; 320 pages


Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover

Tara was born in 1986 and grew up in rural Idaho, in radical Mormon family dominated by her father. She was kept out of school, but eventually left her survivalist family and went on to earn a Ph.D. from Cambridge University. Educated is a story of fierce family loyalty, and the grief that comes from severing one’s closest ties.

Hardcover; 352 pages


Tuesday, May 14, 2019

News of the World by Paulette Jiles

In post-Civil War Texas, a 10-year-old girl makes an journey back to her aunt and uncle’s home after living with the Kiowa warriors who had killed her parents four years earlier—accompanied by a retired officer hired to care for the girl on their trip from Wichita Falls to San Antonio.

Paperback; 224 pages


Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

In post-Civil War Texas, a 10-year-old girl makes an journey back to her aunt and uncle’s home after living with the Kiowa warriors who had killed her parents four years earlier—accompanied by a retired officer hired to care for the girl on their trip from Wichita Falls to San Antonio.

Paperback; 448 pages

 

Books by Women Reading List

A reading list of books read by Books by Women from December 1991 through the present is available here.


For more information about Books by Women, contact Anne Ellis (312.573.3369).

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CLL Monthly Book Club

   One Tuesday a month  
   11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
   Open to all 60 and older, whether CLL members or not

The Center for Life and Learning Monthly Book Club is an invitiation for those who are sixty and older to join in conversation with one another about books. This member-run group enjoys books selected by members who wish to lead the discussion. Grab a great read, and bring a friend!

The current schedule and book list is available here.

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