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Books by Women
CLL Monthly Book Club

First Tuesday Book Club

Books by Women

Second Tuesdays
6:00 to 7:15 p.m.

September through June
Online via Zoom

For Zoom details, email Simon Crow

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.

2021–2022 Book Discussion Schedule

September 14, 2021
Caste: Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson

The examining of the caste system in America.

October 12, 2021
A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf

The classic essay giving a voice to those without. A message to have freedom to create.

November 9, 2021
Cher Ami and Major Whittlesey by Kathleen Rooney

Historical fiction of WWI messenger pigeon and soldiers. A life affirming war story from the woods of France.

December 14, 2021
Any book by Agatha Christie

Choose a book to read and share the story in a brief summary.

January 11, 2022
Nine Tailors (A Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery) by Dorothy Sayers

A corpse is found in the courtyard. A cozy mystery by the famous detective Lord Peter Wimsey.

February 8, 2022
Girl Who Wrote in Silk by Kelli Estes

A true story of Chinese people in Seattle. The 1800s to present day, learning events of the century.

March 8, 2022
Free Thinker by Kimberly A. Hamlin

A famous suffrage activist heard little about. The tireless effort for the freedom of the body, money, and intellect.

April 12, 2022
A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende

A story with rich history. The struggle of immigrants and policy that surround refugees.

May 10, 2022
Flights by Olga Tokarczuk

An intelligent and provocative novel of ideas. Concepts of cosmopolitan and cultural hybridity.

June 14, 2022
Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo

This story follows the lives and struggles of twelve different women in modern Britain. Razor sharp writing style. Booker Prize Winner.

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 Simon Crow (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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First Tuesday Book Club

In the fall of 2020 the Adult Education Committee launched a new program dedicated to examining the ethical and social issues facing Christians today. Join us in the new year as we continue this series focused on the joys, challenges, and consequences of faith.

To receive Zoom details, register online here.

The Luminous Web: Essays on Science and Religion
by Barbara Brown Taylor

Tuesday, January 5, 2021
7:00 p.m. (CST)
Discussion led by Lucy Forster-Smith and Jim Ford

The intersection of science and religion is the subject of this stimulating book of essays. Taylor describes her journey as a preacher who is trying to learn what the insights of quantum physics, the new biology, and chaos theory can teach the believer. She asserts that, rather than two groups at odds, both scientists and believers are engaged with the mystery and the wonder of the universe we inhabit.


Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation by Kristin Kobes De Mez

Tuesday, February 2
7:00 p.m. (CST)
Discussion with the author led by Jim Garner

Jesus and John Wayne is a sweeping account of the last seventy-five years of white evangelicalism, showing how American evangelicals have worked for decades to replace the Jesus of the Gospels with an idol of rugged masculinity and Christian nationalism, or in the words of one modern chaplain, with a “spiritual badass.” As Du Mez, Professor of History at Calvin University, explains, understanding this transformation requires us to examine the role of culture and commerce in modern American evangelicalism. The forty-fifth president is hardly the first flashy celebrity to capture evangelicals’ hearts and minds, nor is he the first strongman to promise evangelicals protection and power.


Union Made: Working people and the Rise of Social Christianity in Chicago by Heath Carter

Tuesday, March 2
7:00 p.m. (CST)

Discussion with the author led by Joe Morrow

In Gilded Age America, rampant inequality gave rise to a new form of Christianity, one that sought to ease the sufferings of the poor not simply by saving their souls but by transforming society. In Union Made, Heath W. Carter advances a bold new interpretation of the origins of American Social Christianity. Rather than crediting the movement to middle-class ministers, seminary professors, and social reformers, Carter places working people—blacksmiths, teamsters, printers and others—at the very center of the story. Carter convincingly argues their collective contribution to American Social Christianity was no less significant than that of Walter Rauschenbusch or Jane Addams.


Just Christianity: Reclaiming Progressive Christianity
by Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons

Tuesday, April 6
7:00 p.m. (CST)
Discussion with the author

In Just Faith, progressive Christian activist and writer Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons explains how a strong religious left has accompanied every major progressive advance in our society. He resurrects the long history of progressive Christianity to show how it can and must link arms with progressive Muslims and Jews to make the moral case for pluralism, human dignity, and the common good. Graves-Fitzsimmons creates a rallying cry for a bold progressive Christianity that fights for its values without apology to influence the cultural and political battles of today.

Rethinking Incarceration: Advocating for Justice that Restores
by Dominique Gilliard

Tuesday, May 4
7:00 p.m. (CST)
Discussion with the author

Dominique Gilliard explores the history and foundation of mass incarceration, examining Christianity’s role in its evolution and expansion. He then shows how Christians can pursue justice that restores and reconciles, offering creative solutions and highlighting innovative interventions. An ordained minister, Dominique Gilliard is the Director of Racial Righteousness and Reconciliation for the “Love Mercy Do Justice” initiative of the Evangelical Covenant Church.

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