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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.

2020 Book Discussion Schedule


February 11, 2020
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Kya is abandoned by her troubled mother when she is six years old. Then follows her alcoholic father and four older brothers. When she is matures, she is torn between two older boys. Then a friend, Chase, falls from a tower and dies. Kya becomes the suspect and stands trial.

Fiction, Pub. 2018, 498 pages

March 10, 2020
White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo (N/F, Pub. 2018, 187 pages)

Comprehensive book on challenging racism by understanding “White Fragility.” Personal experience and extensive research to demonstrate entrenched racism as a societal norm.


April 14, 2020
The Girl With Seven Names by Hyeonseo Lee

Insight into life under a ruthless secretive dictatorship. One woman’s struggle to avoid capture, and repatriation. Ultimately achieving freedom for her family. Life in North Korea.

(Nonfiction, Pub. 2015, 354 pages)

May 12, 2020
Transit by Anna Seghers Trans. by Margot Bettauer Dembo)

Existential, political, literary thriller. Exploring the agony of boredom, the vitality of storytelling and the plight of the exile with extraordinary compassion and insight. The deep awareness of the transitory world of refugees.

Fiction, Pub. 2013, 257 pages

June 9, 2020
Becoming by Michelle Obama

A life filled with meaning and accomplishments. A compelling woman of our age. Intimate, powerful, inspiring memoir.

Nonfiction, Pub. 2018, 417 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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