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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 twenty years to discuss classic and contemporary works by women authors. All women are invited to join in the conversations whenever their schedules allow.


Books by Women Reading List

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


2016 Book Discussion Schedule


Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Euphoria
   by Lily King

The novel is based on the life of Margaret Mead and tells the story of a love triangle that takes place in the most remote provinces of New Guinea. Euphoria was a finalist for the National Book Critics Award for Fiction in 2014.  

Paperback; 288 pages


Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Ghost Hero
   by S. J. Rozan

Chau Chun, known as the Ghost Hero, is a celebrated Chinese ink painter who was killed in 1989 during the Tiananmen Square uprising. An American-born Chinese private investigator, Lydia Chin, is contacted by an art world insider to investigate the rumor that new paintings by the deceased artist have emerged. Ghost Hero won the Dilys Award for Mystery in 2012. 

Paperback; 336 pages


Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?
   by Roz Chast

Author Roz Chast, a cartoonist for the New Yorker, depicts through cartoons, family photos, and documents the decline of her aging parents. A poignant and funny narrative, Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant? won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography in 2014.

Hardcover; 240 pages


Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Go Set a Watchman
   by Harper Lee

This sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird is set in author Harper Lee's famed Maycomb, Alabama, during the 1950s. Scout Finch, now an adult woman, returns to New York to visit her father, Atticus.

Hardcover; 304 pages


Tuesday, June 14, 2016
The Girl on the Train
   by Paula Hawkins

Protagonist Rachel becomes obsessed with a “perfect” couple that she sees through the windows of a train, one she takes each morning and evening on her commute to and from London. When the woman goes missing, Rachel finds herself in the middle of the investigation into her disappearance, all while trying to deal with her own growing addiction to alcohol and lapses in memory.

Hardcover; 336 pages


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

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CLL Monthly Book Club (New!)

   Tuesdays, February 9 and March 22
   11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
   Free and open to all 60 and older; no RSVP necessary

Members asked for it, and now we’ve got it . . . a CLL Book Group! We're trying different genres and meeting styles so that the group can shape how the experience evolves. Grab a great read, and come check us out as we engage in member-facilitated discussions about a variety of books.

Tuesday, February 9 • A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman
In this internationally bestselling debut novel, a curmudgeonly older man gets new neighbors in the form of a young family with habits (and noises) alien to his own. Laugh-out-loud funny and thought-provoking, this exploration of what people can mean to each other will get us talking about the power of love in this Valentine’s month.

Tuesday, March 22
Love and Other Ways of Dying by Michael Paterniti

Longlisted for the 2015 National Book Award, this compilation of essays—called “a fearless spellbinding collection of inquiries by a brilliant, globally-minded essayist whose writing is magic and whose worldview brims with compassion” by Anthony Doerr (author of All the Light We Cannot See)—will be the group’s foray into another genre of writing. A storyteller par excellence, Paterniti helps readers consider all the facets of being human through tales of “everyday” people he has encountered.

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