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.
2014–2015 Book Discussion Schedule
Please note that Books by Women does not meet in July and August.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration
by Isabel Wilkerson
From 1915 to 1970, an exodus of almost six million black citizens left the southern United States for the northern and western states. This nonfiction book explores this migration and how it changed the face of America. The Warmth of Other Suns is the 2011 winner of the National Book Critics Award for Nonfiction and was selected as the “One Book, One Chicago” for 2013–2014.
Paperback; 538 pages
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
by Ann Munro
This book, mostly written about women, is the last collection of short stories by Canadian author Ann Munro. In the story “Amunsen,” a young woman accepts a new job as a teacher in an isolated tuberculosis sanitarium. In another story, “Gravel,” two young sisters are affected by their mother’s affair with a dope-smoking actor. Dear Life is the winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature. Paperback; 336 pages
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
The Light Between Oceans
by M. L. Stedman
In 1926, a former Australian officer accepts a job in an isolated lighthouse on Australia’s coast and brings along his young bride. Following several miscarriages and a still birth, the couple claims an infant who has washed up on shore in a boat with a dead man. But a rift in their marriage complicates the family’s future together. Author M. L. Stedman was born and raised in Australia.
Paperback; 345 pages
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
by Jane Austen
Anne Elliott is happily betrothed to a naval officer. Her father and sister advise Anne to break off the engagement as the officer is unsuitable for her. But the officer returns from sea duty rich and successful while Anne’s family is on the brink of financial ruin. Will Anne and the naval officer reunite?
Paperback; 242 pages
January 13, 2015
When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times
by Pema Chodron
In this nonfiction book, author Pema Chodron, an American Buddhist nun, offers compassionate advice, through the application of traditional Buddhist wisdom, for when things fall apart in our lives.
Paperback; 146 pages
Tuesday, February, 10, 2015
by Jodi Picoult
A New Hampshire baker finds herself in the midst of two holocaust stories: Her grandmother’s tale of survival of the holocaust and the confessions of an elderly German man, a customer at her store, who tells her he is a former SS officer. How does she react to evil living next door?
Hardcover; 460 pages
March 10, 2015
My Beloved World
by Sonia Sotomayor
The first Hispanic person on the United States Supreme Court tells the story of her life before becoming a judge in this inspiring, surprisingly personal memoir. She recounts her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench.
Paperback; 398 pages
April 14, 2015
The Invention of Wings
by Sue Monk Kidd
Based on real-life abolitionists, The Invention of Wings is the story of a wealthy southern girl, her slave, and their struggle against slavery.
Hardcover; 384 pages
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
The Traitor’s Wife
by Allison Patak
In this historical fiction book, Peggy, wife of Benedict Arnold, hatches a plan to deliver West Point to the British. Her former lover, a British spy, helps her, as she hopes to win fame and fortune for herself and Arnold. The story is told from the perspective of Peggy’s maid.
Paperback; 496 pages
June 9, 2015
by Donna Tartt
Overcome by his mother’s death, Theo Decker clings to a small painting that reminds him of her and leads him into the art underworld. The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
Hardcover; 784 pages
Paperback due January 6, 2015
For more information about Books by Women, contact Anne Ellis (312.573.3369).