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.
2013–2014 Book Discussion Schedule
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
by Willa Cather
My Antonia is the classic novel about Antonia Shimerda, who arrives on the Nebraska frontier as part of a family of Bohemian emigrants. She represents immigrant struggles with a foreign land, language, and the restraints on women of the time. She desires love and a family. The novel’s narrator, Jim Burden, is a successful lawyer who grew up in Black Hawk and develops strong feelings toward Antonia. Author Willa Cather was raised in Nebraska.
Paperback; 175 pages
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
The Beautiful Mystery
by Louise Penny
Inspector Armand Gamache must find out which monk at a cloistered monastery has killed the director of its famous choir in this mystery novel, which is on the Chicago Tribune’s best-seller list.
Paperback; 400 pages
February 11, 2014
Citizens of London
by Lynne Olson
Citizens of London is the story of three Americans, Edward R. Morrow, Averill Harriman, and John Gilbert Winant, who were the real forces behind solidifying U.S./U.K. relations during World War II. Author Lynne Olson is a former Baltimore Sun White House correspondent.
Paperback; 288 pages
March 11, 2014
Miles from Nowhere
by Nami Mun
This gritty urban novel follows Joon, a thirteen-year-old runaway girl and Korean immigrant, as she tries to make her way on New York City’s streets. The Chicago Public Library Foundation chose Nami Mun as the 2012 recipient of the 21st Century Award for a recent achievement in writing by a Chicago author.
Paperback; 286 pages
April 8, 2014
The Snow Child
by Eowyn Ivey
In this enchanting story set in Alaska in the 1920s, a husband and wife move to Alaska and struggle to maintain their farm. They are childless. One day they glimpse a young girl running through the trees with a red fox at her side. They begin to see this child as their own. But in this beautiful territory things are seldom as they seem. The Snow Child is a 2013 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
Paperback; 386 pages
May 13, 2014
Dreaming in French: The Paris Years of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy,
Susan Sontag, and Angela Davis
by Alice Yaeger Kaplan
In this biography, the author traces the paths of three young women, American students, who spent a year studying in Paris and shows how it changed the lives of these extraordinary women as they all became key figures in America.
Paperback; 304 pages
June 10, 2014
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color Blindness
by Michelle Alexander
Author Michelle Alexander argues that mass incarceration in America today functions as a system of racial control in a similar way to how Jim Crow laws once operated. Ms. Alexander is an associate professor at Ohio State University’s College of Law.
Paperback; 320 pages
For more information about Books by Women, contact Anne Ellis (312.573.3369).