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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, 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, May 24 and June 21
   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, May 24
The Third Coast: When Chicago Built the American Dream
by Thomas Dyja

Before air travel overtook trains, nearly every coast-to-coast journey included a stop in Chicago, and this flow of people and commodities made the city the crucible for American culture and innovation. In luminous prose, Chicago native Thomas Dyja re-creates the story of the city in its postwar prime and explains its profound impact on modern America—from Chess Records to  Playboy, from McDonald’s to the University of Chicago. Populated with an incredible cast of characters, including Mahalia Jackson, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Chuck Berry, Sun Ra, Simone de Beauvoir, Nelson Algren, Gwendolyn Brooks, Studs Turkel, and Mayor Richard J. Daley, The Third Coast recalls the prominence of the Windy City in all its grandeur.

Tuesday, June 21
Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County:
A Family, A Town, A Civil Rights Battle
by Kristen Green

Combining hard-hitting investigative journalism and a sweeping family narrative, this provocative true story reveals a little-known chapter of American history: the period after the  Brown v. Board of Education decision when one Virginia school system refused to integrate. At once gripping, enlightening, and deeply moving, Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County is a dramatic chronicle that explores our troubled racial past and its reverberations today and a timeless story about compassion, forgiveness, and the meaning of home.

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