Women's Book Club

The Book Club is open to all and we are happy to have new members join our cheerful and diverse group. We meet every six weeks or so in a private home. If you are interested, contact Suzy Simpson.  

Our next read is “To Kill A Mockingbird” by Harper Lee, and our discussion will be on Tuesday, June 9, from 1:00-2:30.  Most of us probably read this book in high school, but as a brain refresher, here is a brief description as to why we selected this book: 
 
The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic.

Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior - to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos. Now with over 18 million copies in print and translated into forty languages, this regional story by a young Alabama woman claims universal appeal. Harper Lee always considered her book to be a simple love story. Today it is regarded as a masterpiece of American literature.
 
We will follow with “The Mockingbird Next Door:  Life with Harper Lee” by Marja Mills.  This will be our summer read, and we will discuss both books in September.
 
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is one of the best loved novels of the twentieth century. But for the last fifty years, the novel’s celebrated author, Harper Lee, has said almost nothing on the record. Journalists have trekked to her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, where Harper Lee, known to her friends as Nelle, has lived with her sister, Alice, for decades, trying and failing to get an interview with the author. But in 2001, the Lee sisters opened their door to Chicago Tribune journalist Marja Mills. It was the beginning of a long conversation—and a great friendship.
The Mockingbird Next Door is the story of Mills’s friendship with the Lee sisters. It is a testament to the great intelligence, sharp wit, and tremendous storytelling power of these two women, especially that of Nelle.
 
We hope that you will come and join us for these interesting discussions.

2015
All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr
The Winthrop Woman –
Mennonite in a Little Black Dress – Rhoda Jenzen
 

2014
I Kiss Your Hands Many Times – Marianne Szegedy-Maszak
Body and Soul – Frank Conroy
The Big Burn – Timothy Egan
The Boys in the Boat – Daniel James Brown (Greenwich Reads )
Under the Wide and Starry Sky – Nancy Horan
On the Trail of Gengis Khan – Tim Cope
Unbroken – Laura Hillendrand

2013
The Dovekeepers
The House of Tyneford
Proof of Heaven
90 Minutes in Heaven
The River of Doubt
The Inferno
Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Destiny of the Republic
Alexander Hamilton

2012
Zeitoun
Until Tuesday
Catherine the Great
The Warmth of Other Suns
The Power of Habit
Revelations
Team of Rivals

2011
Little Bee
Cleopatra: A Life
The Last Week
Cutting for Stone
Kitchen Table Wisdom
My Grandfather’s Blessing
Sense and Sensibility
The Twentieth Wife

2010
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
The Ambassadors
Angle of Repose
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
Great Lion of God
The Help
Moon and Sixpence

2009
The Faith Club
The Winthrop Woman
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
The Scarlet Letter
The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency
People of the Book
Reading Lolita in Tehran
Acts of Faith
The Lost Symbol

2008
The Pillar of the Earth
A Thousand Splendid Suns
Eat, Pray, Love
Beneath a Marble Sky
Gift from the Sea
Year by the Sea
The Second Journey
Three Cups of Tea
They Did It with Love
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle