Literature

Currently meeting by Zoom  on the Second Monday of the Month at 10:30 am

For the link, please contact Patricia 

2021
September 13—“Come Fly The World,” by Julia Cooke.  Glamour, danger, liberation: in a Mad Men-era of commercial flight. Between 1966 and 1975 Pan Am World Airways required a woman to have a college degree, speak two languages, and be between 5’3″ and 5’9, among other things. Mary Ann Sines will lead the discussion.
For an interview with the author: https://youtu.be/93c3RNDkzQI
 
October 11—“The Doctors Blackwell: How Two Pioneering Sisters Brought Medicine to Women and Women to Medicine,” by Janice P. Nimura.  Elizabeth Blackwell in 1849 became the first woman in America to receive an M.D. Though the world first recoiled at the notion of a woman studying medicine, her intelligence and intensity won her the acceptance of the male medical entablement. Elviria LaBarre will lead the discussion.
 
November 8—“Winter Sisters,”by Robin Oliveira.  New York 1879: An epic blizzard descends on Albany devastating the city. When the snow finally settles, two newly orphaned girls are missing. Dr. Mary Sutter, a former Civil War surgeon, searches for the two sisters. When what happened to them is finally revealed, Dr. Sutter must fight the most powerful of Albany’s citizens to right unimaginable wrongs. Ellen O’Shaughnessy will lead the discussion.
 
December 13—“The Engineer’s Wife,”by Tracey Enerson Wood.  Emily Roebling refuses to live conventionally–she knows who she is and what she wants, and she’s determined to make change.  But then her husband asks the unthinkable: give up her dreams to make his possible.  Emily’s fight for women’s suffrage is put on hold and her life transformed when her husband, the Chief Engineer of the Brooklyn Bridge is injured on the job. Untrained for the task, but under his guidance, she assumes his role.  Mary Ann Sines will lead the discussion.
2022
January 10—“Anxious People,”by Fredrik Backman.  A poignant, charming novel about a crime that never took place, a would-be bank robber who disappears into thin air, and eight extremely anxious strangers who find they have more in common than they ever imagined.  Susan Jano will lead the discussion.
 
February 14— “Hamnet,” by Maggie O’Farrell.   Drawing on O’Farrell’s long-term fascination with the little-know story behind Shakespeare’s most enigmatic play Hamlet.  England 1580: The Black Death creeps across the land, an ever-present threat, infecting the healthy, the sick and the old and the young alike, but life goes on.  A luminous portrait of a marriage, a shattering evocation of a family ravaged by the death of a son, whose life has been all but forgotten and whose name was given to one of the most celebrated plays of all time. Hamnet is mesmerizing, seductive, impossible to put down.  Karen Burkhalter will lead the discussion.
 
March 14–“The Exiles,”by Kristina Baker Kline.   The author of the #1 NYTimes bestseller “Orphan Train” returns with an ambitious, emotionally resonant novel about three women whose lives are bound together in a 19 century Australian penal colony and the hardships they weather together as they fight for redemption and freedom in a new society.  Elviria LaBarre will lead the discussion.
 
April 11—“The Well-Behaved Woman,”by Therese Anne Fowler.    A riveting novel of Alva Smith Vanderbilt, her southern family destitute after the Civil War, married into one of America’s great Gilded-Age dynasties: the newly wealthy but socially shunned Vanderbilts.  Ignored by New York’s old-money circles determined to win respect, she designed and built nine mansions, hosted grand balls.  Alva also defied convention for women of her time, asserting power within her marriage and becoming a leader in the women’s suffrage movement.  Susan Jano will lead the discussion.
 
May 9— “The Last Apothecary,”by Sarah Panner.  A female apothecary secretly dispenses poisons to liberate women from the men who have wronged them.  Rule #1: the poison must never be used to harm another woman. Rule #2: the names of the murderer and her victim must be recorded in the apothecary’s register.  Ellen O’Shaughnessy will lead the discussion.
 
June 13—“The Night Watchman,”by Louise Erdrich.  Based on the extraordinary life of National Book Award-winning author Louise Erdrich’s grandfather who worked as a night watchman and carried the fight against Native dispossession from rural North Dakota all the way to Washington. D.C. This powerful novel explores themes of love and death with lightness and gravity and unfolds with elegant prose, sly humor, and depth of feelings.  Susan Bayley will lead the discussion.
 
July 11—“Sparks Like Stars,”by Nadia Hashimi.  An Afghan American woman returns to Kabul to learn the truth about her family and the tragedy that destroyed their lives. Bold, illuminating, heartbreaking yet hopeful, a story of home –of America and Afghanistan, of survival, reinvention, and remembrance.  Karen Burkhalter will lead the discussion.
 
August 8—“Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight for Justice,”by Bill Browder.  A real-life Political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his dangerous mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption.  Pat Ross will lead the discussion.
Happy Reading!