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Historic Women and the Glass Ceiling

MEETING LOCATION CHANGE: We now have a more permanent location for our book club! (Hooray!) Barnes and Noble Metro Center will be hosting us in their alcove, which is a nice, quiet, pleasant meeting space for us to have lively discussions. I hope you all enjoy this new venue and find it convenient!

In June we will be reading three selections that fit the theme “historic women and feminism:” Liza Mundy's The Richer Sex, Elizabeth Gaskell's Cranford, and Lionel Shriver's We Need to Talk About Kevin.

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The Richer Sex: How the New Majority of Female Breadwinners is Transforming Sex, Love, and Family by, Liza Mundy

As a mother of young boys, I can tell you that chatty, detail-oriented girls rule the world among the younger set. I've always wondered when the big switch would happen, propelling males to their traditional dominance of the adult working world, but Liza Mundy is here to tell us that it won't. It turns out that in my lifetime, women will be the second sex no more.

Mundy's The Richer Sex is like a fantastical trip through the looking glass into a future few of us dared imagine, but which Mundy forcefully illustrates is already well under way. Forget gender parity. Mundy culls a broad range of research to lay out how women are fast overtaking men in today's economy, a shift that is happening worldwide.

Nearly 40 percent of U.S. working wives now out-earn their husbands, and Mundy says they'll soon make up a majority. Women hold most managerial and professional jobs, they earn most college degrees, and long-term economic shifts favor fields dominated by women

http://www.npr.org/2012/03/20/148688643/rich-mom-poor-dad-women-become-breadwinners

 

We Need to Talk About Kevin by, Lionel Shriver

Eva never really wanted to be a mother - and certainly not the mother of the unlovable boy who murdered seven of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker, and a much-adored teacher who tried to befriend him, all two days before his sixteenth birthday. Now, two years later, it is time for her to come to terms with marriage, career, family, parenthood, and Kevin's horrific rampage in a series of startlingly direct correspondences with her estranged husband, Franklin. Uneasy with the sacrifices and social demotion of motherhood from the start, Eva fears that her alarming dislike for her own son may be responsible for driving him so nihilistically off the rails.

http://www.npr.org/2012/03/25/149331745/a-book-gets-new-life-after-movies-buzz

 

Cranford by, Elizabeth Gaskell

Gaskell's witty and poignant comedy of country-town life, a gently comic picture of life in an English country town in the mid-nineteenth century, Cranford describes the small adventures of Miss Matty and Miss Deborah, two middle-aged spinster sisters striving to live with dignity in reduced circumstances.

Rich with humor and filled with vividly memorable characters, including the dignified Lady Glenmire and the duplicitous showman Signor Brunoni, Cranford is a portrait of kindness, compassion, and hope.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=89941160

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Reminder: We usually choose 2-3 books per month. You're welcome at our meeting whether you read all or none of the books. We read fiction, nonfiction, and plays, and usually try to cover 1 piece of classic literature monthly. We read books reviewed or mentioned on NPR, and try to mirror NPR's tone at our meetings: thoughtful, polite discussion & commentary, with no arguing or posturing, and no sacred cows or unmentioned elephants in the room.?

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Enjoyed the discussion, with lots of insights and good comments and questions. The people attending and the discussion definitely make me want to return.

    June 19, 2012

  • Judy

    We had a very interesting discussion about "Kevin" and then about how couples are dealing with sometimes unplanned-for changes in their roles/relationships.
    Thanks to all!

    June 16, 2012

  • Judy

    Dorian, thank you for your message. Take care; we will meet on Friday as scheduled. See you in July!

    June 12, 2012

  • Dorian T.

    I apologize. My car broke down over the weekend in CA and I need to drive out Friday to pick it up. Could one of the regulars lead the discussion for me?

    June 12, 2012

  • Dorian T.

    Thanks for sharing that Ann! Also, letting everyone know that I'll be posting the book selections for the next five months (July onward) tomorrow. Sorry for the delay, wound up being swamped over the long weekend!

    May 29, 2012

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