WHO WE ARE:
We are lesbian/bisexual women roughly in our 30s to 50s who love to read, discuss books, cook/enjoy good food, and socialize. We are friendly, intelligent, and respectful of different points of view.
Since this is the kind of group that requires advanced planning (reading, preparing a home and food, and hosting), we encourage conscientiousness regarding RSVPs. Please record your decision to attend or not on the website by the week before the meeting and commit to your decision. People who make a habit of no-showing or cancelling at the last minute are not a good fit for this group.
In addition to reading, we also get together for social events on occasion. We encourage members to post ideas and invite others to join in on different activities! Many of us are also members of the Gay Girlfriends meetup group.
WHEN AND WHERE WE MEET
We meet once a month on a Sunday afternoon (usually the third Sunday of the month) from 1pm-3ish. Members volunteer to host potlucks in their homes. Our members come from all over the Southbay and the Peninsula. You have no obligation to host, ever... unless you want to. You also have no obligation to actually cook anything. You can bring a beverage (both alcoholic or non-alcoholic) or simply buy something. Some months may have a food theme related to the book or the time of year. We typically make December very light reading, or take a break from a book club discussion, and instead hold a party with small gift exchange or something else fun.
BOOK SELECTION PROCEDURE
The group votes on a book each month so that we have the opportunity to read books we might not otherwise pick up on our own... we like to keep an open mind and find it exciting to discover stories we didn't know we'd ever like! All members are encouraged to submit titles to the group to vote on. The organizer posts a poll, which can be found under the "More" tab of the webpage. Please vote for your favorites! We read a non-fiction book roughly every 3 months, and we enjoy lesbian as well as mainstream fiction during the other months.
OUR PAST BOOKS
October 18, 2009: [u]Troll: A Love Story[/u] by Johanna Sinisalo
November 22, 2009: [u]Kabul Beauty School[/u] by Deborah Rodriquez
December 20, 2009: [u]The Art of Racing in the Rain[/u] by Garth Stein
January 17, 2010: [u]Me Talk Pretty One Day[/u] by David Sedaris
February 21, 2010: [u]The Rabbi's Cat[/u] by Joann Sfar
March 21, 2010: [u]The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society[/u] by Mary Ann Shaffer
April 18, 2010: [u]The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao[/u] by Junot Diaz
May 16, 2010: [u]Infidel[/u] by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
June 20, 2010: [u]Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers[/u] by Mary Roach
July 18, 2010: [u]Hard Times[/u] by Blayne Cooper
August 15, 2010: [u]The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks[/u] by Rebecca Skloot
September 19, 2010: [u]The Devil in the White City[/u] by Erik Larson
October 17, 2010: [u]Sexual Fluidity[/u] by Lisa Diamond
November 2010: [u]The Winged Dancer[/u] by Camarin Grae
January 2011: [u]Patience & Sarah[/u] by Isabel Miller
2/11: Affinity—Sarah Waters
3/11: Madras on Rainy Days—Samina Ali
4/11: Written on the Body—Jeanette Winterson
5/11: Small Island—Andrea Levy
6/11: By Nightfall—Michael Cunningham
7/11: Girl with the Dragon Tatoo--Stieg Larsson
8/11: State of Wonder—Ann Patchett
9/11: Island Beneath the Sea—Isabel Allende
10/11: The Wooden Sea--Jonathan Carroll
11/11: The IHOP Papers--Ali Liebegott
12/11: No book--Happy Holidays!
1/12: Odd Girl Out (plus Beebo Brinker series)--Ann Bannon
2/12: The Psychopath Test--Jon Ronson
3/12: Pages for You--Sylvia Browning
4/12: We need to talk about Kevin--Lionel Shriver
5/12: Some we love, some we hate, some we eat--Hal Herzog
6/12: The Sense of an Ending--Julian Barnes
7/12: The Hunger Games--
8/12: Now is the Hour--Tom Spanbauer
9/12: Moonwalking with Einstein--Joshua Foer
10/12: The Slow Fix--Ivan Coyote
11/12: My name is Red--Orhan Pamuk
12/12: Holidays on Ice AND Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk--David Sedaris
1/13: Quiet, the Power of Introverts--Susan Cain
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