Welcome! We are a social club that reads. This is a group for people in the Shirlington area - singles, couples - anyone who's down-to-earth and likes to have fun! We'll periodically discuss book selections over a few drinks at a local Shirlington establishment. We will also host happy hours and other social events and are open to other ideas too!
The books won't all be classics--more used for the catchy title--but we will read somewhat intelligent and thought provoking selections. We intend for our book discussions to be casual conversation starters, so don't worry if you haven't finished the book or just want to come hang out with some local Shirlington folks. Feel free to join us!
Let’s read Educated by Tara Westover. An unforgettable memoir about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University.
Library waitlists are long, so I suggest getting in line now!
Arlington Library: https://libcat.arlingtonva.us/GroupedWork/f8764d6c-154f-50f8-239c-ddc36b9efc46/Home?searchId=14468516&recordIndex=1&page=1&searchSource=local
DC Library: https://catalog.dclibrary.org/client/en_US/dcpl/search/results?ln=en_US&rt=&qu=Educated
Let’s read How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn
How Green Was My Valley is a 1939 novel by Richard Llewellyn, narrated by Huw Morgan, the main character, about his Welsh family and the mining community in which they live. The author had claimed that he based the book on his own personal experiences but this was found to be untrue after his death; Llewellyn was English-born and spent little time in Wales, though he was of Welsh descent.
Arlington Library: https://libcat.arlingtonva.us/OverDrive/1fa34405-a108-4e77-bda9-59e9c9acfb7c/Home?searchId=14474242&recordIndex=2&page=1
DC Library: https://catalog.dclibrary.org/client/en_US/dcpl/search/results?ln=en_US&rt=&qu=How+green+was+my+valley
Let’s read Becoming by Michelle Obama. Get on the library waitlist ASAP, I hear it moves quickly!
Becoming is the autobiographical memoir of former United States First Lady Michelle Obama published in 2018. Described by the author as a deeply personal experience, the book talks about her roots and how she found her voice, as well as her time in the White House, her public health campaign, and her role as a mother.
Arlington Library: https://libcat.arlingtonva.us/GroupedWork/db1013dc-f3ce-a9ad-5ca8-194e35479a00/Home?searchId=15648846&recordIndex=1&page=1&searchSource=local