What we're about

Welcome to Women's Non-Fiction Book Club! This group aims to bring together people curious to learn about current events, history, and other topics. The aspiration is to read books on a diverse set of topics and sometimes mentally travel in space or time to learn about other countries/cultures and eras.

The discussion is not supposed to be academic. Our meetings are casual and friendly, welcoming everybody to share their thoughts and take-aways. If you did not finish the book for any reason but you want to discuss it, feel free to join.

The age range is just a suggestion. So if you're a bit outside of your 30s in either direction, welcome!

Here is a draft reading list -- If you have a book you've read or would like to read, feel free to suggest it!

Born a crime - Trevor Noah

The Heart of Everything that is: The untold story of Red Cloud, an American Legend by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin

The Girl with Seven Names -- Hyeonseo Lee

Dreamland -- Sam Quinones

American Prison - A Reporter's Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment

American Dialogue - The Founders and US

Putin's World - Russian Against the West and with the Rest - Angela Stent

The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story - Douglas Preston

Upcoming events (2)

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson I assume the holidays of 2020 will be different but also still busy (a lot of Zoom ugly sweater happy hours?), so we're skipping right over December to January. This is a longer read, though, to fill the cold nights and extra days before the next meeting. See you in 2021! --------------------------------------------- From Goodreads: In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life. From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million people changed the face of America. Wilkerson compares this epic migration to the migrations of other peoples in history. She interviewed more than a thousand people, and gained access to new data and official records, to write this definitive and vividly dramatic account of how these American journeys unfolded, altering our cities, our country, and ourselves. With stunning historical detail, Wilkerson tells this story through the lives of three unique individuals: Ida Mae Gladney, who in 1937 left sharecropping and prejudice in Mississippi for Chicago, where she achieved quiet blue-collar success and, in old age, voted for Barack Obama when he ran for an Illinois Senate seat; sharp and quick-tempered George Starling, who in 1945 fled Florida for Harlem, where he endangered his job fighting for civil rights, saw his family fall, and finally found peace in God; and Robert Foster, who left Louisiana in 1953 to pursue a medical career, the personal physician to Ray Charles as part of a glitteringly successful medical career, which allowed him to purchase a grand home where he often threw exuberant parties. Wilkerson brilliantly captures their first treacherous and exhausting cross-country trips by car and train and their new lives in colonies that grew into ghettos, as well as how they changed these cities with southern food, faith, and culture and improved them with discipline, drive, and hard work. Both a riveting microcosm and a major assessment, The Warmth of Other Suns is a bold, remarkable, and riveting work, a superb account of an “unrecognized immigration” within our own land. Through the breadth of its narrative, the beauty of the writing, the depth of its research, and the fullness of the people and lives portrayed herein, this book is destined to become a classic. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8171378-the-warmth-of-other-suns?from_search=true&from_srp=true&qid=Ga8YoHLCt0&rank=1

The Right To Be Cold

The Source Hotel

The Right To Be Cold: One Woman's Story of Protecting Her Culture, the Arctic and the Whole Planet by Sheila Watt-Cloutier We'll head even farther north in February to read about cold, and its obvious necessity to the people and nature in the Arctic of Canada and to the world at large. And anything recommended by both Naomi Klein and Rebecca (thanks Rebecca!) has to be a must-read. ---------------------------------------------- From Goodreads: One of Canada's most passionate environmental and human rights activists addresses the global threat of climate change from the intimate perspective of her own Arctic childhood The Arctic ice is receding each year, but just as irreplaceable is the culture, the wisdom that has allowed the Inuit to thrive in the Far North for so long. And it's not just the Arctic. The whole world is changing in dangerous, unpredictable ways. Sheila Watt-Cloutier has devoted her life to protecting what is threatened and nurturing what has been wounded. In this culmination of Watt-Cloutier's regional, national, and international work over the last twenty-five years, The Right to Be Cold explores the parallels between safeguarding the Arctic and the survival of Inuit culture, of which her own background is such an extraordinary example. This is a human story of resilience, commitment, and survival told from the unique vantage point of an Inuk woman who, in spite of many obstacles, rose from humble beginnings in the Arctic to become one of the most influential and decorated environmental, cultural, and human rights advocates in the world. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25734152-the-right-to-be-cold?from_search=true&from_srp=true&qid=nvUlUpuLd6&rank=1

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You Look Like a Thing and I Love You

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