What we're about
No, you don't actually have to have been an English major! This is a book club for women and gender-non-conforming folks craving intellectual challenge and conversation. Maybe you're like me –– an ex-liberal-arts humanities major missing the in-depth classroom discussions, the JSTOR-fueled paper-writing, and long nights in the library filling your paperback with annotations.
Maybe you work in tech and want to balance out your data-driven day job with exposure to elevated language and intuitive ideation, outside the confines of spreadsheets.
Do you want to read something more "literary" than the typical books marketed to women's book clubs? This isn't about being pretentious, but about creating space to challenge ourselves and tackle reading projects that we otherwise might avoid in favor of a funny podcast after a long day at the office. I can't be the only one who's attempted and failed at Middlemarch....
This group may include novels, short story collections, poetry, essays, memoir, critical theory, non-fiction, etc. We will strive to read works that range from the classic to the contemporary, from canonical to marginal. We will also seek to read a diversity of voices, including those not typically published or amplified in the literary world. Once we get a critical mass going, we can vote on future titles we want to read & discuss, but here's some books on my list that I'm looking for a group of like-minded women to dive in with:
--Boy, Snow, Bird, Helen Oyemi
--Madame Bovary, Flaubert,
--Virginia Woolf, the Waves
--Ongoingness: The End of a Diary, Sarah Manguso,
--When My Brother was an Aztec, Natalie Diaz
--Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, Ross Gay
--Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel
--Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right, Jane Mayer
--Middlemarch, George Eliot
--2666, Roberto Bolaño
--The Star Side of Bird Hill, Naomi Jackson
--Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst, Robert Sapolsky