Next Meetup

The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan – Raleigh Discussion (rescheduled)
**This is a long book, so we'll be discussing chapters 1, 6, 8-12, and 14 only. Feel free to read the entire thing, of course!** "The only way for a woman, as for a man, to find herself, to know herself as a person, is by creative work of her own." Let's read and discuss Betty Friedan seminal work, first published in 1963, which is credited with launching second-wave feminism. "If there's a list of the most important books of the 20th century," Gail Collins writes in the introduction, "The Feminine Mystique is on it." We're also having a discussion about this book in Durham on Sunday, 10/21. To purchase the book and support the meetup, please click here: Wake libraries have copies of this book; it appears that Durham is short on copies (see interlibrary loan links below). I'm hoping for some beautiful October weather – let's plan to meet at Fred Fletcher Park. Bring a chair or blanket in case the picnic table area is occupied. We'll meet in the parking lot off Washington Street; map: At 2:10, we'll go find a place to set up. The suggested donation is $1, and you can pay at the meetup or contribute online. Please read our group guidelines before you RSVP. Hope to see you there! Links: Brain Pickings post about The Feminine Mystique: Wake County interlibrary loan: Durham County interlibrary loan: Group guidelines: Contribute online:

Fred Fletcher Park

820 Clay Street · Raleigh, NC

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If you're a fan of Brain Pickings ( — or you just enjoy reading books about creativity, psychology, spirituality, design, and art — this is the book club for you. We meet each month, usually once in Raleigh and once in Durham, to discuss a book featured on the Brain Pickings reading list ( We're a diverse group of curious, open-minded people who like to talk about themes like mindfulness, empathy, solitude, and awe ... and all of the things that make life both beautiful and difficult. Join us!

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Upcoming Books:

• September: Canceled because of the hurricane

• October: The Feminine Mystique (, Betty Friedan

• November: The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction (, Neil Gaiman

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