What we're about

This is a group for women who are interested in reading and discussing books of all genres and a variety of authors. We meet the first Friday of every month to discuss the book of the month. Whether you loved or hated the book, didn't have time to finish it, or just want to try something new please come out and join the discussion.

Want to discuss books outside of the meetups? Join us on Facebook!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/tucsonwomensbookclub

We're also (admitted not very active) on Goodreads! https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/112137... (https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/1121376-tucson-women-s-book-club );

FAQ

Q: Do you read the book before the scheduled meeting?

A: While there is no requirement to finish (or even start) the book prior to the meeting, during the meeting most members will have finished the book and we will be discussing it, so be prepared for spoilers if you haven't read it yet.

Q: What are the upcoming books that we will be reading?

A: All selected books are posted under "Upcoming Meetups."

Q: What type of books do you read?

A: We're open to anything that our members are interested in. Approximately every 6 months we spend part of a meeting discussing member suggestions and picking upcoming books.

Q: Can anyone join?

A: This group is open to people of all ages and backgrounds, however our members do prefer to keep it a women-only group.

Q: I'm an author, can I suggest my book or do a reading with your group?

A: Our book selection is entirely up to our members. Members are welcome to suggest any book they would like so if you are an active participant in the group you are welcome to suggest something you have written, however this group does not take outside suggestions or host readings or other author events.

Upcoming events (4)

*online* The Vanishing Half

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Amazon.com says:

The Vignes twin sisters will always be identical. But after growing up together in a small, southern black community and running away at age sixteen, it's not just the shape of their daily lives that is different as adults, it's everything: their families, their communities, their racial identities. Many years later, one sister lives with her black daughter in the same southern town she once tried to escape. The other secretly passes for white, and her white husband knows nothing of her past. Still, even separated by so many miles and just as many lies, the fates of the twins remain intertwined. What will happen to the next generation, when their own daughters' storylines intersect?

Weaving together multiple strands and generations of this family, from the Deep South to California, from the 1950s to the 1990s, Brit Bennett produces a story that is at once a riveting, emotional family story and a brilliant exploration of the American history of passing. Looking well beyond issues of race, The Vanishing Half considers the lasting influence of the past as it shapes a person's decisions, desires, and expectations, and explores some of the multiple reasons and realms in which people sometimes feel pulled to live as something other than their origins.

As with her New York Times-bestselling debut The Mothers, Brit Bennett offers an engrossing page-turner about family and relationships that is immersive and provocative, compassionate and wise.

The Lost Apothecary - Sarah Penner

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Amazon.com says:

Hidden in the depths of eighteenth-century London, a secret apothecary shop caters to an unusual kind of clientele. Women across the city whisper of a mysterious figure named Nella who sells well-disguised poisons to use against the oppressive men in their lives. But the apothecary’s fate is jeopardized when her newest patron, a precocious twelve-year-old, makes a fatal mistake, sparking a string of consequences that echo through the centuries.

Meanwhile in present-day London, aspiring historian Caroline Parcewell spends her tenth wedding anniversary alone, running from her own demons. When she stumbles upon a clue to the unsolved apothecary murders that haunted London two hundred years ago, her life collides with the apothecary’s in a stunning twist of fate—and not everyone will survive.

With crackling suspense, unforgettable characters and searing insight, The Lost Apothecary is a subversive and intoxicating debut novel of secrets, vengeance and the remarkable ways women can save each other despite the barrier of time.

Mexian Gothic - Silvia Moreno-Garcia

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Amazon.com says:

After receiving a frantic letter from her newly-wed cousin begging for someone to save her from a mysterious doom, Noemí Taboada heads to High Place, a distant house in the Mexican countryside. She’s not sure what she will find—her cousin’s husband, a handsome Englishman, is a stranger, and Noemí knows little about the region.

Noemí is also an unlikely rescuer: She’s a glamorous debutante, and her chic gowns and perfect red lipstick are more suited for cocktail parties than amateur sleuthing. But she’s also tough and smart, with an indomitable will, and she is not afraid: Not of her cousin’s new husband, who is both menacing and alluring; not of his father, the ancient patriarch who seems to be fascinated by Noemí; and not even of the house itself, which begins to invade Noemi’s dreams with visions of blood and doom.

Her only ally in this inhospitable abode is the family’s youngest son. Shy and gentle, he seems to want to help Noemí, but might also be hiding dark knowledge of his family’s past. For there are many secrets behind the walls of High Place. The family’s once colossal wealth and faded mining empire kept them from prying eyes, but as Noemí digs deeper she unearths stories of violence and madness.

And Noemí, mesmerized by the terrifying yet seductive world of High Place, may soon find it impossible to ever leave this enigmatic house behind.

The House of Broken Angels - Luis Alberto Urrea

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Amazon.com says:

In his final days, beloved and ailing patriarch Miguel Angel de La Cruz, affectionately called Big Angel, has summoned his entire clan for one last legendary birthday party. But as the party approaches, his mother, nearly one hundred, dies, transforming the weekend into a farewell doubleheader. Among the guests is Big Angel's half brother, known as Little Angel, who must reckon with the truth that although he shares a father with his siblings, he has not, as a half gringo, shared a life.

Across two bittersweet days in their San Diego neighborhood, the revelers mingle among the palm trees and cacti, celebrating the lives of Big Angel and his mother, and recounting the many inspiring tales that have passed into family lore, the acts both ordinary and heroic that brought these citizens to a fraught and sublime country and allowed them to flourish in the land they have come to call home.

Teeming with brilliance and humor, authentic at every turn, The House of Broken Angels is Luis Alberto Urrea at his best, and cements his reputation as a storyteller of the first rank.

Past events (102)

*Online* The Girl with the Louding Voice - Abi Daré

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