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August Meetup: The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty

For August, we will be reading The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty.

Description: The Chaperone a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922 and the summer that would change them both.

Please arrive between 6:30 and 7 so that you can browse and shop in the store - Time Tested has a lot of great new and used books! - and get situated. The meeting discussion will begin at 7. If you find yourself on the waitlist, please read the book and come anyway. We often have last minute cancellations and the more the merrier.

Reminder: Time Tested is happy to order a book for you if they don't have it on the shelves - and it's easy! Just call or stop by... they put in orders on Tuesdays and it is often available that Thursday. Be sure to let them know you are with the Sacramento Women's Book Club.

The $5 fee goes to Time Tested Books for letting us use their great space.

Please bring a dish to share with the group (whatever you like!). Thanks!


Only a few years before becoming a famous silent-film star and an icon of her generation, a fifteen-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita, Kansas, to study with the prestigious Denishawn School of Dancing in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone, who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle, a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip, has no idea what she’s in for. Young Louise, already stunningly beautiful and sporting her famous black bob with blunt bangs, is known for her arrogance and her lack of respect for convention. Ultimately, the five weeks they spend together will transform their lives forever.

For Cora, the city holds the promise of discovery that might answer the question at the core of her being, and even as she does her best to watch over Louise in this strange and bustling place she embarks on a mission of her own. And while what she finds isn’t what she anticipated, she is liberated in a way she could not have imagined. Over the course of Cora’s relationship with Louise, her eyes are opened to the promise of the twentieth century and a new understanding of the possibilities for being fully alive.

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  • Jamie C.

    Very enjoyable!

    August 22, 2013

  • Alexandra R.

    I read The Chaperone, and then I started in on The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton (read halfway so far) but I won't be able to attend tonight's meeting. I like how both works give a detailed examination of women reacting to each other. Have a good meeting everyone!

    August 21, 2013

  • Angela

    Ack! I am so sorry to have to change my RSVP to No :( I really enjoyed the book and was looking forward to the discussion tonight...but babysitter plans have changed and I am homebound. Have a great time tonight!!!

    August 21, 2013

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