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WHO WE ARE

We are lesbian/bisexual women who love to read, discuss books, cook/enjoy good food, and socialize. We are friendly, intelligent, and respectful of different points of view.

Since this is the kind of group that requires advanced planning (reading, preparing a home and food, and hosting), we encourage conscientiousness regarding RSVPs. Please record your decision to attend or not on the website by the week before the meeting and commit to your decision. People who make a habit of no-showing or cancelling at the last minute are not a good fit for this group.

In addition to reading, we also get together for social events on occasion. We encourage members to post ideas and invite others to join in on different activities!

WHEN AND WHERE WE MEET

We meet once a month on a Sunday afternoon (usually the third Sunday of the month) from 1pm-3ish. Members volunteer to host potlucks in their homes. You can expect to host about once a year. Our members come from all over the south bay and the peninsula. You have no obligation to actually cook anything. You can bring a beverage (both alcoholic or non-alcoholic are present) or simply buy something. Some months may have a food theme related to the book or the time of year. We typically have a holiday party with a white elephant gift exchange December.

BOOK SELECTION PROCEDURE

Books are selected by the group organizers or the host for each meeting. All members are encouraged to recommend books, and we choose a wide variety so that we have the opportunity to read books we might not otherwise pick up on our own... we like to keep an open mind and find it exciting to discover stories we didn't know we'd ever like! We enjoy lesbian as well as mainstream titles, fiction and nonfiction.

OUR PAST BOOKS

2009

October 18, 2009: Troll: A Love Story-- by Johanna Sinisalo

November 22, 2009: Kabul Beauty School-- by Deborah Rodriquez

December 20, 2009: The Art of Racing in the Rain-- by Garth Stein

2010

January 17, 2010: Me Talk Pretty One Day--by David Sedaris

February 21, 2010: The Rabbi's Cat--by Joann Sfar

March 21, 2010: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society-- by Mary Ann Shaffer

April 18, 2010: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao--by Junot Diaz

May 16, 2010: Infidel--by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

June 20, 2010: Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers--by Mary Roach

July 18, 2010: Hard Times-- by Blayne Cooper

August 15, 2010: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks--by Rebecca Skloot

September 19, 2010: The Devil in the White City--by Erik Larson

October 17, 2010: Sexual Fluidity--by Lisa Diamond

November 2010: The Winged Dancer--by Camarin Grae

2011

January 2011: Patience & Sarah--by Isabel Miller

February 2011: Affinity--by Sarah Waters

March 2011: Madras on Rainy Days--by Samina Ali

April 2011: Written on the Body-- by Jeanette Winterson

May 2011: Small Island-- by Andrea Levy

June 2011: By Nightfal--by Michael Cunningham

July 2011: Girl with the Dragon Tattoo--by Stieg Larsson

August 2011: State of Wonder--by Ann Patchett

September 2011: Island Beneath the Sea-- by Isabel Allende

October 2011: The Wooden Sea--by Jonathan Carroll

November 2011: The IHOP Papers--by Ali Liebegott

December 2011: No book--Happy Holidays!

2012

January 2012: Odd Girl Out (plus Beebo Brinker series)--by Ann Bannon

February 2012: The Psychopath Test--by Jon Ronson

March 2012: Pages For You--by Sylvia Brownrigg

April 2012: We Need To Talk About Kevin--by Lionel Shriver

May 2012: Some We Love, Some We Hate--by Hal Herzog

June 2012: The Sense of An Ending--by Julian Barnes

July 2012: The Hunger Games-- by Suzanne Collins

August 2012: Now Is The Hour--by Tom Spanbauer

September 2012: Moonwalking with Einstein--by Joshua Foer

October 2012: The Slow Fix--by Ivan E, Coyote

November 2012: My Name is Red--by Orhan Parmuk

December 2012: David Sedaris books

2013

Jan 2013: Quiet:The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking-by Susan Cain

February 2013: Middlesex--by Jeffrey Eugenide

March 2013: Gone Girl--by Gillan Flynn

April 2013: Wild--by Cheryl Strayed

May 2013: Cannery Row--by John Steinbeck

June 2013: Runaway--by Alice Munro

July 2013: Just Kids--by Patti Smith

August 2013: 11/22/63--by Stephen King

September 2013: By Blood--by Ellen Ullman

October 2013: Feed--by Mira Grant/Seanan McGuire

November 2013: My Stroke of Insight--by Jill Bolte Taylor

December 2013: Gingerbread Hearts--by Alison Grey , et al

2014

January 2014: The Glass Lake--by Maeve Binchy

February 2014: The Valley of Amazement--by Amy Tan

March 2014: The Happiness Project--by Gretchin Rubin

April 2014: Sing You Home--by Jodi Picoult

May 2014: Of Mice and Men--by John Steinbeck

June 2014: Skin:Talking About Sex, Class & Literature-by Dorothy Allison

July 2014: The House of Impossible Loves--by Cristina Lopez-Barnes

September 2014: Good Omens--by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett

October 2014: We Are Water--by Wally Lamb

November 2014: The Case of the Not-So-Nice Nurse-by M. Maney

2015

January 2015: The Goldfinch--by Donna Tartt

February 2015: The Payng Guests--by Sarah Waters

March 2015: All the Light We Cannot See--by Anthony Doerr

April 2015: Survival of the Sickest--by Sharon Moalem

May 2015: The Girl on the Train--by Paula Hawkins

June 2015: Jam on the Vine--by LaShonda Katrice Barnett

July 2015: Boys In The Boat--by Daniel James Brown

August 2015: The Emperor of All Maladies--by Siddhartha Mukhergee

September 2015: Go Set a Watchman--by Harper Lee

October 2015: The Martian--by Andy Weir

November 2015: In the Unlikely Event--by Judy Blume

December 2015: The Argonauts--by Maggie Nelson

2016

January 2016: M Train--by Patti Smith

February 2016: Big Bang Symphony--by Lucy Jane Bledsoe

March 2016: The Husband's Secret--by Liane Moriarty

April 2016: City on Fire--by Garth Risk Hallberg

May 2016: Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg--by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik

June 2016: Split Second--by Douglas E. Richards

July 2016: The Rosie Project --by Graeme Simsion

August 2016: The Orphan Train--by Christina Baker Kline

September 2016: Season of the Witch--by David Talbot

October 2016: Beyond the Pale--by Elana Dykewomon

November 2016: Let's Pretend This Never Happened--by Jenny Lawson

December 2016: Ash--by Malinda Lo

2017

January 2017: The Lake House--by Kate Morton

February 2017: When Breath Becomes Air--by Paul Kalanithi

March 2017: The Nix --by Nathan Hill

April 2017: The Palimpsest--by Catherynne M. Valente

May 2017: Eating Fire: My Life as a Lesbian Avenger--by Kelly Cogswell

June 2017: Small Great Things-- by Jodi Picoult

July 2017: A Tale for the Time Being--by Ruth Ozeki

August 2017: Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness--by Paula Poundstone

September 2017: Commonwealth--by Ann Patchett

October 2017: The Night Strangers--by Chris Bohjalian

November 2017: The Best American Science & Nature Writing 2016--ed. Amy Stewart

December 2017: Christmas Days: 12 Stories and 12 Feasts--by Jeanette Winterson

2018

January 2018: Big Little Lies--by Liane Moriarty

February 2018: Manhattan Beach--by Jennifer Egan

March 2018: Little Fires Everywhere--by Celeste Ng

April 2018: Requiem for Immortals--by Lee Winter

May 2018: The Power--by Naomi Alderman

June 2018: I'm Judging You: The Do Better Manual--by Luvvie Ajayi

July 2018: The Alice Network--by Kate Quinn

August 2018: She's Not There: A Life in Two Genders--by Jennifer Finney Boylan

September 2018: A Little Life--by Hanya Yanagihara

October 2018: Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows--by Balli Kaur Jaswa

November 2018: Something in the Water--by Catherine Steadman

December 2018: Calypso--by David Sedaris

January 2019: Unsheltered—by Barbara Kingsolver

February 2019: There There—by Tommy Orange

March 2019: Eleanor and Hick: The Love Affair That Shaped a First Lady—by Susan Quinn

April 2019: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine—by Gail Honeyman

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