Book Club

The Book Club meets the third Tuesday each month, 7:00 - 8:30 pm. Now meeting at the College Park Community Library, 9704 Rhode Island Ave, College Park, MD 20740, in the basement of the Nazarene Church.

Our theme is literary non-fiction by women, though we have been known to read a novel or something by a man. Our meetings are informal and you are welcome even if you did not finish the book!

Some of our favorite books have included: Alex and Me, by Irene Pepperberg (a scientist writes about the amazing parrot she worked with for 28 years); Reading Lolita in Tehran, by Azar Nafisi (an Iranian professor of English Literature writes about her experience of the Revolution and her belief in the importance of English literature); Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel (an illustrated autobiography, comic book style); Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi (another "graphic novel" by another Iranian woman). We sometimes go on outings as well: including trips to see movies including "Julie and Julia" and "Hidden Figures".

If you are interested, please rsvp by emailing; our schedule is subject to change.

Books for 2018:
Jan. 16, Code girls: the untold story of the American women code breakers who helped win World War II, by Liza Mundy
Feb. 20, Unorthodox AND/OR Exodus, by Deborah Feldman
Mar. 20, Madame President: The Extraordinary Journey of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, by Helene Cooper
Apr. 17, From Cradle to Stage: Stories from the Mothers Who Rocked and Raised Rock Stars, by Virginia Hanlon Grohl
May 15, I Was Told There’d Be Cake: Essays, by Sloan Crosley
June 19, Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved by Beauty: An Intimate Portrait of My Grandmother, by Kate Hennessy
July 17, I'm Looking Through You: Growing Up Haunted, A Memoir, by Jennifer Finney Boylan

Books for 2017:
Jan. 17. Hidden Figures, by Margot Lee Shetterly. MOVIE NIGHT MONDAY JAN. 16 AT GREENBELT THEATRE 8 PM.
Feb. 21. Lafayette in the Somewhat United States, by Sarah Vowell.
Mar. 21. On My Own, by Diane Rehm.
Apr. 18. Oneida: From Free Love Utopia to the Well-Set Table, by Ellen Wayland-Smith.
May 16. Find a Way, by Diana Nyad.
June 20. The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks, by Terry Tempest Williams.
July 18. Daughters of the Samurai: a Journey from East to West and back, by Janice P. Nimura.
Sept. 19 Entwined: Sisters and Secrets in the Silent World of Artist Judith Scott, by Joyce Wallace Scott
Oct. 17 Never Caught: the Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge, by Erica Armstrong Dunbar
Nov. 21 Boys In the Trees, by Carly Simon
Dec. 19 The Genius of Birds, by Jennifer Ackerman

Books for 2016:
Jan. 19, Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People, by Nadia Bolz-Weber
Feb. 16, Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin, by Jill Lepore,
Mar. 15, I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban, by Malala Yousafzai
Apr. 19, H is for Hawk, by Helen Macdonald
May 17, The Witches: Salem, 1692, by Stacy Schiff
Jun. 21, The Whistleblower, by Kathryn Bolkovac.
July 19, Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things, by Jenny Lawson
August TBD, Circling the Sun, historical novel by Paula McClain about Beryl Markham.
Sept. 20, White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide, by Carol Anderson
Oct. 18, All the single ladies: unmarried women and the rise of an independent nation, by Rebecca Traister
Nov. 15, Lab Girl, by Hope Jahren
Dec. 13, The Faraway Nearby, by Rebecca Solnit

Books we read in 2015:
Jan. 20, Jill Lepore, The Secret History of Wonder Woman - A book about the feminist professor who came up with the character of Wonder Woman
Feb. 17, Nura Maznavi & Ayesha Mattu, Love, InshAllah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women
Mar. 17, Edith H. Beer & Susan Dworkin, The Nazi Officer's Wife: How One Jewish Woman Survived The Holocaust
Apr. 21, Roz Chast, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? New Yorker cartoonist's memoir about her parents' life and death
May 19, Alison Bechdel, Are You My Mother? graphic novel memoir by the 2014 recipient of the MacArthur "Genius" Award.
Jun. 16, Abigail Thomas, A Three Dog Life, a woman's life after her husband is institutionalized for traumatic brain injury
July 21, Susannah Cahalan, Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness
Aug. 18, Dorothy Wickenden, Nothing Daunted: the Unexpected Education of two Society Girls in the West
Sept. 15: The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, by Elizabeth Kolbert
Oct. 20: H is for Hawk, by Helen Macdonald
Nov. 17: On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker, by A'Lelia Bundles
Dec 15: Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir, by Linda Ronstadt