Book Club

BOOK CLUB: Eleanor Roosevelt, Volume Two 1933-1938, By Blanche Wiesen Cook

Apr 18 2008 - 7:30pm
Apr 18 2008 - 9:00pm

Eleanor Roosevelt, Volume Two 1933-1938, By Blanche Wiesen Cook

Cook's detailed and extensively researched biography focuses in this volume on Eleanor Roosevelt's public life during the New Deal, but also delves into the secrets of her private life.

BOOK CLUB: Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi

Mar 7 2008 - 7:30pm
Mar 7 2008 - 9:00pm

Marjane Satrapi tells of growing up in Iran, from the ages of 6-14, during the Islamic Revolution.
She writes in the "graphic novel" format, illustrating her memoir as though it were a comic book.

BOOK CLUB: Brother, I'm Dying, by Edwidge Danticat

Feb 15 2008 - 7:30pm
Feb 15 2008 - 9:00pm

In this memoir, Edwidge Danticat tells about her uncle, Joseph Danticat, a Haitian minister, and her father Mira Danticat, a New York City cabdriver, exploring ideas of Haitian and American national identity.

BOOK CLUB: Julie and Julia, by Julie Powell

Jan 18 2008 - 7:30pm
Jan 18 2008 - 9:00pm

Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen, by Julie Powell.

Julie Powell describes her adventures and misadventures as she strives to give order to her life in New York after 9/11 through an ambitious cooking project -- she sets out to improve her cooking by making every recipe in volume one of Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking.

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 the movie of "Persepolis" together, and to see the movie "Julie and Julia" after we read both the books it was based on.

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

Books scheduled for 2016 so far:
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

BOOK CLUB: Annapurna: A Woman's Place by Arlene Blum

Dec 14 2007 - 7:30pm

Discuss Literary Non-fiction by Women with the CPAE Book Club, led by volunteer Krista Park.

BOOK CLUB: Open House by Patricia J. Williams

Nov 16 2007 - 7:30pm

Discuss Literary Non-fiction by Women with the CPAE Book Club, led by volunteer Krista Park.

BOOK CLUB: Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel

Oct 19 2007 - 7:30pm

Discuss Literary Non-fiction by Women with the CPAE Book Club, led by volunteer Krista Park. This month, delve into the biographical graphic novel by the artist/author of the celebrated underground comic strip, Dykes to Watch Out For.

BOOK CLUB: Garlic and Sappires by Ruth Reichl

Sep 28 2007 - 7:30pm

Discuss Literary Non-fiction by Women with the CPAE Book Club, led by volunteer Krista Park. This month: Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise by Ruth Reichl.

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