Virtual Influential Women Book Club
Please join us as we meet on Zoom each first Wednesday evening of the month to discuss books about women who have helped to shape history. If you're interested in joining our group, please click on the link below to register so you can receive an invitation with a link to join the meetings. While you don't have to have read the book to take part, we would appreciate it if all purchases would be made either here through our website (scroll down for selections), or at our cash counter either in person or by phone.
REGISTER ONCE FOR ALL RECURRING MEETINGS HERE.
Our books for the remaining months of 2021 are:
March - "We Band of Angels: The Untold Story of the American Women Trapped on Bataan" by Elizabeth Norman (accounts of the nurses trapped and take prisoner leading up to the Bataan Death March in World War II). We have 1 copy currently available in the store.
April - "Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley" by Charlotte Gordon (a dual biography of a pioneering English feminist and the daughter she never knew--both refusing to be confined by the rigid conventions of their era). We have 3 copies currently available in the store.
May - "The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing and the Future of the Human Race" by Walter Isaacson (a gripping account of how the pioneering scientist, Jennifer Doudna, along with her colleagues and rivals, launched a revolution allowing us to cure diseases, fend off viruses and enhance our children's lives).
June - "The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women" by Kate Moore (the story of the young women exposed to the 'wonder' element of radium in early 20th-century American factories, whose courage and tenacity led to life-changing regulations, and ultimately saved hundreds of thousands of lives).
July - "The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America's Enemies" by Jason Fagone (traces the life of Elizabeth Smith, who met and married groundbreaking cryptologist William Friedman and worked with him to discover and expose Nazi spy rings in South America by cracking multiple versions of the Enigma machine).
August - "A Warrior of the People: How Susan La Flesche Overcame Racial and Gender Inequality to Become America's First Indian Doctor" by Joe Starita (the story of a Native American woman who effectively became the chief of her tribe, crashing through walls of ethnic, racial, and gender prejudice to improve the lot of her people).
September - "The Education of an Idealist" by Samantha Power (the Pulitzer Prize-winner illuminates the messy and complex worlds of politics and geopolitics while laying bare the searing battles and defining moments of her life).
October - "The Other Einstein" by Marie Benedict (Mitza Maric has chosen the path of math and physics over marriage, but when fellow student, Albert Einstein, takes an interest in her, the world she's shaped for herself turns sideways).
November - "The Life of Bessie Coleman" by Connie Plantz (From an early age, Bessie dreamed of flying, but racial bigotry and gender bias threatened to keep her grounded. Denied entrance to flight training school in the U.S., she went to Europe and returned triumphant, with a pilot's license and dreams of opening a flight school for African Americans.)
December - "No One is Too Small to Make a Difference" by Greta Thunberg (the groundbreaking speeches of the young climate activist who, perhaps because of her autism, has become the voice of a generation--including her historic address to the United Nations)
*Below, you will find purchase links to all these books on our 2021 list. If interested in past picks, as well as our list for 2022, please see the attached PDF forms.