Virtual Influential Women Book Club

  • Posted on: 31 May 2019
  • By: TanyaMills

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. Now is the perfect time to join because we'll be discussing and determining the rest of our list for 2021 at December's meeting. 


Our books for the next few months of 2021 are:

December"The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot (an extraordinary journey from the "colored" ward of Johns Hopkins Hospital in the 1950s to stark white laboratories with freezers full of HeLa cells; from Henrietta's small, dying hometown of Clover, Virginia--a land of wooden slave quarters, faith healings, and voodoo--to East Baltimore today, where her children and grandchildren live and struggle with the legacy of her cells)

January"Find a Way" by Diana Nyad (distance swimmer Diana Nyad recounts her successful journey to become a renowned distance swimmer, becoming the first person to successfully swim from Cuba to Florida without the aid of a shark cage--all at the age of 64)

February"The Harvey Girls: Women Who Opened the West" by Lesley Poling-Kempes (accounts of women who came to the West as Harvey Girls, working as waitresses, and ended up staying and settling to found cattle ranches and mining towns)

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)

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)


Below, you will find purchase links to all the remaining books on our 2020-21 list. Come January, the selected new books will be added. If interested in past picks, please see the attached PDF forms (we didn't meet in January, but the books selected in February and March were "Unbowed" by Wangari Maathai and "Who Cooked the Last Supper" by Rosalind Miles; we were then closed from mid-March through April due to COVID and not holding virtual events yet, so we pushed those books to May and June). 

Event date: 
Wednesday, December 2, 2020 - 7:00pm
Wednesday, January 6, 2021 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
On Zoom
St. George, UT 84770-4087
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Cover Image
ISBN: 9781400052189
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Crown - March 8th, 2011

Find a Way: The Inspiring Story of One Woman's Pursuit of a Lifelong Dream Cover Image
ISBN: 9780804172912
Availability: Special Order subject to availability
Published: Vintage - June 28th, 2016

The Harvey Girls: Women Who Opened the West Cover Image
ISBN: 9781569249260
Availability: Backordered
Published: Da Capo Press - July 4th, 1994

We Band of Angels: The Untold Story of the American Women Trapped on Bataan Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812984842
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - October 29th, 2013

Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft & Mary Shelley Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812980479
Availability: Backordered
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - February 2nd, 2016